SAUDI ARABIA. Lower taxes and the recently formed Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA) but issues remaining on oil licences and labour shortages.
BAHRAIN. Saudi Arabia fears US goods, imported tariff-free into Bahrain, will be re-sold.
INTERNATIONAL. FME taps into regional growth of the US$14 billion franchise business into new sectors.
INTERNATIONAL. Franchising now key to brand building in many areas.
SAUDI ARABIA. Experts say 120 Saudi brands are ripe for regional and global exploitation.
EGYPT. A tiger economy in waiting; in this report we detail Egypt's diverse demographics and new political directions in 2005.
IRAQ. The scale of the task facing the US and the international community in Iraq has been highlighted by the faltering progress in the oil industry. For now, reconstruction and a focus on restoring oil exports will most likely diminish the appetite for other imports in the next few years, apart from goods at the very top end and the bottom end of the social spectrum.
LIBYA. Specialist auto industry consultants CIP join our ranks of contributors.
INTERNATIONAL. 2005 GDP growth to stay high after stellar year in 2004 with oil revenues up 35%.
SAUDI ARABIA. Government spending to be up sharply, despite still conservative forecasts.
UAE. DCCI predicts boom for service industries.
SYRIA. Business subject to largely under-utilised resources, pent-up growth potential.
UAE. Pressures to reform ownership of listed companies as regional stock markets become fluid.
UAE. Record-breaking figures from Department for Economic Development headed by construction sector.
IRAN. Demand for industrials high.
IRAN. Support for Iran in opening markets and adaptation to WTO.