Ras Al Khaimah on the up

Ras Al Khaimah on the up

Fancy working in Ras Al Khaimah? Now's your chance. A recent report in the Khaleej Times suggests over 1,000 companies may move to the new Ras Al Khaimah…

The Dubai differential

The Dubai differential

Costs may be rising, but you can still make more money working and living in Dubai than in London. Life in Dubai is 40% cheaper than London and…

Down and out in Dubai

Down and out in Dubai

1. It won't last At a conference last week in the City, Gerard Lyons, chief economist and global head of research at Standard Chartered Bank, said there have…

The dough in Doha

The dough in Doha

Step aside Dubai, Qatar also wants to become a regional financial services hub. Last week, Qatar and Dubai teamed up to create a new US$1bn investment vehicle to…

Charting a different standard

Charting a different standard

Standard Chartered is moving 100 staff to Dubai. Is it down to low-cost local staff or local customers? Staff making the move will be monitoring the bank's loans…

Hedge fund boost for Bahrain

Hedge fund boost for Bahrain

Demand for asset management professionals in Bahrain looks set to rise following changes to its collective investment scheme regulatory framework. The changes will allow a wider range of…

Boom time in Saudi

Boom time in Saudi

Saudi Arabia's banking sector was already hot. It's now in danger of overheating. Yassar Toukan, general manager of Saudi recruitment firm Brainlease, says relationship managers are in the…

Islamic interest rises

Islamic interest rises

Oil-fuelled wealth creation is driving high-octane demand for Islamic bankers in the private banking sector. Samar El Gazar, partner and managing director at Leaders Solutions, tells us international&helli

Private equity firms paying up

Private equity firms paying up

A new salary survey suggests Gulf private equity funds' pay is comparable with, if not better than, their counterparts in the West. An associate working in the Middle…

Gulf property market at full sale

Gulf property market at full sale

Burj-al-Arab, Dubai's iconic hotel, designed to resemble a billowing sail, could also symbolise the Gulf property market running ahead of a fair wind. Developments such as The Palm,…

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