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Investment in the Middle East


A business, also known as an enterprise, agency or a firm, is an entity involved in the provision of goods and/or services to consumers.
 Businesses are prevalent in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and provide goods and services to customers
 in exchange for other goods, services, or money. Businesses may also be social not-for-profit enterprises or state-owned public enterprises
 targeted for specific social and economic objectives. A business owned by multiple individuals may be formed as an incorporated company
 or jointly organised as a partnership. Countries have different laws that may ascribe different rights to the various business entities.

Business can refer to a particular organization or to an entire market sector, e.g. "the music business". Compound forms such as agribusiness
represent subsets of the word's broader meaning, which encompasses all activity by suppliers of goods and services. The goal is for sales to be
 more than expenditures resulting in a profit.

Basic forms of ownership
Forms of business ownership vary by jurisdiction, but several common forms exist:

Sole proprietorship: A sole proprietorship, also known as a sole trader, is owned by one person and operates for their benefit. The owner may
operate the business alone or with other people. A sole proprietor has unlimited liability for all obligations incurred by the business, whether from
operating costs or judgements against the business. All assets of the business belong to a sole proprietor, including, for example, computer infrastructure,
 any inventory, manufacturing equipment and/or retail fixtures, as well as any real property owned by the business.
Partnership: A partnership is a business owned by two or more people. In most forms of partnerships, each partner has unlimited liability for the debts
incurred by the business. The three most prevalent types of for-profit partnerships are general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships.
Corporation: The owners of a corporation have limited liability and the business has a separate legal personality from its owners. Corporations can be either
 government-owned or privately owned. They can organize either for profit or as not-for-profit organizations. A privately owned, for-profit corporation is owned
 by its shareholders, who elect a board of directors to direct the corporation and hire its managerial staff. A privately owned, for-profit corporation can be either

 privately held by a small group of individuals, or publicly held, with publicly traded shares listed on a stock exchange.
Cooperative: Often referred to as a "co-op", a cooperative is a limited liability business that can organize for-profit or not-for-profit. A cooperative differs from
 a corporation in that it has members, not shareholders, and they share decision-making authority. Cooperatives are typically classified as either consumer
 cooperatives or worker cooperatives. Cooperatives are fundamental to the ideology of economic democracy.

Agriculture and mining businesses produce raw material, such as plants or minerals.
Financial businesses include banks and other companies that generate profits through investment and management of capital.
Information businesses generate profits primarily from the sale of intellectual property - they include movie studios, publishers and Internet and
software companies.
Manufacturers produce products, either from raw materials or from component parts, then sell their products at a profit. Companies that make tangible
 goods such as cars, clothing or pipes are considered[by whom?] manufacturers.
Real-estate businesses sell, rent, and develop properties - including land, residential homes, and other buildings.
Retailers and distributors act as middlemen and get goods produced by manufacturers to the intended consumers; they make their profits by marking up
 their prices. Most stores and catalog companies are distributors or retailers.
Service businesses offer intangible goods or services and typically charge for labor or other services provided to government, to consumers, or to other
 businesses. Interior decorators, consulting firms and entertainers are service businesses.
Transportation businesses deliver goods and individuals to their destinations for a fee.
Utilities produce public services such as electricity or sewage treatment, usually under a government