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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: September 1, 2014
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
Posted: September 1, 2014
JORDAN. The market recorded an increase in profit after tax to JOD 13.7 million in 2013, stemming from improved returns on underwriting and investment activities. Partially assisting this recovery has been the bullish performance of the Amman stock exchange.
Posted: August 30, 2014
QATAR. Price increases may suggest a potential overheating of the real estate sector. Closer analysis, however, indicates that the increase is still within the fundamentals of Qatar's fast growing economy and rapid population growth.
Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. Dubai World, the state-owned company at the center of the emirate's 2009 financial crisis, reached a deal with its main creditors to extend the repayment of US$10.3 billion of debt, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
Posted: August 23, 2014
QATAR. QNB report expects the ECB, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve to keep to record-low interest rates for an extended period of time. Qatar's policy rates are likely to follow suit.
Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
Posted: August 22, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia set out draft proposals on foreign-shareholder limits as one of the world's most restricted stock markets prepares to open its doors for the first time to investors outside the region.
Posted: August 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting, it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned.
Posted: August 15, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait confirms the network layout for its new US$20 billion metro with construction due to begin in 2017; KNPC to invest US$35 billion on expanding oil and gas projects over the next five years.
Posted: August 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Realism counsels caution, because a bias for action can often lead to disaster. But actually Obama is not a realist, yet he understands restraint. He rushes in with drones and advisers rather than with ground troops. But that is only the beginning of realism, not its culmination.
Posted: August 13, 2014
UAE. The initial public offering market in the GCC in the second quarter of 2014 started off and ended on a high, with a total of seven IPOs, compared to two in Q1 2014.
Posted: August 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sentiment towards Europe has fallen significantly - the earnings outlook for the region suffered its greatest monthly fall since the survey started - but emerging markets thrive.
Posted: August 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Sovereign creditworthiness will likely remain the main driver behind bank ratings changes. But we note that many other risk metrics for the banks have remained fairly resilient, from profitability to funding and asset quality."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
date:Posted: September 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Consumer spending also remained robust; Non-oil exports rebound owing to greater production of petrochemicals and plastics.
date:Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Oil markets since 2011 have become less price sensitive to actual supply disruptions, especially to those geopolitical events that have taken place since the Arab Spring.
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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