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Analysis of the latest market trends in the Middle East.

Commercial bank branches in Mena region

A region lacking in banking accessSubscription

Populations in Middle East and North African countries would benefit from far more extensive branch networks

Maghreb foreign direct investment, 2014

Algeria lags behind on foreign investmentSubscription

In the Maghreb, both Morocco and Tunisia outstrip Algeria when it comes to foreign direct investment

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruptionSubscription

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Middle East steel usage

Imports depress GCC steel pricesSubscription

Reduced demand in China has steered its cheaper steel exports into the Middle East

Conflict fatalities in Mena region

The deadliest region in the worldSubscription

The nature of war is changing in the Middle East and North Africa, with the death toll increasing day by day

Vehicles in use 2013

Open road for car manufacturersSubscription

Vehicle sales are growing fast across the region, not least luxury brands

Indian bank in Dubai

Remittances remain volatileSubscription

Remittance flows began to grow again last year, but could be hit if oil prices stay low