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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: September 4, 2015
EGYPT. A new IFC-supported report by Wamda Research Lab finds that although support for start-ups has grown substantially, many challenges remain, hindering job creation and economic growth.
Posted: September 3, 2015
UAE. Business conditions improved at the strongest rate in six months, driven by sharper expansions in output and new orders. Marked growth of new work resulted in greater pressure on operating capacity, however, as backlogs of work rose at the quickest pace since the survey began in August 2009.
Posted: September 2, 2015
UAE. Report, conducted by Deloitte and MIT Sloan Management Review, reveals that the ability to digitally transform and reimagine a business is determined in large part by a clear digital strategy supported by leaders who foster a culture able to change and reinvent their organizations.
Posted: September 2, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Were Saudi defence spending to be financed entirely from net oil export revenues in 2015, the spending would consume ~73.4 percent of these revenues.
Posted: September 2, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. "Looking ahead, we understand that the government is likely to continue issuing debt on a monthly basis under this local currency program to finance its burgeoning fiscal deficit."
Posted: September 1, 2015
UAE. Transaction levels falling across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah; Oil price decline impacting job creation affecting real estate; Affordability and supply levels impacting villa market; Rental market weak but strong tourism sector and Expo 2020 boost medium term outlook.
Posted: September 1, 2015
UAE. PA Consulting Group study shows organisations in UAE, Saudi, Qatar must develop staff to think creatively to boost productivity.
Posted: August 31, 2015
UAE. Phidar Advisory's latest residential research note finds prices continue to decline; Key currencies are the Indian Rupee, British Pound and Pakistani Rupee; "Currency trends may help us understand and forecast local property prices," says Jesse Downs.
Posted: August 31, 2015
UAE. "It'll take some time before China adjusts to a more stable growth path. So, this sort of volatility will be with us for a while and perhaps worse," according to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School.
Posted: August 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Every UK region is more affluent than five years ago; There has been a significant 41% rise in the number of millionaires in the UK overall since 2010; 715,000 millionaires now live in the UK, compared to 508,000 in 2010.
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.

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date:Posted: September 4, 2015
UAE. The Middle East's 16 largest centres of economic growth could have substantial risk from a series of threats over the next decade, according to research for Lloyd's.
date:Posted: September 4, 2015
IRAQ. Iraq benefits from massive oil reserves and exports; Projected large increases in production will support economic growth and help alleviate fiscal and external pressures.
date:Posted: September 4, 2015
EGYPT. A new IFC-supported report by Wamda Research Lab finds that although support for start-ups has grown substantially, many challenges remain, hindering job creation and economic growth.
EGYPT. A new IFC-supported report by Wamda Research Lab finds that although support for start-ups has grown substantially, many challenges remain, hindering job creation and economic growth.
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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