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    HIGH EXPECTATIONS? Saudis may be betting too much on mortgage law

    Saudi Arabian banking and real estate shares have surged since the government approved a long-awaited law allowing the development of a housing mortgage industry. But investors may be getting ahead of themselves.

    July 6, 2012 5:31

    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

    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
  • Qatar investment

    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