- QIB records 10 per cent increase in profit to reach QAR 1.16 billion in the first half
- The Commercial Bank posts a net profit of QAR 179.6 million for the first half of 2017
- World Bank to commence reconstruction and rehabilitation in Iraq
- Topaz Marine prices $375 million senior notes
- Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index: Consumer Confidence Declines in Second Quarter of 2017
- GCC banks urged to fine-tune liquidity management in order to address new economic cycle
- UAE Central Bank reports Money Supply aggregate M1 increased by 0.5 per cent to AED 507 billion
- EGX and AUC collaborate to improve representation of women on corporate boards
- BBK and Osool Asset Management launches new London-based investment and advisory joint venture
- Bank ABC appoints Patrick Tan as the Head of Asia
The art of the build
Raouf Ghali, COO, Hill International
The road ahead for Swiss private banks
Swiss-based wealth managers are seeking continuous success by repositioning their business model to meet the needs of their clientele, writes Patrick…
Al Barari: Dubai's Garden of Eden
Al Barari, one of Dubai's most beautiful developments, contiues to improve.
The big problem with smarter cars
As the future of luxury cars and computers converge, hacking vulnerabilities could have deadly consequences, according to Carmudi.
Oil seeks support in mid-40s, hawks spook gold
Broad-based weakness saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index challenge the lower end of the range that has persisted for the past 14 months, writes Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy…
UK economy to face uncertainty for at least two years
The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the British economy will not lift until March 2019 at the earliest, according to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at…
Steady as she goes
By Simon Fasdal - Saxo Bank’s Head of Fixed Income
Entering springtime and summer always brings in a certain kind of optimism, at least for us northerners, who at this point have struggled…
KBW Investments launches Islamic fund
In an exclusive interview, HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal reveals the full story behind his investment firm’s jump into the Shari’ah space
Tell me about the history…
FXTM analysis–Greenback higher, but no incentives for big moves
After a muted trading session on Monday due to the US holiday, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, the dollar is finally showing signs of strength in early Asian trade as investors…
Three key design trends to watch for in 2017
Samer Al Isis, CEO of the Poltrona Frau Group ME, believes that the approach of shifting away from an exclusively aesthetic approach and are starting to prioritise the fulfilling…
Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report: classic attack vectors re-emerge;
According to the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR), over one-third of organisations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss…
'America first', protectionism first
Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank says the Trump effect is a speculative bubble, and as with all bubbles, it will finally burst when investors realise that the new President is…
FXTM analysis–global stocks selloff, beginning of a reversal?
Regardless of their feelings towards President Trump, investors seek opportunities, and markets were rallying on the President’s commitments to reduce taxes, deregulate…
FXTM Analysis- Great! #Dow20K, shall we jump in?
FXTM Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed, comments on the Dow Jones Industrial average finally broke above 20,000 on Wednesday.
Investors look to the week ahead...
Traders hoping for volatility to pick up are likely to be lucky in the week ahead with many key moving events, by Hussein Al Sayed, Chief Market Strategist, FXTM
For the past two months markets…
Is the Trump rally over?
by Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTMThe US dollar is being sold across the board early Thursday as traders continued to digest yesterday’s Fed minutes. Although most Fed officials…
PR trends that brands shouldn't ignore in 2017
Time runs fast, and as many other things Public Relations and the overall way of communication have gone through an amazing transformation over the past years, according…
2017 key market themes: FXTM
by Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTMWhether you consider 2016 a good or a bad year, it was by no doubt the year of surprises. Not just because Donald Trump was elected…
In 2017: one good and two bad news for the world economy
By Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank"There are two types of problems in life, political problems that are insoluble and economic problems that are incomprehensible", according…
Markets in holiday mode, volatility not ruled out
Written by Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM
With less traders on their desks and most investors planning were to spend their New Year’s Eve; markets have…
The golden triangle
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Abu Dhabi provides a detailed explanation of UAE’s new insolvency laws and how it relates to the Commercial Companies Law and the Competition…
Who played the trump card?
