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a new saudi

Saudi Arabia investment minister seeks Vision 2030 boost

Saudi Arabia’s minister for commerce and investment, Dr Majed Bin Abdullah Al Qasabi, is keen to revitalise the country’s FDI offering through its Vision 2030 programme. He tells Karen E Thuermer how initiatives such as a new
entertainment city and improved corporate laws will help plug its budget deficit

View from the Middle East and Africa: how will Gulf airlines soar again?

A plethora of global problems has combined with oversupply to hit airlines in the Gulf region. What can they do to redeem their reputations? Mazdak Rafaty reports.

the road to recognition

Foreign minister looks to put Somaliland on FDI map

Saad Ali Shire, the foreign minister of 'de facto state' Somaliland, tells Timothy Conley about the difficulties of attracting investment to a country not recognised by the UN. However, deals with the likes of the UAE and Ethiopia, and FDI from Coca-Cola and DP World, show what can be achieved. 

Egypt passes long-debated investment law

Egypt has passed a new investment law following two years of negotiations, in the hope of cutting red tape. Natasha Turak reports.

Economy major focus as Rouhani wins second term in Iran

While Hassan Rouhani was returned as Iranian president with a clear margin, he faces a tough job, as high unemployment persists and foreign relations remain volatile. Natasha Turak reports.

UAE to impose value-added tax in 2018

Introduction of VAT has put a question mark over the UAE’s status as a tax-free haven. Natasha Turak reports.

View from the Middle East & Africa: Digital revolution must not ignore SMEs

The Middle East and Africa region is united in its desire to strengthen the manufacturing sector, but ambitious initiatives such as Industry 4.0 must not neglect the majority of small businesses that need support in financing and connectivity, says Mazdak Rafaty.

an ease of

DMCC Free Zone executive director focuses on the ease of doing business

Besides fulfilling the usual criteria of infrastructure, stability and expansion opportunities, Dubai’s DMCC Free Zone also offers investors a dispute resolution service as well as pioneering the use of electronic signatures to ease business pressures. The zone's executive director, Krysta Fox, talks to Courtney Fingar.

unearthing opportunities

Why Chinese investment remains crucial to resource-rich Africa

China’s willingness to invest in mining in politically unstable, high-risk African countries could help the continent make the most of the slight rebound in commodity prices. Finbarr Toesland reports.

Saudi Aramco debuts sukuk ahead of IPO

Saudi Aramco has placed its debut riyal-denominated bond as part of efforts to raise $10bn in the debt market, ahead of an IPO in 2018. Jacopo Dettoni reports.

fDi on Location: Ras Al Khaimah

 

Ras Al Khaimah, is leveraging its location in the heart of one of the world’s top growth regions to become a magnet for both companies and tourists. fDi Magazine's editor-in-chief Courtney Fingar explores opportunities RAK has to offer.

fDi On Location: Sharjah

 

The third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah, has to date kept a much lower profile than its better-known neighbours Abu Dhabi and Dubai. But that may soon be changing, as Sharjah sets out to raise its visibility on the world stage and to promote its strengths. 

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