Investment into Syria has evaporated altogether as the civil war takes its toll on investor confidence.
Washington, DC played host to the first business delegation from Egypt following the country's presidential elections in May.
The aerospace sector is spearheading growth in the Middle East, but efforts in Africa are being hampered by political uncertainty and underdeveloped infrastructure.
Its oil reserves may make the headlines, but Uganda’s minister for trade and industry tells fDi that the country is pursuing diversification and removing barriers to growth, particularly in its underdeveloped agribusiness sector.
Africa's notoriously inadequate infrastructure is widely considered to have long been holding the region back from realising its economic potential. Hope is on the horizon, however, as national governments increasingly embrace private sector projects and regional developments.
There were more FDI projects recorded in Africa than in the Middle East in April 2014.
As emerging markets around the world ramp up their tourism offerings, the task of picking out the future stars is a tricky one for the likes of Peter Norman, the senior vice-president of acquisitions and development for the EMEA region at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He tells fDi why numerous locations in the Middle East and Africa are exciting him.
Jebel Ali Free Zone has been crowned fDi’s Middle East and North African Free Zone of the Year 2014 for large tenants, while Dubai Multi Commodities Centre scooped the award for SMEs.
Global free zone association, the World Free Zones Organisation, was launched in Dubai in May.
Middle East Free Zones of the Future 2011/12
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