Business & Management

Abu Dhabi optimistic

ABU DHABI'S GROSS domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand up to six per cent on year in 2009, a top government official said recently. "It will be single-digit growth this year, between four per cent to six per cent," Nasser Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Department of Economic Development, told reporters on the sidelines of the Korea-Abu Dhabi Investment Roadshow 2009. Abu Dhabi's economy is estimated to have grown at least 17 per cent in 2008 on the back of record-high global oil prices.

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Lebanon - an attractive investment hub

LEBANON IS ON track to achieve a seven per cent growth in GDP in 2009, highlighting the country's continued economic surge and transformation into one of the region's most attractive investment hubs, revealed the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon during a panel discussion held recently at Cityscape Dubai 2009.

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Saudis committed to privatisation

SAUDI ARABIA IS firmly commited to the principle of privatisation in the development of its water and power industries. Investment partners from inside and outside the Kingdom will continue to form an essential part of the financial mix to address the huge infrastructure projects that will be necessary over the next two decades.

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IMF says Gulf economies will recover soonest

THE GULF ECONOMIES are poised to recover faster than many of their global counterparts from the financial crisis. However, they should be vigilant against potential asset bubbles in the future, said Masoud Ahmad, Director of the Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund.

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Kuwaiti doubts

KUWAIT WANTS THE start date of a currency union it agreed to with three other Gulf states delayed beyond January. The official Kuwait News Agency quotes a statement by the Ministry of Finance as saying Sunday the project should be delayed until its "technical" studies are completed.

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