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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: March 31, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. No long before doctors strat prescribing video games? Virtual reality games are already showing promise in tackling acute pain, seemingly by simply helping us focus on other things.
Posted: March 31, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Common misconceptions that men are more likely than women to want to work abroad have created barriers to the development of women in financial services and to the growth of the industry, says a new PwC report.
Posted: March 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Optimism among financial services firms has fallen at the fastest rate since 2011, according to CBI/PwC Financial Services Survey.
Posted: March 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Recent flooding in the UAE, particularly in Abu Dhabi, has highlighted the need for regional insurers to assess and manage their exposure to this category of catastrophe event, says A.M. Best Briefing.
Posted: March 24, 2016
UAE. 26% of organisations in the region have experienced economic crimes in the past 24 months, lower than the global average of 36% though a 5% increase since 2014; Strong compliance programmes a must for combatting economic crime.
Posted: March 23, 2016
UAE. GCC integration could boost the economy by US$36 billion; strongest gains in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman; Three key areas of change needed: remove barriers to trade, increase foreign investment, develop GCC institutions.
Posted: March 18, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Only 40% of executives say their organisation helps them unlock their potential; Organisations missing opportunities to tap into their executives' values and priorities.
Posted: March 17, 2016
UAE. New IBM study highlights top concerns and focus areas for regional executives; "anywhere" workplace and rising cyber risk seen as nearly as impactful as industry convergence.
Posted: March 15, 2016
UAE. According to a new report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), written in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), since 2010, approximately 3,200 education companies around the world have received private ed-tech investments - however, only a mere 12 were based in the Middle East.
Posted: March 14, 2016
UAE. There is a strong positive correlation between a weak economy and a booming tech industry, according to BECO. The economic slowdown is what has allowed technology companies to boom globally and the same is projected to happen regionally.
Posted: March 11, 2016
UAE. With economic commentators predicting a difficult 2016 employers across the region may be forced to look at staffing levels; this article examines the issues involved when an employer reduces headcount together with the various regulations applicable across the GCC.
Posted: March 9, 2016
UAE. DHL named Top Company to Work For in the UAE for third consecutive year; This year's runner-up was THE One, followed by Omnicom Media Group. In fourth place was Splash, while The Estee Lauder Companies came in fifth.
Posted: March 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Any project attempting to fuse disparate cultures into one monolithic state over the course of just 70 years was by its very nature doomed.
Posted: March 4, 2016
LEBANON. Economena Analytics released its Lebanese Economic Outlook for the first half of 2016: No budget or oil decrees expected in 2016; Sovereign credit ratings may be downgraded; Growth will be primarily driven by Information Technology, manufacturing, transport, retail and public spending.
Posted: March 3, 2016
UAE. "The improvement in the Emirates NBD UAE PMI last month is encouraging, particularly against a backdrop of low oil prices, however, the rate of growth in the non-oil private sector remains much weaker than a year ago.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 2, 2016
QATAR. The government intends to support the private sector in a comprehensive manner by allowing private sector insurance companies to provide healthcare insurance cover for everyone.
date:Posted: May 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In the grand scheme of geopolitics, over time the role of individuals is largely washed out - to be overly simplistic, the individuals rarely matter.
date:Posted: May 2, 2016
UAE. Average villa yields of 4.7% and apartments at 7.5% put affordable units at top of investor and tenant wish list; villa and apartment sales remain flat with prices down just 1.1% and 0.7% respectively, according to Chestertons MENA latest report.
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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