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Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone
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Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:10 PM

Volatile energy swings mean the currency remains vulnerable, especially if Riyadh fails to deliver fast on its reform plans

The Gulf's sovereign dilemma
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The Gulf's sovereign dilemma

Saturday, 9 April 2016 12:15 AM

With oil prices still faltering around their lowest level in 11 years, many GCC governments are drawing down assets from their once swelling sovereign wealth funds to plug budget deficits. Yet this is having a knock-on impact on global markets

Gulf's bond market thaws as panic over oil fades
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Gulf's bond market thaws as panic over oil fades

Thursday, 7 April 2016 5:45 PM

Improved sentiment seen in the response to a $500m, five-year debut bond this week by Qatar's Ahli Bank

Is Lebanon an entrepreneur’s utopia?
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Is Lebanon an entrepreneur’s utopia?

Monday, 7 March 2016 1:00 PM

A country in the MENA region where banks commonly invest in start-ups does not have to be a pipe dream of struggling entrepreneurs. Tamara Pupic analyses how Lebanon has set itself apart from other entrepreneurship-friendly countries in the region.

'Social curse' of huge personal debt raises worries in wealthy Qatar
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'Social curse' of huge personal debt raises worries in wealthy Qatar

Thursday, 3 March 2016 8:06 PM

Generous government salaries and free healthcare do not always translate into healthy bank balances for ordinary Qataris

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The Saudi pointman for reform with a troubleshooter reputation
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The Saudi pointman for reform with a troubleshooter reputation

Thursday, 25 February 2016 2:01 PM

Former mayor of Jeddah has become the ruling family's point man for a wide-ranging revamp of Saudi Arabia's economy

Rising from the ashes: The UAE's insolvency dilemma
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Rising from the ashes: The UAE's insolvency dilemma

Saturday, 6 February 2016 1:04 AM

The UAE is close to finalising a modern insolvency law that would allow struggling businesses to rise from the ashes, but entrenched cultural attitudes towards corporate failings and a host of other challenges look set to defeat it

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Saudi currency devaluation would carry major political risk
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Saudi currency devaluation would carry major political risk

Thursday, 4 February 2016 11:13 PM

Currency traders have been betting against the Saudi peg, and those of other regional oil producers, in the wake of oil's price collapse

Ambitious Saudi reforms may not avert looming economic slump
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Ambitious Saudi reforms may not avert looming economic slump

Thursday, 28 January 2016 4:06 PM

Cheap oil continues to put pressure on Saudi currency; opens up record state budget deficit of around $100bn

Saudi forex, CDS suggest confidence partly restored by budget
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Saudi forex, CDS suggest confidence partly restored by budget

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 5:03 PM

2016 budget announcement seen by many investors as a test of Saudi Arabia's will to take painful steps needed to cope with era of cheap oil

Saudi rulers weigh political cost of tough economic reforms
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Saudi rulers weigh political cost of tough economic reforms

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 6:54 PM

Cars queuing outside petrol stations to fill up before higher fuel prices came into effect underscore impact of economic changes

Middle East misses out on M&A boom as sellers hold out on prices
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Middle East misses out on M&A boom as sellers hold out on prices

Thursday, 24 December 2015 2:49 PM

Global boom in mergers and acquisitions has largely bypassed the Middle East where regional deals are stalling

Focus: access to funding for innovation strategies
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Focus: access to funding for innovation strategies

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:08 AM

Financing is one of the main barriers faced by local SMEs, a research paper by Beehive, the UAE’s first peer-to-peer online marketplace, has revealed

Foreign banks charge back into Gulf as local lenders squeezed
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Foreign banks charge back into Gulf as local lenders squeezed

Monday, 14 December 2015 7:44 PM

Japanese, French and US banks are looking to pick up business in the region as oil price slump restricts domestic players

After glory days, cheap oil forces sovereign funds to retreat
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After glory days, cheap oil forces sovereign funds to retreat

Monday, 14 December 2015 7:36 PM

Saudi Arabia, Russia, Norway all tapping their sovereign funds amid impact of low oil prices on economies


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