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Diversification key to building, growing MENA assets

Despite recent setbacks, the region still holds promise, writes Swatick Majumdar of Digital Entertainment Ventures.

Egypt urban-rural divide stunts job creation

Lack of transportation infrastructure between rural and urban Egypt has taken its toll on the domestic labor market.

GCC economic unity efforts hang in the balance

Political divisions threaten to dissolve plans to create one of the world's strongest economic unions, experts say.

Economic freedom key to MENA job creation

Economic liberty has a huge potential to increase human prosperity in crisis-hit countries across the region.

Kuwait, UAE have highest Arab food security

Food security in the Arab world has improved but more work is needed to improve quality and safety standards, a report said.

Lebanon political paralysis weighs on economy

The inability of Lebanese political parties' to agree on a suitable candidate for president underscores the political paralysis in the country.

Iran nuclear talks likely to be extended beyond July deadline

Iran could secure a deal with the West on its nuclear program by September, analysts say.

Restructuring Libya's SWF

Libya’s sovereign wealth fund could be leveraged to bring about stability and meaningful economic development, according to the African Development Bank.

Tunisia forges new trade ties

Tunisia’s economy remains stuck in first gear. Can new trade deals fire up the economy?

Dubai GDP growth seen at 6.1% in 2014

Dubai’s GDP is set to cross USD100bn this year, but Citibank cautions against overestimating the impact of Expo 2020.