A shockwave of disbelief went round the world when Donald J. Trump was elected the next President of the US [I think he may even have been slightly surprised himself]. As the swathe of red swept across…
The diamond standard
A new innovation in diamond investment and wealth preservation has arrived in the form of VULT, writes Matt Amlôt.
Diamonds have always had a concentrated value of wealth, with a size…
Sitting down with an Arab entrepreneur
Joe Akkawi, Managing Partner, Paz Marketing, sat down for a chat on some of his favourite things
What car do you love most?
I adore the Mercedes C63 AMG.
Central banks and oil remain key drivers of financial markets
By Hans GOETTI, Chief Economic and Strategist for the Middle East and Asia, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg
Desperately seeking the secondary market
A key frustration for regionally-focused investors has been the immaturity of the GCC bond market. In other markets they are an important asset class which offer sophisticated products…
A new spin on Gulf style
UAE-based fashion designer Ahmed Abdelrahman is realising his vision to make the kandora and other traditional Gulf staples a part of global fashion, writes Sarah Owermohle.
Luxury without guilt
How luxury brands must adapt to the sustainable consumer, by Dr. Nicholas Ashill, Professor of Marketing and Chalhoub Group Professor of Luxury Brand Management…
Private wealth management offerings are on the up
Fahd Iqbal, Head of Middle East Research, Credit Suisse says increasing regulatory pressure may lead private wealth management institutions to consolidate.
The butler can do better
Michael Shaw started his career in the UK royal household. Now he’s set up Franklin to elevate domestic staffs of the global elite to their former glory.
WHY I LOVE MY JOB…
Winning the investment race to Iran
Iranian foreign trade is predicted to increase from the $80 billion to $200 billion by 2020. Mehrdad Parhizkar, Partner, Frontier Partners investigates what investors need to know before Iran re-emerges…
The art of the build
Raouf Ghali, COO, Hill International on how to make real estate projects in the region stand the test of time.Tell me about the work that you are doing with Hill International. How is Hill…
Island living for the HNWI
Whether it is a villa on Mallorca, a hideaway in the Caribbean or a remote Scottish retreat, owning an island home can provide the ultimate in secluded luxury living not to mention unrivalled sea views.…
UAE private wealth to reach $1 trillion by 2019
Private wealth in the UAE will see the strongest growth in the GCC with a projected CAGR of 10.7 per cent over the next five years, BCG's study finds.
Private wealth in the United Arab Emirates…
A Greek drama for the ages
Though things have settled down past peak anxiety in early July, the Greece situation still has far reaching implications for investors in the GCC and worldwide.
After months of increasing anxiety…
Cambodia’s Song Saa is the private island you’ve been dreaming about
Two tiny islands in the Gulf of Thailand have been turned into one of the best getaways the world has to offer, combining total locally-flavoured luxury with a commitment to preserving its environment…
The almighty dollar
In the past three months the dollar rose to an 11-year high against a basket of major currencies. The US currency is hitting high against the euro as interest rate differentials move in favour of US…
If you are a British expat in UAE, wide-sweeping changes to the UK’s pension regime means there has never been a better time to rethink your pension plans.The UK has just undergone…
GCC wealth growth gives private banking robust opportunities
With total private wealth doubling since 2010, local and global private banking will become an even bigger focal point in the region.Since 2010, the GCC market has doubled its total private wealth…
Start up that Maserati
The new Qattroporte line balances the style and substance for which Maserati is famous.There’s something special about a Maserati. Each one made with care by a small Italian team, not rolling…
GCC's HNWIs headed to London's fringe?
UK stamp duty changes to alter London residential investment geography for Middle East buyers.Recent alterations to the UK’s Stamp Duty and Tax are expected to have a significant impact on the…
The rise of the female investor
WOMENA—the UAE’s first women-only angel investment group, is turning more HNWIs from consumers to intelligent investors.
The proper utilization of the female workforce is a huge…
Here be treasure!
Less than a fifth of ‘treasure assets’ are held for financial reasons, says Barclays. Only 19% of treasure assets - which include items such as precious jewellery, fine art, antique…