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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 18, 2015
UAE. GCC governments understands the urgent need for fiscal-sustainability in the long-term. This urgency, according to Deloitte's latest report, would be addressed if GCC governments could commit to the domestic implementation of a broad-based Value Added Tax on goods and services.
Posted: August 18, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The lifting of trade restrictions placed on Iran may present a significant opportunity for the MENA (re)insurance market.
Posted: August 16, 2015
KUWAIT. The sharply lower oil price environment since mid-2014 significantly reduced S&P's forecast of Kuwait's fiscal and external surpluses. However, Kuwait has built up very large fiscal and external net asset positions over many years, which will help it weather the current environment; The outlook is stable.
Posted: August 14, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Thanks to its generous public spending and a costly war in Yemen, one of the major worries for Saudi Arabia is that it is burning through its foreign reserves at an alarming pace. According to the IMF, Saudi Arabia's fiscal deficit could rise to around $140 billion by this year end.
Posted: August 13, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Monthly output up 120,000 b/d from June; Saudi Arabia supply climbed 100,000 b/d to 10.45 million; Angola, UAE and Iran increased by 50,000, 30,000 and 20,000 b/d.
Posted: August 13, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The world is largely watching with apathy, and those with unique interests in the conflict play politics with the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who died in vain as there is no salvation in death while unspeakable anguish and pain still awaits the living.
Posted: August 13, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Hedge funds are fleeing gold-backed ETPs as the fear of a prolonged, oil-style rout makes its way through world markets; Surprise event could see massive short covering.
Posted: August 13, 2015
UAE. The upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE and other associated developments have been earmarked to showcase the region. Large-scale projects, coupled with short timeframes for completion, understandably carry with them the risk of construction disputes.
Posted: August 12, 2015
UAE. Islamic banks in the gulf ended 2014 with healthy balance-sheet growth and improving bottom line results but lower net income growth is on the cards in 2015-2016, although we still believe the long-term supportive factors remain unchanged, says S&P report.
Posted: August 12, 2015
UAE. Transborder rail transport in the Arabian Peninsula dates back to the early 20th century and the Hejaz Railway which linked Damascus in Syria to Medina in Saudi Arabia; Over a century following its closure, the GCC is now embarking on one of the largest modern cross-border rail networks in the world.
Posted: August 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. World Bank report projects lower export earnings and revenue for MENA's other oil exporters, such as the Gulf States and Libya, while oil importers in the region, such as Egypt and Tunisia, will benefit from lower world prices.
Posted: August 11, 2015
UAE. Deloitte holds inaugural business seminar on European football finance, and the Middle East influence on European football; Regional leagues need to build their brand to grow.
Posted: August 11, 2015
UAE. Egypt leads the region with 5 IPOs in H1, followed by Saudi Arabia with 3; Saudi Ground Services was the largest IPO in H1; 9 MENA IPOs in Q2 2015 raising over US$2.1 billion.
Posted: August 10, 2015
UAE. Private sector companies operating in Dubai are nonetheless still highly upbeat about their business activity prospects for the year ahead.
Posted: August 7, 2015
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date:Posted: September 1, 2015
UAE. Online payments used mostly for remittances, utility bills and electronic goods; Asian expatriates and Emiratis top the list of online shoppers.
date:Posted: September 1, 2015
UAE. Transaction levels falling across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah; Oil price decline impacting job creation affecting real estate; Affordability and supply levels impacting villa market; Rental market weak but strong tourism sector and Expo 2020 boost medium term outlook.
date:Posted: September 1, 2015
UAE. PA Consulting Group study shows organisations in UAE, Saudi, Qatar must develop staff to think creatively to boost productivity.
UAE. Transaction levels falling across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah; Oil price decline impacting job creation affecting real estate; Affordability and supply levels impacting villa market; Rental market weak but strong tourism sector and Expo 2020 boost medium term outlook.
INTERNATIONAL. Suspected anchors on the gold price, such as an interest rate increase and devaluation of the yuan, could actually be a rallying cry for commodities, he says in this interview with The Gold Report.
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