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The UAE government announced plans to set up a federal credit bureau to collect information on individuals and corporations. Roundup By Gordon Platt Riyadh, future home of the GCC Monetary Council The UAE government announced plans ...
Dubai moved a step closer to resolving its debt problems with the announcement of a plan to invest $9.5 billion to restructure its flagship conglomerate, Dubai World, and its property developer, Nakheel. Dubai By Gordon Platt and Anita Hawser ...
The International Monetary Fund approved a $3.6 billion loan for Iraq, the largest such loan the country has received. The two-year standby agreement will help Iraq implement its development plan, rebuild its infrastructure and reform its banking sector. ...
There are reasons for hope and progress in the dynamic economies of the Middle East, but challenges remain. A Rapid Recovery By Gordon Platt Demographics and hydrocarbons make the Middle East a dynamic region that is rapidly advancing, despite the debt...
Government spending will keep the Middle East’s economic recovery on track in 2010. MIDDLE EAST: ECONOMY Government spending will keep the Middle East’s economic recovery on track in 2010. By Gordon Platt The Middle East rode out the g...
Banks across the region learned many painful lessons during the crisis but have emerged stronger than ever. MIDDLE EAST: BANKING INDUSTRY Banks across the region learned many painful lessons during the crisis but have emerged stronger than ever. By G...
Oil producers aim to turn the desert sunshine into a new export: solar energy. MIDDLE EAST: RENEWABLE ENERGY Oil producers aim to turn the desert sunshine into a new export: solar energy. By Gordon Platt When the oil runs out, the sun will still...
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, has purchased an approximately 15% stake in London's Gatwick Airport, although it would not confirm the exact size of the holding or the price paid. Sovereign wealth funds have become major inves...
With more than 20% of the world's oil reserves, Saudi Arabia stands to benefit significantly from rebounding oil prices and the global economic recovery. Demand for petrochemicals and refined petroleum products is picking up, particularly in the fast-growing economies o...
Gas-rich Qatar and ExxonMobil signed an agreement in January to build the world’s largest polyethylene plant as part of a $6 billion petrochemical complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City. The output of the plant, to be completed by the end of 2015, is destined mainly fo...
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