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Frank Kane

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

Twitter: @frankkanedubai

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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

Challenges and risks in the historic Saudi Arabian privatization plan

Saudi Arabia’s plan to kick-start its historic privatization program has been well received by an international investment community that is often skeptical of big announcements.

April 26, 2018

Where does the Middle East stand in the new world trade disorder?

Who could possibly be against trade? It is one of the great unifying and civilizing activities of human beings, it allows for cultural interaction that surely promotes world peace, and it contributes to the material well-being of humanity. It is a no-brainer.

April 22, 2018

Will this be the year the UAE economy climbs out of the doldrums?

The UAE economy has been stuck in a rut. For most of the past couple of years, the country’s leading economic indicators have been becalmed, if not actually falling.

April 08, 2018

Rise of petro-yuan provides dilemma for Saudi Aramco

The Chinese move was an instant success, with trading volumes overtaking traditional Brent futures in London on the opening day.

April 05, 2018

London steals New York’s thunder with Saudi markets upgrade

Saudi Arabia went to New York in a bid to woo American investors to its ambitious plans to transform the Kingdom’s economy away from oil dependency, but it was London that stole the show with a shrewdly timed announcement and a flying visit by the head of the London Stock Exchange.

March 30, 2018

Saudi solar energy comes of age at the stroke of midnight in New York

The tension had been building for some hours in New York City, but when the deal finally came it was well worth the wait. The provisional agreement that was announced just before midnight could well turn out to be the tipping point in the global quest for renewable energy.

March 29, 2018

KSA and US to get down to business in New York

With the diplomacy and the statecraft nearly at an end, it is time to get down to the sharp end of business in commercial relations between the US and Saudi Arabia.

March 26, 2018

Canapes, catalogues and Abraaj patronage

I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like. And I like Art Dubai.
The event, now in its 12th year, has become the biggest art fair in the Middle East, rivaling the major art festivals in Asia.

March 22, 2018