Wednesday 6 May 2015

Oil's bull run hides a deep disconnect, traders warn

While oil futures prices rebound with vigour as analysts cite strong demand, the physical crude market tells a much more cautionary tale. Tens of millions of barrels are struggling to find buyers in Europe with traders of West African, Azeri and North Sea crude blaming poor deman


What will the future cities look like?

How to secure data privacy and make urban spaces more user-friendly for residents will be two of the top priorities that shape tomorrow’s cities, experts concluded at a recent discussion in Dubai, UAE. The discussion session was hosted by the world’s largest open fore


Saudi Arabia’s succession reshuffle is credit positive

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet reshuffle, occurring so soon after King Salman’s smooth succession to the throne in January, is credit positive amid the economic and security challenges facing the kingdom, a Moody’s report said. Last week on April 28, King Salman bin Abd


French fighter jets find takers in a worried world

After failing for years to win a single order for the Dassault-built Rafale fighter jet, France has scored a string of multi-billion-euro wins in recent weeks and is on a quest for more. Global appetite for the jets has surged as a result of the United States' diminishing inf


Branding on a budget

How does a lone entrepreneur create a brand image and message and keeping costs low? While this really depends on how lean your start-up will be, there are a number of tools which one can pick and mix to launch a brand, a report said. The fundamental strategy when branding on a b


The path to a wearable future lies in academia

For a glimpse of what is, what might have been and what may lie ahead in wearable devices, look beyond branded tech and Silicon Valley start-ups to the messy labs, dry papers and solemn conferences of academia. There you'd find that you might control your smartphone with your


Saudi fund sector offers foreigners access to IPOs

A regulatory drive to reduce the volatility around initial public offers of shares is bolstering the Saudi funds sector and also creating an opportunity for international investors to sidestep the kingdom's foreign ownership restrictions. With Saudi Arabia about to open its $


Super skyscraper - history in making

As it rises over the Jeddah skyline, the $1.2-billion Kingdom Tower, will make and break several records along its kilometre-high journey, reveals in an exclusive report. The world’s tallest tower is now in the making, with the first 13 levels of the 170-storey skyscraper n


Lower oil prices may spur the Gulf to diversify

Low crude production costs and fiscal breakeven prices will support the GCC in a period of low oil prices increasing the pressure to diversify away from the hydrocarbon sector, a report said. Because of the region’s accumulated reserves and low debt levels, the GCC will con


Dubai: The Metro Effect

There was no obvious price impact on buildings in the close proximity to Dubai metro stations in two major communities, though a rise in transactional activity was witnessed during the time of the completion of the metro, a report said. The two communities that were the most meas

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