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Reading the runes of Saudi oil policy (JOHN SFAKIANAKIS - Arab News - 29/01/2015)

The passing of King Abdullah and the advent of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman is a time of continuity in the Kingdom’s oil policy not a time of radical change. Saudi Arabia took a bet in the most recent OPEC meeting in November in deciding

Abu Dhabi flexes its industrial realty strength (Arun George - Gulf News - 29/01/2015)

With its economic reliance on oil and gas — some 51 per cent of GDP is based on the contribution of the oil and gas-related industries — Abu Dhabi could well see some effects of the lower oil prices, with capacity being cut and other cost-reduction

Abu Dhabi flexes its industrial realty strength (Arun George - Gulf News - 29/01/2015)

With its economic reliance on oil and gas — some 51 per cent of GDP is based on the contribution of the oil and gas-related industries — Abu Dhabi could well see some effects of the lower oil prices, with capacity being cut and other cost-reduction

Saudi Banks grow despite economic threat (Mushtaq Ahmed & Tazeem Anwar - 28/01/2015)

In spite a slowdown in world economy, the performance of Saudi banks remained sound in 2014. Fitch Ratings says in a new special report that high public sector spending will continue to drive a favourable macroeconomic outlook and business opportunities

Saudi Arabia holds oil policies steady (Syed Rashid Husain - Saudi Gazette - 25/01/2015)

Oil prices reacted, almost immediately and violently, to the news of the death of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of the world’s largest crude exporter and OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia for almost a decade. The

Going beyond oil in Saudi Arabia (Nashat Bukhari - Saudi Gazette - 24/01/2015)

GULF countries have recognized the need to diversify their source of income beyond hydrocarbons to support the growth momentum and create sustainable development. They have therefore used their income to finance large projects with the aim of expanding

Bahrain Year in Review 2014 (Oxford Business Group - 22/01/2015)

While a combination of high break-even prices and lower levels of fiscal reserves could see falling oil prices push Bahrain further into the red, the kingdom is still set to post respectable economic growth for the year, buoyed by a solid performance

Investors ramp up solar energy stake (Dr. Raed Bkayrat - Saudi Gazzette - 22/01/2015)

INVESTMENTS in utilities have, for good reason, earned a reputation for steady, reliable, returns. And as the global energy transition sees renewable energy evolve from being a subsidized optionality, it would appear that it isn’t just the world’s power

Kuwait Year in Review 2014 (Oxford Business Group - 21/01/2015)

Non-oil growth and higher domestic consumption combined to drive up economic activity in Kuwait in 2014, although plunging world oil prices and relatively flat domestic production look set to weigh on the state’s finances. Bolstered by rising capital

Qatar Year in Review 2014 (Oxford Business Group - 20/01/2015)

Despite falling oil prices, the economy in Qatar maintained a steady rate of expansion throughout 2014, with targets of even more robust growth this year, fuelled by the non-hydrocarbon sector. Qatar, the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas

The same move yet under two starkly different scenarios (Syed Rashid Husain - Saudi Gazette - 18/01/2015)

Very much into the footsteps of his predecessor, the firebrand, left protagonist late Hugo Chavez, the current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro too has been traveling all around, pleading immediate action to support falling oil prices. He has been

Oman Year in Review 2014 (Oxford Business Group - 14/01/2015)

With earnings from oil accounting for more than 80% of government income, the halving of prices since June has eroded state revenue and could impact the extensive capital works programme in 2015, despite a government pledge to hike this year’s spending

Changing landscape of travel in Kingdom (Nashat Bukhari - Saudi Gazette - 14/01/2015)

In my 25 years of experience in the travel industry, I have been able to observe the numerous factors that make a country or region attractive for tourists. While the West with its boisterous appeal and the East with its hermit charm have been a

No end in sight yet to oil price plunge (Syed Rashid Husain - Saudi Gazette - 11/01/2015)

The bloodbath is all set to continue. Positions are being firmed up. A long battle is in hand and stakeholders are preparing and positioning themselves. Saudi Arabia, the top oil exporter, reiterated at the highest level, that it would deal with the

Saudi Arabia Year in Review 2014 (Oxford Business Group - 08/01/2015)

Despite the turmoil in global energy markets, Saudi Arabia moved towards the end of 2014 with its economy having outperformed many in the region. Since around 90% of government revenue is derived from hydrocarbons, the Saudi economy has been hit by the

Dubai Year in Review 2014 (Oxford Business Group - 08/01/2015)

Strong fundamentals and a diversified economy are keeping concerns at bay in Dubai, despite a potential cooling of investor sentiment across the region and weakening global conditions. Dubai announced a balanced budget for 2015 at the start of January,

Saudi banking sector seen to have positive impact on economy (Yasser Al-Sharif - Saudi Gazzette - 07/01/2015)

Saudi Arabia, in announcing the budget during the current world economic and financial turmoil that shook the largest economies in the world, has proven that the Kingdom was the least affected by such crisis. The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Issues facing product development in Islamic finance (Dr. Mohamed Ghiyath Sheikhah - Gulf Times - 07/01/2015)

One of the major challenges of Islamic Finance is to create new products and services for its clients. Product innovation and enhancement is an important aspect for the development and growth of Islamic Finance. It is estimated that 50% of the customers

Issues facing product development in Islamic finance (Dr. Mohamed Ghiyath Sheikhah - Gulf Times - 07/01/2015)

One of the major challenges of Islamic Finance is to create new products and services for its clients. Product innovation and enhancement is an important aspect for the development and growth of Islamic Finance. It is estimated that 50% of the customers

UAE realty market’s maturity will come to the fore ( Iseeb Rahman - Gulf News - 01/01/2015)

While 2014 has been a good year for the UAE’s real estate, it didn’t quite witness the jet-fuelled surge of 2013. The past year started much like how 2013 finished, provoking a warning about instability from the IMF. But the rate of growth settled into a

UAE realty adjusts to a subdued growth pattern (Alan Robertson - Gulf News - 01/01/2015)

The year gone by will be remembered as the first since 2008 in which all the major sectors of the real estate market in Dubai and Abu Dhabi were in growth mode. Within this general trend, there are of course many different sub-stories, with different

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