Frank Kane

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

Twitter: @frankkanedubai

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Despite boycotts, ‘Davos in the Desert’ didn’t end up deserted

For all that was said in the build-up to the 2018 “Davos in the Desert,” from where I’m sitting writing this — the foyer of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh — it does not look very deserted.

October 25, 2018

Kuwaiti investors weigh up their future bond to Aston Martin

Andy Palmer, the affable chief executive of Aston Martin, called the forthcoming initial pubic offering (IPO) of the famous British car company a “monumental moment” in its 105-year history.

September 17, 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

Post-corruption era investment good despite warnings by big bad news story wolves

So what was all the fuss about? It looks as though Saudi Arabia is doing rather well in attracting money from the rest of the world, and even that the pace of foreign investment in the Kingdom has picked up since the anti-corruption drive last year.

March 19, 2018

From peak oil to pick-ups: Seven key takeaways from Texas

There was plenty of time on the 16 hour return Emirates flight from Houston to Dubai to cogitate on the events of CERAWeek by IHS Markit in the Texan oil capital last week. Here are my six key takeaways from the 2018 version of the “oil man’s Davos.”

March 14, 2018

Turbulence signs flashing again over US-Gulf skies

Return to your seats and keep your seatbelt fastened. Relations between the American and UAE airlines are about to hit another period of bumpiness and, with Donald Trump in the White House, who knows how they will emerge from the next bout of open skies confrontation.

February 23, 2018