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Qatar hard-pressed to repeat LNG feat Qatar hard-pressed to repeat LNG feat(0)

Qatar’s moratorium on natural gas development in its massive North Field is expected to continue for some time, but the country will likely face headwinds when it looks to revive developments in the world’s third natural gas basin. CONTINUE READING

Qatar weighs risks on road to 2022 World Cup Qatar weighs risks on road to 2022 World Cup(0)

As Qatar gears up to award projects worth USD 34 billion this year, the country will need to ensure that it tackles three key risks, according to Standard Chartered Bank …. CONTINUE READING

BlackBerry gets USD100m Qatari cash infusion BlackBerry gets USD100m Qatari cash infusion(0)

Qatar Holding ‘s USD 100 million investment in embattled smartphone maker BlackBerry is a bold bet that is high-risk, but may also turn out to be high-reward. CONTINUE READING

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Sheikh Tamim faces macro sustainability challenges Sheikh Tamim faces macro sustainability challenges(0)

It may appear to be the best job in the world, but it does come with its unique set of challenges. CONTINUE READING

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Gulf banks’ M&A hunger pangs seen growing Gulf banks’ M&A hunger pangs seen growing(0)

Gulf banks are showing renewed confidence and are hungry for acquisitions, especially as Western banks retreat. CONTINUE READING

Doing business in the Middle East Doing business in the Middle East(0)

 

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Middle East states fared poorly in a new edition of a survey that measures their business friendliness. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business 2013 report saw most countries in the region fall in global rankings. CONTINUE READING

MENA’s 5,000 richest individuals MENA’s 5,000 richest individuals(0)

The Middle East North Africa region welcomed 100 new ultra high networth individuals, as the region’s nearly 5,000-richest individuals avoided the worst of the global economic crisis and regional turmoil, according to Wealth-X, a Singapore-based wealth consultancy. CONTINUE READING

Qatar’s Commodity Empire Qatar’s Commodity Empire(0)

 

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Go with what you know – that seems to be Qatar’s motto as it unveils ambitious plans to dominate the global resources sector. READ MORE HERE

USD76Bn Of Gulf Debt Set To Mature By 2014 USD76Bn Of Gulf Debt Set To Mature By 2014(0)

More than USD76-billion of bond and sukuk debt is expected to mature by 2014, according to Kuwait Financial Centre ( Markaz ) research. CONTINUE READING

Rivals Threaten Qatar’s LNG Lead Rivals Threaten Qatar’s LNG Lead(1)

Qatar has ruled the liquefied natural gas (LNG) world for the past few years, but it will see the market flooded with new rivals eager to sign up Asian investors over the next five years, just when its own gas production lines goes flat. READ MORE HERE

9 key points from the GCC Summit 9 key points from the GCC Summit(0)

The timing could not have been more inconvenient.

In the week Gulf leaders met to discuss ways to create a more unified group, similar to an ‘EU model’, European Union leaders were struggling to keep their group united amid an unravelling economic and political crisis. READ MORE HERE

Gulf Emerges As Global Sweet Spot Gulf Emerges As Global Sweet Spot(0)

Nobody even considered looking at MENA states last year, as news of Arab Spring-related crisis, instability and the Iran conflict dominated the headlines.
But buried amid the negative headlines was the regional governments’ resolve to continue pumping funds into their respective economies. READ MORE HERE

What If Oil Prices Drop Suddenly?: The GCC Dilemma, As Imagined By Citibank What If Oil Prices Drop Suddenly?: The GCC Dilemma, As Imagined By Citibank(0)

Barclays Capital expects GCC economies to rise 5.4% this year, but Citibank worries that a sudden drop in oil prices could leave the states with a dilemma: whether to curtail spending or keep pumping funds into the economy. READ MORE HERE

Middle East’s Best Performing Stocks Middle East’s Best Performing Stocks(0)

Middle East markets had a phenomenal February. Find out which stocks performed outstandingly well, and which failed to get investors enthused.

