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Posted: 03-08-2011
BAHRAIN. Bahrain's creditworthiness escaped a possible downgrade at Fitch Ratings because of reduced near-term political and economic risks in the island-kingdom that contended with anti-government protests earlier this year. Fitch said it removed the Gulf kingdom from its Credit Watch Negative list for borrowers facing a possible downgrade. Bahrain’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating was affirmed at BBB, the second-lowest investment grade, and its local-currency issuer default rating at BBB+. “The resolution of the Rating Watch Negative and affirmation of the rating r
Posted: March 29, 2017
UAE. A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group found that, in 2016, GCC banks' revenues grew by 5.2%, down about 2 percentage points from 2015; The impact of the decline in oil prices has hit the banking industry; Profits declined by 3.2% for the first time since 2008.
Posted: March 27, 2017
UAE. Al Masah Capital Report: Dubai was the worst performer last week down by 1.7% followed by Saudi Arabia and Oman each heading south by 0.6%.
Posted: March 22, 2017
UAE. Each Masterclass will focus on a different subject linked to the world of business and will be led by a leading academic thinker, consultant or business leader in the field.
Posted: March 20, 2017
UAE. Four out of the eight major indexes ended the week on a positive note with Bahrain coming on top with an increase of 1.6%, followed by Kuwait, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia each rising by 1.5%, 1.0% and 0.1% respectively.
Posted: March 9, 2017
UAE. Centre to offer best-in-class Managed Security Services to enterprises.
Posted: February 28, 2017
UAE. Just as challenges have come to characterize the region's business landscape, so too have a wealth of technological advances that are rapidly changing the regional retail sector.
Posted: February 23, 2017
UAE. Arab Reading Index dispels widespread inaccurate statistics, which placed reading levels in the region much lower than they really are.
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.
Posted: December 30, 2016
UAE. Egypt on a different trajectory with gains of 9.7%, followed by Qatar +2.0% and Bahrain +0.9%; Firmness in oil may act as a catalyst as we move into 2017.
Posted: December 15, 2016
UAE. The market is expected to record at best US$120 billion worth of contract awards in 2016, down at least a third on 2015 levels, according to a report by MEED Insight.
Posted: December 4, 2016
BAHRAIN. Dredging Corporation of India and Riyada Group-Bahrain signs MOU in Bahrain for business cooperation in dredging and allied services.
Posted: November 18, 2016
BAHRAIN. Almost no residential submarkets in Bahrain registered any change in rents during Q3; Q3 marked the sixth consecutive quarter of sluggishness for retail rents.
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 16, 2016
BAHRAIN. AUB received the award for the third consecutive year at FT's Global Private Banking Awards ceremony held recently in London.
Posted: October 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The impact of having to write provisions up front will not be that significant because GCC banks are already used to booking general reserves when they extend new loans.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: March 30, 2017
UAE. The region witnessed a record year in sovereign bond issuance eclipsing a sluggish IPO performance, according to PwC's Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services team.
date:Posted: March 27, 2017
UAE. PwC issues new report jointly with the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit; The report outlines a roadmap for CIOs to manage the transformation of industrial companies to successfully adopt IIoT; Devising a digital strategy is key for manufacturers
date:Posted: March 27, 2017
UAE. The strongest growth rate for 2014-2015 in the region was led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, according to a new report from The Boston Consulting Group.
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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