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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: June 16, 2015
UAE. According to a new BCG report, over the next five years, private wealth in the UAE is projected to post a compound annual growth rate of 10.7% to reach an estimated US$1 trillion in 2019; the study also revealed that, in the UAE, private financial wealth grew by 8.4% in 2014.
Posted: June 16, 2015
UAE. Only 52% of MENA respondents stated they had an ABAC policy and code of conduct in place, according to EY's 2015 EMEIA Fraud Survey; Pressure on businesses to grow revenues, together with market uncertainty and geopolitical instability, is creating increased risk in expansion opportunities.
Posted: June 16, 2015
UAE. 46% of UAE residents hope to retire before the age of 60, while 39% expect to be in retirement for at least 20 years; 63% are not confident they are saving enough for retirement.
Posted: June 15, 2015
UAE. Governments, employers and academic institutions in the MENA region all have a role to play to address labour market inefficiencies, develop national talent, and ultimately drive long-term sustainability into the 21st century and beyond.
Posted: June 15, 2015
UAE. The report indicated that the readiness to address these challenges is decreasing, raising the question of whether leaders are doing enough to prepare their organizations to respond to today's most pressing business and human capital needs.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. Of the three key sub-sectors monitored by the latest Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker report, construction was the best performing in terms of output and employment growth, largely reflecting a sharp and accelerated increase in new development projects.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. Middle East sovereigns placed the highest importance on investment objectives - with the highest average target returns and the longest average time horizons; Increasing demand for emerging market infrastructure investment opportunities - proving to be a catalyst for sovereign collaboration.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. With oil prices not expected to rebound anytime soon, and GCC population growth outpacing the rest of the world, stepping up diversification efforts is now crucial in order to achieve fiscal, environmental and resource sustainability, according to a new ICAEW report.
Posted: June 9, 2015
UAE. According to a new BCG study, the difference between countries with large digital economies and those with low online activity stands at about 2.5% of GDP; bridging the e-friction gap, however, could help speed growth in developed economies and deliver social and economic benefits to emerging markets.
Posted: June 9, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Secularism in the Muslim world appears to be in terminal retreat. The two levels of struggle within that world are, at the top, Sunni versus Shiite, and at the base, complex and interacting factions.
Posted: June 9, 2015
UAE. After several years of stabilizing asset quality, declining credit losses, and improving returns, banks in the Gulf are navigating rougher waters, Standard & Poor's said in a report published today.
Posted: June 8, 2015
UAE. "I think that traders have just used this as an opportunity to close a few positions after enjoying gains towards the end of last week following the NFP result."
Posted: June 8, 2015
UAE. "The ongoing erosion of sale prices is a healthy correction" said Jesse Downs, Managing Director of Phidar Advisory. "The more significant concern is the scale and nature of the upcoming launched and announced projects."
Posted: June 8, 2015
UAE. European football market grows again to almost US$29 billion in 2013/14, with "big five" leagues surpassing the US$15 billion mark, according to the latest Annual Review of Football Finance from Deloitte; Stakeholders from the Middle East continue to play a key part in the story of growth.
Posted: June 4, 2015
UAE. Could proximity to a Dubai Metro station have a positive effect on house prices, rents and even hotel rates? ValuStrat believes that the short answer is a simple yes.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 2, 2015
UAE. AQR Asset Management Institute hosts inaugural debate on monetary policy impact on global markets; 64% of delegates felt that Quantitative Easing is highly likely to create an asset price bubble - where prices become disconnected from reality.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
UAE. 53% of employers rank lack of work experience as affecting nationals' employability, with only 30% of GCC students having taken any work experience; According to employers, communication skills (36%) and required skills and qualifications (22%) are further challenges to retention in the private sector.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Many Chinese business become successful innovators in the domestic market first and then go global, while others expand globally first and then invest in innovation.
UAE. AQR Asset Management Institute hosts inaugural debate on monetary policy impact on global markets; 64% of delegates felt that Quantitative Easing is highly likely to create an asset price bubble - where prices become disconnected from reality.
UAE. The Middle East has a unique set of challenges and opportunities with regard to creating large, mixed-use developments; In this interview, Louise Adams, Aurecon's former Country Manager UAE, describes the importance of investing in master planning and some of the current opportunities and trends within this region.
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