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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, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Leaving them to their own devices is no longer a viable option as the continuation of the conflict is hazardous and potentially explosive. The resumption of bilateral peace negotiations with US mediation alone will not succeed any more than the Obama administration's two previous efforts.
Posted: August 27, 2015
UAE. The rate of decline is however easing and is expected to continue to decelerate over the remainder of the year, according to ValuStrat's Q2 2015 Dubai Real Estate Market Report.
Posted: August 26, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. We are moving towards a status/mode where monetary policy can't help, where central banks are increasingly acknowledging that the disadvantages of too low policy rates outweigh advantages. The early beginning of the end for pretend-and-extend?
Posted: August 25, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. OPEC next gathers December 4 in Vienna, just over a year since Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi announced at the previous OPEC winter meeting the Saudi decision to let the oil market determine oil prices rather than to continue Saudi Arabia's role of guarantor of US$100+/bbl oil.
Posted: August 24, 2015
UAE. The continuation of low energy prices is impacting both optimism and risk appetite in the Middle East, finds Deloitte report. Optimism in UAE drops to a net 46% from net 61% previously.
Posted: August 24, 2015
UAE. Region generated US$66 billion in revenues in 2013 and faces tremendous future growth, driven by the emergence of the MENA-Asia trade corridor that will redefine global supply chains.
Posted: August 24, 2015
UAE. More than any other region, companies in the Middle East began looking for opportunities in new markets in the last three months. 43% of them took this approach, while over half of firms (53%) sought ways of reducing costs during this difficult period.
Posted: August 21, 2015
UAE. A very appealing pack of consumers to advertisers: They are happily spending their disposable income now that they have entered full-time work and they have unprecedented influential power.
Posted: August 20, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Deep, case-by-case analysis and tight project management are key in "a world of constant flux"; Study finds a continued appetite for "nearshoring"; Among Western European respondents, 38% cite Eastern Europe as the most attractive nearshoring destination.
Posted: August 19, 2015
LEBANON. "The positive impact on households' budgets of the 30% drop in local gasoline retail prices and of the sharp reduction in telecom tariffs, as well as the acceleration of the Ministry of Public Health's food safety campaign, helped improve the outlook of consumers."
Posted: August 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Weakening outlook for global economy amid fears over China; China recession is now rated the number one "tail risk" by 52% of panel.
Posted: August 18, 2015
UAE. Energy usage in the UAE has grown at an annual average of 4% over the past 6 years, with projections that it will increase to 5% through 2020; An integrated energy efficient strategy comprising of three key aspects - smart cities, building efficiency and water usage can significantly reduce consumption.
Posted: August 18, 2015
UAE. GCC governments understands the urgent need for fiscal-sustainability in the long-term. This urgency, according to Deloitte's latest report, would be addressed if GCC governments could commit to the domestic implementation of a broad-based Value Added Tax on goods and services.
Posted: August 17, 2015
UAE. After a decade of finding bargains in real estate markets against the backdrop of a weak dollar, as well as a regime of declining interest rates, foreign investors in the last year have faced the prospect of sharply higher housing prices in Dubai, as their nations' currencies have fallen against the USD.
Posted: August 16, 2015
KUWAIT. The sharply lower oil price environment since mid-2014 significantly reduced S&P's forecast of Kuwait's fiscal and external surpluses. However, Kuwait has built up very large fiscal and external net asset positions over many years, which will help it weather the current environment; The outlook is stable.

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date:Posted: August 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Suspected anchors on the gold price, such as an interest rate increase and devaluation of the yuan, could actually be a rallying cry for commodities, he says in this interview with The Gold Report.
date:Posted: August 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Turkish Football Federation in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities.
date:Posted: August 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "Now, that multi-trillion-dollar money-pumping bubble, which overinflated equity markets, is quickly deflating. And so, too, are the economies and commodities pumped up with it."
INTERNATIONAL. Leaving them to their own devices is no longer a viable option as the continuation of the conflict is hazardous and potentially explosive. The resumption of bilateral peace negotiations with US mediation alone will not succeed any more than the Obama administration's two previous efforts.
INTERNATIONAL. Suspected anchors on the gold price, such as an interest rate increase and devaluation of the yuan, could actually be a rallying cry for commodities, he says in this interview with The Gold Report.
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