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Saudi growth could spur GCC recovery (Yadullah Ijtehadi - Gulf News - 31/01/2010)

Despite a fresh start in a brand new year, Gulf markets have not shaken off all the issues that weighed them down in 2009. And rightly so, as none of the issues are nowhere near being resolved. Moreover, quarter four results for Gulf corporations have

To set the record straight you just have to be there (Wayne Arnold - The National - 31/01/2010)

Anyone who has ever come to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos knows that the best thing about it is not the skiing, or the fondue, or the mystery hors d’oeuvres served at the seemingly endless stream of nightly

Oman: Bouncing Back (Oxford Business Group - 30/01/2010)

The Omani government is expecting the economy to bounce back strongly in 2010, following slower growth in 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis. The minister of national economy, Ahmed Macki, was reported on January 2 saying that he anticipated

Gulf energy sector offers excellent opportunities for investors in 2010 (Saudi Gazette - 30/01/2010)

In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, as the world focuses on the effects of global warming and the need to develop long-lasting, clean, but affordable energy sources, the Gulf’s energy sector is excellently placed to engage with emerging

DIFC debates when Dubai moves into post-crisis mode (Frank Kane - The National - 30/01/2010)

The Dubai International Financial Centre has for a long time been the physical focus of financial business within the emirate, like the Square Mile of London or Wall Street in New York. Despite, or maybe because of, the fall-out from the global credit

Rising oil prices help cushion impact of recession on GCC (Arab News - 28/01/2010)

At the start of 2009 the economies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially its large oil producers, faced a daunting year. Oil prices had fallen precipitously from a high of $145 a barrel in mid-2008 to around $35-$40 a barrel, and the outlook

GCC banks, economies gathering steam (Saudi Gazette - 28/01/2010)

The economies of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council are forecast to post growth, with their banks expected to perform better this year amid steady high oil prices, the Kuwait-based Global Investment House (GIH) said in a study on Tuesday. “Starting

High value manufacturing key to Kingdom’s sustainable economic wealth (Sir John Rose - Arab News - 26/01/2010)

The Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh is a symbol of the how seriously economic development is taken within Saudi Arabia. This event has become a focal point for international debate and discussion of global development issues, and I am honored to

Qatar: Islamic Finance Consolidating (Oxford Business Group - 26/01/2010)

Thanks to a combination of steady management and timely state assistance, Qatars Islamic finance sector has seen off the worst of the global economic crisis and is now well positioned to take full advantage of the predicted surge in growth this year.

Gulf economies poised for recovery in 2010 (Business Intelligence - 26/01/2010)

GCC economies are poised for gradual recovery in 2010, led by growth in the hydrocarbon sector and higher energy prices, according to Emirates NBD, the Middle East’s largest bank by asset size. Over the same period, the region’s non-energy sector is

Competition rules may harm Etisalat profits (Tom Gara - The National - 26/01/2010)

If competitive reforms announced yesterday by the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) are implemented and enforced, the mouth-watering margins of the country’s national telecoms operator could be headed for a sharp correction. The most

Luxembourg aims to become hub for Islamic finance (Mushtak Parker & Marc Theisen - Arab News - 25/01/2010)

Luxembourg took an important first step toward developing the Duchy into the latest European hub for Islamic finance, especially Islamic capital markets, when it published last week a new tax circular on the treatment of a whole range of Islamic finance

Mature debt markets to help boost Mena funds (Trade Arabia - 25/01/2010)

The development of debt markets can enhance the ability of governments and corporates in Mena region to raise funds efficiently and cost-effectively for infrastructure and development needs, said an economic note by Dubai International Financial Centre.

Logistics industry needs to think beyond the slowdown (Sunil Kumar Singh - Business 24|7 - 23/01/2010)

While slowdown in growth, decline in volume, and shrinking customer base dominated the issues surrounding the logistics industry in the year gone by, the UAEs logistics sector did reasonably well compared to the crisis the global logistics industry went

Over 23,000 visit future energy summit (Roger Harrison - Arab News - 23/01/2010)

The fine words, passionate speeches and formal handshakes over, the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi concluded on Thursday. Over 23,000 people visited the five-day event, a rise of 25 percent over 2009. The accompanying exhibition, covering the

Saudi Arabia: lessons from the global crisis (Arab News - 20/01/2010)

Now that the global economy has begun to recover from the worst recession since the 1930s, what insights can we derive from the past year and a half for the Saudi economy? The high degree of connectivity between the Saudi economy and the rest of the

A positive future for sukuk is the real asset (Debashis Dey & Stuart Ure - The National - 20/01/2010)

The market for sukuk, Islamic bonds, experienced phenomenal growth during its first years in existence. At its inception in 2001 the market was worth less than $500 million (Dh1.83 billion) yet by 2007 the value of sukuk issued around the world was

Banks’ role in $10bn funds made clear (Wayne Arnold - The National - 19/01/2010)

The US$10 billion (Dh36.73bn) in financial assistance to Dubai announced last month by Abu Dhabi includes $5bn committed in November by two Abu Dhabi-controlled banks, Dubai said yesterday. Dubai announced in mid-December that Abu Dhabi would lend it

Saudis well placed after tough year (Uta Harnischfeger - The National - 19/01/2010)

Despite the provisions set aside for exposure to the troubled Saad and Al Gosaibi conglomerates, Uta Harnischfeger reports The most recent results of Saudi Arabia’s big banks bear testimony to a tumultuous year in which lenders set aside steep provisions

Kuwait: Five Years of Investment (Oxford Business Group - 19/01/2010)

Having moved out of the "noughties", Kuwait is looking to mark the coming decade by investing heavily into new industries and supporting infrastructure. The government has announced it intends to spend at least $121bn on major projects between now and

Bahrain: Building Momentum (Oxford Business Group - 19/01/2010)

Increased state investments in housing and infrastructure projects, combined with accelerated spending by private companies, are expected to see the Bahraini construction industry build momentum throughout 2010. The local construction sector will be

Abu Dhabi prepares for economic transition (Tom Gara - The National - 17/01/2010)

As the emirate looks to transform from a planned economy to one driven by the private sector, it has drafted in a legion of experts to advise it on the process. Tom Gara reports Government-led capitalism is an economic model that may not be unique to the

A tip for DFM’s Arabtec sleuths: follow the volume (The National - 16/01/2010)

Share-trading analysis is a complex thing. The London Stock Exchange used to publish a monthly record of share dealings called the Official Gazette (though I’m sure it’s all available online now) over which I spent many hours of tedious labour trying to

Dubai property market faces challenges (Peter Cooper - Gulfnews - 16/01/2010)

The Dubai ‘debt crisis ended as suddenly as it began in December with an 11th hour rescue from Abu Dhabi. This came as a $10 billion support fund for Dubai, enabling Nakheel to meet its sukuk repayments. But where does that leave Dubai property in 2010?

Takaful market to grow faster than conventional insurance (Shveta Pathak - Business 24|7 - 14/01/2010)

Islamic insurance (takaful) is estimated to grow to $3.519 billion (Dh12.91) by the end of 2010 in the Gulf and the industry would grow at a faster pace than conventional insurance, while the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is expected to be 16.1 per

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