Archive for: Arab Spring

Challenges remain for doing business in GCC

Challenges remain for doing business in GCC

EIU’s report on Business Environment in GCC Countries indicates quite a revelation even as the region continues to display positive economic trends As country after country across the globe found itself plummeting from the pedestal of business and economic security, it looked as if the Middle Eastern countries – most […]

 
 

Egyptian Turmoil – Was it really a Coup?

Egyptian Turmoil – Was it really a Coup?

Over the past weeks, I’ve been dismayed at the degree of intolerance and rigidity in the positions of quarreling parties within Egypt, with both taking defensive attitudes as they continue to not listen to each other. Hearts stiffened and minds sealed, resulting in further deterioration. In our article today, we […]

 
 

The aftershocks of Revolution

The aftershocks of Revolution

To analyse a revolution is like analysing an earthquake. Both are unpredictable and tumultuous and are an outburst of unexpected expression which overturns the status-quo dramatically. That one is naturally occurring, while the other is manmade, does dampen the analogy a little, but political scientists would join in the consensus […]

 
 

The End of History and the Arab Awakening

The End of History and the Arab Awakening

The End of History and the Arab Awakening What shall we call the era that we are now entering? The Arab Spring? The Age of Democracy? The Era of Islamist Renaissance? The Decline of the Arab State and Revival of Tribal Identity? A New Sikes-Picot Agreement? Although the motivation for […]

 
 

Egypt sees increased cigarette smuggling

Egypt sees increased cigarette smuggling

Factors that have contributed to the spike in the illegal cigarette brands include a deteriorating security situation across the country and a series of sudden and sharp taxes increases on legitimate cigarettes. The Government of Egypt is still struggling to rebuild its economy which was negatively affected by the Arab Spring. […]

 
 

Libya – Big plans for Arab Spring recovery

Libya – Big plans for Arab Spring recovery

Though the Arab Spring brought a form of political liberation to Libya, it also led to a GDP loss of around 28.3 percent, or USD 6.5 billion for the Libyan economy. Before the Arab Spring, Libya exported 1.8 million barrels of oil per day, along with significant amounts of natural gas. […]

 
 

Energy sees higher demand in Arab countries

Energy sees higher demand in Arab countries

Latest figures released by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) show the annual growth rate of energy consumption in Arab countries at 5.2 percent. Quoting from a monthly OAPEC energy information publication, the Kuwaiti News Agency reports that daily oil consumption in the Arab region climbed from 11.6 […]

 
 

The Persistent Demand of All Arab People

The Persistent Demand of All Arab People

Most foreign residents who happen to live or work in the Arab region are accustomed to hear the majority of Arab nationals and expatriates complaining about the living conditions and socio-political situations of their native countries. Nowadays, Arabs tend to be freer to express their frustration and condemnation of the […]

 
 

Arab youth confident of a bright future

Arab youth confident of a bright future

Findings from the latest survey covering Arab youth has revealed they are more confident about the future ahead and feel a greater sense of national identity following the Arab Spring. The results were part of the fifth annual Arab Youth Survey, conducted by local public relations firm Asda’s Burson-Marsteller. The […]

 
 

50 Million Tweets and The winds of Social Change in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

t is reported that the Saudi has more than 3 million active twitter users  and is ranked as the no.1 fastest growing Twitter nation in the world. Image Courtesy:http://sustg.org/

When the Arab Spring happened across some of the MENA nations in 2011, all eyes were on Saudi Arabia. With unemployment & poverty on the rise and a visibly disgruntled public  and living within the confines of restrictive Sharia laws, it was easy to see how some might have thought […]

 
 

Kuwait passes debt relief bill for citizens

Kuwait passes debt relief bill for citizens

In a landmark decision, Kuwait’s parliament has approved a plan to buy citizens’ personal loans, write-off the interest and reschedule repayments. Reuters has quoted Kuwaiti Finance Minister Mustapha al-Shamali as saying that the government was expecting to spend an estimated USD 2.6 billion on the plan. The bill would cover […]

 
 

Arab Spring and the Equity Markets

Arab Spring and the Equity Markets

The political implications of the Arab Spring of 2011 are well documented. The repercussions are still being felt with the prolonged effect of the Egyptian crisis on the markets. There has always been a certain amount of uncertainty in investing in the MENA region and even though the doors have […]

 
 

