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UK and the Middle East

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


No deal: Sanctions against Iran will remain in place for at least another seven months

The stalemate continues for Tehran Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

The window of opportunity may be closing for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme

Mohamed al-Khadar

Interview: Executive director, Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council is making good strides in helping the emirate plan the next phase of its development, says Mohamed al-Khadar

Saad al-Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation

Interview: Qatar Foundation's president on the plan for the next 20 years Subscription Required

19 November 2014 | By Elizabeth Bains

The organisation is reviewing its achievements after two decades of rapid expansion, says its president, Saad al-Muhannadi

Bottleneck: Riyadh has realised additional resources will be needed to deal with the volume of work planned

Kingdom paves the way for new contractors Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Colin Foreman

New contractors will be invited to work in the kingdom to take pressure off existing, overloaded players

WEF Think Tank launch

World Economic Forum launches global think-tank Subscription Required

11 November 2014 | By Lara Golden

Think-tank communities becoming increasingly important element of global policymaking

Dame Kelly Holmes speaking at the Daman Corporate Health Awards 2014

Determination is the key to success, says Olympic hero

6 November 2014

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes presents Daman Corporate Health Awards 2014

Special Reports

The Qatari market has not been particularly successful at attracting new listings in recent times

Upgrade fails to deliver upsurge in trading in Qatar Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

Despite its promotion from frontier to emerging market status, activity on the Qatar Exchange is still more muted than in other bourses in the region

The Oil Ministry estimates that the halt in exports from northern Iraq is costing Baghdad about $1.2bn a month in lost revenues

Conflict threatens Iraq's production targets Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

The fresh outbreak of fighting in Iraq means the country is unlikely to meet its production target of 8.5-9 million barrels a day by 2020 as key projects are delayed

KRG spending

Closing the rift with Baghdad Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By James Gavin

The Kurdistan Regional Government needs to broker an oil revenue-sharing deal with Baghdad to help stabilise its economy in the wake of Isis’ advance

GCC teaching staff

Region needs better teachers Subscription Required

9 November 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

Far more teachers are needed across the Middle East and North Africa, but the real challenge for governments is finding and developing staff who can inspire students

Diplomacy: Oman has had frequent contacts with the Obama administration in recent months

Muscat goes it alone Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By James Gavin

Oman’s abstention from the US coalition against Isis underlines its determination to remain a mediator in the region and pursue a discrete foreign policy

Oman crude and condensate and natural gas outputs

Oman contract awards reach record highs Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

While this year is set to be the most active for oil and gas contractors in Oman, 2015 also looks promising, with several large schemes moving ahead


South Sudan: Institutional assessment consultancy Subscription Required

5 October 2014 | By Jane Bishop

Provision of consultancy services for an institutional assessment of the Local Government Board


Mark Andrews Subscription Required

4 November 2014

Mark Andrews is managing director for Middle East business at Laing O’Rourke

Stuart Bowie Subscription Required

16 October 2014

Stuart Bowie is managing director at GAC Dubai

Nicholas Browne Subscription Required

16 October 2014

Nicholas Browne is global director at GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd.

Meena Mathews Subscription Required

16 October 2014

Meena Mathews is Gulf Agency Company’s regional manager, P&I for the Middle East Region

Fahad Ismail Zainal Subscription Required

16 October 2014

Fahad Ismail Zainal is chief administration officer at Qatar Financial Centre Authority

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