Demand and supply are the basic fundamental pillars of any economy. Having a 'good' and having people supply that 'good' allow for the smooth functioning of markets. Well informed buyers and sellers use their knowledge in order to get...
With the commodity markets experiencing a fresh bout of volatility, and the Fed unsure of what future stimulus will be offered, and the IMF downgrading global economic growth, there seems to be stagnation in the economy which is proving...
If ever a country had the gift of being placed in the best geographical position on the map, it is Egypt. There they are, with the Mediterranean to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the east...
On June 30, the focus of most people and governments were on the Tahrir Square, in Cairo, where the scheduled mass demonstrations were to be held in opposition to the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, and against the dominance of...
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. There must be a need and some level of demand, in order to create a supply chain for a good or a service, which then aggregates into a 'value chain' behind...
To analyse a revolution is like analysing an earthquake. Both are unpredictable and tumultuous and are an outburst of unexpected expression which overturns the status-quo dramatically. That one is naturally occurring, while the other is manmade, does dampen the...
It is interesting to note that the value of some assets are based on their 'likeability' and some can provide hedging options against financial disasters. Gold inspires an emotional response among people, called 'likeability' which can trigger impulse-buying and is...
Ever since the Cold war ended, there has been a tentative and indecisive power structure reigning over the world. With the U.S. learning to walk without a substantive nation-state enemy, it was establishing itself as the new unipolar world...
As JFK said; "A rising tide lifts all boats." As the world economy improves, regional economies are rising on a tide of success created in other countries. Now that we are living in an evermore globalized world, nations are no...
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In this op-ed, Mohammad S. Moussalli discusses the crux of the Middle East and Arab dilemma; and makes suggestions so that to establish security and peace in the world. Whenever you get involved in a political discussion concerning the question of...
Does friendship have an expiry date? This is the question I have been asking all the people around me for the past week. Having lost a friend or two along the way, I always think about the reasons for this breakup. Most...
Kuwait will spend USD 100 billion on the nation's domestic energy sector over the next 5 years - and for the first time, some of that investment is earmarked for renewable energy. By 2030, 15% of Kuwait’s total energy mix will be...
By Gabriele Rutkauskaite Sir Richard Branson is the head of The Virgin Group. As a billionaire and an innovator, he impresses a lot of people with his ideas, but as opposed to other billionaires, Branson did not study in a prestigious...
Nile dams. The Nile River Basin Initiative can provide clean power to 375 million East African citizens. East Africa population may exceed 760 million people by 2030 (currently it is 375 million) – while Egypt’s population could exceed 140 million...
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Though the Arab Spring brought a form of political liberation to Libya, it also led to a GDP loss of around 28.3 percent, or USD 6.5 billion for the Libyan economy. Before the Arab Spring, Libya exported 1.8 million barrels of...
World energy consumption increases every year while the kinds of energy we use is changing, and environmental standards are (unequally) improving worldwide. In short, we are using more energy - but it is 'cleaner' energy. Most of the world's energy...
After a long busy day, many people search the web or switch on their cable television to know what is happening in this uncertain world. On every international news channel and portal website, they see guiltless people are being...
Solar desalination projects in the MENA region will shape the future. Solar power and water desalination, it turns out, go together like bread and butter. Who knew? The MENA region is increasingly dependent on desalinated water, as the region's standard of...
Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in 3 million years. After resting comfortably below 300ppm for the past 30,000 centuries, CO2 levels in the planetary atmosphere have suddenly jumped...
A growing and forward thinking organisation called the C40 Initiative, promotes sustainable development for the world’s cities. C40 cities are conducting empirical research to perfect ways to lower CO2 levels and employ programmes such as ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ within city...
If you live in India, you get used to the glaring disparity between the rich and poor. It’s a peaceful co-existence, one that is almost criminal. It desensitizes you to look the other way. While acknowledging the stark economic divide, India still has...
Most foreign residents who happen to live or work in the Arab region are accustomed to hear the mass majority of Arab nationals and expatriates complaining about the living conditions and sociopolitical situations of their native countries. Nowadays Arabs...
  More than 250 Islamic finance industry leaders will gather at the 3rd Annual Middle East Islamic Finance and Investment Conference (MEIFIC 2013) to be held on April 17, 2013 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Dubai. The theme of this year's conference...
The Nyota Fund makes a positive impact on the lives of hopeful young students in the Ngara District of Kagera Region in Tanzania, which borders Burundi and Rwanda. The Nyota Fund works exclusively in the education sector, raising funds in...
Wadjda is a 12-year old girl who lives near Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she's growing up in a conservative country, Wadjda is a girl full of life who wears jeans and sneakers, listens to rock music...
As many of you know, I've always disagreed with many of the laws set by Saudi Arabia, but in particular with their law prohibiting women from driving. Westerners, as well as some Arabs, see women as oppressed in the...
  Khaled Hosseini, the celebrated author of best selling novels "The Kite Runner" which sold 38 million copies in 2003 and an equally resounding "A Thousand Splendid Suns" in 2007, will be launching his third book, "And the Mountains Echoed",...
Ecotourism has become one of the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry. Those with a penchant for natural environments and exploring these areas are avid Eco-tourists. The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, defines ecotourism  as "Responsible travel to...

Rotten Apples?

It seems the Apple’s problems are here to stay. From the countless lawsuits against its competition being thrown out of the courts, to its products being under pressure from the dog eat dog world of tablet PCs, the company...
As social networking sites like Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter are getting more and more complex, with their changing security settings, connecting the world wide web and shrinking the world, people are no longer adding only people they know...
The Big 3 - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler have always ruled the roost in the history of the American automotive industry. It began in the 1890's in the U.S. and grew to become one of the largest industries...
  Written by: John David Bailey, Financial Consultant  at  ACUMA Independent Financial Advice Gold is no stranger to this region.  In fact, it is fair to say that due to cultural evolution and Dubai’s envy as a trading hub, buying gold in the region...
  The drive through the picturesque mountain town of Fujeirah in UAE, is sweet liberation. It was hard to believe such scenic beauty exists, enveloped in the middle of a terrain that is mostly a desert.The Hajjar Mountains stand ominous guarding the...
The world energy industry is suddenly transforming into something very different from the industry we have grown accustomed to over the past decades. It used to be, pump and burn more oil, mine and burn more coal and build...
The mere thought of something being unfathomable in this present day and age, where even reading about the unknown petrifies us. The list of ambiguous stories might start with the very well-known but dreaded Bermuda Triangle. Alternatively known as 'The Devil's Triangle',...
The patent war is fast becoming a  joke. The only people who don’t seem to be amused are those who are involved in the lawsuit. For the past two years we have seen  software giants drag each other to...
During the election campaign, Mitt Romney’s statement that “China is a currency manipulator” resonated throughout his economic plan and he made it a talking point to drive through this opinion into the public domain. Many feel that China artificially...
Earlier this year when I was in California- I realized it was such a good break. I asked myself, if a “break” and a “vacation” are the same thing and I realized that they are different.  I had a...