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View from Middle East and Africa: a long-term plan for tourism

The booming travel and tourism sector creates job, fuels growth and connects cultures. But it also gobbles up resources and creates waste – which is why tourist destinations must ensure their strategy is sustainable, says Mazdak Rafaty.

Hopes high that Neom city project will diversify Saudi investment

Saudi Arabia’s Neom city project is being hailed as a major plank of the country’s diversification programme. But details so far are light, and some parties worry political risk could still scupper hoped-for investment. Olivia Azadegan reports.

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fDi Tourism Locations of the Future 2017/18 – Editor’s Choice Awards

fDi's inaugural Tourism Editor's Choice Awards for tourism single out the countries that have devised specific and successful strategies to attract investment. Belize, Croatia and Jamaica are just three of the countries punching above their weight, reports Cathy Mullan.

Investors size up post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

The appointment of Emmerson Mnangagwa as successor to long-time president Robert Mugabe could signal a change in Zimbabwe’s fortunes – if ease of doing business is improved. Charlotte Adlung reports.

Israeli FDI set for record year in 2017

Investment into Israel reached its highest since 2003, with another quarter still to go. Cara Lyttle reports.

Iraq's Kurdistan plunged into financial uncertainty

The failed independence referendum and resignation of president Masoud Barzani have rocked the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Natasha Turak looks at how this could affect its investment potential.

Hilton increases sub-Saharan Africa expansion

The Hilton hotel group is spending $50m on buying and rebranding sub-Saharan African hotels in the wake of increased business travel growth in the region. Louis Bearn reports.

View from the Middle East and Africa: FTZ pitfalls to avoid

Iran is doubling its number of free-trade zones in a bid to boost development quickly. But rather than a licence to print money, FTZs take time and attention to detail in order to flourish, says Mazdak Rafaty.

In Dispute: lessons from the over-ruling of Ghana's constitution

International arbitrators appear to have ruled against Ghana’s constitutional provisions designed to ensure the country's parliament signs off major contracts, and have awarded a foreign investor a huge settlement. Luke Peterson reports.

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What could Kurdistan independence mean for FDI?

Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly backed independence in September’s referendum, though neither Baghdad nor the international community recognised the outcome. Now all parties are bracing themselves for challenging negotiations with the future of the region’s oil resources at stake. Jacopo Dettoni reports.

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