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  • ubs

    A Royal Pickle: UBS’s public spat with Kuwaiti Sheikh Meshal

    In a region where ruling families control big deals, where blood ties often trump all other considerations, and where business is scarce, falling out with a sheikh of any stature is always a risk warns Una Galani.

    June 21, 2012 4:36

    EIDA discovers ‘Social Media’

    They might have made a remarkable four year long hash of their communications, but EIDA has consistently served up quality entertainment says Alex Mcnabb.

    June 19, 2012 4:50

    Are Tablets Microsoft’s Bitter Pill?

    Microsoft missed the Internet. The story of the company's recovery from the blunder is not only fascinating, it's still unfolding says Alex McNabb.

    June 18, 2012 4:02
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    OPEC’s new ground rule? Don’t mention Iran

    It is no exaggeration to say the impact of the pending U.S. and European sanctions against Iran are one of the most taboo subjects at an OPEC meeting in years says Robert Campbell.

    June 14, 2012 5:34
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    Iran’s oil sanctions are just beginning to hurt

    Oil revenue in the Islamic Republic may have fallen by nearly one third, or $35 billion, on the back of a slowdown in exports and declining prices. With U.S. sanctions set to tighten and China's apparent readiness to go along, Tehran's budget could be thrown deep into the red, says Una Galani

    June 13, 2012 5:47
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    It isn’t lonely at the top

    China, Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan are all vying to out-build each other in the race to erect the tallest building in the world. What’s pushing these countries to the brink of the stratosphere?

    June 13, 2012 5:46
  • cheaper-oil-more-consumption

    OPEC can’t afford to give residents cheap oil

    Bargain price oil is a standard perk for residents of crude-exporting nations. But the practice is expensive for members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, which meets in Vienna this week. It's well past time for a change, says Christopher Swann

    June 13, 2012 5:42
  • dubai dress code

    Dubai’s dress-code drama

    A cultural clash between conservatives and the not so conservative is a tight rope legislators in the UAE have to learn to master.

    June 12, 2012 5:22
  • Gold-in-the-banks

    Do Asian central banks hold enough gold?

    Most of these nations hold a low proportion of gold in their reserves, while they are among the countries with the highest personal gold use, at least when compared with local GDP

    June 12, 2012 3:44