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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: January 24, 2015
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
Posted: January 23, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving to forestall any fears of a succession crisis at a moment when Saudi Arabia faces unprecedented turmoil on its borders.
Posted: January 22, 2015
UAE. "We expect the banks to be a bit more conservative in extending new loans," S&P's Timucin Engin, said. The drop in oil revenue "will hurt deposits" in a market still recovering from the financial crisis.
Posted: January 21, 2015
UAE. Strong growth momentum in GCC countries continues, economic recovery in oil importers is on track; Oil exporters diversified their economies, but still heavily dependent on hydrocarbon sector in terms of budget and export revenues; Oil importers face higher risks of geopolitical tensions.
Posted: January 21, 2015
UAE. Deloitte report assesses television's current performance and outlook given the growing number of digital challengers; finds that the outlook for TV remains positive in the Middle East.
Posted: January 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Investors have regained a muted risk appetite, turning to U.S. equities, bonds and real estate; Value seen in oil and energy stocks - but it seems too soon for investors to have made a move.
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. Joint study by Al-Sayedah Khadijah Bint Khawilid Center and Strategy& finds women have the opportunity to take on more active roles; Transition to third generation presents family businesses great opportunity to draw from the entire talent pool.
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. Second Global Talent Competitiveness Index ranks leading economies on their ability to attract and retain talent; UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ranked in top 35 for ability to grow, attract and retain talent; Switzerland and Singapore top global rankings
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. Middle Eastern investment banking fees reached US$147 million during Q4 2014; Value of announced M&A transactions with Middle Eastern involvement reached US$22.7 billion during Q4 2014.
Posted: January 19, 2015
UAE. 2014 saw highest capital raised since 2008; Eight-fold increase in IPO value in Q4 2014 compared to Q4 2013, according to the EY MENA IPO Eye: Q4 2014.
Posted: January 19, 2015
UAE. HSBC survey highlights that almost half (46%) are either not currently saving for their retirement or do not intend to start; More than two in five (46%) say that their income is not keeping pace with the cost of living.
Posted: January 19, 2015
UAE. Sukuk issuance reached US$116.4 billion in 2014 compared with US$111.3 billion in 2013, and the ratings agency expects total issuance to cross the US$100 billion mark again in 2015.
Posted: January 18, 2015
UAE. JLL has released its fourth quarter Dubai Real Estate Market Overview report, which provides the consultancy's perspective on the latest trends in the office, residential, retail and hotel sectors.
Posted: January 16, 2015
UAE. ACWA Power will sell electricity from the plant to Dubai Electricity & Water Authority at 5.85 cents per kilowatt-hour, a price that will be "the lowest by far" for solar power globally and among the cheapest from other sources.
Posted: January 15, 2015
UAE. Phidar Advisory Q4 research reports show that residential prices in the last quarter of 2014 have decreased compared to the previous quarter, while office lease rates remained relatively unchanged.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: January 25, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Gold priced in euros was the winner, both on the week but also in terms of its overall performance so far this month; Both Brent and WTI crude oil have settled into a US$5 range.
date:Posted: January 24, 2015
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
date:Posted: January 23, 2015
KUWAIT. Strong growth in American supply boost non-OPEC output by 3.65% in 2014; OPEC not opting for output cut to halt drop in price; Downside risks prevail as world supply increases.
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
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