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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 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
Posted: November 25, 2014
UAE. An increasing number of UAE retailers are pulling all stops to to identify and recruit the next generation of market-savvy leaders, in preparation for Expo 2020.
Posted: November 25, 2014
UAE. Basel III requirements will act as a catalyst to upgrade capabilities and improve risk-return profile of Middle East banks; The new regulations will force regional banks to take a closer look at their capital allocation and deploy their capital more strategically.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Qatar and UAE share equal first place globally, with Saudi Arabia in third position; Overall tax cost and compliance burden lower for businesses around the world.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Low interest rates, evolving investment strategies and a growing appetite for alternative asset classes causing shift in SWF investment strategies; Regional SWFs are viewing the West with caution and have redirected a portion of their funds back into the Middle East.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Q3 MENA M&A deal activity up by 17% while deal value dips 47%; More than half of the MENA respondents expect their company to pursue an acquisition over the next 12 months, according to the latest EY Capital Confidence Barometer.
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. An underlying growth in global supply capacity, which is significantly outstripping demand, may mean that the world has now passed the peak price for oil, a new report commissioned by Gaffney, Cline and Associates (GCA) suggests.
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?

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
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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