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Monday, 11 Apr 2016

To support the global oil market, Qatar’s oil minister has announced that his country is inviting all OPEC members and major producers from outside the exporting group to attend talks on April 17th regarding a deal to freeze output at January’s levels.

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Economic Outlook

Economic Outlook

  • To support the global oil market, Qatar's oil minister has announced that his country is inviting all OPEC members and major producers from outside the exporting group to attend talks on April 17th regarding a deal to freeze output at January's levels.
  • Abu-Dhabi's hotel occupancy rates have witnessed a 78% decline in February 2016. In addition, profits per room registered a decline of 37% (y-o-y) with average room rates falling by 27% reaching 158 USD compared to 217 USD in February 2015.
  • The Egyptian state-owned television has reported that the country has signed an agreement with Saudi-Arabia to set up a 60 BN SAR worth investment fund among other investment agreements including an economic free-zone to develop Egypt's Sinai region.
  • Iran's foreign minister has reported that his country is taking steps to regain its oil share in the market, in cooperation with other oil producing countries, after sanctions has been removed.
  • Egyptian 2016/2017 released budget indicated that the country is willing to decrease its spending on fuel subsidies by 43% from 61 BN EGP in 2015/2016 to 35 BN EGP amid the country's steps to reduce its budget deficit.
  • As announced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a senior Iraqi government official, Iraq is lowering its oil price forecasts to around 32 USD per barrel instead of 45 USD in its 2016 budget.
  • Saudi Arabia has increased its construction of housing units by 50% to keep up with the increasing demand where the total value of the projects under this program has reached 34 BN SAR as reported by the country's ministry of commerce and industry.
  • Dubai's retail market has witnessed an annual growth rate of 3.5% to 7.5% during the period between 2010 and 2015 and is estimated to reach 35.4 BN USD according to Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry analysis.
  • After lifting Iran's sanctions, India's cabinet raised the credit line of Iran to 450 MM USD as New Delhi aims to boost trade ties with Tehran.
  • Egypt's supply minister has announced that the country is banning the trade of imported wheat inside the country, a move which could reduce smuggling of the grain that cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • In the first quarter of 2016, Egypt's debt to foreign oil companies has reached 3.2 BN USD compared to 3 BN USD in the fourth quarter of 2015.
  • Amid its steps to apply Saudization policies, the Saudi Arabian ministry of labor revealed plans to restrict all jobs related to human resources (HR) as well as positions in the departments dealing with hiring of workers in the private sector to Saudi nationals.
Political Events

Political Events

  • Amid King Salman's visit to Egypt, Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed to maritime borders that handed ownership of disputed Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir over to Riyadh. The agreement will be presented to parliament for ratification.
  • The investigations concerning Fly Dubai's airplane crash in Russia has revealed that the crash was caused due to pilot's error.
  • In two separate accidents, five Egyptian soldiers; a military officer and a civilian woman were killed and 15 civilians were injured after 2 armored personnel carriers exploded in Sinai.
  • Qatar's foreign minister announced that Qatar's ruling family member who was kidnapped in Iraq last year along with 26 other Qataris has been freed.
Stock Market

Stock Market

    • .KWSE witnessed a significant increase in banking sector led by Ithmaar Bank, National Bank of Kuwait and Boubyan Bank while telecommunication sector increased led by Ooredoo and Zain.
    • .QSI banking sector declined led by Qatar International Islamic Bank (QIIB).
    • .ADI telecommunication sector declined led by Etisalat and banking sector led by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB). On the other hand, real estate sector increased slightly led by Aldar Properties.
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Companies Transactions

Companies Transactions

  • Qatar National Bank (QNB) announced that it had agreed to buy Turkey's Finansbank, the Gulf Arab region's largest lender, from National Bank of Greece for 2.7 BN EUR after it had received the approval of Qatar's central bank and Turkey's Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency upon the deal.
  • The Dubai-based property developer, Emaar properties, has announced that its group chief executive director - Abdulla Lahej- has discontinued his role.
  • Saudi's developer, ACWA power, has reported its plan to invest around 11 BN USD in Egypt's power generating sector in the coming five years to add around 10,000 megawatts to Egypt's national electricity grid.
  • The Moroccan industry minister has announced that the French carmaker Renault and component suppliers are planning to invest 1.04 BN USD in Morocco to build an "industry ecosystem".
  • The Bank of England has fined QIB (UK) -a subsidiary of Qatar Islamic Bank- nearly 2 MM USD upon its failings to report its financial resources to the regulator in 2011 and 2012.
  • Three major British banks -HSBC, RBC, and Barclays- are planning to close about 400 of their branches in 2016. It is worth mentioning that, the number of branches operated by the major banking groups in the UK has halved in the last 20 years.
  • Qatar National Bank (QNB) has registered a 7.1% rise in net profits in the first quarter of 2016 reaching 2.9 BN QAR.
  • Oman's largest lender, Bank Muscat, has received all regulatory approvals to open a representative office in Iran to be one of the first foreign financial firms to establish a presence in Iran since the international sanctions.


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