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Nasser Saidi

Wassim Mansouri, the interim governor of Banque du Liban, and his team have the daunting task of solving some long-term problems. EPA
Restoring the credibility of Lebanon’s central bank

The country is paying the price for years of unsustainable, fixed-exchange-rate, fiscal and debt policies

August 15, 2023, 7:00 AM
Traders follow stock prices at the Kuwait Stock Exchange in Kuwait City. EPA
'Economic Diversification 2.0': Steering the Gulf through the global economic crisis

The world is under strain, but the GCC is globalising - and 'regionalising' - to lay a more secure economic foundation for the future

November 15, 2022, 4:00 AM
A rehearsal for the opening ceremony of Expo 2020. Walaa Ahmed / Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai will make hosting a pandemic-era Expo look easy

The emirate is well-prepared, and will reap the rewards

September 19, 2021, 9:00 AM
A nurse gives a patient a vaccine shot in Dubai. The UAE had administered 51.11 vaccine doses for every 100 people as of Sunday, second only to Israel Pawan Singh / The National
Will the UAE’s accelerated vaccine campaign help fuel economic growth?

The drive could help improve herd immunity and gradually return business activity to pre-pandemic levels

February 16, 2021, 1:22 AM
An educational robot. Covid-19 has led to a strong impetus to digitise as working and learning from home become more popular. Reuters
Accelerating decarbonisation and digitisation can build upon UAE's game-changing reforms

The Emirates' monetary, fiscal and health stimulus packages cushioned the economy from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

December 27, 2020, 8:16 AM
According to a Labour Force Survey, Emirati women were found to be relatively more educated than their male counterparts. Getty Images   
How knowledge-based human capital can drive UAE’s diversification efforts

Recent structural reforms related to labour will help remove distortions in the market, attracting high-skilled professionals and investment

November 29, 2020, 8:17 AM
FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed oil pump jack is seen in front of displayed stock graph and Opec logo in this illustration picture, April 14, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
How the US elections matter for the Middle East

What would a potential change of guard at the White House mean for the Middle East?

November 03, 2020, 4:56 AM
A statue of a woman made out of glass and rubble that resulted from the Beirut port mega explosion August 4, is placed opposite to the site of the blast. AFP
Eight steps to pull Lebanon out of its misery

Lebanon desperately needs a Marshall Plan-like intervention

October 28, 2020, 9:03 AM
Lebanon has been rocked by protests against government corruption and the collapse of the country's economy. AP Photo
How to save Lebanon from looming hyperinflation

To bring the country's economic chaos to an end, it is important to examine how it all began

October 28, 2020, 9:02 AM
Lebanese anti-government protestors block a main road by garbage bins over deteriorating living conditions. Citizens fear a combination of rising unemployment, poverty, sectarian tensions, the devaluation of the Lebanese pound and Covid-19 disease may spark another conflict, three decades after a 15-year civil war. EPA
To halt Lebanon's meltdown its imperative to reform now

Country's currency has lost about 80% of its value against US dollar and poverty and unemployment are on rise

July 07, 2020, 1:43 AM
Christie's employees pose with a Lehman Brothers sign at Christie's following the bank's collapse brought on by the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008. The next financial crisis will likely be triggered as central banks starting with the Fed end quantitative easing and start tightening liquidity. Reuters
Preparing for the next global financial crisis

Public debt in advanced economies rose by more than 30 percentage points of GDP, with total global debt reaching some $250tn by the second quarter of 2018

September 30, 2018, 9:57 AM
US President Donald Trump's protectionist stance may instigate global downturn. Bloomberg
Trumpian Trade Wars threaten the GCC

We are witnessing the demise of multilateralism and rule-based international cooperation

July 25, 2018, 1:03 PM
Croatia's Luka Modric in action with England's Jordan Henderson at the World Cup. Roughly 7,000 to 10,000 England supporters travelled to the event. Photo: Reuters
Does it pay to host the World Cup?

Holding global mega-events - which often have a limited duration - can involve large capital outlays for the host nation

July 14, 2018, 1:55 PM
World Cup predictions are almost a mini industry now. Forecasting the winner is still almost impossible despite the use of high tech. Henry Romero/Reuters
World Cup 2018: can anyone predict the winner?

Alongside the animals and traditional tipsters, high tech is now being used to try to forecast the next champions

July 02, 2018, 8:19 AM
Over 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, with a further 6.6 million internally displaced, according to UNHCR numbers. AFP / BULENT KILIC
Refugees in the Middle East can contribute to the economy

The displaced need financial aid and jobs to intergrate them into society

June 14, 2018, 3:11 PM