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UK and the Middle East

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


Economic impact: Frequent power cuts are causing havoc for local businesses

Tackling the gas crisis Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Cairo will have to tackle dysfunctional subsidies and resolve pricing disputes in order to shrink the shortage of gas

GCC oil and gas awards

GCC oil and gas spend hits long-term high in 2014 Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Six-country bloc has invested $29bn to date driven by resurgence in Kuwait projects

New strategy: Washington and its allies plan to wipe out Isis targets wherever they are, including Syria

Washington takes the initiative Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Air strikes by a US-led coalition are key to the pushback against Isis

Under the leadership of CEO Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, Mumtalakat has managed to turn its business around

Interview with Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Having steered Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund back to profitability, Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji is now aiming to take Mumtalakat international

Dubai financial markets performance

Investor appetite for Emaar places pressure on DFM Subscription Required

8 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Success of Emaar’s mall group listing could herald growth for initial public offerings

With Isis headquartered in Syria, collaboration with Al-Assad may be crucial to containing the group

Can the world work with Al-Assad to combat Isis? Subscription Required

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Whereas a year ago collaboration with Al-Assad would have seemed unthinkable, a greater threat has emerged

Special Reports

All sukuk outstanding and International sovereign sukuk issuance

Islamic bonds gain in popularity Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By James Gavin

Government issuers in the Gulf have caught on to the advantages of raising financing using Islamic bonds, making sharia-compliant debt issuance a compelling proposition this year

Selected global sovereign sukuk issuance and Saudi domestic bond issuance

Dubai nurtures Islamic ambitions Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

The UAE emirate has been working on encouraging the development of sharia-compliant banks and is also leading the way as a location to list Islamic bonds

Power cost comparisons and challenges

Case for harnessing renewable energy Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Richard Nield

Declining costs are improving the economics of renewables projects

Islamic banks maintain strong growth Subscription Required

15 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Sharia-compliant lenders in the GCC are enjoying success in winning greater market share from their conventional counterparts, buoyed by government support

Professional launderers have frequently used the UAE to launder criminal proceeds. Often this takes the form of individuals arriving in the UAE with suitcases stuffed with cash, intended to buy real estate, thereby laundering illicit proceeds

Clamping down on hot money Subscription Required

10 September 2014 | By James Gavin

The UAE authorities are becoming increasingly aware of the growing threat money laundering poses to the country’s reputation as a regional financial centre

Abu Dhabi received bids for the contract to build the Guggenheim Museum in August this year

The UAE's cultural challenge Subscription Required

10 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Although several landmark museum projects have been launched in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, few have been completed


Keither Fenner

Keith Fenner Subscription Required

10 September 2014

Keith Fenner is senior vice president, sales, Sage ERP Africa and head of Sage Middle East

Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi

Haidar al-Abadi faces tough challenge to form unity government Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

Former adviser to Nouri al-Maliki must break from previous policies to curb sectarian divides

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