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Al Manakh is the collaborative initiative to monitor, reveal and forecast new urban developments unfolding in the Gulf region. This analysis focuses on how the Gulf’s recent pace has not only shaped its own urban centers but also releases significant effects beyond its borders...
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Gulf Notes: February 15-21

February 28 2009
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A consultant study estimated global sovereign wealth funds control $5 trillion and are “adopting a very cautious investment approach to world markets” and diverting funds to their home countries. Borse Dubai received the necessary financial support from a “geographically diverse group of investors,” including banks from China, India and Europe. Abu Dhabi’s participation [...]

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Gulf Notes: February 8-14

February 17 2009
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Moody’s Investors Service prophesied that this year would render the Gulf economies’ greatest challenges ever as low oil prices compound ramifications of the global economic slowdown. DIFC Managing Director said he had never “faced more difficult challenges” than what he faces now. He is 29. Weighed down partially by its American home [...]

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Gulf Notes: February 1-7

February 10 2009
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On many fronts, the Gulf posed optimistic about 2009, with 2008 fourth quarter losses sponged by the prior three quarters’ gains. But while Dubai Investment joined the crowd of positive-spinning paeans to Dubai’s health, voicing its “strong liquidity position,” Moody’s Investors Services reveal its considering to downgrade six major Dubai companies, including DIFC Investments, [...]

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Gulf Notes: January 26-31

February 2 2009
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Tagging onto the IMF’s forecast of 2009 as the worst economic year since 1945 and the downcast Davos summit, Dubai International Capital’s CEO described the sovereign fund as “still very nervous about making some big bets.” Boston Consulting Group found optimism for the UAE in its Global Leading Companies report, tipping its hat to [...]

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