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Frank Kane

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

Twitter: @frankkanedubai

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Marx, Mao and me: What I learned from the New Economy Forum

The annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum (NEF) moved seamlessly from Singapore, where it was held last year, to Beijing, where it might be held regularly from now on. That is the current plan, but there are a number of variables that could come into play over the next 12 months.

November 23, 2019

Saudi Aramco IPO is up and running — but watch out for surprises

The initial public offering (IPO) of Saudi Aramco — still set to be the biggest in history on the basis of yesterday’s valuation — is up and running, and the next few weeks will produce a steam of headlines up to and including the day the shares finally start trading on Tadawul.

November 18, 2019

Aramco’s historic IPO — the view from the ADIPEC stand

The Saudi Aramco stand at ADIPEC was probably the single most visited exhibit at the gigantic energy show Abu Dhabi puts on every year.

November 13, 2019

Learning process all around as Saudi Aramco prepares for market

There was talk at Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering (IPO) presentation in Dhahran on Sunday of the need to “educate” people about the forthcoming share sale, and it is true that such a massive financial transaction is complex and cloaked in terminology not immediately familiar to all.

November 03, 2019

Environmental protests, the greening of Aramco and Davos by train

What on earth is happening to my hometown? Judging from the TV pictures, London is engulfed in violence, chaos and anarchy as the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement takes its protest about climate change to the UK capital.

October 18, 2019

The 1970s — a seismic decade for Saudi Arabia’s economy

The 1970s were a seismic decade in business for Saudi Arabia, during which the foundations of the Kingdom’s modern economic structure were laid.

September 23, 2019

From ‘demon oil’ to the media scrum — lessons from WEC

The World Energy Congress (WEC) does not come around very often — only 24 times since it was founded in 1924 — so the host country should make the most of its opportunity as a venue for thought leaders in the vitally important energy sector.

September 12, 2019