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Posted: 01-08-2011
UAE. Nada al Qassimi was the head of media and marketing at the Dubai Health Authority when the company hired to run the campaign on diabetes botched the job. Having seen too many companies, especially foreign ones, run bad campaigns because of the lack of understanding of the local culture, she decided to open her own company, Two 12, in the midst of the recession in March 2008, to provide better marketing and advertising services to organisations in the UAE. Over in Abu Dhabi, Ziad al Khaja and Abboud al Braiki of Visual Advertising created the city’s first roadside recycling bins that g
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. HNW business owners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are highly focused on growing their business, and personal wealth ambitions come second, finds a study by Standard Chartered Private Bank.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Colliers' Capital Flows Quarterly Report highlights Middle East investors' appetite for alternative product including hotels and serviced apartments.
Posted: July 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Whether Putin is in real trouble is not something I can be certain of, but too many things have gone wrong for him lately for me not to consider the possibility. And as in any political crisis, more and more extreme options are contemplated if the situation deteriorates."
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE. The escalation of turmoil in the world is yet to play a role for the market, but be warned: everything economic has a delayed reaction of nine to twelve month. If the present state of alertness continues through the summer you can bet on higher energy prices having a serious impact.
Posted: July 22, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia is removing barriers on one of the world's most-restricted major stock exchanges as the government pursues a US$130 billion spending plan to boost non-oil industries.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. The human factor drives the innovative capacity; The GII 2014 surveys 143 economies around the world, using 81 indicators-to gauge both their innovation capabilities and measurable results.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. GCC IPO volume up 67% in H1 2014; H1 2014 saw the most capital raised and highest volume of IPOs since 2008; "The IPO market is very strong across MENA, particularly among the GCC countries."
Posted: July 19, 2014
QATAR. The RMB share of global trade finance has risen swiftly from 2% in January 2012 to 8% currently, overtaking the Yen and the Euro to become the second most-widely used currency for trade finance after the US dollar (which accounts for 80%).
Posted: July 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. World leaders demanded an international investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner with 298 people on board over eastern Ukraine, as Kiev and Moscow blamed each other for a tragedy that stoked tensions between Russia and the West.
Posted: July 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Raising the stakes in the East-West showdown between Kiev and Moscow, a Ukrainian interior ministry official blamed "terrorists" using a ground-to-air missile and Ukraine's prime minister called the downing of the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a "catastrophe."
Posted: July 17, 2014
UAE. Arabtec suspended pending clarification of its ownership; "Yesterday's news on buying 50% of Hasan Ismaik's stake implies they [Aabar Investments] are already in talks with him. The regulator's concern is probably around disclosure of talks and the pricing of the deal."
Posted: July 16, 2014
UAE. Overall, global monetary policies remain very supportive of - and focused on - global growth, according to Baring Asset Management. In this scenario, equities should remain the major building blocks of portfolios.
Posted: July 16, 2014
UAE. "Dubai is a niche market. On a global competition basis, we know it is difficult to undo the ecosystem created over decades by established hubs. The more sophisticated institutional investors that set up, the better it is for the overall ecosystem."
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A net 61% of global asset allocators are now overweight equities; Inflation expectations reach record levels; Exposure to commodities has risen to its strongest in more than a year.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Hamas's armed wing vowed its attacks would "increase in ferocity and intensity" but Palestinian rocket salvoes waned ahead of the mooted start of mutual de-escalation at 0600 GMT.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. HNW business owners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are highly focused on growing their business, and personal wealth ambitions come second, finds a study by Standard Chartered Private Bank.
date:Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Colliers' Capital Flows Quarterly Report highlights Middle East investors' appetite for alternative product including hotels and serviced apartments.
date:Posted: July 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Whether Putin is in real trouble is not something I can be certain of, but too many things have gone wrong for him lately for me not to consider the possibility. And as in any political crisis, more and more extreme options are contemplated if the situation deteriorates."
UAE. HNW business owners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are highly focused on growing their business, and personal wealth ambitions come second, finds a study by Standard Chartered Private Bank.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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