November 6, 2012
Financing small and medium enterprises (SME) in the UAE is still one of the main challenges facing this burgeoning sector. An SME law anticipated by the close of the year might improve the situation.
European construction companies are pursuing growth opportunities in the Gulf region. The construction boom in the GCC can allow them to invest in rebuilding projects in Arab Spring countries as the Eurozone crisis continues to drain their profits.
Many women are finding creative ways to overcome the restrictions Palestinians face in finding work and starting a business. Palestinian females who know first hand how hard it is for women to succeed in the job market are leading a campaign to increase women's representation in decision-making positions in the public sector.
November 5, 2012
62% of PC users in the Middle East are unable to recognise a phishing message or a fake website, according to a recent survey.
The 'meteoric' rise of property prices in Oman from the past six years cannot be sustained and experts are predicting a crash that would leave many investors in the lurch.
Will Gulf states with oil-dependent economies run out of luck? Doomsday scenarios are always popular, especially when they are about countries that are perceived as smug and self-satisfied about their past economic performances and future prospects.
November 4, 2012
A seminar organised by the Lebanese Economic Association LEA in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation had this advice to give the Lebanese on pulling themselves out of crisis-mode: Watch Europe's crisis and learn. The impact of the European financial crisis on Lebanon has been minimal, yet Lebanon can learn from the Euro-zone.
A sneak Israeli preview on Iran: Is Ahmadinejad taking a nuclear time-out to champion the Shia Spring?
Israel is probably the most concerned country regarding Iran’s nuclear efforts, and that’s why it follows Iran’s every move relating to nuclear proliferation with meticulous attention. Minister Ehud Barak has leaked insights into an Iranian delay on nuclear armament as the Persian power it focuses on in the Shia 'cause' of the region.
man piles on the pounds: not as a fat sultanate to challenge obesity in Qatar but adding members to its rich Sultan club, acquiring 225 new millionaires in 5 years. Topping the fat cat pile, riches come from oil and gas, then down the scale wealth is drawn from property and other industry sell-outs.
November 1, 2012
Most new businesses need finance, and most venture capital firms are looking for a good investment. So why is it so hard for startups to get funding, and why do Venture Capitals say they don’t get good business plans?
The Jordanian government is weighing options ranging from restricting the number of vehicles on the Kingdom’s roads to timed blackouts in order to confront what officials are calling an emerging “fuel crisis”.
President Mohamed Morsi received on Tuesday 30/10/2012 President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Suma Chakrabarti.
October 31, 2012
The Eurozone crisis that has beset European countries that use the Euro, caused by dangerous lending and cheap credit, has had a dramatic impact on the continent, but so far it the contagion has been contained to affected nations, but it could soon be lapping at the shores of Lebanon.
The Omani economy is set to grow by five per cent in 2012, according to latest figures by the International Monetary Fund, although growth is expected to slow in 2013 as GCC countries face a slowing global economy beset by the potential 'fiscal cliff' in the US, the Eurozone and a slowing Chinese economy.
People have long called for a boycott of goods made in Israeli settlements in Palestine, and now 22 Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) have demanded that the European Union bans all imports from the settlements.