Issue  No.121
18 April 2017

This report is designed to give you a snapshot about the MENA region tackling multiple issues:


        55.20  USD         1,284  USD


  Economic Outlook
  • Egypt will impose a sugar export tariff of 3,000 EGP (165.47 USD) per ton. It is worthy to mention that Egypt removed the tariff on raw sugar imports in March through the end of 2017.
  • Egypt core inflation has declined to 32.5% y-o-y in March 2017 compared to 33.1% in February 2017.
  • Jordan government is trying to focus on expanding exports to non-traditional markets on US, EU and Africa, as well as overcoming challenges to the flow of products mainly to Africa.
  • Oman is promoting tourism through easier visa system for Indians besides signing agreements with Russia, China and Iran to speed up visa processes.
  • Qatar hospitality industry has witnessed a higher occupancy rate while average room rates declined in February 2017. The hotel rooms yield increased by 0.4% year-on-year reaching 138 USD despite a 6.4% jump in occupancy to 72.8% even as average room rate declined by 8.4% to 189 USD in February 2017.
  • Qatar non-oil exports increased by 22.1% reaching 1.71 BN QAR in February 2017 compared to 1.4 BN QAR in January 2017, which is 31.5% higher than the previous year. It is worthy to mention that 60.1% of the non-oil exports were received by the GCC countries and the rest of exports were distributed to 51 countries worldwide.
  • The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has reported that the number of hotels increased by 6% in 2017 reaching 2,036 compared to 1,908 in 2016.
  • Dubai Economy has issued more than 170,000 commercial licenses over the last 25 years, a 650% increase over the 28,000 licenses issued in its first year 1992. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Sami Al Qamzi, the Director of Dubai Economy assured that: "The Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector in Dubai Economy serves more than 150,000 businesses in the Emirate, conducting approximately 430,000 transactions every year relating to issuing, renewing or revoking licenses."
  • Byblos Bank announced the launch of its MasterCard World Business Credit Card. Byblos Bank is the first Lebanese bank to launch this new product intended exclusively for corporate clients. The MasterCard is designed to give companies more control over their finances. 
   Political Events
  • Pope Tawadros II, pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St. Mark, offered reassurance as well as condolences following the bombing of Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria on Sunday as worshipers celebrated Palm Sunday and marked the beginning of Holy Week.
  • German prosecutors issued an arrest warrant against a 26-year-old Iraqi man detained following an attack on a bus carrying players of a top soccer team. It was believed that he was a member of Islamic State. Three explosions went off as the Borussia Dortmund bus traveled to the club's stadium for their Champions League match against AS Monaco last Tuesday, injuring Spanish defender Marc Bartra and delaying the fixture by a day. 
  • Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first female Muslim judge in U.S. history, was found dead. The authorities identified her body floating in New York's Hudson River.
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   Stock Market


  • .TASI banking sector has slightly increase led by Alinma Bank and telecommunication sector led by Zain.
  • .KWSE telecommunication sector increased led by Ooredoo.
  • .QSI banking sector increased led by Qatar First Bank and Qatar National Bank.
  • .ADI telecommunication sector increased led by Etisalat.
  • .DFMGI banking sector increased led by Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB).

Note: Weekly values are calculated on Thursday of each week.
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