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Report | The Report: Kuwait 2015

While hyrdrocarbons revenues still form the bulk of government income in Kuwait, the country is pushing ahead with its economic diversification goals. Despite the recent fall in oil prices, the government remains committed to an ambitious project pipeline, with a series of mega-projects set to boost economic activity across a range of sectors.

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Economic update | China Wobbles

9 Oct 2015

Dramatic news from Chinese markets grabbed headlines worldwide last month, while also leaving many emerging markets (EM) analysts wondering what the full fallout from Shanghai and Beijing would be, and in particular what this would mean here in the Gulf.

Articles & Analysis | Useful information for business and leisure travellers to Saudi Arabia from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015


Saudi Arabia is a socially conservative country and interaction between unrelated men and women is prohibited. Businessmen should wait for a woman to offer her hand to shake in a meeting. In all other situations, keep a respectful distance. Handshakes between men are common. Saudis pride themselves on their hospitality and it is impolite to...

Articles & Analysis | As an expatriate in Saudi Arabia from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015


Most expatriate residents of Saudi Arabia will find themselves living in one of the country’s three main cities: Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. Those living in Riyadh and Jeddah work in a wide variety of sectors, whereas most expats in Dammam – part of a tri-city area that includes Dhahran and Al Khobar – work in the hydrocarbons industry, often...

Articles & Analysis | A guide to Saudi Arabia's leading hotels from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015


FOUR SEASONS HOTEL RIYADH Kingdom Centre PO Box 231000 Riyadh 11321 T: (+966) 11 211 5000 F: (+966) 11 211 5001 Rooms: 274 rooms, including 22 executive suites, nine superior suites, three presidential suites, two royal suites and one kingdom suite. The...

Chapter | Guide from The Report: Saudi Arabia 2015

The Guide contains listings of some of the leading hotels and resorts in Saudi Arabia, contacts for important government offices and services, and useful information for first-time visitors.

Articles & Analysis | Kuwait's banking industry looks to the future from The Report: Kuwait 2015


After more than half a decade of heavy provisioning and regulatory reforms, Kuwait’s banking sector is now in the early stages of resurgence in credit issuance and various other activities. The industry’s overall stability and performance has improved markedly since the 2007-08 global economic downturn, due in large part to a series of new...