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Frank Kane

Frank Kane is an award-winning business journalist based in Dubai. Twitter: @frankkanedubai

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Trump versus TikTok — an expert’s view

My 11-year-old daughter Amira has begun taking a big interest in the world of high finance and geopolitical strategy and has already developed some pretty strong views for one so young.

August 05, 2020

Qatar, human rights lobby mesmerize English football in Newcastle saga

“Never say never” was the key phrase from Michael Ashley, owner of Newcastle United football club.

August 01, 2020

Texas oil still a mess despite Trump’s pizzazz

As a freeze-frame of the US presidential election, and the key role the energy industry will play when voters get to the polls on Nov. 3, President Donald Trump’s speech in Texas was a fascinating case study.

July 31, 2020

Gulf banks are weathering the pandemic storm — for now

A shiver went through the UAE’s financial community last week when Emirates NDB, the champion of the Dubai banking business and one of the biggest banks in the region, declared figures for the first half of 2020.

July 29, 2020

Can share prices continue to defy gravity?

World financial markets, with few exceptions, have defied gravity since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in earnest in March, but there is increasingly a feeling that “something has to give,” especially in equity markets.

July 21, 2020

Global oil markets are getting what they need from OPEC+

Headlines are currently screaming at readers: “Oil markets starved of essential Russian and Saudi barrels.”

July 09, 2020

Dubai’s early debt repayment will stand it in good stead

We could all do with a bit of good news amid the continuing carnage in the global economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 02, 2020

NCB-Samba merger to create national champion in banking

The trend toward consolidation in Saudi Arabia’s banking system appears irresistible, whatever the post-pandemic future brings. That is a good thing.

June 30, 2020

Amlak IPO is test of Saudis’ post-pandemic investment appetite

The historic initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco at the end of last year was expected to kick off a wave of IPOs in the Kingdom, as investors got the flotation bug and markets became more liquid and more comfortable with the concept of public offerings.

June 22, 2020

JP Morgan’s roadmap toward an oil ‘supercycle’

Saudi Arabia is set to “come out on top” in the current oil market volatility, American investment bank JP Morgan said at the weekend.

June 16, 2020