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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 9, 2015
UAE. The proposal by Dubai Municipality to introduce mandatory affordable housing quotas for all new residential developments in Dubai is long overdue and is expected to bring a wide range of benefits to the emirate.
Posted: March 5, 2015
UAE. Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait all ranked in the top 10, with the three nations performing especially well on the basis of their propensity to spend on imported luxury goods and healthy appetite for premium travel.
Posted: March 4, 2015
UAE. The strong fiscal positions of most GCC sovereigns curb the need for debt or sukuk issuance to meet financing needs for infrastructure projects or deficits.
Posted: March 4, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Cost savings, peace of mind and security are key factors driving growth of wireless connected devices; 89% of people want to connect all their devices in the future.
Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Unexpected developments can catch the herd wrong-footed and spark major movements when the masses scatter at the same time. When that occurs, those who resisted the herd may find themselves rewarded. We believe that we are approaching such a point.
Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. This isn't about Netanyahu and Obama, and both know it. It is about the reconfiguration of a region the US cannot subdue and cannot leave. It is the essence of great power strategy: creating a balance of power in which the balancers are trapped into playing a role they don't want.
Posted: March 2, 2015
UAE. A tool for Governments, businesses and NGOs to look beyond economics toward Social Progress measurements to maximize FDI and growth.
Posted: March 2, 2015
UAE. Paul Sharma explores the changing regulatory landscape at Capital Club Dubai: "Simply complying with the rules is, while still fundamental, no longer the main concern. What regulators are now more concerned with is whether or not an institution's actions present a risk to their regulatory objectives."
Posted: February 26, 2015
BAHRAIN. During an interview with Euromoney Conferences, John Sfakianakis the GCC Regional Director at Ashmore Group, said the milestone decision to liberalise the Saudi Tadawul Index is extremely significant as investors will be able to gain exposure to a formidable oil economy by investing in its market.
Posted: February 25, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The "connected passenger" has become a reality, but global usage rates indicate passengers have been slow to adopt new airline and airport mobile services when traveling.
Posted: February 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Within the past two weeks, a temporary deal to keep Greece in the eurozone was reached in Brussels, a cease-fire roadmap was agreed to in Minsk and Iranian negotiators advanced a potential nuclear deal in Geneva.
Posted: February 23, 2015
UAE. 83% of UAE employees believe the gratuity does not provide enough funds to cover retirement expenses; Only one in five employees plan to use their gratuity towards their retirement costs.
Posted: February 23, 2015
UAE. In the UAE, 38% of the employees think that their organization seeks opinions or suggestions from them and 34% think they act on employee's suggestions. Only 32% agree that their company's management involves employees in decisions that affect them.
Posted: February 22, 2015
QATAR. The divergence of global monetary policy stances could lead to further USD appreciation, which is likely to have negative implications for many EMs and lead to a tight USD liquidity squeeze.
Posted: February 22, 2015
UAE. Research by The Boston Consulting Group and the World Federation of People Management Associations drew survey responses from more than 3,500 executives across various industries in more than 100 countries, including the United Arab Emirates.


date:Posted: March 28, 2015
QATAR. S&P projects real economic growth to average about 4% annually in 2015-2018, sustained by the government's US$220 billion investment program.
date:Posted: March 28, 2015
QATAR. Notwithstanding the weak start for the global economy, Asian economies are expected to continue to grow rapidly in 2015. We expect economic growth to average 5.7% in 2015, the same rate as in 2014.
date:Posted: March 27, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Yemen's close proximity to Saudi Arabia and its strategic location on one side of the fourth busiest shipping lane for crude oil, raise worries about potential disruptions.