The Real Call of Arab Civil Societies

A protestor during the uprising in Syria

The modern concept of civil society is centred on the idea of free joint action between individuals within private and official associations to achieve equitable societal settings and comfortable socioeconomic conditions. Typically, the causes and effects of social and civil movements are mainly of socioeconomic and socio-political nature. On the […]

 
 

The Economic Reasons behind the Arab Spring

Arab Spring economic impact infographic. Image courtesy-RIA Novosti

“Man is born free but is kept in chains everywhere. ” ~Jean Jacques Rosseau~ Rosseau’s statement is central to the idea that Man is born free  and has the ability to prevent enchainment , only through institutions of righteousness, respect and compassion. In “The Social Contract”, Rousseau addresses  the fundamental […]

 
 

Video Blogging is taking Arabia by storm – Vadwen founder Mohammed Jaradat

Video Blogging is taking Arabia by storm – Vadwen founder Mohammed Jaradat

Mohammed Jaradat is an Amman-based Jordanian entrepreneur. Despite being a high school dropout, he went on to become a pioneer in video production, TV programming and compèring. After establishing his credentials in the entertainment industry, Mohammed Jaradat, also known as Neo, turned his attention to online video blogging and coined […]

 
 

IMF warns Arab Spring economies of slow growth in 2013

IMF warns Arab Spring economies of slow growth in 2013

The International Monetary Fund issued a report on Sunday which said Arab Spring will have an impact on most Middle Eastern and North African economies which are currently grappling with high inflation and rising unemployment. The Paris-based global lender said in its twice-yearly outlook for the Middle East and North Africa […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 6 November

Middle East Business News Review – 6 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Britain, UAE enter defence partnership, discuss other deals Britain and the United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday they have agreed a defence deal which will see boosting of the British military presence in the Gulf state. The […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 4 November

Middle East Business News Review – 4 November

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Guinea, UAE seal bauxite deal Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) and Mubadala Development Company have signed a long-term supply agreement to supply bauxite, the main raw material in aluminium, the UAE’s state news agency reported on […]

 
 

Egypt to seek $2bn aid from Algeria – report

Egypt to seek $2bn aid from Algeria – report

An unnamed Egyptian government official said Prime Minister Hisham Kandil will hold talks with Algerian government to seek aid worth $2 billion during a visit to Algeria, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday. Egypt is struggling for funds to bring down its budget deficit and avert a defaulting on its payments […]

 
 

Tourists returning to Egypt

Tourists returning to Egypt

Egypt’s inbound tourism is coming back to normal despite the 5 August attack on Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip and the recent clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. About one million tourists were reported to have visited Egypt in 2011. It is slightly less than the number visited during the […]

 
 

UN releases Habitat’s ‘Wheel of Prosperity’ report

UN releases Habitat’s ‘Wheel of Prosperity’ report

UN-Habitat’s ‘Wheel of Prosperity’ has identified five dimensions which are equality and monority rights, environmental sustainability, quality of life, infrastructure, and productivity for a well-balanced development, in a report on Thursday. The centre of the ‘wheel’, identified as ‘hub’, is the local urban power functions and is represented by the human […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 14 October

Middle East Business News Review – 14 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Abu Dhabi posts fastest economic growth in 2011 Data released by the Abu Dhabi government showed on Sunday the capital city’s economy grew 6.8% in inflation-adjusted terms last year, the fastest rate since 2004 and more than double […]

 
 

Poverty: The Matrix of All Troubles

Poverty: The Matrix of All Troubles

At the onset of this millennium, the World Bank (WB) established a set of international development targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), to reduce poverty by half on 2015. On that point, during the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) held in Dubai, […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 11 October

Middle East Business News Review – 11 October

Today’s top business and economy news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai Limitless agrees restructuring of $1.2 bln loan Limitless, the indebted property arm of Dubai World, has reached an agreement with creditors to restructure a $1.2 billion Islamic loan, the company said on Thursday. Limitless will also shortly commence a […]

 
 

Egypt minister hints gas subsidy coupons by winter

Egypt minister hints gas subsidy coupons by winter

Egypt Local Development Minister Ahmed Zaki Abdeen announced on Thursday the government is planning to cut the fuel subsidy bill towards the end of this year. The government official said plans are in place to start printing the coupons for subsidised gas. Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi’s administration was eyeing mid-October for the […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 4 October

