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Posted: 08-08-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Marc Faber the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor spoke today about the Standard & Poor's credit rating downgrade of US sovereign debt, and how the downgrade was long overdue as the 'junk bond' was no longer worth of an AAA rating. He views the downgrade as moderately positive for equities because it shows investors there is a risk in holding government bonds and discusses the conditions that will lead to QE3. Speaking in an interview from Chiang Mai, Thailand, with Susan Li on Bloomberg's "Asia Edge" this morning, Faber said a government b
Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Connectivity will allow home care robots to interface with smart home ecosystems.
Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In-app transactions improve customer experience and drive spending.
Posted: May 26, 2016
UAE. The 85% rally since Brent hit a 12-years low in Jan was supported by multiple factors, mainly oil disruption from major exporters and production cut back by U.S. shale.
Posted: May 25, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Recent resolutions indicate a growing approach by the Ministry of Labour to require the complete Saudisation of certain activities within the retail sector. This article examines the existing requirements and also the proposal for a weighted Nitiqat.
Posted: May 24, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 52% of companies don't have the necessary data to enhance insight into mobility plans; More than a third (35%) struggle to secure the right talent for mobility; 72% are not tracking the success of their international assignments.
Posted: May 24, 2016
UAE. "The current weakness in some submarkets of Dubai's office market is expected to persist, with further rental declines likely as we move into the summer months."
Posted: May 20, 2016
UAE. Approximately one in five respondents in the Middle East explicitly stated that they are willing to act unethically and offer entertainment to win or retain business; 23% of respondents agree that it is common practice to use bribery to win contracts.
Posted: May 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Global stocks overlooked the resurgence in oil prices with most major stocks tumbling to fresh six week lows during trading on Thursday, on the possibility that the Fed could raise rates in Q2.
Posted: May 18, 2016
UAE. In 2015, 38% more security incidents were detected in the Middle East than in 2014; Theft of "hard" intellectual property increased to 56% in; Incidents attributed to business partners climbed to 22%, from 18% in 2014.
Posted: May 18, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The days when an academic position gave your expertise any kind of advantage over those of a think tank or economist have long gone - if they ever existed.
Posted: May 18, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Internet growth has slowed because of barriers to online access and usage in the telecom, content and retail markets.
Posted: May 17, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The forced resignation of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu suggests only one thing - President Erdogan will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions.
Posted: May 17, 2016
LEBANON. Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index improved by 5.7% in January, but declined by 1.3% in February and regressed by 10% in March 2016, which constituted the steepest monthly drop since September 2015.
Posted: May 16, 2016
UAE. The Mowgli Foundation has published a report that highlights the need for entrepreneurship ecosystems and funders alike to focus on and invest more in the development of human capital.
Posted: May 16, 2016
UAE. From 2012, developers began to launch affordable options in order to cater to the pent up demand. This lead to a series of new townhouses launches, which accounted for 50% of the new supply.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Connectivity will allow home care robots to interface with smart home ecosystems.
date:Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In-app transactions improve customer experience and drive spending.
date:Posted: May 26, 2016
UAE. The 85% rally since Brent hit a 12-years low in Jan was supported by multiple factors, mainly oil disruption from major exporters and production cut back by U.S. shale.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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