Middle East Country Risk Views

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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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GCC PMI Readings Remain Positive

The headline PMI for the UAE came in at 56.3 for the month of October, down slightly from 56.6 in September. This remains at the upper range of the survey series, with a host of indicators supporting...

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Regional Equity Strategy

Equity markets in the GCC remain buoyant as we head into the final months of 2013, with the S&P GCC index recording gains of 17.1% since the start of the year. Our core view has long been that a...

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