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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: August 5, 2014
UAE. "The capital invested in the UAE from MENA region is more in the form of individual property assets, whereas the UAE's role in attracting capital flow from BRIC countries is the result of progressive government measures and global partnerships," according to Fortress Investments.
Posted: August 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "It's the people that have been calling for gold's demise every single year who don't understand the fundamentals... No market goes up every single year... I know what's driving the trend and that's the central banks, particularly the Federal Reserve."
Posted: August 3, 2014
UAE. "The recent systematic cyber-attacks on Middle East governments and Oil & Gas companies have highlighted the need for determining the value of your data now, and over time, the motivation and resources of potential attackers, which are the first steps in making decisions about adequate protection."
Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced the accord in a joint statement Thursday, saying the UN has "received assurances that all parties have agreed" to it.
Posted: July 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In a presidential statement, the 15-member body expressed strong support for a ceasefire, and urged all parties to accept and fully implement it into the Eid period marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and beyond.
Posted: July 27, 2014
QATAR. In the long run, the dynamism and innovation of the private sector is expected to drive growth and development with the government focusing on creating the right physical and legal environment to encourage that process.
Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. Report data shows that 64% of TV viewers in Saudi Arabia and 50% in the UAE are engaged in other digital activities simultaneously, higher than the global average.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Emerging capital markets are expected to double their global index share by 2030, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute's "Emerging Capital Markets: The Road to 2030" report.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Colliers' Capital Flows Quarterly Report highlights Middle East investors' appetite for alternative product including hotels and serviced apartments.
Posted: July 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Whether Putin is in real trouble is not something I can be certain of, but too many things have gone wrong for him lately for me not to consider the possibility. And as in any political crisis, more and more extreme options are contemplated if the situation deteriorates."
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE This article provides an updated summary of the key employment law developments across the GCC; A new Government body known as the Manpower Authority is being created in Kuwait to take over certain functions of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE. The escalation of turmoil in the world is yet to play a role for the market, but be warned: everything economic has a delayed reaction of nine to twelve month. If the present state of alertness continues through the summer you can bet on higher energy prices having a serious impact.
Posted: July 22, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia is removing barriers on one of the world's most-restricted major stock exchanges as the government pursues a US$130 billion spending plan to boost non-oil industries.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. The human factor drives the innovative capacity; The GII 2014 surveys 143 economies around the world, using 81 indicators-to gauge both their innovation capabilities and measurable results.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. GCC IPO volume up 67% in H1 2014; H1 2014 saw the most capital raised and highest volume of IPOs since 2008; "The IPO market is very strong across MENA, particularly among the GCC countries."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. "The establishment of QIFs aimed at sophisticated, high-net worth investors is a welcome development which reflects the fact that a one size fits all approach to regulation is not appropriate."
date:Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Rising geopolitical tensions and slowing global growth; GCC markets remain steady in spite of increased global volatility; Commodity prices soft on China bank data.
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. special operations forces made a failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage by Islamic extremists in Syria earlier this summer, the White House said in a statement.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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