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Will legal reforms boost UAE’s position as a global business hub?

November 10, 2020

Wide-ranging legal changes have been designed with foreign residents and investors in mind.

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IFC encourages the private sector in the Middle East and Africa

November 2, 2020

IFC vice-president for the Middle East and Africa, Sérgio Pimenta, on Covid-19’s lasting impact on economies in the two regions.

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Healthtech: a unique opportunity to improve care in emerging markets

September 30, 2020

The gap in levels of accessible healthcare for those in developed and emerging markets is vast but technology offers a solution. 

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The evolution of the GCC’s digital banking sector

September 28, 2020

Despite optimal conditions for a digital shake-up of the banking sector, a genuine challenger has yet to emerge.

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Can Qatar's self-reliance strategy provide bulwark against crisis?

June 5, 2020

Gulf state hopes economic independence because of blockade will help it withstand downturn.

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Deep state pockets underpin Qatari banks resilience

June 5, 2020

Despite rising non-performing loans risk, confidence in banking system remains high. 

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Speedy response should shore up economy, says Qatar's central bank

June 5, 2020

Supportive measures will ease economic stress, says governor Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani.

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Saudi development fund's head looks to take on a more active role

April 29, 2020

The head of Saudi Arabia's National Development Fund explains how the fund intends to support national businesses in the face of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Will the pandemic stymie Saudi Arabia's reform agenda?

April 29, 2020

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 economic overhaul is being put to the test by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Saudi banks approach pandemic from a position of strength

April 29, 2020

Saudi banks, confident of surviving the crisis-driven lockdown, are speeding up their digital capacity and looking to support clients.