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UK and the Middle East

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

Analysis

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

UAE fuel subsidies 2013 and 2015

UAE takes long-term view with subsidy cuts Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Deregulation of fuel prices will ease pressure on state budget

Construction

Saudi Arabia dominates region's project finance sector Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Uncertain pipeline for second half of year, but 2016 shows promise

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2009-15

Kuwait buoys slump in GCC oil and gas spending Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contract awards slow in key Middle East oil-exporting markets

GCC construction awards

Updated Fidic contracts to relieve project pressure Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

A more collaborative form of contract is an opportunity for the region

Libya oil facilities

Isis expansion threatens Libyan oil operations Subscription Required

5 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The outlook for Libyan oil exports is bleak, with Isis threatening key crude terminals against a backdrop of civil protests and disputes between the rival governments

Special Reports

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

United: The Dubal (pictured) and Emal smelters were united under merger company Emirates Global Aluminium

Expansion key to Emirati aluminium growth Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

The UAE is looking to unify its aluminium sector to gain market share in the GCC and expand its profile within the global smelting industry

Talks: An outline agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme was reached on 2 April in Switzerland

Growth hinges on single deal Subscription Required

20 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Prudent policies implemented by the government have stabilised Iran’s economy, but progress is dependent on whether a nuclear deal can be agreed with the P5+1 countries

Misspent: Iraq’s finance minister (left) told international media the cushion of reserves had gone

Recovery undercut by falling oil Subscription Required

20 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Low oil prices and the battle against Isis have rendered Iraq incapable of paying its debts to international oil companies, despite record export figures

Riyadh current residential supply

Private developers take on more work Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By James Gavin

The restructuring of Saudi Arabia’s Housing Ministry has seen more work being delegated to private developers in a bid to alleviate the worsening shortage of homes

Tenders

Egypt: Metro project consultancy Subscription Required

19 June 2015 | By Jane Bishop

Provision of consultancy services comprising advanced procurement training and support for a metro project

Morocco: Ports consultancy Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Jane Bishop

Provision of consultancy services comprising climate change adaptation investment in the ports sector

Jordan: Light rail project consultancy Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Jane Bishop

Provision of consultancy services comprising a pre-feasibility study for a light rail project

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