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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 20, 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.
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.
Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. No matter what your position, location, size of your operation, the following 15 trends starts to collide and open up amazing and instant opportunities.
Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. The level of consumer trust in insurers is 52%, compared to 73% for supermarkets, and 71% for banks; 32% in UAE and 49% in KSA likely to switch insurers in the next 12 months.
Posted: December 17, 2014
UAE. CFA Institute's 2015 Global Market Sentiment Survey highlights importance of central bank policies for 2015 market performance, notes concerns about weak developed markets and political instability.
Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Global investors are keeping faith with equities on improved growth outlook, while raising cash as markets enter the volatile year-end period, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for December.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. The residential segment has experienced a period of relative stability during H2 2014, with rental rates remaining broadly flat. Over the course of the year, modest growth of around 7% was recorded, compared with 24% during 2013, according to CBRE's year-end market update.
Posted: December 15, 2014
UAE. Deloitte issues its CFO Signals survey for Q3 2014; A net 47% of survey respondents in the Middle East were decidedly more optimistic regarding the financial prospects of their companies compared with the preceding six months.
Posted: December 14, 2014
UAE. Survey by Mercer reveals companies are struggling to identify future leaders and lacking strong and deep leadership pipelines, a situation that is likely to result in a continued reliance on expatriates for their senior roles for years to come.
Posted: December 10, 2014
UAE. Booz Allen, as it does annually, has assembled its list of likely Cyber Trends for 2015 and beyond impacting the Middle East.
Posted: December 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. From a Russian default to a UK housing shock and a market-decimating volcano eruption to an online-shopping hijack. Saxo Bank has mixed the brilliant with the outlandish to, at the very least, offer food for thought and perhaps to flavour your trading portfolios in 2015.
Posted: December 10, 2014
UAE. In addition to getting involved in societal issues, the majority of GCC Millennials also want business to focus on better and more sustainable business practices; "Action" more important than "words"; Collaboration is key.
Posted: December 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The decision not to cut production led many observers to conclude that OPEC has largely lost the ability to upwardly influence prices. But this determination ignores the wider geopolitical considerations that may be convincing Saudi Arabia to be perfectly content, for now, with lower prices.
Posted: December 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The ratings agency affirmed the strong "AA-/A-1+" credit ratings for Riyadh over the "strong external and fiscal positions" it has built up in the past decade when oil prices were too high.
Posted: December 3, 2014
UAE. 60% of UAE online shoppers purchasing from overseas websites, and over a third (36%) of online adults anticipating they will begin to or increase their online cross-border shopping in the next 12 months.


date:Posted: January 28, 2015
UAE. opportunity for Gulf retailers with shoppers more willing to share personal information in exchange for rewards; 67% willing to share their data, second only to India.
date:Posted: January 28, 2015
UAE. Following two years of 25% annual growth, average prime residential prices have remained flat for the first time since Q1 2013.
date:Posted: January 27, 2015
UAE. Deloitte's 18th annual Global Powers of Retailing report explores innovative trends in the sector; US$4.4 trillion in fiscal year 2013 revenues of top 250 global retailers.