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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: December 30, 2016
UAE. Booz Allen Hamilton forecasts energy trends in 2017; In the oil and gas industry, as well as in electric power, major internal and external forces are driving change, requiring industry leaders to revisit strategies.
Posted: December 21, 2016
UAE. PwC Middle East releases report on the Middle East's shopping habits; Online retail, rise of millennial shoppers and social media are disrupting the face of Middle Eastern retail.
Posted: December 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Fjord Trends 2017 takes a provocative look at the digital developments to watch in the year ahead, according to Fjord, design and innovation from Accenture Interactive.
Posted: December 19, 2016
UAE. 60% surveyed believe digitalization has potential to create new business models or lead to a more open culture of innovation; Only 3% of organizations in the GCC believe they are at an advanced stage of their digital transformation; The GCC is positioned to embrace the disruptive potential of digitalization.
Posted: December 18, 2016
UAE. Phidar Advisory latest residential report shows that residential rents continue to decline and projects further declines. "The risk in the residential market remains on the downside," says Jesse Downs.
Posted: December 17, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. China deployed a boat on Dec. 15 to capture the vehicle in waters 50-100 nautical miles northwest of the Philippines' Subic Bay port, just before the USNS Bowditch was preparing to retrieve the UUV.
Posted: December 16, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 57% of respondents rate business continuity and disaster recovery as a high priority, but only 39% are planning to invest more in it in the coming year; 86% say their cybersecurity function does not fully meet their organization's needs.
Posted: December 15, 2016
UAE. Study of FTSE100 reveals a worrying dip as proportion reporting on Human Rights falls from 97% in 2014 to 86% in 2015; This raises worries that firms are failing to recognise the need to engage meaningfully with this issue.
Posted: December 14, 2016
UAE. Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker: Strongest upturn in Dubai private sector business conditions since August; Job creation remains marginal in November.
Posted: December 14, 2016
UAE. Under the theme "Dealing with Global Disruptors", Gary Dugan, Chief Investment Officer - Wealth Management, aimed to identify how investors can manage risk and rewards from this new disruption paradigm.
Posted: December 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Euromonitor report on travel and tourism in Iran outlines the way ahead, and the threats to achieving the country's goal of attracting a huge increase in tourists by 2025.
Posted: December 13, 2016
UAE. A granular analysis in the overall transactional activity of the Dubai real estate market reveals that the off-plan and ready market share similar buying patterns in reference to ticket sizes in overall purchases.
Posted: December 12, 2016
UAE. A combination of GCC governments healthcare expenditure and participation of private players, leads the industry towards a rapidly growing market sector.
Posted: December 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) members agree that consumer confidence measures do provide key insight into likely patterns of spending.
Posted: December 11, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Kuwait's recent elections will increase tensions between the executive and legislature, hindering economic and fiscal reforms; the extent to which this will happen is unclear.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: March 27, 2017
UAE. PwC issues new report jointly with the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit; The report outlines a roadmap for CIOs to manage the transformation of industrial companies to successfully adopt IIoT; Devising a digital strategy is key for manufacturers
date:Posted: March 27, 2017
UAE. The strongest growth rate for 2014-2015 in the region was led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to a new report from The Boston Consulting Group.
date:Posted: March 27, 2017
UAE. As banks seek to be more competitive and enhance customer experiences, many look to transform their old legacy banking systems with more efficient new core solutions.
UAE. PwC issues new report jointly with the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit; The report outlines a roadmap for CIOs to manage the transformation of industrial companies to successfully adopt IIoT; Devising a digital strategy is key for manufacturers
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
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