February was the month when Middle East markets roared back to life.  READ MORE HERE

Which Country Will Suffer Most If Strait Of Hormuz Is Blocked? Which Country Will Suffer Most If Strait Of Hormuz Is Blocked?(0)

Which regional companies and countries stand to lose in the event that Iran closes the Strait of Hormuz? Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s takes a look. READ MORE HERE

 

S&P: Which Middle East Companies & Countries Will Suffer If Strait of Hormuz Is Blocked? S&P: Which Middle East Companies & Countries Will Suffer If Strait of Hormuz Is Blocked?(0)

It’s a crisis that won’t go away. While the region is no stranger to Israelis and Iranians trading insults and threats, Tel Aviv’s latest hue and cry over Iran’s nuclear ambition refuses to die down.

Recent bombing attacks on Israeli embassies in New Dehli, Tbilisi (Georgia) and Bangkok was blamed on Iran – claims denied by Tehran – have frayed nerves and the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did nothing to soothe them by attending an event that highlighted Iran’s “nuclear achievements” on Wednesday.

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Most Trusted Middle East Banks Most Trusted Middle East Banks(0)

Thirty-three Middle East banks are among 500 of the world’s most trusted banks, according to a new study. READ MORE HERE

Putting The USD250M Qatari Painting Purchase In Perspective Putting The USD250M Qatari Painting Purchase In Perspective(0)

Nobody can complain that Qatar does not look after its citizens. Or that its rulers are not leading the once-backwater of the region to unprecedented growth, almost defying the global economic downward trend.

As a recent IMF report noted, Qatar’s economy has grown sixfold in the past ten years alone, and the country is awash with cash, trade surpluses and foreign reserves. READ MORE HERE

12 Qatar Highlights From IMF Report 12 Qatar Highlights From IMF Report(0)

In the eyes of the International Monetary Fund, the greatest risk facing Qatar is a worsening of global liquidity and financing conditions. Individual banks, especially those that rely on large wholesale funding might face liquidity pressures and either have to resort to the central bank for dollar funding or deleverage, warns the IMF, apart from in foreign reserves of the central bank and lower valuation of Qatar’s external assets portfolio. READ MORE HERE

OPEC Outlook: Oil’s Not Well OPEC Outlook: Oil’s Not Well(0)

Opec countries will rake in $900-billion this year. But these outstanding figures mask great turmoil facing group members in the next few
years.

With Brent crude comfortably over $100 a barrel, oil  exports of OPEC countries this year will amount to nearly $900 billion, a 38%
increase over 2010, according to the Centre for Global Energy Studies. READ MORE HERE

MENA 2012 Outlook: Oil Exporting Countries MENA 2012 Outlook: Oil Exporting Countries(0)

In the first part of the 2012 regional economic prospects, a look at oil-rich countries’ efforts to manage their citizens’ expectations, economic slowdown and regional and domestic political upheavals in the New Year.

The year 2011 was probably the most unexpected for the Middle East in decades with  not just the magnitude of changes unravelling in the region, but also the sheer number of those cataclysmic changes. READ MORE HERE

MENA Projects: Saudi Arabia Still the Driving Force; UAE Slowdown Continues MENA Projects: Saudi Arabia Still the Driving Force; UAE Slowdown Continues(0)

Excerpt from Citibank report:

In October this year, $16.9bn of projects were awarded across MENA. On a cumulative basis, just over $82bn of projects have been awarded across the region in the year to end October. This compares favourably with FY10 when almost $80bn of projects were awarded. Saudi Arabia is the main driving force accounting for a third of the 2011 total. Iraq accounts for 20%.The UAE has awarded almost $14bn in the year to end October, almost $20bn below FY10.
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MSCI Dec 14 Decision On UAE & Qatar On Knife-Edge MSCI Dec 14 Decision On UAE & Qatar On Knife-Edge(0)

