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Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran
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Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran

Monday, 23 January 2017 6:12 PM

Trump seen as a strong president who will shore up Washington's role as their main strategic partner in a region central to US security and energy interests

Is Africa's investment dream still on track?
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Is Africa's investment dream still on track?

Saturday, 21 January 2017 1:33 AM

It was the new bright spot for global investors, but widespread falling GDP growth and decreased commodity prices has meant Africa's dream of attracting billions of dollars of investment from the GCC is taking longer to realise than anticipated. But ahead of the Arabian Business Africa Forum, stakeholders argue serious returns are there to be made

Markets cheer Saudi deficit-cutting but finances still hostage to oil
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Markets cheer Saudi deficit-cutting but finances still hostage to oil

Thursday, 12 January 2017 5:23 PM

Cost of insuring against a Saudi sovereign debt default fell this week to its lowest since September 2015

Saudi-Iran crisis, economic woes strain Oman's neutrality
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Saudi-Iran crisis, economic woes strain Oman's neutrality

Monday, 9 January 2017 8:02 PM

Oman has never found it easy to balance relations with Saudi Arabia to the west and Iran to the north

Oil slump prompts Gulf states to take shine off cushy government jobs
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Oil slump prompts Gulf states to take shine off cushy government jobs

Sunday, 11 December 2016 4:51 PM

High-paying public sector jobs that demand little of workers have led to bureaucratic inertia and an absenteeism culture

Kuwait's anti-austerity lawmakers threaten reform plans
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Kuwait's anti-austerity lawmakers threaten reform plans

Monday, 5 December 2016 6:02 PM

New lawmakers say they are determined to protect basic services and jobs in the country's public sector

Power to the people in Saudi Arabia
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Power to the people in Saudi Arabia

Friday, 2 December 2016 1:04 AM

As Saudi Arabia fights to control surging electricity demand, the government is increasingly turning to the private sector. With an 80-year history in the kingdom, General Electric’s recent $1bn of investment is starting to pay off

RAK to the future: Forging a reputation on the global business stage
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RAK to the future: Forging a reputation on the global business stage

Saturday, 19 November 2016 10:46 AM

Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s second-smallest emirate, is quietly boosting its tourism, free zones and real estate.

Anxious times as Middle East awaits clarity on Trump's policies
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Anxious times as Middle East awaits clarity on Trump's policies

Saturday, 12 November 2016 2:40 PM

Donald Trump’s surprise presidential win is expected to rattle financial markets globally for some time to come, with the Middle East particularly watching to see how the contradictory, unpredictable Republican will lead the world’s most powerful country.

Saudis could raise oil output again as sparring with Iran returns-sources
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Saudis could raise oil output again as sparring with Iran returns-sources

Saturday, 5 November 2016 10:47 AM

Saudi comments at meeting surprise other OPEC delegates

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Pyramid selling: Egypt's rollercoaster economy
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Pyramid selling: Egypt's rollercoaster economy

Friday, 4 November 2016 1:19 AM

Egypt has been walking a tightrope since 2011, with two revolutions and continued security concerns testing what was once a stalwart economy. Fed up, Egyptians are again becoming restless as they await the impact of an imminent $12bn loan from the IMF

America decides: Gulf view on Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton
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America decides: Gulf view on Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton

Friday, 4 November 2016 1:17 AM

How will this week’s US presidential election affect politics in the GCC region?

Banking on reforms in Kuwait
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Banking on reforms in Kuwait

Saturday, 22 October 2016 2:05 AM

As Kuwait stares down its first deficit in 20 years, the Gulf state is relying on its financial sector to help navigate choppy fiscal waters. Delayed plans to privatise the Kuwait Stock Exchange are finally on the home stretch and could prove vital to the country’s recovery

Saudis face dilemma between size and pricing in debut bond sale
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Saudis face dilemma between size and pricing in debut bond sale

Monday, 17 October 2016 2:03 PM

Riyadh is under pressure to maximise the size of its international issue with a 2016 state budget that envisages an $87bn deficit

How technology is changing the UAE
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How technology is changing the UAE

Friday, 14 October 2016 12:36 AM

Free wifi in public spaces and remotely monitoring utility use are no longer an indicator of an advanced city. Arabian Business looks at how technology is evolving just about every part of daily life – and how the UAE is leading the way.


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