UAE. "As world economies experience a season of unprecedented change, businesses must stop and listen to what their customers are saying. Listening is key if organisations want to be equipped to make better decisions and reduce risks," according to Finn Raben, Director General of ESOMAR.
INTERNATIONAL. Both countries posted freedom scores of 8.1, according to the annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute. Bahrain dropped from first place last year to third place and a score of 8.0 in this year's report, which is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.