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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 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Despite experiencing 30% growth in the last five years, e-commerce upside potential in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia remains huge according to a BCG report.
Posted: December 1, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. More consumers are now purchasing products and services online than in store, according to the latest Deloitte Consumer Review; As customer journeys are getting more complex, customer experience is fast becoming an important tool for differentiation.
Posted: November 27, 2016
UAE. To achieve a sustainable advantage companies in the region must focus on strengthening their operational, commercial and innovation prowess.
Posted: November 25, 2016
KUWAIT. Speaking at the Public Speakers Series by the Kuwait Public Policy Center, Erik R. Peterson encouraged GCC countries to actively pursue their transformation programs taking into consideration the new political situation in the U.S.
Posted: November 24, 2016
UAE. Management consultancy firm highlights macro trends that are causing a ripple effect on the global political, economic and technological landscape; There are several implications that are highly relevant for decision-makers in the MENA region.
Posted: November 23, 2016
UAE. Qatar and the UAE currently share equal first place globally as the easiest countries to pay taxes; For the first time this year, report also looks at post-filing processes for value-added tax (VAT) and corporate income tax (CIT) returns.
Posted: November 21, 2016
UAE. Oliver Wyman's new report highlights the opportunities and challenges facing GCC countries trying to privatise state owned enterprises; "While often viewed purely in fiscal terms, privatisation can also provide important economic and social improvements."
Posted: November 21, 2016
UAE. Against a backdrop of low oil prices and the threat from serious conflicts within and outside the Middle East, the biggest test now for any CEO is how to motivate and enthuse their staff.
Posted: November 19, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Hedge fund managers and investors alike see changing investor preferences as a risk to the hedge fund industry; Innovation is serving as a differentiator; nearly 50% of managers utilize next generational data and/or artificial intelligence as part of their investment program.
Posted: November 17, 2016
UAE. The massive investment is being made in anticipation of a surge in passenger traffic, along with more than US$100bn-worth of airport projects that are currently underway and planned across the Middle East.
Posted: November 15, 2016
UAE. "Cost cutting policies and austerity measures driven by the prolonged low oil prices result in higher volatility and uncertainty in the markets. Whilst many companies have expressed interest in going public, they are still waiting for investor sentiment to improve and liquidity to come back to the market."
Posted: November 14, 2016
LEBANON. Improved political environment to help confidence and support demand; Reduction of registration fees would stimulate housing demand, according to Byblos Bank Real Estate Demand Index.
Posted: November 14, 2016
UAE. Digital commerce and predictive customer analytics are converting economic pressures into opportunities for the retail sector.
Posted: November 14, 2016
UAE. Al Masah Capital reports on an eventful week as global markets continue to react to the new American order of power.
Posted: November 8, 2016
UAE. Globally, frequent buyers and sellers of businesses generate substantially higher medium- and long-term returns - at lower risk - than one-time dealmakers, according to BCG's 2016 M&A report.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 23, 2017
UAE. Dubai strongly positioned as financial, retail, construction, and transportation services hub for the region, according to latest report from A. T. Kearney.
date:Posted: February 23, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Despite its starring role in business and everyday life, many economists openly question whether technology is visible in traditional economic metrics such as GDP, productivity, and corporate profits.
date:Posted: February 23, 2017
UAE. New MEED Insight report shows how lower oil prices have reshaped Middle East investment strategies in oil, gas and petrochemicals projects.
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.
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