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Frank Kane

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

Twitter: @frankkanedubai

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Why the EU’s silly ‘blacklist’ makes me blow my top

First off, I’ve got to nail my colors firmly to the mast: I don’t like paying tax, especially the income kind which — until I moved to the UAE 11 years ago — was taken directly from my pocket.

December 08, 2017

OPEC deal could produce a Goldilocks scenario for Saudi Aramco IPO

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, would have come away from Vienna last week with the satisfaction of a job well done and mission accomplished, on two fronts.

December 03, 2017

Rolet’s departure a blow to London in race for Saudi Aramco IPO

There was a noticeable absentee from the party accompanying Theresa May, the British prime minister, in her visit to Saudi Arabia yesterday.

November 30, 2017

Tech is the new black for sovereign funds

Sovereign wealth funds (SWF) are changing, and Saudi Arabia is in the vanguard of the breed of SWFs that see themselves as much as agencies of economic and social change as they are investment houses.

November 28, 2017

Emerging media necessary to help ensure global standards of corporate governance

At the recent Dubai Global Financial Forum, Arif Naqvi, the boss of the region’s biggest private equity group Abraaj, reiterated a view that is gaining wide credence in the investment world: That the term “emerging markets” (EM) is a misnomer, and should be replaced by the term “global growth mar

November 26, 2017

KSA’s anti-graft drive is not a shakedown, but a big shake-up

What are the differences between a “shakedown,” a “plea bargain,” and a “deferred prosecution agreement”?

November 24, 2017

Investor relations a critical skill in KSA’s great transformation

Tadawul, the Riyadh stock exchange, is holding a workshop later this week on the issue of crisis management and its impact on shareholder value.

November 19, 2017

A few tips for WEF when it draws the transformation map for Saudi Arabia

Those exceptionally bright people at the World Economic Forum (WEF) have come up with a cracking idea to coincide with the annual meeting of their Global Future Councils in Dubai.

November 12, 2017

Just why did Trump tweet about the Saudi Aramco IPO?

Where does the initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco stand after the dramatic weekend intervention by President Trump in support of attempts by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to stage the record-breaking IPO?

November 08, 2017

Emirates and the A380 are a perfect match — but nothing lasts for ever

The word “synergy” is much overused in the business world, but if ever there was a textbook example of the principle it is the relationship between Emirates and the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus.

November 06, 2017