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  • Do we really need a ministry for women?

    Do we really need a ministry for women?

    New proposals in Saudi leave a bad taste in the mouth for our regular guest blogger, Eman Al Nafjan. It is, she says, yet another act of gender apartheid.

    November 3, 2010 4:07
  • A family affair

    A family affair

    A far greater proportion of companies in the region are family owned than the global average. But even successful family owned companies rarely make it past the third generation.

    July 4, 2010 11:53
  • Are UAE banks broke?

    Are UAE banks broke?

    Despite government bailouts, tight liquidity persists throughout the Emirates.

    May 7, 2010 10:18
  • Rating the exchange

    Rating the exchange

    The debut of the Bahrain Financial Exchange is another step in the tiny country’s efforts to diversify itself from its neighbors. But is there a demand?

    May 7, 2010 10:02
  • Special report: Carbon capping

    Special report: Carbon capping

    The Middle East’s cap and trade system could mean big money for regional companies, but first both they – and governments – need to embrace it.

    May 7, 2010 9:54
  • A taxing delay for GCC firms

    A taxing delay for GCC firms

    The introduction of a value-added tax could be a financial blow to companies that are slow to update their contracts.

    May 7, 2010 9:39
  • Budget hotels have ‘seven-star’ potential

    Budget hotels have ‘seven-star’ potential

    In the pre-recession days of ‘bling’ developments like Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, Mideast hotel owners weren’t interested in developing mid-market properties. But they are now.

    May 7, 2010 9:33
  • Rating for the recovery

    Rating for the recovery

    A new Kuwaiti ratings agency claims to have a greater understanding of the regional markets. But that alone won’t solve the underlying problems of the country’s banking sector.

    April 18, 2010 3:52
  • Interview: Mattar Al Tayer

    Interview: Mattar Al Tayer

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority chairman is as bullish as can be when it comes to the emirate’s future.

    April 12, 2010 10:02
  • Shopping maul

    Shopping maul

    Are the Gulf’s over-the-top retail centers doomed? Trends magazine reports.

    April 11, 2010 4:20