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Propel Consult held its first HR Innovation Conference, in strategic partnership with Tamkeen and babsaudi.com, at the Swiss Belhotel in Bahrain. In attendance were over 70 HR professionals from Saudi Arabia and...[more]

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As someone working in a GCC country or considering employment in one of these six regions, you may know that major shifts have been occurring in the labor market throughout the area. Long-time trends in public sector employment...[more]

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Of the six monarchies in the GCC (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), it can be challenging to name which of the three are the top in which to live. In fact, Gulf Business pointed out that...[more]

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For those involved in the oil industry, the news is favorable. After all, a recent BMI Research report expressed an increase of roughly $2 per barrel over estimates posted at the end of 2016. The basis of this boost in pricing is...[more]

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If you take but a moment to peruse the headlines relating to the banking sector in the GCC for the coming year (2017), you see one clear fact: growth is anticipated. However, the experts vary in their predictions as to the rate...[more]

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In a 2013 report from the International Journal of Archaeology and Social Sciences in the Arabian Peninsula the issue of "Bahraini and Non-Bahraini Women in Bahrain's Workforce" was reviewed. The opening statement says...[more]

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In 2016, the GCC saw the emergence of "giant" banks that were the result of mergers between key lenders in the region. While it has been close to ten years since the merger of Emirates Bank International and National...[more]

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According to the Economy Forecast Agency, oil prices will begin a slow climb towards $60 a barrel through April 2017, and then experience a pullback that will continue throughout the year, bottoming at roughly $47 in October or...[more]

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In a recent article on the importance of entrepreneurship, journalist Rushika Bhatia noted that:

"Entrepreneurs are the bedrock of SMEs… [and both are] the ‘lifeblood’ of most economies...On average, around 95 per cent of...[more]

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If you are eager to find beneficial trends in the GCC job market for 2017, it is important to consider the 2016 background information. For example, since mid-2014, the key export commodity for the entire region, oil, has...[more]

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It is a simple truth that volatility in the world's oil prices have caused GCC countries to implement an array of new fiscal policies and cuts in government spending in response to challenges that such turmoil has created....[more]

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In a July 2016 report on the Saudi Arabia Labor Market (BMI), experts and analysts concluded that domestic "businesses face substantial and growing risks to finding suitable workers in Saudi Arabia. While companies have...[more]

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Those familiar with the Bahraini banking sector may already know that it is "divided into two broad segments — onshore retail and offshore wholesale banks." (Gulfnews) Of the onshore banks, there are six Islamic and 22...[more]

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We have all watched the price of oil decline sharply over the past few years, dipping from roughly $100 per barrel to prices only half as much. This has forced many to pose the question of how the GCC and Middle Eastern...[more]

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Business owners and managers often complain that "good help is just so hard to find," and that may be true. However, it is not always that "talent" is thin on the ground. In fact, it is often simply that the...[more]

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It is to be expected that any lengthy holiday, celebrated by millions, is likely to impact business. When that holiday is Ramadan, and the region the GCC, the affects can be measurably greater. As journalist Rozy Chaudri...[more]

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It is to be expected that any lengthy holiday, celebrated by millions, is likely to impact business. When that holiday is Ramadan, and the region the GCC, the affects can be measurably greater. As journalist Rozy Chaudri...[more]

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Big banks at the end of 2015 in the Arabian Gulf region ended the year in pretty good shape. Medium size and smaller banks did not fare so well. The United Arab Bank (UAB) stated its intention to shut down it’s smaller bank...[more]

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Will Iran and Oil Prices Change the Game for the Middle East?

In the first weeks of January 2016 United States sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran were lifted allowing Tehran to start selling oil again on the open...[more]

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World Bank economist Lili Mottaghi wrote in a recent foundation report that if peace came to the current conflicts in Syria, Libya and Iraq local economies of the region would inherit positive economic results that would spill...[more]

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