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  1. beyondbrics

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    Dubai's "house bank" on a roll

    Emirates NBD, Dubai’s biggest bank, reported a 30 per cent increase in net profit in the first half as the emirate’s economy...

  2. July 21, 2014

    Tony Blair urges Labour to remain party of the centre ground

    Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has urged Labour leader Ed Miliband to stick to the political centre ground, warning...

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  1. Arab World: Banking & Finance 2012

    Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
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  1. July 14, 2014

    SFO launches probe into Sweett Group over Mideast contract

    Britain’s Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into Sweett Group, following allegations that a former member...

  2. July 9, 2014

    United Arab Emirates detains two Qatari citizens on spying charges

    The United Arab Emirates has detained two Qatari citizens amid accusations of spying, in a move that threatens to sour...

  3. June 30, 2014

    Middle East sales fuel UK aerospace boom

    UK aerospace companies see big opportunities to export components to Chinese aircraft makers, and are also benefiting from a...

  4. June 29, 2014

    Heavy spending helps to redraw Arab region’s economic geography

    The oil price boom of the past decade has triggered heavy spending on infrastructure in the hydro­carbon-rich monarchies of...

  5. June 29, 2014

    Iran seeks closer trade ties with UAE as nuclear talks lift mood

    Jamshid, a leading Iranian importer of basic commodities, was outraged when authorities in the United Arab Emirates refused...

  6. June 29, 2014

    Gulf states forge links with Asia as building boom drives imports

    At the crossroads of Eurasia and Africa, the Middle East has long been an important trading hub. But the emerging markets of...

  7. June 29, 2014

    Gulf’s free zones help spur economic diversification

    The Middle East has propelled the development of free zones in recent decades. In a region where red tape and complicated...

  8. June 29, 2014

    Appetite grows for food trade between Latin America and the Middle East

    Peruvian asparagus, Uruguayan halal beef and frozen chickens from Brazil are some of the growing list of exports from Latin...

  9. June 29, 2014

    Old ties between India and the Gulf are renewed

    With the US trying to disengage from intractable wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and the US economy rapidly...

  10. June 24, 2014

    Dubai stock market suffers heavy tumble

    Dubai’s stock market has recorded its biggest monthly fall since 2008, as upheaval at one of the emirate’s largest companies...

  11. June 23, 2014

    Tony Blair eyes Abu Dhabi office as he looks to expand Middle East role

    Tony Blair is looking to open an office in Abu Dhabi, the increasingly assertive oil-rich emirate, in an apparent bid to...

  12. June 19, 2014

    UAE focuses on economic reform in Egypt in battle against Islamism

    The United Arab Emirates is shifting its assistance to Egypt from direct aid to private sector development as the Gulf state...

  13. June 11, 2014

    Kuwaitis protest against state corruption

    Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Kuwait City on Tuesday to protest against government corruption, as the Gulf state’s...

  14. June 11, 2014

    Prospect of Iran’s return poses problem for Opec

    In the days before an Opec meeting the financial press pack descends on Vienna. The media fan out across the city hoping to...

  15. June 3, 2014

    Saudi Arabia calls on region to assist Egypt

    Saudi Arabia has called for a donor conference to assist Egypt as the Gulf’s Arab superpower seeks to muster regional...

  16. The World

    May 28, 2014

    Boost for global food security

    By Scheherazade Daneshkhu Some good news for a change. Food security - the availability and affordability of food – has got...

  17. May 26, 2014

    Emaar set to raise up to $2.5bn with Dubai stock exchange listing

    Emaar, owner of one of the world’s biggest shopping centres, said it would list up to 25 per cent of the shares in its...

  18. May 22, 2014

    UAE stops using former British officers as military trainers

    The United Arab Emirates has stopped using dozens of British nationals serving as trainers in its armed forces as the Gulf...

  19. beyondbrics

    May 22, 2014

    Guest post: frontier markets - more profitable, less volatile

    By Tomás Guerrero, ESADE Business School In the last months, some isolated events such as the suspension of the Nigerian...

  20. beyondbrics

    May 21, 2014

    Islamic finance to get Africa boost

    Two African countries – Senegal and South Africa – are just months away from issuing sukuk, or Islamic bonds, seeking to...

  21. beyondbrics

    May 16, 2014

    A bumper year for Middle East and North Africa equity listings

    A flood of petrodollars into the turbo-charged Qatari and UAE economies is driving a bumper year for equity listings in the...

  22. May 13, 2014

    Saudi Arabia moves to ease regional tensions with Iran

    Saudi Arabia has invited Iran’s foreign minister to visit Riyadh to ease tensions between the two Gulf superpowers, which...

  23. May 12, 2014

    Abu Dhabi’s deep pockets attract blockbuster film producers

    In the western deserts of Abu Dhabi, film crews are recreating the windswept landscape of Luke Skywalker’s home planet of...

  24. May 2, 2014

    Frontier markets ahead as Qatar and UAE ‘promoted’

    Emerging markets have had a torrid time since the US Federal Reserve hinted at reducing monetary stimulus a year ago. But...

  25. beyondbrics

    May 1, 2014

    Guest post: What Price Risk? Investing in the Middle East

    By Julie Dickson of Ashmore There was no shortage of concerns about emerging markets last year. Investors fretted about US...

  26. April 29, 2014

    China’s CNPC signs UAE oil deal

    A Chinese state-run oil company has signed an oil production deal with the capital of the United Arab Emirates in a further...

  27. April 27, 2014

    Lessons that help to keep the business in the family

    In the 1970s, Khalid Rashid Al Zayani watched as the trading establishment set up by his father, uncle and pearl merchant...

  28. April 23, 2014

    Too soon to embrace Sisi – Egypt is an unpredictable place

    Egypt’s authorities are meticulously preparing a glorious election that will elevate the former military chief Abdel Fattah...

  29. April 22, 2014

    Saudi health minister removed as coronavirus fears grow

    Saudi Arabia replaced its health minister as concerns grow about the spread of Mers CoV, or the Middle East respiratory...

  30. April 18, 2014

    Gulf states forge deal to end spat over Doha backing for Brotherhood

    The Gulf states have forged an initial agreement aimed at ending a regional spat over Qatar’s support for the Islamist...

  31. April 17, 2014

    Weighing up Europe and emerging markets

    If you were an international bond investor, which of these entities would you lend to? Country A is an economic powerhouse,...

  32. April 17, 2014

    Mubadala’s profits buoyed by rising equity markets

    Abu Dhabi state investment fund Mubadala tripled its net profit on financial investments in 2013, as equity markets rose –...

  33. April 13, 2014

    Etihad closes in on Alitalia stake as it chases regional rivals

    Abu Dhabi’s Etihad was a latecomer to the race among Gulf carriers to snatch long-haul market share away from established...

  34. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Arab youth turn from "Arab spring" to starting businesses

    Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and...

  35. April 3, 2014

    Cameron and the Muslim Brothers

    Since the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001, Britain, like other western governments, has from time to time banned...

  36. March 31, 2014

    M&S in Saudi Arabia shows attraction for big brands

    When Marks and Spencer, the UK-based retailer, decided to open its first stand­alone lingerie and beauty shop it did not...

  37. March 31, 2014

    Dubai property sector reasserts its case for ‘safe as houses’ billing

    When Dubai-based luxury housing developer Damac listed on the London Stock Exchange in December, it was a standout moment....

  38. March 31, 2014

    Capital begins to return to Arab nations despite problems of political instability

    The world may be recovering from the financial crisis, but the Middle East’s attempts to lure investment have lagged behind...

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