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Report | The Report: Ras Al Khaimah 2015

With more limited hydrocarbons reserves compared to its UAE neighbours to the south, RAK has developed into an industrial hub thanks to its dynamic network of industrial free trade zones. Considerable natural resources feed the country’s thriving cement and ceramics industries while elsewhere the emirate is looking to leverage its varied landscapes in a bid to boost tourism revenues in line with general economic diversification targets.

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Economic update | Djibouti mise sur les énergies renouvelables pour assurer la sécurité de l’eau

25 Nov 2015

A Djibouti, les projets visant à améliorer la fourniture de services de base commencent à prendre forme et un rôle moteur se dessine pour les énergies renouvelables.

Economic update | Nigeria stands firm on foreign exchange

25 Nov 2015

Measures introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) aimed at preserving foreign exchange reserves amidst lower oil prices have produced a mixed response both at home and abroad.

Economic update | Myanmar to receive post-ballot boost

25 Nov 2015

The victory of pro-democracy opposition groups in Myanmar’s general election on November 8 is expected to bring renewed investor confidence, as the country continues to pursue an agenda of economic liberalisation.

Economic update | R&D investment key to commercialising innovation in Abu Dhabi

23 Nov 2015

Abu Dhabi’s higher education sector is expected to play a pivotal role in the emirate’s plans to reduce dependency on external sources for innovation and knowledge acquisition. 

Economic update | Full foreign ownership of retail and wholesale businesses now permitted in Saudi Arabia

23 Nov 2015

New regulations are set to expand international investor access to Saudi Arabia next year, when a landmark move allowing full foreign ownership of key retail and wholesale businesses takes effect.

Economic update | Qatar SME Special: Off to the bank

23 Nov 2015

In recent years, Qatar has placed an increasing emphasis on the importance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the state’s overall development plans.