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UK and the Middle East

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


Shinzo Abe's economic policies have started to improve Japan’s competitiveness in the Middle East

Depreciating yen lifts Japan's exports Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Japanese companies are gaining a greater foothold in Middle East markets

Largest defence budgets 2014

Joint Arab force gains traction Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Critics warn that a pan-Arab military force runs the risk of becoming a Sunni-led regional superpower unless properly governed

Hinman: CH2M has become a nimbler organisation with a global view

Protecting against a slowdown Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Robert Jones

CH2M Hill’s Jacque Hinman and Neil Reynolds explain how the engineering firm has rebranded and reorganised its business units to become a more focused organisation

Dubai Water Canal

GCC builds on lessons learned Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Robert Jones

Yu Tao, president and CEO of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East, says tighter regulation and a more mature market have made the GCC an attractive region in which to operate

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

MEED board report, April 2015 Subscription Required

8 April 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Talks: The ‘key parameters’ of a deal aimed at preventing Tehran from building a nuclear bomb have been agreed upon

The way forward for Tehran Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

The Lausanne agreement has left investors eagerly awaiting the lifting of sanctions

Special Reports

Growth slows in Dubai tourism market Subscription Required

20 April 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

The strengthening dollar is making the emirate a more expensive travel destination, potentially jeopardising its plan to reach 20 million visitors by 2020

Dubai International airport

Dubai aviation sector set for continued growth Subscription Required

20 April 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Washington announced on 9 April that an inquiry is to be held into allegations that Gulf airlines are breaching open skies guidelines. But can anything stop the rise of Dubai’s aviation industry?

Oil sector takes a smaller role in Dubai

Oil sector takes a smaller role in Dubai Subscription Required

20 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Daily production at Dubai’s oil fields has been steadily declining, but the emirate’s highly diversified economy means the government is prepared for change

GCC desalination capacity by technology

Gradual shift to reverse osmosis Subscription Required

13 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Governments are expanding desalination capacity to meet rising water demand, and are increasingly focusing on reverse osmosis

Egypt is pushing ahead with several major water treatment and transmission network schemes

Cairo looks to boost water supplies Subscription Required

12 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

The decreasing availability of water is starting to impose limits on Egypt’s economic growth, forcing the government to explore alternative sources

Nuclear reactor in power plant

Region explores nuclear desalination Subscription Required

12 April 2015 | By James Gavin

Governments in the Middle East and North Africa are looking at building nuclear desalination capacity to offset a shortage in gas feedstock


Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi

22 February 2015

Abdulrahman al-Suwaidi is chief executive officer (CEO), Oryx GTL

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