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  • Saudi Arabia holds off on mega oil IPO – why? on 18 October 2019 at 16:10 pm - The kingdom has delayed the Aramco IPO due to unfavourable market conditions Rachna Uppal | Senior Analyst Business and Finance Gulf | r.uppal@castlereagh.net »
  • Russian-Saudi relationship on 15 October 2019 at 11:10 am - Russia and Saudi Arabia reaffirm ties, especially in energy, but fail to produce game-changing agreements Emily Stromquist | Director of Energy| e.stromquist@castlereagh.net »
  • No Palermo Convention for Iran on 11 October 2019 at 17:10 pm - Iran to fall foul of FATF requirements next week  Daniel Moshashai | MENA Analyst | d.moshashai@castlereagh.net »
  • EU gives thumbs up to UAE on tax on 10 October 2019 at 10:10 am - The 28-member bloc has decided to remove the UAE from its tax-haven blacklist  Rachna Uppal | Senior Analyst Business & Finance GCC | r.uppal@castlereagh.net »
  • Macron’s four-point plan on 03 October 2019 at 14:10 pm - Is the French initiative a step forward in bringing Iran and the US to the table? Daniel Moshashai | MENA Analyst | d.moshashai@castlereagh.net »
  • Rouhani briefing on UNGA trip on 03 October 2019 at 12:10 pm - Rouhani's latest statements infer that Iran's positions are unlikely to change.  Daniel Moshashai | MENA Analyst | d.moshashai@castlereagh.net »

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  • Saudi oil IPO could tempt regional peers to list, but substantial limitations remain 22 October 2019 - Investors hoping for a slice of the world’s biggest, and most profitable, corporation will have to wait a while longer after Saudi Aramco again decided to hold off plans to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) over an acceptable valuation.… »
  • Drones: the strategic game changers 18 October 2019 - The surprise attack on the Saudi Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities in September has drawn attention to the increasing role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in conflict. Innovations in military technologies require a new strategic discourse,… »
  • Vietnam – not just a manufacturing hub 15 October 2019 - Strong economic growth in Vietnam will help open up opportunities in a variety of sectors outside of manufacturing over the coming years, although the business environment remains challenging. Structural factors, including rapidly rising incomes, major urbanisation and an ageing population,… »
  • Takeaway food: GCC food security hinges on building strong strategic partnerships 11 October 2019 - GCC countries are seeking outward-looking solutions to guarantee their food security. Supported by government initiatives, private agribusiness companies are buying land across the world to secure agricultural goods from cereals to meat, particularly in destinations closer to home in South… »
  • Djibouti: Logistics a bright spot in wider industrialisation plans 8 October 2019 - Djibouti’s logistics sector will grow rapidly in the coming years, establishing the country as a major conduit for East Africa trade. Chinese firms will be instrumental in providing the necessary capital and expertise. Realising the wider economic aims of the… »
  • Jordan: A case study in expanding renewable energy 4 October 2019 - Jordan has been at the forefront of renewable energy deployment in the Middle East, with the sector accounting for 7.9% of the country’s total electricity generation in 2018 compared to 2% in 2013. Yet, challenges hindering the upscaling of renewables… »

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Drones: the strategic game changers

Drones: the strategic game changers

The surprise attack on the Saudi Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities in September has drawn attention to the increasing role of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in conflict. Innovations in military technologies require a new strategic discourse, but in the realm of unmanned warfare there remains a number of crucial unanswered questions, both about the impact of UAVs on political and military decision making, and the ethical and legal implications of their usage.

Vietnam – not just a manufacturing hub

Vietnam – not just a manufacturing hub

Strong economic growth in Vietnam will help open up opportunities in a variety of sectors outside of manufacturing over the coming years, although the business environment remains challenging. Structural factors, including rapidly rising incomes, major urbanisation and an ageing population, will underpin expansion in three sectors in particular – construction, electricity transmission and distribution, and health care.

Djibouti: Logistics a bright spot in wider industrialisation plans

Djibouti: Logistics a bright spot in wider industrialisation plans

Djibouti’s logistics sector will grow rapidly in the coming years, establishing the country as a major conduit for East Africa trade. Chinese firms will be instrumental in providing the necessary capital and expertise. Realising the wider economic aims of the 2035...

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