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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: November 11, 2014
UAE. Now that oil prices have fallen to below US$80 per barrel from around US$100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested.
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Less than half (40%) of senior executives rank work/life balance as a high priority, a London Business School survey has found. This is in direct contrast to the priorities of their Generation Y employees who put work/life balance at the top of the priority list.
Posted: November 10, 2014
QATAR. QNB assessment is based on fiscal breakeven prices (the oil prices at which the government budget would be in balance), which is estimated to be well below current oil prices.
Posted: November 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SME financing challenges present an opportunity for PE players; understanding the business culture is critical; Favorable demographics and non-oil government support are key drivers for PE funds into KSA, reveals Alkhabeer Capital research report.
Posted: November 6, 2014
QATAR. Directors' and Officers' liability insurance has been around for several decades now but has not always attracted the interest of local buyers in the Middle East in comparison with other parts of the world. We are however seeing a shift in the previous trend
Posted: November 6, 2014
UAE. The study ranks the best companies for leadership around the globe and examines how those companies build and accelerate the development of great leaders; For the second consecutive year, Procter & Gamble topped the list, followed by General Electric, Coca-Cola and IBM.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. From 31 October, employers with over 1000 employees will need to ensure that their workforce is provided with health insurance in compliance with the requirements of the regime.
Posted: November 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Tunisian exception, analysts say, results from a less meddlesome army, more flexible politicians, and an absence of the external interference that countries deemed more important were subjected to.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. "The third quarter witnessed the largest IPO of 2014 to date; Emaar Malls Group raised US$1.6 billion, potentially signaling a shift in the regional business perception of local markets."
Posted: November 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The crisis is having an uneven effect on EU member states because the eurozone locks countries with different levels of economic development into the same currency union.
Posted: November 3, 2014
UAE. Evidence suggests that an affordability gap exists in the current Dubai housing market; Segment critical to the sustainable growth of the industry and wider economy, according to a report by Colliers International.
Posted: November 1, 2014
QATAR. The GCC was relatively immune from the EM turmoil which followed tapering. The IMF has estimated that the cumulative portfolio outflows since May 2013 were less than 0.1% of GDP in the GCC - much lower than the rest of EMs, which have been estimated at 0.35%.
Posted: October 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. If Russia's "pivot to Asia" results in Moscow and Beijing trading oil between them in a currency other than the dollar, that will represent a major change in how the global economy operates and a marked loss of power for the U.S. and its allies."
Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.
Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Significant increase in inflows of private capital into UAE in 2014; UAE seen as hub between Africa and Asia; Political stability remains a major factor driving flows; UAE clear winner in the region, as other GCC countries see net outflows of private capital.

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date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
UAE. Hosting political expert and author of "End of History", Francis Fukuyama, who will talk about the political state of the world and the most prominent powers in the geopolitical landscape at present, in addition to highlighting major political trends for 2015.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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