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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: August 21, 2017
UAE. According to MEED Projects, just US$56bn worth of contracts were awarded in H1 2017 compared with US$69bn over the same period in 2016; Long-term prospects bright with over US$2 trillion of known active projects in the pipeline across the GCC.
Posted: August 18, 2017
UAE. As many as 292 tenders with an estimated value of US$9.5 billion were awarded in Q2, while the total value of urban construction project awards set to reach US$50.9 billion in 2017, according to BNC Network.
Posted: August 17, 2017
UAE. Inaugural Global Interconnection Index finds interconnection becoming an essential building block of the global digital economy.
Posted: August 16, 2017
UAE. Jeff Youssef, Partner at Oliver Wyman and co-author of "Leveraging the Private Sector to Improve Airport Infrastructure", comments on airport privatisation in the region.
Posted: August 16, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. 2017 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle garners insight from more than 2,000 technologies.
Posted: August 15, 2017
UAE. Working Capital metrics have weakened each quarter since the oil price decline in fourth quarter 2014, leading to additional strain on liquidity, according to PwC's latest study
Posted: August 15, 2017
UAE. Young job seekers and recent graduates continue to enter the job market in the Middle East and North Africa, competing for entry level jobs very actively.
Posted: August 15, 2017
UAE. Dubai Chamber analysis predicts a CAGR of 7.5% in UAE consumer spending over the next 5 years; Among GCC countries, consumer spending per household in the UAE was highest during 2016 at US$103,000.
Posted: August 14, 2017
UAE. Saudi Arabia hosted the only three IPOs of this quarter; they were allocated between Saudi Stock Exchange primary market (Tadawul) and the parallel market (NOMU).
Posted: August 12, 2017
UAE. Topics discussed in the summer 2017 issue of Deloitte's quarterly publication, Middle East Point of View: 5G technology, risk management in the Middle East construction market, non-performing loans, and GCC family businesses.
Posted: August 10, 2017
UAE. Dubai recorded the highest H1 2017 RevPAR at US$209; Softer global and regional market economic conditions made the first six months of 2017 challenging for the hospitality industry, which is expected to continue the rest of the year.
Posted: August 10, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Gold holds the line after strong NFP; Investors seeking diversification; US political risk still a factor; Key retracement support at $1,247/oz yet to be challenged.
Posted: August 10, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. Faster growth in output and new orders helped the headline PMI in Saudi Arabia rise in July; Firms were more optimistic, and this likely contributed to increased buying activity and inventory accumulation.
Posted: August 9, 2017
LEBANON. Low interest rates on mortgages and relative political stability are factors that have supported the near-term plans of potential buyers; Increase in taxes or transactions fees would delay recovery in demand.
Posted: August 9, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Businesses who see sustainability as more than just a tick box for CSR and as a sound financial strategy are gaining a strong competitive edge in an ever-shifting economy.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 20, 2017
UAE. The latest BNC Network report shows 543 hospitality projects are active in the UAE - reflecting the vibrancy of the leisure, tourism and the entertainment sectors.
date:Posted: September 18, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA. A new report by executive search firm Metin Mitchell & Co highlights the confidence that Saudi women feel about their working futures and what needs to be done to increase the number of women in the workplace.
date:Posted: September 15, 2017
UAE. First of its kind study in the MENA region reveals why we are emotionally drawn to certain destinations and environments; Visible everyday human activity, greenery, artistic features and bright colours found to be the most powerful drivers of emotional engagement.
UAE. Cisco's security research organization Talos says once this ransomware enters your system, it uses three ways to spread automatically around a network, one of which is the known Eternal Blue vulnerability.
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