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    ON TRACK? Bahrain’s economic reform

    Bahrain's ambitious economic reform programme is still on track, the head of the country's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat said this week, despite a year of turmoil in the Gulf Arab state as the monarchy tackles a pro-democracy protest movement.

    July 5, 2012 6:08
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    FALLING SHORT? Oman protests suggest jobs and reform pledges are not enough

    An official in the Oman Employment Committee, part of the Ministry of Manpower, said the government created 50,000 jobs but still sporadic protests have taken place since last year's unrest.

    July 5, 2012 5:28

    A FRESH NEW START? What the elections mean for the Libyan economy?

    The election is expected to lead to reforms and investors want to know what those policies will be. In May, the economy ministry issued a decree enabling foreign companies to set up joint ventures, branches and representative offices in most sectors, more easily.

    July 5, 2012 5:23

    UAE seeks stronger Egypt ties after Islamist win

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) called for stronger bilateral ties with Egypt on Tuesday following the swearing-in of the new Islamist president of the largest Arab nation.

    July 4, 2012 1:07
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    Demand for Arabic digital content extends to mobile and apps

    Due to the high penetration of smartphones in the region and the volume of youth engaged in social media, demand for Arabic language digital content now extends to mobile and apps.

    July 4, 2012 1:04

    Historic Saudi mortgage reform faces big hurdles

    Saudi Arabia is conducting one of its biggest economic reforms in years by allowing housing mortgages to be offered in the kingdom, but structural problems such as high land costs may prevent the market from booming any time soon.

    July 4, 2012 10:21
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    QATARI AMBITIONS: Active not activist investor

    Qatar's small team of decision-makers is still too inexperienced and reliant on external advisers to pursue genuine activism says Una Galani

    July 3, 2012 3:56
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    HSBC sees top Abu Dhabi names tap bond market in H2

    HSBC Holdings, the top arranger of debt issues in the Middle East so far this year, sees a flurry of bond offerings in the second half, including from prime sovereign-linked Abu Dhabi names yet to tap the market in 2012, a top executive said.

    July 2, 2012 4:57
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    Female Role

    Women are beginning to play a vital role in GCC businesses – and society’s reaping the benefits.

    June 30, 2012 7:03
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    INTERVIEW: Dipak Jain

    Dipak Jain, Dean of Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD), talks about the current economic crisis and how that will effect investment in the world’s education sectors.

    June 29, 2012 8:04