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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: February 26, 2015
BAHRAIN. During an interview with Euromoney Conferences, John Sfakianakis the GCC Regional Director at Ashmore Group, said the milestone decision to liberalise the Saudi Tadawul Index is extremely significant as investors will be able to gain exposure to a formidable oil economy by investing in its market.
Posted: February 25, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The "connected passenger" has become a reality, but global usage rates indicate passengers have been slow to adopt new airline and airport mobile services when traveling.
Posted: February 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva.
Posted: February 23, 2015
UAE. 83% of UAE employees believe the gratuity does not provide enough funds to cover retirement expenses; Only one in five employees plan to use their gratuity towards their retirement costs.
Posted: February 23, 2015
UAE. In the UAE, 38% of the employees think that their organization seeks opinions or suggestions from them and 34% think they act on employee's suggestions. Only 32% agree that their company's management involves employees in decisions that affect them.
Posted: February 22, 2015
QATAR. The divergence of global monetary policy stances could lead to further USD appreciation, which is likely to have negative implications for many EMs and lead to a tight USD liquidity squeeze.
Posted: February 22, 2015
UAE. Research by The Boston Consulting Group and the World Federation of People Management Associations drew survey responses from more than 3,500 executives across various industries in more than 100 countries, including the United Arab Emirates.
Posted: February 20, 2015
UAE. New global PayPal study reveals 57% of UAE online shoppers surveyed have bought via a Smartphone in the past 12 months; UAE Smartphone users opt for app purchases over mobile browsers for online shopping; 61% of UAE smartphone shoppers are aged between 30 and 49.
Posted: February 18, 2015
UAE. Ashridge Business School Middle East research reveals opportunities to harness workforce strengths; Opportunities for managers to adopt different leadership styles and support soft skills development to create a work environment that enables ambitious young Gulf nationals to thrive.
Posted: February 18, 2015
UAE. 2015 Global aerospace and defence industry to grow around 3%; Deloitte report signals continued strength of commercial aerospace from rising passenger travel demand and production of next generation fuel-efficient aircrafts.
Posted: February 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The U.S. has been the main loser from this rotation; Weakening expectations in China limit impact on global growth outlook.
Posted: February 16, 2015
UAE. Private wealth doubled in the GCC growing 17.5% per year between 2010-2014; Saudi Arabia and the UAE control 74% of the region's private wealth; Affluent segment is the fastest-growing wealth segment in the GCC.
Posted: February 16, 2015
UAE. S&P expects a deceleration in credit and deposit growth in 2015, accompanied by relatively higher credit losses that should limit earnings growth to the mid-single digits; However, the downside risks are limited because the banks have substantially improved their funding, asset quality, and capitalization.
Posted: February 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Germans are too strong to be ignored and too weak to impose their will. Historically, the Germans tried to increase their strength so they could impose their will. In the case of Ukraine, they have no intention of doing so. It will be interesting to see whether their will can hold when their strength is insufficient.
Posted: February 11, 2015
UAE. UAE retirees outperform several western nations, including the U.S. and UK in key indicators according to Natixis Global Asset Management study.

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date:Posted: March 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. China returned from their week long new year celebrations while the dollar resumed its ascent on a combination of stronger US data and the soon-to-begin period of quantitative easing in Europe.
date:Posted: March 1, 2015
QATAR. The risk of a Greek exit is remote, but even if it happens, it poses less risks to the global economy than it did in 2012; Other items to dominate the foreseeable global economic agenda.
date:Posted: March 1, 2015
UAE. "In the next five years, the UAE will see more sophisticated and segmented offerings to adapt to different customers' needs and maximise sales in each. This approach will range from luxury brands to mid-range and low-end value retail alike."
UAE. "In the next five years, the UAE will see more sophisticated and segmented offerings to adapt to different customers' needs and maximise sales in each. This approach will range from luxury brands to mid-range and low-end value retail alike."
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