Monthly Archives: February 2010

Are the days of flying business and 4-star hotels over for biz travelers?

The Travel & Leisure Industry has recently been buoyed by expectations of recovery amid signs that business travel demand is starting to rebound. But will business travelers go back to paying premium prices? Or, will they be sitting in coach like the rest of us? Photo: Reuters/A plane lands at Schiphol airport outside the Dutch Capitol Amsterdam Join Discussion

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Will the travel & leisure industry bounce back in 2010?

The travel and leisure industry is hoping for better times after the recession hurt revenues and profits. The sector has recently been buoyed by expectations of recovery amid signs that business travel demand is starting to rebound. Photo: Reuters/Passengers look at screens displaying flight information regarding delayed or cancelled flights at Beijing airport Join Discussion

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Awaiting the alternative energy sukuk: Innovation vs conservatism

Dubai’s debt fiasco and real estate bubble bust pushes investors to look out for alternative assets underlying Islamic finance products – could renewable energy provide a way-out? Photo: Reuters/Manama, Bahrain wind turbines Join Discussion

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Is Islamic banking truly sharia-compliant?

The Islamic finance industry has a problem. Its main selling point is that it is sharia-compliant, meaning it adheres to Islam’s prohibition of interest and avoids dealing with forbidden sectors such as alcohol and gambling. Photo: The twin minaretes of a mosque are seen with office towers along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Reuters/Steve Crisp Join Discussion

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