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UK and the Middle East

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

Analysis

Egypt oil and gas balance

Israeli gas exports to Egypt look increasingly likely Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Cairo’s failure to ease shortage makes Israeli gas an attractive option

National duty: Egyptians flocked to buy investment certificates for the Suez canal expansion

Suez projects to kick-start investment Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Cairo’s plans to expand the Suez Canal are central to its economic vision for Egypt

Mena syndicated loan volumes

Middle East syndicated lending falls behind Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

UAE-based telecoms firm Etisalat raises largest loan in region

Strategy: Only a cut of about 1 million barrels a day from Opec will help stem the oil price decline

Hard realities test $100 oil Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Barrel prices come under intense pressure from oversupply and a strong dollar

Norway's Statoil and UK/Dutch Shell have been awarded an exploration licence for Algeria’s Timissit block, an area with shale gas potential

Statoil and Shell awarded acreage in Algeria Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Award hailed as opportunity to test potentially large shale play

Stability: Speculators have left Dubai’s property market, following new legislation introduced at the end of 2013

Dubai real estate market shows signs of maturity Subscription Required

25 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

After 12 years of dramatic ups and downs, the property market is now moving towards sustainable growth

Special Reports

Power

GDF Suez consolidates its position Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The group’s success in winning Kuwait’s first independent water and power project has bolstered its dominance in the GCC’s private developer market

UAE projects by sector and UAE project status

UAE ramps up development as construction sector recovers Subscription Required

22 October 2014

About $549bn-worth of infrastructure projects are planned or under way in Dubai, with a further $312bn in Abu Dhabi

Political risk concerns among investors

Insurers reap high premiums Subscription Required

22 October 2014 | By James Gavin

The proliferation of militant groups in the Middle East and North Africa means insurers are enjoying higher premiums as companies look to become fully covered against political risks

Global takaful contributions 2014

Takaful market starts to pick up Subscription Required

20 October 2014 | By James Gavin

There is now growing momentum in the GCC’s Islamic insurance sector, although there are still deeper issues to resolve if the market is to gain ground on conventional insurance

Natural gas production

Khazzan tight gas project Subscription Required

19 October 2014

Local contractors to benefit from Oman’s biggest single upstream development

Pipeline route

Middle East to India gas pipeline Subscription Required

19 October 2014

The 1,300km deepwater pipeline is due for completion in 2020

Tenders

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

Biographies

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

Andrew Likierman

Andrew Likierman Subscription Required

22 September 2014

Andrew Likierman is dean, London Business School

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