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Middle East banking is becoming attractive for multinationals Middle East nations (GULF) are in the process of casting away their dependence on oil and are opening up their country for foreign investments. As part of this plan, Aramco, the largest...
Investments in the tech sector Traditionally considered an oil-producing region, the Middle East (GULF) is slowly coming into the global limelight for its investments in the technology sector. The region had previously been largely ignored due to its lack of...
Middle East countries are opening up to foreign investments Investments in the technology sectors are rising in the Middle East as the region comes to terms with low oil prices. Traditionally driven by oil production, Middle East countries have been...
As ISIS loses significant territory in the Middle East, returning foreign fighters pose a threat to their home countries. When foreign fighters attempt to return home, they are likely to face either hard or soft policy measures. Both criminalization...
Saudi Arabia's record USD9 billion sukuk reinforces our expectation that total 2017 issuance in core Islamic finance markets will grow at least as rapidly as it did last year and that market-share will rise, Fitch Ratings says. The heavily...
A surge in mergers and acquisitions among banks in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is unlikely due to structural impediments, despite market conditions that appear conducive and numerous rumors about potential deals, Fitch Ratings says.We believe tie-ups will be...
Jordan’s economy has struggled of late. As one of the main destinations for millions of Syrian refugees, this small country with a total population of less than 7 million has strained to keep up.  On the one hand, the...
The formation of a new government in Morocco has put an end to months of political stalemate. The political crisis has nonetheless exposed the power struggles at play in Moroccan politics and the challenges ahead for the newly-formed coalition. Saadeddine...
Oil to remain crucial The upturn in oil will be crucial to economic growth in Iran. As shown in the graph below, real oil gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to far outdo real non-oil GDP growth in the...
US companies remain hands-off Iran The United States does is still taking a hard stance on trade ties with Iran, as is visible from the graph below. Though the US has removed some sanctions on the country, it still has in...
Doing business is a challenge The lifting of economic sanctions has provided a boost to the image of Iran as a business destination. However, substantial challenges remain for companies looking to set up shop in the country.According to the World...
Iran is attracting global company interest The lifting of economic sanctions in exchange for transparency on nuclear sources and their usage has made Iran open for business. And global companies have responded by signing preliminary and advanced agreements to work...

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