Saudi banks reaffirmed that the Kingdom’s banking sector had successfully overcome the bottleneck recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic which had hit world economies.
A major Saudi bank credited the recovery to prudent measures adopted by the Kingdom coupled with qualitative financia
Dubai’s government is seeking to drop banknotes by shifting all payment transactions to secure and easy-to-use cashless platforms.
Dubai said it has formed the “Cashless Dubai Working Group,” which brings together Smart Dubai, Dubai’s Department of Finance (DOF), the Supre
Lebanon’s central bank is studying lowering the threshold for obligatory foreign exchange reserves in order to continue subsiding key imports next year, as critically low reserves dwindle, an official source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh met
Iraq asked oil importers to pay $2 billion upfront payments for crude supplies as part of long-term contracts, as a result of its suffocating financial crisis.
Bloomberg reported that Iraq is undergoing a severe financial crisis following the fall in global oil prices, adding that authoritie
Bitcoin homed in on its all-time high on Tuesday after hitting $19,000 for the first time in nearly three years.
The world's most popular cryptocurrency was last up 3% at $18,918, near its all-time record of $19,666. Bitcoin has gained almost 40% in November alone and is up around 160% this year.
Gold slumped on Tuesday due to AstraZeneca's announcement of a coronavirus vaccine and US federal agency White House approval.
Spot gold fell 0.5% to $1,825.99 per ounce by 05:45 GMT, having earlier slid to its lowest since July 21 at $1,820.45. It slumped as much as 2.2% on Monday. US gold futur
Oil gained on Tuesday to $47 a barrel as a third company announced its coronavirus vaccine, its biggest gain since March.
Brent crude rose 31 cents, or 0.7%, to $46.37 a barrel by 0914 GMT and hit a session high of $46.72, its highest since March 6. US West Texas Intermediate crude gained 32 cent
Women's participation in the workforce in Iraq is less than 15 per cent, the World Bank has said.
In a report, the global monetary body said less than 15 per cent of women work in Iraq and Jordan while only 26 per cent work in Lebanon. Jordan and Iraq have some of the lowest female employment rat
The economic repercussions of the coronavirus has led to an increase in the unemployment rate in the besieged Gaza Strip by 17 per cent, with 82 per cent of the population now out of work, the head of the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions in Gaza Strip, Sami Al-Amsi, said yesterday.
Dubai said the economic growth rate could increase by up to 1% because of plans by the United Arab Emirates to extend to more categories a “golden” visa system which grants 10-year residency in the Gulf state.
Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas valid for only a few yea
The Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC) announced on Sunday the discovery of substantial recoverable unconventional oil resources located onshore, estimated at 22 billion stock tank barrels (STB), and an increase in conventional oil reserves of 2 billion STB in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Algeria’s gas exports this year are expected to drop by 4.7%, energy minister Abdelmadjid Attar, hit by reduced demand from Europe and competition from cheaper US supplies.
The North African country, which derives 95% of its foreign revenue from oil and gas sales, is expected to export 41 b
Western Union, the world’s largest money transfer firm, has acquired a 15% stake in the digital payment unit of Saudi Arabia’s STC Group for $200 million.
The acquisition of stc pay, which values the company at 5 billion riyals ($1.3 billion), will finance its capital and support long
Blackstone Group Inc is seeking to raise at least $5 billion for its second private equity fund focused on Asia, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.
With this new vehicle, Blackstone plans to more than double the size of its first Asia buyout fund, Bloomberg
World Bank President David Malpass on Saturday warned G20 leaders that failing to provide more permanent debt relief to some countries now could lead to increase poverty and a repeat of the disorderly defaults seen in the 1980s.
Malpass said he was pleased by progress on debt transparency and deb
S&P Global Platts quoted traders in the oil market stating that the global market has absorbed the growing and sudden surge of Libyan oil production, contrary to the expectations of energy agencies and experts.
A trader in the oil market confirmed during a recently held conference that t
World stocks edged higher on Friday as hopes of an economic recovery helped offset the blow dealt by news that the US Treasury was ending emergency loan programmes.
But gains were modest as flare-ups in virus cases around the world continued to dampen the sentiment.
California announced fresh cu
Gold prices slump on Friday, its second week falling due to the announcement of COVID-19 vaccine and US Treasury working on ending emergency loan programs.
Spot gold dipped 0.1% to $1,866.28 per ounce by 0611 GMT and was down 1.1% for the week. US gold futures were up 0.3% at $1,867.90.
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