Middle East Country Risk Views

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Key Themes Of 2014

Growth in the Middle East and North Africa region will remain subject to downside political risks over 2014. We expect the major themes over the coming year to include; a slight convergence in growth...

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Continued Growth For UAE Tourism

We expect Dubai's tourism sector to continue seeing double digit growth rates as ongoing political instability across the MENA region has greatly benefited destinations that are considered 'safe...

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Hamas Weakened, But Likely To Survive

The Hamas movement governing the Gaza Strip in the Palestinian territories has limited options available to alleviate its current economic and diplomatic isolation. Although we expect Hamas to retain...

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New Tourist Visa Provides Opportunities

Saudi Arabia has announced a relaxation of visa restrictions on overseas visitors, allowing foreign nationals travelling to the country for pilgrimage to stay for a longer period of 30 days. Under...

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Interim Nuclear Deal: Key Implications

BMI View: Iran and the 5+1 powers clinched a landmark interim deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme on November 24, paving the way for a partial easing of sanctions. However, we caution...

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'Brand Qatar' Facing Its First Crisis

Qatar has faced international opprobrium over the last few months, as the spotlight has turned towards its problematic sponsorship ('kafala') system and the poor labour conditions faced by migrant...

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