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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 1, 2015
UAE. Last year marks the fourth consecutive year private equity limited partners have been cash flow positive, with payouts from a wide open exit channel exceeding new investments in a challenging deal environment.
Posted: March 31, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Washington is moving away from the strategy it has followed since the early 2000s - of being the prime military force in regional conflicts - and is shifting the primary burden of fighting to regional powers while playing a secondary role.
Posted: March 30, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Jamil Ghanawi, Head of JLL Saudi Arabia highlights the proposal aiming to help ease the current shortage of affordable homes and spur economic growth.
Posted: March 30, 2015
UAE. Boston Consulting Group study shows positive market development raising levels for all; Middle East banking revenues reach double-digit rates in 2014 with a 10% increase, while profits rose by 14.7%.
Posted: March 30, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Saxo Bank has published its Q2 outlook warning investors of the end to the current cycle of "extend and pretend" as the planned economy model of the past eight years comes to breaking point.
Posted: March 29, 2015
UAE. Deloitte launches 2015 Technology, Media & Telecommunications Predictions for the Middle East; Middle East millennials to spend around US$37 billion on media content; GCC countries to make significant open data advancements in 2015.
Posted: March 29, 2015
QATAR. S&P projects real economic growth to average about 4% annually in 2015-2018, sustained by the government's US$220 billion investment program.
Posted: March 28, 2015
QATAR. Notwithstanding the weak start for the global economy, Asian economies are expected to continue to grow rapidly in 2015. We expect economic growth to average 5.7% in 2015, the same rate as in 2014.
Posted: March 27, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Yemen's close proximity to Saudi Arabia and its strategic location on one side of the fourth busiest shipping lane for crude oil, raise worries about potential disruptions.
Posted: March 27, 2015
UAE. Consumption of luxury goods up 11% in the GCC, according to Bain & Company; China luxury market shows a shift in consumer preferences and ties to the GCC; In the UAE, Chinese represent about 2.5% of overall tourists, but account for 7% of the mall footfall and even bigger part of the spend.
Posted: March 26, 2015
UAE. Deloitte Middle East conference addresses recent changes in regulation and tax; Developments such as the refurbished runway at Dubai, the mid-field terminal project at Abu Dhabi, the opening of Hamad international in Doha, showcase the commitment to the aviation sector.
Posted: March 25, 2015
UAE. Speaking at Hult Dubai, Dr Vicki Culpin, Research Director at Ashridge Business School says managers may be sleepwalking to disaster due to a lack of quality rest.
Posted: March 25, 2015
UAE. UAE remained the top performer in the MENA region in terms of occupancy in 2014; Hotels across Dubai witnessed a decrease in RevPAR by 5.7% in January 2014.
Posted: March 25, 2015
UAE. There has been much speculation about how the fall in oil prices affects the GCC IPO market. However, times of high uncertainty can result in better opportunities for the best firms to draw attention to their superior potential for growth.
Posted: March 24, 2015
QATAR. We expect growth in 2015 to be broadly in line with the government's target, but slightly lower than 7.0% due to domestic and foreign headwinds.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The EIA once again capitulated on the myth that rig counts don't matter and the productivity of wells would largely offset, leaving the industry on a continuous path to higher output.
date:Posted: April 19, 2015
QATAR. The first Renminbi Clearance Centre (RCC) in the MENA region, to be located in Doha; The RCC will allow for claims denominated in RMB to be settled in Doha and exchanged for other currencies, including the Qatari Riyal (QAR).
date:Posted: April 18, 2015
UAE. "Women's Careers in the GCC - The CEO Agenda" is culmination of in-depth survey of over 600 businesswomen across the GCC Region; Research makes five key recommendations to boost the number of women in the workplace.
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