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UK and the Middle East

News, data and analysis on UK companies working on projects in the Middle East


Strategy: Dubai is seeking to use private-public partnerships and stock market listings to raise financing

Dubai’s search for finance Subscription Required

17 April 2014, 15:16 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Faced with a huge debt pile and risk-averse banks, the emirate is seeking new ways to fund its boom

Ambition: Bahrain is investing to ensure its oil and gas sector remains a cornerstone of its economy

Manama’s future energy challenge Subscription Required

15 April 2014, 13:14 GMT | By James Gavin

The Gulf’s oldest oil producer is looking to make the most of a small endowment

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 13:21 GMT | By Colin Foreman

Facilities management firm Serco works quietly in the background, providing major services across various sectors in the region, but its CEO is looking to extend its reach

Power: Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin’s appointment was announced on state television

Riyadh presents a united front Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 15:00 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The appointment of a deputy crown prince shows King Abdullah wants to end speculation about the Al-Saud family’s succession plans

GCC and Iraq energy awards

Gulf oil and gas spending hits long-term high in first quarter Subscription Required

2 April 2014, 8:53 GMT | By Mark Watts

More than $25bn-worth of contracts awarded as three-month period eclipses total for 2013

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription Required

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By Colin Foreman , Rebecca Spong

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Special Reports

Financial sector prepares for golden era Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 12:54 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Highly liquid and supported by strong balance sheets, Qatar’s banks are preparing for a boom in lending to finance the country’s infrastructure plans in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup

World Cup set to drive up labour costs in Qatar Subscription Required

14 April 2014, 11:51 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Doha faces a major challenge in sourcing and managing the huge workforce needed to deliver its World Cup projects programme, which will force up the cost of labour 

Qatar Armed Forces

Doha to ramp up defence spending Subscription Required

14 April 2014, 11:30 GMT | By Dominic Dudley

Qatar has introduced compulsory national service alongside a steep rise in defence spending in a bid to expand and modernise its relatively small armed forces

Al-Rayyan stadium: A project manager has been chosen

Focus returns to Qatar's stadium programme Subscription Required

14 April 2014, 10:52 GMT | By Jeff Florian

2014 is set to be the year in which Qatar awards construction contracts to build several World Cup stadiums. Not a moment too soon, say contractors  

Demand grows for programme managers Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 9:40 GMT | By Bernadette Ballantyne

As the size and complexity of construction projects increase in the GCC, clients are turning to programme management to ensure delivery stays on track

Adapting to shifting construction project dynamics Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 11:37 GMT | By Colin Foreman

Pan-Arab project management company Projacs International is able to weather sector slowdowns in key markets due to its broad network of offices in the region


Jordan: Septic tank vehicles Subscription Required

17 April 2014, 9:15 GMT | By Jane Bishop

Supply of 12-cubic-metre septic tank vehicles

Jordan: Water tank vehicles Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 20:26 GMT | By Jane Bishop

Supply of 10-cubic-metre septic tank vehicles

Kuwait tenders two new refinery packages Subscription Required

13 April 2014, 7:16 GMT | By Adal Mirza

Bids due in September for tank farm and marine facilities packages

Gazprom retenders water supply facilities deal Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 7:48 GMT | By Adal Mirza

Russia’s Gazprom Neft retenders water facilities planned for Badra oil field in Iraq

Orpic to revamp catalytic cracking unit at Sohar refinery Subscription Required

23 March 2014, 7:54 GMT | By Mark Watts

State downstream group asks for prequalification submission by mid-April

Morocco issues tender for 850MW wind farm projects Subscription Required

10 March 2014, 5:31 GMT | By Iliana Foutsitzis

Technical offers due in June


Mohammad Menwer al-Mutairi

11 March 2014, 10:27 GMT

Mohammad Menwer al-Mutairi is founder and chairman of Consultative Group in Kuwait

Graham Hoar

20 February 2014, 7:32 GMT

Graham Hoar is vice president, Middle East, Nexant

Simon Holmes

20 February 2014, 7:12 GMT

Simon Holmes is senior adviser, Saudi Arabia Elastomers Downstream Industry Development, ExxonMobil

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