Middle East Business News Review – 4 October

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Oman announces desalination plants worth $400m An Omani government official announced on Thursday there are plans in place to build three desalination plants at a cost of about $400 million to meet the soaring demand for water. An official […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 26 September

Middle East Business News Review – 26 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Britain-Holland propose ‘full’ financial freeze, shipping ban on Iran Members of the European Union are discussing a sanctions proposal presented by Britain against Iran that calls for a ban on shipping and a “full” freeze on financial transactions with […]

 
 

Bankers feeling pinch from Middle East job axe

Bankers feeling pinch from Middle East job axe

Big banking institutions like Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and Japan’s Nomura Holdings are cutting investment banking jobs in the Middle East as the promise of emerging markets is overshadowed by a need to slash costs and a dearth of deal activity, a Reuters report said Wednesday. While many financial institutions have […]

 
 

Arab Spring worsened situation of women in Yemen: Oxfam

Arab Spring worsened situation of women in Yemen: Oxfam

A leading international humanitarian organisation has warned that women in Yemen are worse off than before the uprising that ousted long-time dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh as the country mires in deep crises. In its latest report, entitled “Still waiting for change,” Oxfam said “four out of five” Yemeni women report […]

 
 

Tunisia lines up for $180 million loans; Ben Ali’s assets estimated $13bn

Tunisia lines up for $180 million loans; Ben Ali’s assets estimated $13bn

The Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) and the Central Bank of Tunisia on late Tuesday announced they have signed three loan agreements under which the Arab financial institution would grant Tunisia three loans to the tune of $180 million. The announcement came amid reports that former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 24 September

Middle East Business News Review – 24 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: UAE third most financially literate nation in Middle East – survey The latest Financial Literacy Index on Monday revealed consumers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have become more financially prudent over time, with their overall financial literacy ranking standing at third […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 23 September

Middle East Business News Review – 23 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Qatar, Egypt to boost energy cooperation; sign refinery deal Qatar announced it will go ahead with its strategic investments in Egypt to help the country get past the economic turbulence it is going through since the 2011 fall of […]

 
 

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

Political Democracy is Not Enough to Generate Arab Development

The relationship of a national authority to citizenry has been the subject of age-long arguments and indeterminate discourse. Most political theorists and analysts have unremittingly debated the way, whether by constraint or consent, social order should be maintained. And what is the best political formation and governance pattern in which […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 19 September

Middle East Business News Review – 19 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: IMF says Saudi may post small budget deficit in 2016 amid global recession The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday it expects oil rich Saudi Arabia, which has been running big budget surpluses on the back of high oil […]

 
 

European bank injecting $262m cash into Arab Spring economies

European bank injecting $262m cash into Arab Spring economies

Europe’s development bank announced on Wednesday it was preparing to invest up to €200m ($262m) by the end of the year in the Middle East and North Africa region especially in its first investments in Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was set up in 1991 […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 18 September

Middle East Business News Review – 18 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai 1000MW solar power park to be completed by 2030 Dubai’s electricity and water authority (DEWA) announced on Tuesday the emirate is working on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park project which will generate 1,000MW electricity […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 17 September

Middle East Business News Review – 17 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Dubai to refinance maturing debt by issuing bonds Dubai finance chief said on Monday plans are in place to issue a bond to refinance part of AED6.5 billion ($1.8 billion) of sovereign debt maturing in April 2013. Abdulrahman al-Saleh, Director […]

 
 

Healing the Clash of Civilisations

Healing the Clash of Civilisations

In a world that has become increasingly intolerant, suspicious and viciously hateful of each other, the culmination of events at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and its aftermath is a painful reminder of the fact that mindless acts of violence are observed,so passionately, when borne out of religious conviction. […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 11 September

Middle East Business News Review – 11 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: Economy to grow faster than IMF forecast: UAE Central Bank The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates said the federation’s economy has shown “sustained resilience” and is likely to grow faster than the International Monetary Fund forecast for […]

 
 

Middle East Business News Review – 9 September

Middle East Business News Review – 9 September

Today’s top business news from the Middle East and North Africa: UAE energy consumption 225% more than Europe Commercial and residential properties in the United Arab Emirates are using 225% more energy than their European counterparts, recently revealed figures suggested. “In fact, UAE’s per capita footprint of 9.5 hectares is […]

 
 
 
 
 

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