Interpreting Middle East Economic News and Analyzing Market Trends

Archive for August, 2013

Salaries in Qatar rise 20% in 15 months

The good times continue in Qatar as average salaries increase by 20% over the past 15 months.  Unemployment among Qataris is extremely low and a vast majority of them, who make up only 10% of the workforce, prefer working for the government.


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The idiots guide to understanding the Middle East

Idiots Guide to ME

Image source: @DismantleFed


For everyone out there who’s confused as to what’s going on in the Middle East, @DismantleFed put together a nice graph summarizing all the players, who they play with and who they don’t play with.  Still confused?  Well, this is the Middle East.  Click on the graph above to get a full-size version.



Who was behind the recent chemical attack in Syria? Did the US play a role?

Syria Chems Capabilities

Source: The Independent

Who was behind the worst chemical attack the world has seen in decades? We may never know.  Both the rebels and the Syrian regime are pointing their fingers at each other.  There is also finger pointing outside Syria.  Russia is blaming the rebels and the US is blaming Assad.  There is more to this story than what is currently being fed to us.


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Egyptian military kills protesters claiming they are terrorists while the US mulls cutting off aid, AIPAC does not support the move

Mideast Egypt

Image from the Huffington Post

With so much happening in Egypt, it’s tough to keep up.  Here are some of the highlights:


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Saudi workers demand pay without work

Saudi Men

We couldn’t make this up even if we tried… Some Saudi’s are demanding that they get paid for not working.  They claim they are helping companies meet their Saudization quotas…  Sounds like excellent ‘work’ if you can get it.

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