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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: April 22, 2014
UAE. "Adapt to Survive", a global study by PwC, commissioned by LinkedIn, reveals the economic impact of not having the right people in the right jobs.
Posted: April 22, 2014
KUWAIT. For much of the past decade, international companies operating in the major projects sector have found Kuwait a challenging market in which to do business. However, there are good reasons to believe this year will be different.
Posted: April 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The infrastructure bottlenecks need to be resolved urgently if the U.S as a whole is set to reap the benefits of the shale boom in the form of cheap and widely available gas.
Posted: April 22, 2014
UAE. KPMG Global Anti-Money Laundering Survey emphasises far-reaching global AML regulations, reveals MEA readiness and challenges; UAE more proactive since criminalising act of money laundering in 2002.
Posted: April 22, 2014
UAE. The GCC region is poised for an unprecedented surge in healthcare consumption driven by robust population growth and rising income levels. Higher income levels and sedentary life styles have led to poor health conditions.
Posted: April 22, 2014
UAE. Market continued to show signs of growth and recovery during Q1 2014; Optimism focussed on the prime residential sector which witnessed increased rents and prices and near to full occupancy for high quality product, says JLL report.
Posted: April 21, 2014
UAE. Qatar's economy is predicted to grow by 6.0%, Saudi Arabia by 4.3% and the UAE by 4.1% in 2014; The key challenge for the GCC remains continuing to diversify its economies and invest in its growing non-oil sectors.
Posted: April 21, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. GCC focused on targeting greater diversification in non-oil sectors.
Posted: April 19, 2014
UAE. Key sectors driving growth in the housing market are the tourism, hospitality, education and healthcare sectors, which is translating into robust population growth and demand.
Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. "A similar drop to 2013 is unlikely. Those who wanted to get out of gold did, and the rest of 2014 will probably be a year of sideways trading."
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. Apartments sector witnessed increase of 29% whilst villa rentals have grown by 15% year on year; Over the next four years roughly 65,000 new residential units penned for completion.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. January 2014 was another positive month for the hospitality industry in the Middle East, with several GCC cities, including Dubai, Doha, and Muscat, witnessing robust increases in their hospitality KPIs.
Posted: April 16, 2014
UAE. Good macro trends and IPO revival support GCC markets; Kuwait may have upside on MSCI rebalancing; No deep corrections due to Central Bank verbal interventions; Pressure builds on ECB to loosen policy.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 22, 2014
UAE. "Adapt to Survive", a global study by PwC, commissioned by LinkedIn, reveals the economic impact of not having the right people in the right jobs.
date:Posted: April 22, 2014
KUWAIT. For much of the past decade, international companies operating in the major projects sector have found Kuwait a challenging market in which to do business. However, there are good reasons to believe this year will be different.
date:Posted: April 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The infrastructure bottlenecks need to be resolved urgently if the U.S as a whole is set to reap the benefits of the shale boom in the form of cheap and widely available gas.
INTERNATIONAL. Oman's plan to build a US$1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbours into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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