Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 14 Oct 2021: Global divergence in growth predicted – can MENA cope?

Weekly Insights 14 Oct 2021: Global divergence in growth predicted - can MENA cope   1 The IMF expects global growth to...
14 October, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 7 Oct 2021: Moving Towards Gradual Economic Recovery in the GCC

Weekly Insights 7 Oct 2021: Moving Towards Gradual Economic Recovery in the GCC 1 UAE’s debut federal debt to support and...
7 October, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 23 Sep 2021: UAE’s growth forecasts rebound in 2021 & 2022

Weekly Insights 23 Sep 2021: UAE’s growth forecasts rebound in 2021 & 2022 1 UAE expected to grow by 21% this year...
23 September, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 1 Sep 2021: Thinking beyond the Expo 2020 Dubai

Weekly Insights 1 Sep 2021: Thinking beyond the Expo 2020 Dubai Dubai is gearing up for the Expo extravaganza, scheduled to...
1 September, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 5 Aug 2021: Domestic Demand Drives Economic Recovery in Saudi Arabia & UAE +“Tanker Tensions”

Weekly Insights 5 Aug 2021: Domestic Demand Drives Economic Recovery in Saudi Arabia & UAE +“Tanker Tensions” 1 UAE...
5 August, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 29 Jul 2021: Global growth & inflation outlook + credit & inflation (GCC/ UAE)

Weekly Insights 29 Jul 2021: Global growth & inflation outlook + credit & inflation (GCC/ UAE) 1 Global growth forecast...
29 July, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 15 Jul 2021: Covid19 cases, vaccination & beyond (MENA & UAE) + Saudi-Omani cooperation

Weekly Insights 15 Jul 2021: Covid19 cases, vaccination & beyond (MENA & UAE) + Saudi-Omani cooperation 1 Covid19...
15 July, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 8 Jul 2021: Diverging PMI readings, Saudi’s new import rules & Oman’s IMF TA request

Weekly Insights 8 Jul 2021: Diverging PMI readings, Saudi’s new import rules & Oman’s IMF TA request 1 Global...
8 July, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 1 Jul 2021: State of the UAE & Saudi Arabia economies

State of the UAE & Saudi Arabia economies: a peek into the latest macroeconomic data (GDP, Fiscal, Money & Credit,...
1 July, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 6 May 2021: What do PMIs, Consumer Spending & Domestic Credit Tell us about Economic Activity?

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here 1 Manufacturing PMI rises globally; but, widespread vaccination...
6 May, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 1 Apr 2021: Reforms ramping up as GCC nations plan recovery in a post-Covid world

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   Chart 1 Saudi Arabia’s Shareek investment package to...
1 April, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 18 Mar 2021: Macroeconomic Updates on Lebanon, Saudi Arabia & the UAE

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   Chart 1 Lebanon: Cascading Collapses According to the...
18 March, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 11 Mar 2021: Will removing legal & regulatory barriers reduce MENA’s yawning gender gap?

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   Chart 1 MENA & OECD high-income economies reformed the most...
11 March, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 4 Mar 2021: Are economic activity indicators in UAE & Saudi Arabia moderating, à la PMI?

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   Chart 1 Will vaccines give a jab to growth PMI readings...
5 March, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 18 Feb 2021: The GCC Labour Market & Remittances – A Forward-looking Viewpoint

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here It is no secret that the GCC is home to one of the largest migrant...
18 February, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 11 Feb 2021: Will Accelerated Vaccine Distribution Catapult UAE to Faster Economic Growth?

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   The UAE has seen a surge in Covid19 cases recently, touching a...
11 February, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 4 Feb 2021: A Covid19 Balancing Act – Cases, Vaccinations & Economic Activity

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   1 Covid19 cases rise in the Middle East & so do...
4 February, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 21 Jan 2021: Uncertainty & Risks on one hand and Vaccinations on the other

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   1 Global Uncertainty Drops, but Economic Policy Uncertainty...
21 January, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 14 Jan 2021: Trade, Tourism & the Global Vaccination Drive

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   1 Trade recovers in Q3; services trade lags WTO’s latest Q3...
14 January, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 7 Jan 2021: UAE’s silver linings – has the country turned a corner?

