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Posted: 25-02-2008
INTERNATIONAL. In its latest monthly Global Focus, Standard Chartered predicts there will be no sharp upturn in the current US recession and it will have a global impact. The rest of world may be better insulated, but not decoupled, and as risk aversion mounts, countries with current account deficits will see their currencies under pressure.The big story that is set to continue to unfold over coming months, and indeed years, is how the balance of global economic and financial power is shifting, from West to East. But three issues currently stand out. First, how severe will be th
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. McKinsey Global Institute research paper puts the global cost of obesity, at around US$2 trillion or 2.8% of world economic output, about the same as smoking or armed conflict.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Both countries posted freedom scores of 8.1, according to the annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute. Bahrain dropped from first place last year to third place and a score of 8.0 in this year's report, which is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.
Posted: November 19, 2014
MENA. 35.8 million people are enslaved across the world; India tops the list with 14.29 million; Improved methodology highlights 20% more people, according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index.
Posted: November 19, 2014
UAE. Survey of 835 INSEAD alumni highlights appeal of UAE to new generation of top global business talent in terms of professional and private life; Dubai ranks first in economic dynamism, third in overall attractiveness, and fourth in quality of life and cost of living.
Posted: November 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will see 1.2 million barrels per day of new refining capacity come online by 2020; New export-orientated Saudi refineries will be competing in a very tight international market.
Posted: November 13, 2014
UAE. CEB launches new research that challenges the notion of graduate skill shortages in the Middle East and shows how firms could be stifling future performance of young talent.
Posted: November 12, 2014
UAE. Dubai Tram opening is the first step to adding permanent long term value to Dubai's residential values in Dubai Marina, while setting a benchmark for other parts of the city, according to Cluttons.
Posted: November 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago served as an exclamation point in history ending Marxism and the Soviet empire. It did not end history, but rather it renewed the puzzle that has dogged Europe since 1871. What will Germany do next and what will the outside world do with Germany?
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Now that oil prices have fallen to below US$80 per barrel from around US$100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested.
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Less than half (40%) of senior executives rank work/life balance as a high priority, a London Business School survey has found. This is in direct contrast to the priorities of their Generation Y employees who put work/life balance at the top of the priority list.
Posted: November 10, 2014
QATAR. QNB assessment is based on fiscal breakeven prices (the oil prices at which the government budget would be in balance), which is estimated to be well below current oil prices.
Posted: November 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SME financing challenges present an opportunity for PE players; understanding the business culture is critical; Favorable demographics and non-oil government support are key drivers for PE funds into KSA, reveals Alkhabeer Capital research report.
Posted: November 6, 2014
QATAR. Directors' and Officers' liability insurance has been around for several decades now but has not always attracted the interest of local buyers in the Middle East in comparison with other parts of the world. We are however seeing a shift in the previous trend
Posted: November 6, 2014
UAE. The study ranks the best companies for leadership around the globe and examines how those companies build and accelerate the development of great leaders; For the second consecutive year, Procter & Gamble topped the list, followed by General Electric, Coca-Cola and IBM.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. From 31 October, employers with over 1000 employees will need to ensure that their workforce is provided with health insurance in compliance with the requirements of the regime.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The path to the acceptance of the participatory approach to development was forged, through trial and error, over several decades until the 1990s, when its global recognition by development practitioners became well-established.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
INTERNATIONAL. Both countries posted freedom scores of 8.1, according to the annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute. Bahrain dropped from first place last year to third place and a score of 8.0 in this year's report, which is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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