Jordan: Big Changes Afoot In Aqaba

MILESTONES By Justin Keay First Jordan was hit by the global economic crisis, which slowed annual growth rates from around 8% to 3% and reduced foreign direct investment to a trickle. Now Syria’s bloody civil war is threatening to ...

Dubai Gets World Expo Fever

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP   By Gordon Platt   The Dubai Financial Market was one of the best-performing equity markets in the world in 2013, with the general index nearly doubling. Confidence in the emirate was boosted by news that it won the ...

Israel–Palestine Gas Accord

Israel–Palestine Gas Accord

MILESTONES   By Luca Ventura   When in early January the US secretary of state John Kerry traveled to the Middle East, newspaper headlines mostly focused on his attempt to push yet another peace deal between Israel and Palestine. His efforts, however ...

Slashing Saudi Oil Reliance

COUNTRY REPORT   By Gordon Platt   The coming year could be crucial for Saudi Arabia, as the Middle Eastern powerhouse deals with a changing global landscape in terms of both its primary economic driver—oil—and its key international partnerships.   Three ...

Editor's Letter: The New Geography

There is a new definition of the emerging markets and their characteristics that confutes many old and accepted axioms; for example, the idea that the cost of labor is cheaper in developing countries, or that governance is more advanced and regulations are more enforced in developed countries.

Regional Focus: The Levant

WHEN WILL A NEW SUN RISE?   By Justin Keay   The Levant region is plagued with political instability and unrest. But there are pockets of economic strength and inklings of long-term development.   According to the Collins English Dictionary, the word Levant ...

WORLD'S SAFEST BANKS IN THE MIDDLE EAST 2012

GLOBAL FINANCE names National Bank of Abu Dhabi and National Bank of Kuwait the World's Safest Banks 2012 in the Middle East

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NEW YORK, August 16, 2012 Global Finance magazine ( GF mag.com) has named the Safest Banks in ...