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Posted: 09-08-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Classical political economists like Adam Smith or David Ricardo never used the term “economy” by itself. They always used the term “political economy.” For classical economists, it was impossible to understand politics without economics or economics without politics. The two fields are certainly different but they are also intimately linked. The use of the term “economy” by itself did not begin until the late 19th century. Smith understood that while an efficient market would emerge from individual choices, those choices were framed by the political system in whi
Posted: April 15, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The US$200,000 challenge will be awarded to four winners at a prize of US$50,000 each, and further investments towards commercialization of the best ideas amongst all submissions will be considered.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Deloitte ME PoV publication also weighs in the challenges facing senior management in the GCC countries and wider MENA region as the countdown to FATCA becomes more imminent.
Posted: April 15, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SMEs to the fore as economic engines; Saudi's most successful SMEs will actively change business models, go-to-market strategies and use technology to level playing field.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. A group of renowned international and local biomedical scientists gathered at Al Jalila Foundation's inaugural research symposium, held last week in Dubai.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. MBA students from the University of Cambridge recently completed a month of research and analysis on the opportunity to develop Sharjah as the leading private aviation hub within the MENA Region
Posted: April 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. International issuances represented only 16% of total issuances in 2013, of which few originated outside Malaysia and the GCC; When entities domiciled outside these countries have issued sukuk, around 60% of the investors have been from the Middle East and Asia.
Posted: April 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. IHS examines three economic growth scenarios dependent on P5+1 outcome; 1.5% rise forecast for FY 2014/2015 after prolonged contraction.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Monthly Arabic business magazine, Saneou Al Hadath, uses mathematical approach to analyse companies listed on the Saudi stock market Tadawul
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. Airline announces double-digit growth in passenger numbers to 3.2 million between January and March; Etihad Cargo achieves 26% revenue growth and 26% tonnage growth
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. 45 Arab billionaires share total wealth of US$147.7 billion; The top 100 hail from 13 Arab countries with Saudi Arabia in the lead; 21 Arab tycoons have made their fortunes in banking.
Posted: April 15, 2014
UAE. New Oracle and Accenture Study declares the modern CFP a technology evangelist who recognizes the value of digital and cloud technologies for the finance function and the business as a whole, but a gap remains between CFO ambitions and reality.
Posted: April 14, 2014
UAE. The largest IPO value was Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company in Qatar raising US$905 million; Oil and gas sector leads with two IPOs.
Posted: April 14, 2014
UAE. TNS Norms research shows that there is generally a market leader and two challengers present in most business categories in the region, each vying for the largest chunk of market share. Survey shows marketers need to re-visit campaign strategy.
Posted: April 14, 2014
UAE. Arab countries are in the mode of two-speed economies again, with Q1 2014 ending on a bright note in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and on a sour one in Egypt and Lebanon, according to the latest Macro report from Crédit Agricole Private Banking.
Posted: April 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. In recent years, falling cost of funds had broadly aided Saudi banks to register steady improvement in NIM's (Net Interest Margins). With interest costs at record lows and credit growth set to ease, there is little manoeuvring banks can do to sustain current NIM's.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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