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Frank Kane

Frank Kane is an award-winning business journalist based in Dubai.

Twitter: @frankkanedubai

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UAE’S economic reboot faces an immovable deadline in 2020

Suddenly, the Arabian Gulf is awash with stimulus packages and strategies to attract foreign investment and foreign expertise to the region, and to make the lives of the expatriates living there more comfortable.

June 07, 2018

Abraaj standing still, but how long will it still be standing?

A shudder went through some financial professionals in the UAE late on Monday night when Abraaj Group announced it was seeking a “standstill agreement” with creditors.

June 05, 2018

Crude calculation: Just how much oil does Saudi Aramco have in reserve?

Now that the initial public offering of Saudi Aramco has been officially put back until 2019, the company can give preparations for what could be the biggest IPO in history the detail they deserve.

May 27, 2018

UAE reboot raises concerns over ownership and tax

At the iftar gathering held by the Dubai Media Office this week, all the conversation was about the big changes to the UAE’s visa and corporate structure announced a few days before, which were heralded as a “reboot” for the country’s economy and business environment.

May 23, 2018

Price of being open for business worth paying for Dubai and the UAE

Dubai has never been backward in coming forward. The emirate has not been afraid to take big, showy measures to achieve economic and social progress, even when it risked offending some local sensibilities.

May 21, 2018

Partnership between Masayoshi Son and Saudi Arabia not just about the money

When the mighty Economist devotes a four-page special briefing and its top opinion leader to one subject, you have to sit up and take notice. The movers and shakers who read the influential magazine demand the best analysis.

May 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia can be grateful that all emerging markets are not equal

On first look, it seems like an incredible piece of bad timing, or bad luck, or both.

Just as Saudi Arabia is getting ready to celebrate its new-found status as an emerging market (EM), the financial world seemed to suddenly decide it didn’t like the EM thing after all.

May 08, 2018

Less show and more business as Euromoney takes the stage

The Euromoney Saudi Arabia 2018 conference, which begins in Riyadh on Wednesday, comes at a crucial stage in the Kingdom’s economic and financial development.

May 01, 2018