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Private equity is the exciting bet for long-term investment in the Middle East

By Sheila Patel   September 2012

Given the political uncertainty in the Middle East, many anticipated that investors would shy away from the region. However, the Middle East has continued to attract international investors in the last 18 months, and evidence suggests that the region will provide significant opportunities in the upcoming years.

A key characteristic of the investment market in the Middle East is the huge amount of liquidity many big institutions hold—cash, or assets that can be quickly and easily converted into cash. However, there is such a thing as too much liquidity. By putting assets to work, investors can generate real, long-term value…

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