August 29 2019

H2 2019 Issue


5G Implications for GCC Business

Explore the 5G readiness of GCC countries in terms of infrastructure and policy as well as the technology’s potential to disrupt

businesses in the region…

The GCC Banking Merger frenzy

Stop, Look and Go?

High profile Mergers and Acquisitions were not a common sight in the GCC Banking industry until now…

Crowdfunding in the GCC

an alternate source of funding

Explore the emergence of crowdfunding in the GCC region, various platforms, their functions, services and the regulatory mechanisms that are in place…

Consulting in GCC

Understanding the Value Add

Explore the dynamics of GCC asset management industry in terms of industry size, architecture, market segments, and cost structure…


June 20 2019

H1, 2019 Issue


GCC Stock Market Outlook 2019

What to Expect in 2019

Amidst muted growth expectations in global markets, economic outlook for the GCC region as a hole remains positive…

GCC Inclusion in J P Morgan’s EM Bond Index

The Hurray Moment

J.P. Morgan has recently said that Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar sovereign bonds would be added to its Emerging Market Bond Index (EMBI) from January 2019…

GCC Economic and Investment Themes 2019

In 2018, all GCC economies barring Bahrain grew at a brisker pace than what was seen in 2017, primarily due to the uptick in Oil prices during the year…

GCC’s Best Capital Allocators

Analysis based on ROIC and ROIIC

In today’s competing environment the question regarding where to invest money is as important as how to invest it…


February 8 2019

H2, 2018 Issue


Featured Interview: Mr. Manaf A. Alhajeri

Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz)

Expert Speaks: Dr. R. Seetharaman

CEO, Doha Bank

No More Easy Business – Kuwait Remittance Industry

Money exchange business in Kuwait dates back to 1942 and since then the industry has grown to be a $16 billion dollar industry with more than 40 players. Marmore estimates the industry size to grow to $17 billion by 2020…

Gulf Bond Issues – What’s fuelling appetite for Gulf Bond issues?

The bond market in the GCC region saw bond issuances to the tune of USD 70 bn, an all-time high issued amount in the year 20171. The first quarter of 2018 has already seen issuances worth USD 16.8 bn…

GCC Corporate Earnings – How have they fared?

GCC corporate earnings increased by 16% for the full year in 2017 compared to 2016. UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were the three countries in the GCC region to register positive earnings growth in 2017…

Book Review: Factfulness By Hans Rosling

Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think



July 20 2018

H1, 2018 Issue


Featured Interview: Dr. Khaled Mahdi

Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) of Kuwait

GCC Capital Market Outlook for 2018

GCC Economic Themes

GCC Equity & Debt Markets Outlook

Bitcoin – A Rally like no other

The world of finance has seen asset bubbles every few years and the occurrences of a crisis seem to have a shortened cycle in the past eighty years…

The renewable energy sector no longer remains at the periphery as an industry for social good alone; but has emerged as a profitable alternative to conventional sources of power generation…