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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: February 8, 2016
UAE. KPMG's inaugural "Variables for Sustained Growth" (VSG) Index tracks some of the most important factors that support economic performance in 181 countries; UAE ranks 24 based on metrics including infrastructure development, education and strength of public institutions.
Posted: February 8, 2016
UAE. On a city wide basis, capital appreciation since 2009 has been a mere 16%, whereas the total returns including rent during the same period have been close to 70%.
Posted: February 7, 2016
UAE. Bain & Company Diamond Industry Report predicts a potential market rebound in 1-2 years, but not before current turmoil forces the mid-market to reevaluate their business models; "The GCC jewelry retail market has performed better than other luxury goods categories in 2015, due to a lower sensitivity to non-GCC tourists."
Posted: February 6, 2016
UAE. S&P expects Abu Dhabi's government balance will worsen further based on the ratings agency's updated oil price assumptions; However, the emirate's large net asset position will continue to give it a considerable buffer to support the economy; Continued structural and institutional weaknesses anticipated.
Posted: February 5, 2016
UAE. According to "When Women Thrive" Global Report, 10-year forecast shows Europe and North America struggling to achieve workforce equality; Asia and Middle East ranked lowest; Only 9% of organizations offer women-focused health, financial wellness; Leaders urged to focus on executive engagement and pay equity.
Posted: February 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Russians potentially enter any discussions with a weaker hand. The Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies probably can withstand lower prices longer than the Russians. Russia lacks the financial resources the Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies have at their disposal.
Posted: February 4, 2016
LEBANON. The Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index averaged 39.5 in the third quarter, nearly unchanged from the second quarter of 2015, and decreased by 6.7% to an average of 36.9 in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Posted: February 4, 2016
UAE. 2016 looks like it will be a very tough year for investors; In MENA markets, equities have fallen a long way but remain on valuations that are well above previous distress levels; Our advice is to remain defensively invested and wait for true value to appear in the valuation of risk asset markets before committing.
Posted: February 3, 2016
UAE. Only 55% of MENA respondents think that their FDA spend is sufficient; 69% of MENA executives believe that they need to do more to improve their current anti-fraud procedures, including the use of forensic data analytics tools.
Posted: February 3, 2016
UAE. Underpinning the slowdown is a relatively subdued rise in new work, which is linked in turn to a near-stagnation in new export business; Growth rates for output and employment also eased, though stocks of pre-production items increased more quickly.
Posted: February 2, 2016
UAE. As in 2015, lower energy prices will continue to translate into markedly weaker deposit growth and contracting liquidity; S&P anticipates slowdowns in lending, and in revenue and earnings growth; Banks will retain a higher portion of their profits by limiting dividends to meet regulatory capital requirements.
Posted: February 1, 2016
UAE. Real Madrid tops the list for the 11th year in a row, with Barcelona climbing to second, Manchester United falling one place to third and Paris Saint-Germain climbing one place to fourth; Nine Premier League clubs in the top 20, with revenues totalling US$3.6 billion.
Posted: January 30, 2016
QATAR. The risk-benefit analysis of China's devaluation suggests that a small, controlled devaluation could benefit Chinese exports and growth. But this needs to be done without triggering a large devaluation or a currency crisis in China with unpredictable repercussions.
Posted: January 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. President Xi Jinping's visit to the Middle East saw the signing of billiions of dollars worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran. The significance may go far beyond commerce as Chinese interests align more with Iranian interests.
Posted: January 28, 2016
UAE. Stocks and bonds are too highly correlated, according to more than half of institutional investors surveyed ; Large number of MENA investors believe use of alternatives is key to outperforming broader markets.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 8, 2016
UAE. KPMG's inaugural "Variables for Sustained Growth" (VSG) Index tracks some of the most important factors that support economic performance in 181 countries; UAE ranks 24 based on metrics including infrastructure development, education and strength of public institutions.
date:Posted: February 8, 2016
UAE. On a city wide basis, capital appreciation since 2009 has been a mere 16%, whereas the total returns including rent during the same period have been close to 70%.
date:Posted: February 7, 2016
UAE. The markets are looking for help as the US economy joins the pack with weaker than expected growth; Dollar weakness provides relief for Asia.
UAE. KPMG's inaugural "Variables for Sustained Growth" (VSG) Index tracks some of the most important factors that support economic performance in 181 countries; UAE ranks 24 based on metrics including infrastructure development, education and strength of public institutions.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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