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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: December 17, 2014
UAE. CFA Institute's 2015 Global Market Sentiment Survey highlights importance of central bank policies for 2015 market performance, notes concerns about weak developed markets and political instability.
Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Global investors are keeping faith with equities on improved growth outlook, while raising cash as markets enter the volatile year-end period, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for December.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. The residential segment has experienced a period of relative stability during H2 2014, with rental rates remaining broadly flat. Over the course of the year, modest growth of around 7% was recorded, compared with 24% during 2013, according to CBRE's year-end market update.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 49% believe women and men are treated equally in the workplace, according to "Status of Working Women in the Middle East" survey by Bayt.com and YouGov.
Posted: December 15, 2014
UAE. Deloitte issues its CFO Signals survey for Q3 2014; A net 47% of survey respondents in the Middle East were decidedly more optimistic regarding the financial prospects of their companies compared with the preceding six months.
Posted: December 14, 2014
UAE. Survey by Mercer reveals companies are struggling to identify future leaders and lacking strong and deep leadership pipelines, a situation that is likely to result in a continued reliance on expatriates for their senior roles for years to come.
Posted: December 13, 2014
QATAR. Oil prices are widely expected to recover gradually; Qatar has ample resources to continue implementing its infrastructure investment programme. The sizeable programme should therefore continue to drive non-hydrocarbon growth and lead to further economic diversification going forward.
Posted: December 11, 2014
UAE. Dubai stocks dropped the most since October 2008 and equity markets across the oil-producing Gulf Cooperation Council tumbled after OPEC reduced its estimate for crude demand in 2015.
Posted: December 10, 2014
UAE. Booz Allen, as it does annually, has assembled its list of likely Cyber Trends for 2015 and beyond impacting the Middle East.
Posted: December 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. From a Russian default to a UK housing shock and a market-decimating volcano eruption to an online-shopping hijack. Saxo Bank has mixed the brilliant with the outlandish to, at the very least, offer food for thought and perhaps to flavour your trading portfolios in 2015.
Posted: December 10, 2014
UAE. In addition to getting involved in societal issues, the majority of GCC Millennials also want business to focus on better and more sustainable business practices; "Action" more important than "words"; Collaboration is key.
Posted: December 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The decision not to cut production led many observers to conclude that OPEC has largely lost the ability to upwardly influence prices. But this determination ignores the wider geopolitical considerations that may be convincing Saudi Arabia to be perfectly content, for now, with lower prices.
Posted: December 8, 2014
UAE. Opportunities in Saudi Arabia starting to align with improving sentiment around ease of doing business; Increasing confidence in the Omani market; Transport remains strongest sector for construction opportunities.
Posted: December 8, 2014
UAE. Mid-range apartments on Al Reem Island were the strongest performing in Q3, with rents rising by almost 6%; House prices rise by 1.6% during Q3, taking total growth during first nine months of 2014 to almost 19%.
Posted: December 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The ratings agency affirmed the strong "AA-/A-1+" credit ratings for Riyadh over the "strong external and fiscal positions" it has built up in the past decade when oil prices were too high.

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date:Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Russians don't respond to economic pressure as Westerners do. Sanctions reflect European and American thresholds of pain. They are designed to cause pain that the West could not withstand. Applied to others, the effects may vary.
date:Posted: December 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. In general, the lack of certainty regarding damages means the litigation risk is significantly higher in Saudi Arabia compared with other jurisdictions. In comparison, however, the level of damages awards remains much lower.
date:Posted: December 17, 2014
UAE. CFA Institute's 2015 Global Market Sentiment Survey highlights importance of central bank policies for 2015 market performance, notes concerns about weak developed markets and political instability.
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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