April 13, 2014
Persistent post-Arab Spring cronyism: Algerian businessmen are pouring endless cash in Bouteflika's re-election
Because the spending is technically illegal, no public record is kept of where the campaign funds come from.
April 10, 2014
Saudis on social media Wednesday praised Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin for saying the nation's banks are not doing enough for the poor.
Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his country and six world powers were in “50 to 60 percent agreement” on the shape of a nuclear deal to crimp any potential Iranian attempt to build nuclear arms in exchange for an end to crippling economic sanctions.
International energy companies will be able to start drilling for gas off the Lebanese coast at the end of 2015 if the August auction date is met, a source familiar with the tender process said Wednesday.
Matthew said that the respective long terms visions of the countries of the GCC can provide the building blocks for smart urban environments.
April 9, 2014
Fearing a disruption in Ukraine’s exports, corn prices rose 20 per cent year-to-date, while wheat prices increased by 13.5 per cent.
Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Friday that is not appropriate for political figures to say too much about the central bank.
Non-performing loans (NPL) in the UAE could double in the next few years on the back of growing credit demand and as banks fail to refine their debt collection strategies.
Separately, the IMF expects economic growth in Tunisia, cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, to gather pace on the back of political and security improvements.
April 8, 2014
Laws protecting Oman consumers from hikes in the price of goods or defective products are being strictly enforced in a fresh crackdown in the Sultanate, but supermarkets bosses say they are suffering.
The new UAE Smart Government App Store has been highly rated by users since its official launch on March 27.
The Council of Ministers, chaired by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on Monday emphasized the government’s efforts to provide higher education to Saudi students all over the Kingdom.
The UAE was ranked as the happiest Arab country and the 17th happiest in the world in the 2013 World Happiness Report, commissioned by the United Nations.
April 7, 2014
“Banks aren’t prepared for social media and we are scared of it because it’s very transparent,” said Sanjoy Sen, managing director, Retail Banking – Asia Pacific at ANZ.
Abu Dhabi has 778,000 sq m of new retail space in its development pipeline, placing the UAE capital among the top 20 cities globally for shopping centre development.