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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: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. Dubai World, the state-owned company at the center of the emirate's 2009 financial crisis, reached a deal with its main creditors to extend the repayment of US$10.3 billion of debt, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Posted: August 27, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Strong demand fundamentals combined with increased public and private sector spending pushed up the average sales price; Momentum expected to continue as Riyadh attracts and promotes investment in industrial and supporting logistics facilities.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
Posted: August 23, 2014
QATAR. QNB report expects the ECB, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve to keep to record-low interest rates for an extended period of time. Qatar's policy rates are likely to follow suit.
Posted: August 22, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia set out draft proposals on foreign-shareholder limits as one of the world's most restricted stock markets prepares to open its doors for the first time to investors outside the region.
Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. special operations forces made a failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage by Islamic extremists in Syria earlier this summer, the White House said in a statement.
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Dubai developer clears entire US$2.15 billion bank debt with early repayment, nearly four years before the final loan instalment due in March 2018.
Posted: August 19, 2014
UAE. Frost & Sullivan study finds the market earned revenues of US$549.3 million in 2013 and estimates US$818.5 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 8.3%. The study covers the Middle East market for industrial service of pumps, motors, compressors, automation, instrumentation and electric drives.
Posted: August 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We believe that raising capital requirements through the introduction of new capital buffers will help to make the industry more resilient," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Mohamed Damak.
Posted: August 18, 2014
UAE. The UAE's construction market is predicted to return to near full capacity with a number of megaprojects in the pipeline and the ramping up of social infrastructure spend
Posted: August 15, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait confirms the network layout for its new US$20 billion metro with construction due to begin in 2017; KNPC to invest US$35 billion on expanding oil and gas projects over the next five years.
Posted: August 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Realism counsels caution, because a bias for action can often lead to disaster. But actually Obama is not a realist, yet he understands restraint. He rushes in with drones and advisers rather than with ground troops. But that is only the beginning of realism, not its culmination.
Posted: August 14, 2014
UAE. Dubai's two biggest builders, Arabtec and Drake & Scull, are turning to bank borrowing to help fund projects as a rise in late payments from their customers takes the shine off a booming construction market.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. The Saudi equity market index hits a 6 year high; Fed Chief Yellen's commentary at Jackson Hole summit seen as constructive; India in a sweet spot for emerging market debt investors.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian index is the region's most diverse capital market due to its size and maturity; Jadwa Investment views the opening up of the Tadawul as an overall positive but believes a cautious and considered path to reform is the best way forward, much like the Chinese example.
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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