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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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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...

Articles & Analysis | Unlocking potential: The government has introduced new regulations as the market recovery continues from The Report: Kuwait 2015


In March 2014 Kuwait’s central bank announced that foreign banks would be allowed to operate more than one branch at a time in the country. Moreover, over the past few years the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) has worked to encourage banks to boost credit issuance to both individuals and businesses. These changes have been lauded as a means of...