Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup   By Gordon Platt   Dubai International Financial Center: Turmoil casts doubt over future The repercussions from the debt-standstill by investment company Dubai World will be felt for months, if not years, to come. Moody’s Investors Service on December ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup   By Gordon Platt   Futuristic: Dubai’s new metro should ease traffic congestion Jordan and Iraq signed a free trade agreement in Baghdad on September 3 that will expand already fast-growing trade between the neighboring countries. Jordan’s prime minister ...

Features: Islamic Finance

REGIONAL REPORT: Gulf Cooperation Council Sukuk issuance is rebounding as investor confidence returns to the GCC region. By Gordon Platt The global financial crisis has accelerated what already was a growing interest in Islamic finance and has created new opportunities ...

Features : Back To Basics

SECTOR REPORT SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS A series of disastrous investments in Western banks and mounting pressure to invest locally is prompting a sea change in sovereign wealth funds’ investment attitudes.   Dickinson: Some SWFs are facing pressure to diversify their ...

Features : Best Laid Plans

MIDDLE EAST Determined to avoid repeating past mistakes, oil-rich nations in the Middle East have worked hard to diversify their economies. So far they have fared well, but pitfalls remain.   Oil is integral to the Middle East's economic fortunes, ...