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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: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. The total number of IPOs in Q3 2014 was lower than the previous quarter where we saw seven offerings. However, the total value in Q3 2014 was US$ 1.6 billion, which is a 78% increase in total value compared to Q2 2014.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. Middle East investment banking fees reached US$138.2 million during Q3 2014; debt issuance reached US$6.3 billion; The UAE was the most active nation accounting for 45% of the debt issuance activity.
Posted: October 21, 2014
UAE. End-unit prices have surpassed their peak of 2008, however land prices are still at 50% of their peak levels.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. The strengthening economic fundamentals, the amelioration in the risk profile of major regional countries, the governmental implementation of key business-friendly reforms are all stimulating factors for deal generation activity, according to a Bureau van Dijk and MENA Research Partners report.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. Up 400,000 barrels per day from August and the highest level since December 2013, led by Libyan output recovery; Higher volumes from Iraq also drove the increase; "It's numbers like this that are contributing to the enormous slide in oil prices."
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. The IMF revises GCC growth higher, but GCC equities head lower; Concerns on global growth spur flight to safety; The USD may have peaked short-term.
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. Expedia/Egencia study examines how mobile devices impact travel; Second only to India, UAE travelers are the most dependent on mobile devices - with 86% saying their smartphone is "very important/critical" versus 76% globally.
Posted: October 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The pharma industry has grown from US$3-US$4 billion from 2008-2013; Healthcare budget as a percentage of GDP has increased from 3.4% to 4.9% over the same period; Physical penetration of international players and gradual shift towards low-cost genetics changing landscape.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. Market share will likely keep increasing within a supportive operating environment; S&P estimates market share is nearing 25% of overall GCC banking system assets and that it could edge closer to 30% over the next 5-6 years; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE offer the brightest growth opportunities.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. EY launches the "Growth drivers" report which identifies the four biggest drivers of policy; Governments are increasingly viewing entrepreneurship and SME development as a solution to youth unemployment and sustainable economic growth
Posted: October 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Governments can make significant strides in job creation by reforming policies used to protect politically connected companies, which would in turn promote competition, and ensure equal opportunities for all firms.
Posted: October 11, 2014
LEBANON. Deposit flows into Lebanon's banking system remain resilient and continue to facilitate the government's debt servicing capacity. Notwithstanding this, public finances are under pressure and the already-high government debt stock will continue to rise; The outlook is stable.
Posted: October 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Yousafzai, aged 17, becomes the youngest Nobel Prize winner by far; Winners were picked for their struggle against the oppression of children and young people, and for the right of all children to education.
Posted: October 9, 2014
UAE. Deloitte mergers and acquisitions specialists delivers their insights on what is driving activity in the oil and gas industry; Middle East unrest keeps oil and gas commodity prices relatively high for the first half of the year.

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date:Posted: October 23, 2014
UAE. Deflationary reading of data endangers risky assets; Global cues drive GCC markets; Growth scare unsettles investors; Extreme bearishness on oil may be overdone.
date:Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.
date:Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. 47% of Middle Eastern respondents indicated that they are considering a proactive shareholder engagement policy which can open and sustain a productive dialogue with investors.
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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