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The Middle East Point of View fall 2011 issue

Back to the future
Mutasem Dajani

A look back at the last decade reveals a tremendous level of oil price instability experienced by producers, consumers and global economies alike. In the last six months alone, the price of oil has had to weather a sputtering global economic recovery, geo-political upheaval (in the wake of the Arab Spring) and uncertainty within OPEC on production rates.


Facing up to FATCA
Joe El Fadl & John Belsey

Since its enactment in U.S. tax law in March 2010, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has generated significant controversy amongst financial institutions across the globe. However, despite repeated calls for its repeal, financial institutions everywhere are having to accept the inevitable: FATCA is here to stay.


What is the color of your strategy
Firas Eid

The creators of blue oceans, in sharp contrast to companies playing by traditional rules, never use the competition as a benchmark. Instead they make it irrelevant by creating a leap in value for both buyers and the company itself.


Family businesses time to act
Midhat Salha

Are family businesses doomed to fail? Not necessarily, says the author, if the challenges are addressed and the right actions are taken.


Living in Saudi Arabia: Is affordable housing just a mirage?
Walid Slim

Will the Saudi Government’s recent announcement to fund the construction of 500,000 new housing units solve the issue of low-income housing demand in the Kingdom? We examine the issues and the challenges faced by those seeking a roof above their heads.


The growing pains of Islamic Finance
Dawood Ahmedji

Does nature trump nurture? As the Islamic Finance industry moves beyond the infancy stage of the last decade, we consider the neighborhood in which the industry has grown up to date and reflect on whether it may have contributed to the challenges, or ‘growing pains,’ namely lack of development and innovation, that the industry is experiencing today.


Tearing up the box: Rethinking innovation in emerging markets
Marc McCord

Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I learned to tinker with things at an early age. Boredom and time can either be a recipe for innovation or for disaster, and in my case it was a mix of both. Often, with nothing else to do in my hamlet of Sharon, Oklahoma, then a thriving metropolis of 257, I resorted to tearing up perfectly good products to see how they worked and if I could make them better.


Corporate governance in the public sector
Rami Wadie

A taboo word only a few years ago, corruption is now hitting the headlines across the Middle East with specific focus across GCC states, as the fight against financial malpractices and other offences builds up


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