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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: March 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The radical religious ideology that the Islamic republic leaders have followed towards Iran's neighbours has become one of the root causes of many of the calamities that the Middle East region is currently facing.
Posted: March 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The search for yield is having a significant impact on European commercial real estate investment according to CBRE's 2015 Investor Intention's Survey.
Posted: March 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "When you throw in geopolitics, technological advances, and changes in tax policy, one quickly realizes that nobody knows which way oil prices are heading."
Posted: March 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Investors allocated the majority of net new assets to equities as the US market rebounded from a difficult January to end February with both the S&P 500 and the Dow up 6% for the month, according to Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI.
Posted: March 10, 2015
UAE. PwC's new report provides guidance for implementing tax reforms in the Middle East; Reforms will need to be smartly designed to allow economies to remain highly attractive to businesses and foreign investments.
Posted: March 9, 2015
UAE. With youth unemployment rates still high across the GCC, BCG has identified key solutions designed to bridge the skills gap across the region's employment landscape - so job seekers can effectively contribute to and thrive in an innovation-led, knowledge-based economy.
Posted: March 9, 2015
UAE. The proposal by Dubai Municipality to introduce mandatory affordable housing quotas for all new residential developments in Dubai is long overdue and is expected to bring a wide range of benefits to the emirate.
Posted: March 8, 2015
UAE. The structure of Dubai's real estate market is analogous to that of an hourglass. There is a preponderance of supply at the top and the bottom end of the spectrum, with paucity in between.
Posted: March 8, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. February may have marked a first rise in eight months for commodities, but it was back to type in the first week of March with weakness across most sectors.
Posted: March 8, 2015
UAE. The upstream sector was the only sector with transaction activity in 2014, according to EY; The drop in oil price is expected to affect the industry in the following order; oil field services, exploration and production (E&P) then midstream/downstream.
Posted: March 7, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. More than 60% originate from Europe; Substantial numbers also coming from China, Russia, India, the Middle East (especially Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt and Turkey) and Africa.
Posted: March 7, 2015
QATAR. Overall, the government expects these reforms to result into a higher growth rate of 8.0-8.5% in 2015/16. If the three reform areas outlined in the budget are fully implemented, this growth rate is likely to be achieved.
Posted: March 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Classic cars (+16%) were again the top annual performer in the index, which tracks the price growth of 10 luxury investment sectors
Posted: March 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Netanyahu is correct in suggesting that the traces of Iran's mischief are visible throughout the Middle East, including its financing of jihadist groups and other violent extremists, its meddling in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.
Posted: March 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Some 5,181 people saw their wealth rise beyond the US$30 million bracket, while 53 individuals became billionaires in 2014, taking the world's total billionaire population to 1,844.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date: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.
date: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.
date: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.
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.
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