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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 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Two years' gains wiped out in three weeks!; People are worrying too much about China; Focus should be on central bank divergence; Recovery requires a weaker US dollar.
Posted: January 27, 2016
UAE. HSBC survey finds that only four in ten retirees in the UAE rate their health as good for their age; 78% of pre-retirees say that lack of free time (37%) and work commitments (34%) are preventing them from leading a healthier lifestyle.
Posted: January 27, 2016
UAE. In face of unprecedented price volatility, research reveals 86% of respondents expect oilfield services M&A to increase in the next 12 months, 30% anticipating major surge; Middle East open to overseas oil servicing deals to enhance technology.
Posted: January 26, 2016
UAE. "The key to navigating the choppy waters we are currently experiencing in the oil and gas sector is good management of growth, costs, funding and externalities. Get those four factors under control and you give your organisation the best chance of success."
Posted: January 26, 2016
UAE. JLL unveils 2016 'Top Trends for UAE Real Estate Market'; Report assesses and forecasts the major trends that are likely to impact and shape the sector over the next 12 months; Market is now better equipped to deal with challenges than it has ever been.
Posted: January 25, 2016
UAE. US$3.5-4.8 billion could potentially be spent on home health care services by 2025, particularly on mobile health apps and home-based diagnostic and physiotherapy services; Approximately 20-30% of GCC public hospital beds are being occupied by long-term and post-acute care rehabilitation patients.
Posted: January 24, 2016
QATAR. The 15 recommendations that the OECD made in its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) reports last year are expected to change the taxation landscape in the region; "This will affect future information reporting in Qatar, if not the way that taxable income is determined."
Posted: January 21, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Overall M&A in 2015 reached US$4.28 trillion, of which 39% were cross-border in nature at US$1.66 trillion; The value of cross-regional deals targeting the Middle East increased significantly over the last year, and the region experienced record levels in the value of cross-border deals.
Posted: January 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Only a net 8% of fund managers see the global economy strengthening over the next 12 months; Allocations to equities have fallen sharply, while cash holdings have risen.
Posted: January 20, 2016
UAE. Deloitte publishes latest Real Estate Predictions Dubai Report which provides an economic overview and review of Dubai's residential, hospitality, office and retail markets in 2015 and examines the latest trends and developments and what lies ahead for 2016.
Posted: January 20, 2016
UAE. Malls will allocate 20% of space to F&B retailers in ten years' time; Shoppers who eat spend 18% more overall; The UAE is expecting to add over 1,000 additional F&B outlets by 2018.
Posted: January 19, 2016
UAE. INSEAD releases Third edition of Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI); Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg retain top spots; Report highlights importance of talent mobility
Posted: January 19, 2016
UAE. Nine of the 13 MENA sovereigns are investment grade; Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon are speculative grade; Oman and Saudi Arabia ratings lowered on the sharp deterioration in their fiscal deficits; GCC members to maintain their exchange rate pegs to the US dollar over the medium term.
Posted: January 19, 2016
UAE. Up four positions from last year, now leading the table for market compatibility and connectedness, according to the 2016 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index.
Posted: January 18, 2016
UAE. Tablets and smartphones to become leading games platform by revenue; Trailing millennials likely to be the most pro-PC of all age groups; Ad-blockers predicted to be adopted by a mere 0.3% of all mobile device owners; 2.5 trillion photos are expected to be shared online - a 15% increase.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 13, 2016
QATAR. The turmoil in financial markets at the beginning of this year has prompted some to question whether the US Federal Reserve should have increased interest rates in December.
date:Posted: February 13, 2016
KUWAIT. Kuwait has built up very large fiscal and external net asset positions over many years, which will continue to help it weather the current low oil price environment; The overall fiscal and external balance sheets will remain strong, backed by a significant stock of financial assets.
date:Posted: February 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. A Syria in which the regime and IS, rather than other rebel groups, are the only real domestic players turns Bashar al-Assad into a pivotal cog in the fight against jihadism. That is something Saudi Arabia cannot allow to happen. To turn the tide, it needs a United States that is engaged and willing to do its bit.
KUWAIT. Kuwait has built up very large fiscal and external net asset positions over many years, which will continue to help it weather the current low oil price environment; The overall fiscal and external balance sheets will remain strong, backed by a significant stock of financial assets.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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