Tag: GCC

MENA’s Online Payments Puzzle

A lot of consumers in our region would like to spend money online. So what’s holding them back? By Khaldoon Tabaza How to implement online payment systems that most people are willing and able to use remains a big hindrance…

In Gold They Trust

A whirlwind of speculations and denials unleashed by an alleged gold discovery has again got us asking who’s really to blame for the low level of trust between Jordanians and their government? The Economist- Yusuf Mansur For yet another dispiriting…

Saudi Stocks: Worth a Punt for Foreigners?

Saudi Arabia hopes that there will be a lot of interest in its stock market when it finally opens up to international investors next year. But it might only succeed in attracting technical, rather than value, investors. By Sameer Massis…

Few are Buying into E-commerce

Having achieved some headway of late, e-commerce in the region is still a long way from where it needs to be. The Strategist- Nader Museitif E-commerce remains the talk of the town. Big funding rounds continue to pop up for…

The Lure of Easy Money

Editor’s letter- Dina al-Wakeel In a blatant challenge to Western nations that have long dominated the global financial system, the BRICS emerging economics have decided to establish their own $50 billion development bank. Noble as the idea may be, its…