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Saudi Arabia: Open for business

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) opened the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh on 24 October, aimed at shining the spotlight on its efforts to diversify revenue streams and […]

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Egypt wins largest number of AIIB projects in energy

Egypt joined the AIIB with a total subscription of 0.7% of total capital and voting power share of 0.86%. On 4 September, AIIB approved over USD 700M in financing for […]

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Kuwait: fiscal consolidation remains a challenge

In examining Kuwait’s current policy environment and its government’s recent resignation, it is clear that fiscal consolidation remains a challenge. Kuwait’s current parliament contains a large opposition bloc and is […]

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Qatar: Construction sector on robust growth path

Construction led 3.2% growth in 2016 and is expected to continue the same path this year. This will in turn, boost related industries particularly cement.  The Ministry of Finance has […]

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GCC Renewables: Saudi Arabia & UAE lead the way

It is estimated that 59% of the GCC countries’ surface area has significant potential for solar, and 56% for wind deployment. The potential for concentrating solar power in the GCC […]

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Morocco: The automobile revolution

Morocco is leading the automobile sector in North Africa, having produced 345,106 units in 2016 and is ranked 2nd on the African continent after South Africa (600,000 cars). With a […]

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Egypt: key challenges still facing the economy

The key challenges still facing the economy include high inflation, budget deficit, security challenges impeding tourism revival, and execution risk. Despite slow tourism recovery, the number of Chinese visitors to […]

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Special Feature: Q&A with Dr. Fawaz Zu’bi – “FinTech: A game changer for MENA”

“FinTech: A game changer for MENA” With Florence Eid-Oakden, Chief Economist This month, we conducted our Special Feature dialogue with Dr. Fawaz Zu’bi, Founder and CEO of Silicon Badia, previously […]

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ICT & Renewables in Saudi Arabia: Significant opportunities for Chinese investors

China became the largest investor in the Arab region in 2016 with investments and pledges worth USD 29.5B, accounting for over 30% of FDI into the region, ahead of the […]

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UAE: How will VAT impact its businesses and the economy?

On 29 August, the UAE Federal Decree-Law for VAT was issued. How will VAT impact UAE businesses and the economy? In addition to the upcoming excise tax, the UAE will […]

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Q&A from Arabia Monitor – Kuwait bond sale

How is the economy doing? The economy grew at 2.5% in 2016 (1.1% in 2015) and is expected to edge up slightly to 2.6% in 2017, supported by an increase […]

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Arabia Monitor’s comments on why Saudi Aramco does not list on NYSE, quoted by Andalou Agency

Andalou Agency’s article “Not listing on NYSE to ‘damage’ Saudi Aramco share sale” quotes Dr Florence Eid-Oakden’s view on why Saudi Aramco does not list on NYSE. Not listing on […]

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