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Saudi to overhaul floundering financial district, economic cities
Saudi Arabia is revising plans for a glitzy financial district in Riyadh and the creation of six industrial cities, after the projects were plagued by delays and a lack of enthusiasm among potential tenants and investors. Full Article
Dana Gas says no deal with Iran on gas imports
The United Arab Emirates' Dana Gas has not been able to reach an acceptable deal with Iran on natural gas imports into the UAE, and an arbitration process will continue, chief executive Patrick Allman-Ward said. Full Article
Zurich Insurance moves into takaful with Malaysia buy
Zurich Insurance is set to take full ownership of Malaysia's MAA Takaful after the deal received regulatory approval, giving Europe's fifth-biggest insurer a foothold in the world's second largest Islamic insurance market. Full Article
Dubai's troubled Arabtec hires AlixPartners for review
Loss-making Dubai contractor Arabtec's board has hired restructuring advisory firm AlixPartners to help it strengthen its capital structure and reform its business, three sources aware of the matter told Reuters. Full Article
Qatar National Bank investigating alleged data hack
Qatar National Bank, the largest lender in the Middle East and Africa by assets, is investigating an alleged security breach of data posted online this week that revealed the names and passwords of a large number of customers. Full Article
Oman picks banks for first international bond in almost 20 yrs
The government of Oman has chosen five banks to arrange the sultanate's first international bond issue in almost 20 years, sources aware of the matter said. Full Article

Features

A new chapter
Iran is preparing for an economic boom after a U.N. nuclear watchdog ruled in January that the country had abided by an agreement reached last July with six world powers to curb its nuclear programme,... Full Article
UAE companies law: A new era
After several years of discussion, the United Arab Emirates has issued a long-awaited companies law aimed at boosting IPO activity, enhancing corporate governance and encouraging foreign investment into the Arab world’s second biggest economy. Kanishk... Full Article
How to Become an English Solicitor in Just a Few Months
Each year, hundreds of lawyers from Asia Pacific countries such as Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia, decide to qualify as English solicitors, and become dual-qualified lawyers. What motivates them to... Full Article
The search for consistency
Islamic finance today is booming, but could its progress be held back by inconsistencies in interpretations across jurisdictions, asks Raghavendra Verma Full Article

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AEC Report: Potential, reality and the role for business
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ALB Employer of Choice 2013
By ALB | 17 Sep 13
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ALB M&A Rankings 2013
By ALB | 17 Sep 13
We rank the region’s best law firms for M&A work on volume, complexity and size of work, the firm’s visibility and profile in the marketplace, presence in Asia and key existing clients and new client Wins. These are the firms...
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