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2021

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Economy

Economic Impact of Dubai Expo 2020

September 22, 2021

Dubai Expo 2020 will have an impact on the economy through the infrastructure valued at more than USD 12 billion that is being spent to successfully build Expo 2020’s establishment.

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Business Sector

Changing consumer habits amid COVID-19 accelerates decline of Saudi Arabia bank branches

September 20, 2021

Saudi Bank Branches - The number of branches had been on a year-on-year declining trend since Q3 2020, with the current quarter posting the highest decline.

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Capital Market

Filling the gap in ESG framework: Saudi Arabia

September 13, 2021

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund has asked banks to help it develop an environmental, social and governance (ESG) framework, as per a recent article in Reuters

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Business Sector

Profits at UAE's major lenders reached USD 4 billion in H1 2021

September 12, 2021

Profits at the four largest UAE banks rose during the first half of 2021 after an improvement in the operating environment led to lower loan-loss provisions, rise in non-interest income and improvement in operating efficiency.

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Capital Market

Could Delta variant play spoilsport for Oil prices?

September 09, 2021

The Delta variant, which the WHO has called the most transmissible variant of the coronavirus, has caused a surge in covid-19 cases around the world.

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Economy

OPEC+ September 2021 meet: Maintaining Status Quo

September 09, 2021

Since the last OPEC+ meeting, conducted on July 18th, the global oil market has witnessed some significant events.

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Capital Market

Oil revenues & private sector growth to speed up GCC economic recovery in 2022

September 08, 2021

As the world charts its recovery from COVID-19’s impact, businesses and trade around the world begin to hit normalcy, reviving the global demand for oil and consequently the global oil prices.

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Capital Market

Kuwaiti banks – Earnings report Q2’2021

September 07, 2021

All major Kuwaiti banks reported their financial results for the second quarter of 2021. The Kuwait banking sector reported a healthy growth in net income after taxes for Q2’21 compared to that of Q2’20

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Business Sector

Kuwait Luxury Retail – Evolving amid COVID-19

September 06, 2021

Kuwait boasts the presence of several major luxury brands. Ranking 13th in the world in terms of per capita GDP, its affluent and brand conscious population, young demography, and a growing population position Kuwait’s luxury retail market favorably.

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Capital Market

Foreign investment in Saudi stock market up by 150%

September 06, 2021

It is reported that the foreign investment in the Kingdom's stock market increased by more than 150 percent by the end

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Capital Market

GCC Stock Markets - Positive earnings growth strengthen business optimism

September 05, 2021

What were the key drivers for GCC and Global equity markets in August 2021? How has Kuwait’s equity market performed in August 2021? Who were the top performers in Kuwait and in broader GCC market in August 2021? How have oil prices fared in the month of August?

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Business Sector

Saudi Arabia eases regulation to support SMEs and Entrepreneurs

August 25, 2021

Saudi Arabia will exempt small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from commerce fees register for three years as the country p

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Economy

Following a year of distress, Saudi Arabia economy back on growth path

August 17, 2021

Rising Oil prices enable Saudi Arabia to return to growth. Removal of OPEC+ production cuts expected to boost GDP further in the next few quarters. IMF expects 2.4% growth for 2021.

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Economy

COVID-19 accelerates Saudi Arabia’s push towards cashless society

August 10, 2021

Saudi Arabia’s transition towards a cashless society remains on track. Saudi youth inclined to go digital rather than using cash.

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Capital Market

MSCI Emerging Markets Index – How is the GCC placed?

July 11, 2021

Energy (Oil) sector is seeing diminished interest from global fund managers with the emergence of ESG investing

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Capital Market

Economic recovery post COVID-19: How they stack up for GCC economies?

July 08, 2021

GCC economies were hit hard by the pandemic last year with the cumulative GDP of the region falling by 5% in 2020 over that of 2019.

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Capital Market

Fresh listings could reinvigorate Islamic equity capital markets

July 07, 2021

Encouraging listing of companies in technology sector could enthuse new vigor in GCC Capital markets

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Business Sector

Landscape of valuation services in GCC

June 23, 2021

Interview with Mr. M. R. Raghu, CEO, Marmore MENA Intelligence

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Business Sector

Why business and market intelligence important for GCC corporates?

June 07, 2021

Interview with Mr. M. R. Raghu, CEO, Marmore MENA Intelligence

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Technology

COVID-19' a catalyst for EdTech industry in GCC region

June 02, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected 91% of the student population worldwide, according to UNESCO. Learn how MENA region has tackled the situation from our latest article.

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Capital Market

ETF’s in GCC: How far have they come?

June 01, 2021

Why have ETFs not taken off in GCC markets? Catch the latest updates on ETFs in GCC from our latest article.

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