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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: January 21, 2015
UAE. Deloitte report assesses television's current performance and outlook given the growing number of digital challengers; finds that the outlook for TV remains positive in the Middle East.
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. Joint study by Al-Sayedah Khadijah Bint Khawilid Center and Strategy& finds women have the opportunity to take on more active roles; Transition to third generation presents family businesses great opportunity to draw from the entire talent pool.
Posted: January 20, 2015
UAE. Second Global Talent Competitiveness Index ranks leading economies on their ability to attract and retain talent; UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ranked in top 35 for ability to grow, attract and retain talent; Switzerland and Singapore top global rankings
Posted: January 19, 2015
UAE. 2014 saw highest capital raised since 2008; Eight-fold increase in IPO value in Q4 2014 compared to Q4 2013, according to the EY MENA IPO Eye: Q4 2014.
Posted: January 19, 2015
QATAR. CPI inflation remained stable at 3.0% from 3.1% in 2013; Higher rents offset lower food prices; QNB expects domestic inflation to accelerate, pushing the rate higher to 3.5% in 2015.
Posted: January 19, 2015
UAE. HSBC survey highlights that almost half (46%) are either not currently saving for their retirement or do not intend to start; More than two in five (46%) say that their income is not keeping pace with the cost of living.
Posted: January 19, 2015
UAE. Sukuk issuance reached US$116.4 billion in 2014 compared with US$111.3 billion in 2013, and the ratings agency expects total issuance to cross the US$100 billion mark again in 2015.
Posted: January 14, 2015
UAE. Millennial readers preferring print to digital, helping 2015 sales to be five times higher than eBook; A million drones predicted to be in use worldwide by end of 2015; For the first time ever, the smartphone upgrade market predicted to exceed one billion.
Posted: January 12, 2015
UAE. The deal entails early repayment of US$2.92 billion due this year and the extension of debt due in 2018 to 2022; The company also said it pledged additional collateral and increased pricing as part of the agreement, without giving further detail.
Posted: January 8, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudis follow local political news the most (56%) followed very closely by the Middle eastern news (55%) and a bit distantly from Health (46%) , Science/technology (45%) and Sports News (44%), according to the latest Ipsos News Pulse Survey.
Posted: January 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The region is emerging from the uncertainty of the past half-decade, and the foundations of its future are taking shape. This process will not be neat or orderly, but changes are clearly taking place.
Posted: January 5, 2015
UAE. GCC shows high potential to become global meetings hub according to a study by management consultancy Strategy&; GCC countries have major competitive advantages as meetings tourism destinations; UAE has the most robust meetings tourism model among the GCC countries.
Posted: December 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The question is how far the collapse of the post-World War I system will go. Will this process of disintegration spread to other heirs of Sykes and Picot? This question is more important than the emergence of the Islamic State.
Posted: December 20, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: January 25, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Gold priced in euros was the winner, both on the week but also in terms of its overall performance so far this month; Both Brent and WTI crude oil have settled into a US$5 range.
date:Posted: January 24, 2015
QATAR. Deflation is starting to spread into lower global consumer prices, depressed wages and, to a lesser extent, softer asset prices. Unless an appropriate fiscal response is found, this disinflationary dynamics is likely to continue in 2015 and possibly beyond.
date:Posted: January 23, 2015
KUWAIT. Strong growth in American supply boost non-OPEC output by 3.65% in 2014; OPEC not opting for output cut to halt drop in price; Downside risks prevail as world supply increases.
UAE. Russian shoppers caught in a currency crunch are staying away from the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) this year, but visitors from elsewhere look set to make up the numbers at the annual retail bonanza.
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