Most read articles

FEATURED REPORT...
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 8, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Hydrocarbon revenues in KSA and Kuwait make up to 90% plus of total revenues; Leading GCC economies remain susceptible to fluctuations in global energy prices, according to Alkhabeer Capital latest report.
Posted: September 7, 2014
UAE. Global rapid-growth markets (RGMs) will grow by over 4.5% in 2015, according to EY's latest Markets Forecast. In the UAE and Qatar, growth in the non-oil sector will be a significant driver of GDP.
Posted: September 6, 2014
QATAR. Net EM portfolio flows were US$9.3billion, the lowest reading since January 2014; Net portfolio outflows from Africa and the Middle East were estimated at US$1.5 billion in August; Africa, rather than the Middle East, was responsible for the bulk of the outflows from the region, according to the IIF.
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own."
Posted: September 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The order that has dominated global politics for the past century is facing a severe test. Unfortunately, the current leadership in Washington is woefully lacking in strategic understanding."
Posted: September 4, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The U.S. imported 878,000 barrels of Saudi crude a day in the first four weeks of August, the least since 2009.
Posted: September 3, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's insurance regulator, SAMA, has largely succeeded in stopping the local insurance price war of 2012-2013; S&P expects the sector's main players to maintain the technical profitability they have already regained in 2014.
Posted: September 2, 2014
UAE. The top ten most influential brands headquartered in the UAE based on engagement among LinkedIn's membership of 313 million professionals; Leading UAE airlines are the top two brands, Etihad Airways tops ranking.
Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. strategic conception must evolve away from seeing these conflicts as distinct theaters into seeing them as different aspects of the same theater: the Black Sea.
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 19, 2014
KUWAIT. The global Islamic finance industry reached approx. US$1.9 trillion in assets as at end 1H2014; The report analyses the role of Islamic finance in supporting economic growth.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have entered a new chapter in the history of central banking. This paradigm shift changes the policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making; We have built an economy that is now so leveraged that it needs zero percent interest rates just to tread water.
date:Posted: September 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. World Bank report spells out the repercussions of the political uncertainty and restrictions on movement and access and recommends remedial actions by all parties.
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will need to keep cutting oil output to sustain prices above US$100 a barrel, according to BNP Paribas and Societe Generale; "We are swimming in crude, and they know that better than anyone because they are the biggest exporter."
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
dhgate