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Economy

What happened at December’s GCC Summit in Kuwait?

December 12, 2017

On December 5, 2017, Kuwait Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani announced the abrupt ending of the 38th Annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit on its ...

Economy

Jordan: Future Business Hub for the Middle East?

November 15, 2017

In October 2017, the government-owned news outlet The Jordan Times reported that Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Imad Fakhoury had ...

Economy

Is the future of cash in the Middle East bleak?

October 2, 2017

In July 2017 the Central Bank of Egypt announced that they would not issue legislation allowing the trading of cryptocurrencies. The result is that Bi...

Geopolitics

Tunisia has reached a fork in the road. What next?

September 25, 2017

Tunisia has reached a fork in the road. At the end of one path, there is a complete democratic transition wherein the voices of the citizens are heard...

Geopolitics

Analysis: China’s growing influence in the Middle East

September 5, 2017

For a long time China had viewed the Middle East as a US influence zone. But, as a reflection of its growing power and ambitions, it is now becoming a...

Investment

Analysis of the trending views surrounding The Cairo Capital project. What is it and will it fulfill its potential?

August 28, 2017

In March 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi announced at the Egypt Economic Development Conference the intent of the government to build a n...

Geopolitics

Turkey and the Qatar Crisis. An Analysis.

August 11, 2017

In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt cut political and economic ties with Qatar over an accusation that it s...

Geopolitics

Tiran & Sanafir- Egyptian or Saudi land? The debate rages on…

June 28, 2017

On April 9, 2016, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi announced that two Egyptian islands–Tiran and Sanafir–were located inside the Sau...

Geopolitics

Analysis: Iran’s presidential election and the prospects for reform

May 25, 2017

Iranian politics is usually characterised by a political contestation between two broadly defined camps: Hardliner conservatives and moderate reformis...

Investment

Increased female participation in the workforce will help to accelerate Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Is this increase realistic without the right to drive?

April 27, 2017

In a statement posted on his personal website, Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud called for the end of the prohibition on driving f...

Geopolitics

The referendum is over: what next in Turkey?

April 24, 2017

The recent referendum in Turkey changed its system from a parliamentary government to a presidential one. The newly empowered president will be able t...

Investment

The Gulf’s rapidly growing cyber security sector offers intriguing opportunities for British exporters.

April 19, 2017

We are all familiar with the doomsday scenario of a hacker collective taking control of an entire electrical grid and plunging an entire economy into ...

Investment

The Gulf joins the ecommerce revolution

April 3, 2017

Whether it’s importing products from Italy or Spain or selling to customers in Germany and France, Europe has been a major market for Britain’s online...

Investment

Fine Art Sparks Continued Interest in Gulf Art Markets

March 22, 2017

Fine art has long played a role in a balanced investment portfolio. However, with tremors in global financial markets, greater volatility entering the...

Investment

UK Food exporters are looking to the Middle East for growth. Is your company behind the curve?

March 2, 2017

Brexit fears, a threatened boycott of British produce post-Brexit over GM contamination fears by the EU, price spikes, supply issues and the usual lit...

Corporate citizenship

Corporate citizenship spotlight: Savola Group

February 28, 2017

Successful companies invest in high-quality products and businesses.  Standout companies, those able to create positive change to their surroundings, ...

Investment

Gulf teases growth opportunities for UK health industry investors

February 16, 2017

For those of you that might have listened to the BBC World Service Business Daily podcast today, you will have no doubt heard about the struggles of r...

Geopolitics

OPEC restricts output. North American shale moves back in. The battle continues…

February 6, 2017

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is, of course, operating in a very challenging time. OPEC is facing serious competition in th...

Investment

Your best friend in Dubai: The DIFC Courts

February 1, 2017

Many U.K. based investors attracted by the Gulf’s vibrant, growth-oriented economies are understandably nervous about the region’s legal framewo...

Geopolitics

Oman’s joining of IMAFT: the ending of a policy of non-interventionism and neutrality?

January 19, 2017

Saudi Arabia recently established a coalition of Sunni states to combat terrorism under the banner of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism...