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Khalid Abdulla-Janahi

Khalid Abdulla-Janahi is the chairman of Vision3, and has over 30 years of experience in banking and financial services.

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Trying to avoid a crash landing without crushing the middle class

Economically, the Middle East region seems like it might be able to avoid an all-together crash, and face a really rough landing instead.The immediate economic challenge is to mitigate the risks, and ensure that landing is as smooth as possible. 

September 06, 2017

Why a wealth tax

Oil prices seem to be rebounding this year, up from the doom and gloom of 2016. They are expected to rally to the mid-$60s by the end of 2017. Until that happens, we will continue to see most, if not all, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries reporting a deficit in their annual budgets.

April 25, 2017

A shining example of transparency for Gulf businesses

Some of the key contributors to our region’s collective growth are gathering at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Saudi Arabia to celebrate and help further develop the most important factors driving business.

April 10, 2017

When extortion becomes legal

Despite all the posturing and grandstanding that seems to define our region’s elite, some have somehow allowed extortion — the grown-up version of schoolyard bullying — to become part of our social fabric. It is shameful and very embarrassing.

February 12, 2017

Arabs at Davos: Improving the state of the world?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has been, for more than four decades, “committed to improving the state of the world.” That is a bold statement but, having attended the Davos Annual Meeting for almost two of the last four decades, I can comfortably confirm that it is a very serious commitment — ce

January 16, 2017

In Gulf investment drive, need for transparency is clear

The single most important thing to attract investment — foreign, regional or even domestic — is legal redress.

December 10, 2016

The need for a new social contract

Ever since the first UN Arab Human Development Report was published in 2002, the reports have served as a key reference point for local, regional and international discussions on Arab countries.

December 07, 2016

Great visions, wasted opportunities

The commissioning of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) in 1971 marked the birth of industrial diversification in the oil-rich region of the Arabian Gulf. Today, Alba ranks among the largest aluminum smelters in the world.

November 22, 2016

It’s high time to fight hypocrisy

In the past generation or two, our region has witnessed a rising trend in forced “political correctness.” Tempering confrontation with diplomacy is indeed a responsible approach because it makes living and working with one another regardless of our backgrounds, opinions or belief systems - easier

August 17, 2014