EFG-Hermes believes an MSCI upgrade of UAE and Qatar exchanges to emerging market status is unlikely but not impossible. If the upgrade does happen, both markets could tap into an estimated $280Bn of emerging market funds.
The markets have been buoyant recently in anticipation  that MSCI will upgrade both UAE and Qatar to emerging market status on December 14. READ MORE HERE

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE are among the world’s 25 Rapid Growth Markets: Ernst & Young Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE are among the world’s 25 Rapid Growth Markets: Ernst & Young(0)

• 25 Rapid Growth Markets (RGMs) to grow by an average of 6.2% this year and by 5.9% in 2012, compared with 1.6% growth for the Eurozone this year falling to 0.6% next year.

• Qatar had the highest nominal GDP (US$) per capita at PPP in 2010 among the 25 RGMs and has also been the fastest growing economy over the last decade, with an average growth of 13%.

The dynamics of the global economy have changed with a new set of fast-growing markets challenging the position of the established advanced economies. The rapid growth markets (RGMs) are expected to grow collectively by 6.2% this year, almost four times more than the anemic growth expected in the Eurozone according to Ernst & Young’s new quarterly Rapid Growth Markets Forecast (RGMF).
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Will 2011 Be The Best Year For Gulf Banks? Will 2011 Be The Best Year For Gulf Banks?(0)

While their global counterparts slash and burn, Gulf banks are collectively set for their best year – ever — according to KAMCO.

While major blue-chip banks across the world are cutting back, shedding staff, deleveraging and recoiling at the thought of major sovereign defaults in Euroland, Gulf banks have quietly bulked up. Their prudence has allowed them to escape much of the crisis facing the global financial services industry, and they have benefited from great government support that has ensured they lived through the soul-crushing global financial crisis of 2008. READ MORE HERE
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Top Gulf Stock Picks By United Securities Top Gulf Stock Picks By United Securities(0)
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Muscat-based United Securities has turned cautiously optimistic on the recent developments by global markets to contain the debt crises and on the back of better than expectation Q3 results in some market sectors.
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China’s Hard Landing Will Hurt Middle East Economic Prospects China’s Hard Landing Will Hurt Middle East Economic Prospects(0)

The EU and the US economies are not the only headaches for Middle East economies. China’s faltering economy could also hurt the region’s growth prospects.

As the advanced economies were contracting and falling behind earlier in the year, the Gulf and the wider MENA states were hoping Chinese and wider Asian demand to ensure their oil production finding eager buyers. READ MORE HERE
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EFG Positive On Q3 Earnings; Expects Q4 Market Rally; No UAE-Qatar MSCI Upgrade Though EFG Positive On Q3 Earnings; Expects Q4 Market Rally; No UAE-Qatar MSCI Upgrade Though(0)

The regional stock markets may be sending negative signals, but the Middle East listed companies are expected to see a 38% rise in earnings in the third compared to the same period last year, according to EFG-Hermes estimates.

“Materials sector earnings are driven by higher oil prices, lower provisioning and loan growth will likely drive earnings growth for the Saudi banks, and the UAE’s real estate sector will likely see a Y-o-Y turnaround after heavy losses from UP and Aldar in 2010, in our view. (Excluding UP and Aldar reduces earnings growth expectations to 16.8% Y-o-Y and 2.6% Q-o-Q). We believe Q-o-Q growth will be driven by Emaar and UP showing strong earnings growth, seasonally high earnings from SEC and Air Arabia due to the summer period, and OCI, which should benefit from strong fertiliser prices,” notes EFG.

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Outlook For UAE Darkens; Gulf Not Immune Either: Deutsche Bank Outlook For UAE Darkens; Gulf Not Immune Either: Deutsche Bank(0)

The UAE which is more aligned than other regional states to global economic  cycles, saw its PMI fall from 57.5 in April to 51.0 in July, suggesting that that any further deterioration in global economies will be felt more in the UAE compared to other Gulf states, says Deutsche Bank. READ MORE HERE

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