UAE Benefiting from Strong Dollar, Says Central Bank Chief
Published 2015-03-02 10:34:01| Amwal Al Ghad English
The United Arab Emirates is benefiting from the strong US dollar, and the UAE dirham's peg to the dollar has been very helpful to the economy, central bank chief Mubarak Al Mansouri said on Monday. "The strong dollar helps the UAE. We have benefited a lot from the link to the dollar," Mansouri said at a business conference. He was speaking after a senior Qatari central bank official, Director of Research and Monetary Policy Khalid Alkhater, said last month that Gulf Arab economies should rethink their monetary policies and the long-term sustainability of their dollar pegs.
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