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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: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Both countries posted freedom scores of 8.1, according to the annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute. Bahrain dropped from first place last year to third place and a score of 8.0 in this year's report, which is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.
Posted: November 19, 2014
UAE. Survey of 835 INSEAD alumni highlights appeal of UAE to new generation of top global business talent in terms of professional and private life; Dubai ranks first in economic dynamism, third in overall attractiveness, and fourth in quality of life and cost of living.
Posted: November 18, 2014
UAE. New study unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit; Arab Digital Generation a significant driver of growth; Gaming in the region to double in next six years; E-commerce set to grow 13 percent annually in next five years.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A "large" production cut by OPEC to prop up crude prices isn't in the group's interest because it's likely to bolster an expansion of U.S. shale oil, according to Goldman Sachs; "A large cut would be difficult to implement," given the financing needs of some OPEC members.
Posted: November 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. "The rapprochement reflects the countries' shared concerns of strategic threats in the region," according to Theodore Karasik. "There's been a lot of pressure on Qatar and a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiating, specifically with Kuwait acting as a broker."
Posted: November 17, 2014
UAE. New report presented to G20 warns that regulatory reform agenda may have passed the tipping point; The UAE regulatory bodies should be constantly reassessing whether the costs of additional regulation exceed the benefits.
Posted: November 16, 2014
UAE. First-of-its-kind analysis links global practices to outcomes and calls for new approaches; If current approaches continue unchanged, only one-third of executive positions will be held by women over the next 10 years.
Posted: November 15, 2014
EGYPT. "A more stable political and security situation, a slight rebound in the GDP growth rate, and a series of fiscal reforms are helping to support economic growth; Given Egypt's important geopolitical status, we expect that official donors will continue to provide the government with sufficient foreign funds."
Posted: November 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's oil minister dismissed talk of a price war as having "no basis in reality" in his first public comments since crude plunged into a bear market last month.
Posted: November 13, 2014
UAE. CEB launches new research that challenges the notion of graduate skill shortages in the Middle East and shows how firms could be stifling future performance of young talent.
Posted: November 13, 2014
UAE. Net profit of AED584 million (Q3 2014: AED413 million) boosted by growth in profitability of recurring revenue assets and Yas Mall completion.
Posted: November 12, 2014
UAE. Dubai Tram opening is the first step to adding permanent long term value to Dubai's residential values in Dubai Marina, while setting a benchmark for other parts of the city, according to Cluttons.
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Now that oil prices have fallen to below US$80 per barrel from around US$100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested.
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Less than half (40%) of senior executives rank work/life balance as a high priority, a London Business School survey has found. This is in direct contrast to the priorities of their Generation Y employees who put work/life balance at the top of the priority list.
Posted: November 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SME financing challenges present an opportunity for PE players; understanding the business culture is critical; Favorable demographics and non-oil government support are key drivers for PE funds into KSA, reveals Alkhabeer Capital research report.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The path to the acceptance of the participatory approach to development was forged, through trial and error, over several decades until the 1990s, when its global recognition by development practitioners became well-established.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
INTERNATIONAL. Both countries posted freedom scores of 8.1, according to the annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute. Bahrain dropped from first place last year to third place and a score of 8.0 in this year's report, which is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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