SAUDI EXCHANGE OPENING WILL INCREASE RIYADH'S IMPORTANCE

CAPITAL MARKETS | MIDDLE EAST EQUITY
Riyadh, the Saudi capital, has already built a new financial district, named after King Abdullah, but its 42 new skyscrapers stand largely empty. That could change following the decision by the government in July to allow foreign financial institutions to invest directly in listed shares, starting in the first half of 2015.

GCC 2014: LOWERING EXPECTATIONS

GCC REGIONAL SUPERSECTION 2014 | INTRODUCTION
The six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council have some of the world’s highest living standards and a combined GDP of more than $1.6 trillion. They play an important role in maintaining global economic stability, and their continuing prosperity depends critically on oil prices and the ability to generate surpluses to pay for infrastructure development and job creation.

SHADOWS OF THE PAST

SHADOWS OF THE PAST

COUNTRY REPORT: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Despite a fast-growing economy and plans to boost growth via infrastructure investments, debts are mounting again at Dubai’s government-related entities. Is the day when Dubai World almost collapsed coming back to haunt investors?

Middle East Capital Markets: GCC Triumph

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT   By Tiziana Barghini   Stock markets in GCC countries, in particular Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have capitalized on the political and economic uncertainty that continues to pervade other Middle Eastern markets more than three years on from ...

Qatar: Spotlight On Labor Reform

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT   By Gordon Platt   Occurring on the global stage, the World Cup 2022 is helping to highlight labor market reform in Qatar.   At least 400 Nepalese construction workers have died in Qatar in the run-up to the ...

Middle East Oil & Gas: Iranian Win?

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT   By Ronald Fink   Some analysts think the Ukrainian crisis could help improve prospects for Middle Eastern oil producers—pushing up prices and driving development of recent finds as a result.   The crisis in Ukraine sent global ...

Middle East Thrives Amid Political Flux

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT   By Gordon Platt   The economies of the Middle East continue to prosper despite ongoing instability. In some cases, that instability is creating the greatest opportunities. However, any prospects for investing do come with a unique set ...