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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: December 2, 2014
UAE. Islamic banking assets in six core markets - Qatar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and Turkey - on course to hit US$1.8 rilliont by 2019; Analysis of sentiment on social media shows that customer satisfaction with Islamic banks is mediocre.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. The research forms part of a pioneering forthcoming study focusing on the changing values in the UAE- the first of its kind in the region to investigate how national identity is being shaped and influenced by economic affluence and globalisation.
Posted: November 29, 2014
UAE. At this juncture, the most exposed countries are Russia and Ukraine, followed by other commodity producers like Brazil and South Africa, according to QNB report.
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.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 19, 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.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
date: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.
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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