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Division: Prime Minister Al-Abadi (left) and former leader Al-Maliki are both trying to make political gains in Iraq’s government

A new battle for Baghdad’s political future Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The fight to stamp out corruption in Iraq’s political system is fraught with challenges

Maghreb foreign direct investment, 2014

Algeria lags behind on foreign investment Subscription Required

20 August 2015 | By Paul Melly

In the Maghreb, both Morocco and Tunisia outstrip Algeria when it comes to foreign direct investment

In 1922, the future king of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz al-Saud was the sultan of the Najd, with ambitions that encompassed the domains of Kuwait’s emir Sheikh Ahmed al-Sabah. Abdulaziz’s son Salman bin Abdulaziz (pictured) succeeded to the Saudi throne in Ja

Understanding the Divided Zone dispute Subscription Required

16 August 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Land, oil, money and pride are all at stake in the dispute between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia over the Divided Zone

Tunisia security

Region struggles to find answer to Isis advance Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By James Gavin

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is gaining a foothold in the Maghreb, aided by the political turmoil in Libya and the failure of the international community to strike back

Egypt projects pipeline

Egypt faces financing bottleneck Subscription Required

10 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo has a huge demand for finance, but local banks are thinly stretched by government borrowing while international lenders are wary of currency risk

Landmark agreement: US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Iran's next challenge Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

The removal of sanctions will open up Iran to foreign investment, but there are still hurdles to cross

Special Reports

Middle East contract disputes

Contract disputes rise despite improved legal avenues Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The region’s construction sector is battling an increase in contract disputes. To ensure sound agreements, all parties must use clear language and be aware of cultural sensitivities

Dubai house price index 2015

Weaker demand drives property slump Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Colin Foreman

The GCC’s real estate sector has experienced a drop in rental and sales prices, because of the collapse in oil prices and reduced government spending

Dubai One: The tower in the Meydan One project is planned to be 711 metres tall

Tall towers make a comeback Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Developers are once again reaching for the skies in Dubai with towers reaching up to heights of more than 300 metres and costing hundreds of millions of dollars

Tunisia security

Region struggles to find answer to Isis advance Subscription Required

11 August 2015 | By James Gavin

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is gaining a foothold in the Maghreb, aided by the political turmoil in Libya and the failure of the international community to strike back

Jordan visitors and tourism revenue

Regional conflicts threaten Jordanian tourism sector Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Countermeasures by the Jordanian government include regulatory adjustments to attract investors and reverse the recent fall in visitor numbers

Jordan future energy requirements

Amman’s nuclear option Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

Over the past 12 months Amman has made significant progress with its ambition to develop nuclear power

Tenders

Egypt: Solid waste management consultancy Subscription Required

7 August 2015 | By Jane Bishop

Provision of consultancy services comprising a pre-feasibility study a solid waste management project

Biographies

Neil Gilmour

23 August 2015

Neil Gilmour is vice-president of development, Shell Integrated Gas

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