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   1 Heatmap of Manufacturing/ non-oil private sector PMIs PMIs...
7 January, 2021

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 17 Dec 2020: Green shoots (of recovery) in the UAE & Takeaways from Saudi 2021 Budget

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   Chart 1: PMIs in UAE/ Dubai remain below-50 for the 2nd...
17 December, 2020

Events & Publications

"A COVID-19-induced macroeconomic overview of the GCC", Keynote presentation at Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East, 8 Dec 2020

Dr Nasser Saidi, a keynote speaker at the latest Bonds, Loans and Sukuk Middle East event, held virtually on 8-9 Dec 2020,...
13 December, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 10 Dec 2020: Vaccine Exuberance, PMIs and Indicators of Economic Activity

            Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   Chart 1: PMIs in the...
10 December, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 19 Nov 2020: Knowledge-based human capital to drive UAE’s diversification efforts

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   Knowledge-based human capital to drive the next phase of UAE’s...
19 November, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 11 Nov 2020: PMIs & Recovery (?) Indicators in the Middle East/ GCC

Download a PDF copy of this week’s insight piece here   PMIs & Recovery () Indicators in the Middle East/ GCC: A...
12 November, 2020

Events & Publications

Panelist at the IMF’s MENA Conference "Coping With Covid19", 27 Oct 2020

Dr Nasser Saidi participated as a panelist at the IMF's event related to the Regional Economic Outlook report for the Middle East...
28 October, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 29 Sep 2020: Supporting the recovery of UAE’s private sector (focus on SME finance)

[This is an edited version of the post issued originally on 29th Sep; Table 1 & related text have been updated] Supporting...
29 September, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 14 Sep 2020: A Balance Act as UAE remains open amid Covid19 surge

Charts of the Week: This is a crucial period for GCC, including the UAE How can one decide on the balance between reopening the...
14 September, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 7 Sep 2020: Businesses, Credit & Economic Activity in UAE & KSA

Charts of the Week: As manufacturing PMIs touch new highs in Aug, services PMI stalls Regional activity is at odds with global...
7 September, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 10 Aug 2020: Lebanon's way forward, PMIs & Mobility, Saudi monetary statistics, Arab FDI

The Beirut blast and its recovery/ reconstruction dominate news in the Middle East Our take on the path for Lebanon’s economic...
10 August, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 27 Jul 2020: Charts on the spread of Covid19 in the GCC + Global trade

Charts of the Week 1 Spread of Covid19 in the GCC Most GCC nations have begun a phased re-opening of their economies after being...
27 July, 2020

Economic commentary

Weekly Insights 20 Jul 2020: UAE, Covid19 & economic activity after re-opening post-lockdown

UAE, Covid19 & economic activity after re-opening post-lockdown With UAE easing restrictions imposed due to the Covid19...
20 July, 2020

Events & Publications

Panelist at the launch of IMF's MENA Regional Economic Outlook, 27 Apr 2020

Dr Nasser Saidi participated as a panelist at the IMF's launch of the Regional Economic Outlook report for the Middle East and...
28 April, 2020

Events & Publications

"Whither Saudi Arabia & the GCC? Challenges & Opportunities": Opening Keynote at the the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Saudi Arabia, 19 Nov 2019

Dr Nasser Saidi presented the opening keynote at the Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Saudi Arabia event held in Riyadh on 19th Nov...
24 November, 2019

Events & Publications

Panelist at the launch of IMF’s MENA Regional Economic Outlook, 28 Oct 2019

Dr Nasser Saidi participated as a panelist at the IMF's launch of the Regional Economic Outlook report for the Middle East and...
1 November, 2019

Events & Publications

Introductory remarks at CEBC’s "ESCO Market in MENA: Challenges vs Opportunities" event, 15 Sep 2019

Dr Nasser Saidi, in his role as the Chairman of the regional Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), provided the introductory...
18 September, 2019

Events & Publications

"The Role of Boards in Promoting Good Corporate Governance", Presentation to boards of UAE’s listed companies, Feb 2019

Dr Nasser Saidi presented "The Role of Boards in Promoting Good Corporate Governance" to the chairmen and board members of UAE's...
9 February, 2019

Events & Publications

"The Fintech Challenge: Transforming Banking, Finance, Payments & Central Banking", Presentation to the UAE Central Bank, 20 Nov 2018

Dr Saidi provided a keynote address on "The Fintech Challenge: Transforming Banking, Finance, Payments & Central Banking" to...
23 November, 2018

Events & Publications

"Markets, Oil & Trade Wars: Choppy Waters Ahead for the GCC", Presentation at the Institutional Investor Middle East Global Private Markets Forum, 18 Sep 2018

Dr Nasser Saidi gave a closing keynote presentation titled "Markets, Oil & Trade Wars:  Choppy Waters Ahead for the GCC" at...
19 September, 2018

Events & Publications

"The Coming Chinese Century: Building a Strategic Alliance between the UAE Falcon & the Chinese Dragon", Presentation to the Ajman Executive Council, 18 Sep 2018

Dr Nasser Saidi delivered a presentation titled "The Coming Chinese Century: Building a Strategic Alliance between the UAE Falcon...
19 September, 2018

Reports & papers

From Frontier to Emerging: Does Market Reclassification Matter?

DIFC Economic Note 19, titled From Frontier to Emerging - Does Market Reclassification Matter, discusses and compares the...
29 January, 2012
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