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UK and the Middle East

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


Middle East rig count on the rise

Middle East rig count on the rise Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The region is now the world’s second-biggest market for operating oil rigs

Investment grade bond debt maturities by country

The Middle East’s refinancing burden Subscription Required

23 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Region’s investment grade companies need to refinance $91bn-worth of debt by 2018

Middle East and north Africa oil and gas reserves

Hydrocarbon reserves of strength Subscription Required

23 July 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

The Middle East remains a key source of hydrocarbons, but reserves are growing faster in other regions

Dubai Mall

Dubai's 13 biggest shopping mall developments Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Mall of the World tops the $2.7bn-worth of Dubai-based shopping centre projects in MEED’s list

Yemen crude production

Unrest in Yemen to weigh on oil production Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Increasing violence and shifting territories may force oil companies to cut investment

Stalemate: Iran and the P5+1 countries seem unlikely to reach a quick resolution

Outlook for doing business with Iran improves Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

While a quick resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive, many countries in the region are strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic

Special Reports

Lebnanon construction activity

Property sector sees short-term gains in Lebanon Subscription Required

23 July 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

Signs of a recovery in Lebanon’s real estate and construction sectors may just be temporary as a new political vacuum is denting investor confidence

At odds: Al-Hariri (left) and Al-Bahra have varied backing

Opposition looks to regain its voice in Syria Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By James Gavin

The Syrian National Coalition has lost much of its influence in the face of a resurgent regime and the emergence of Isis. It is now up to its new president, Hadi al-Bahra, to reverse the body’s marginalisation

Oil projects to dominate spending Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Up to $137bn-worth of oil, gas and petrochemicals projects could be awarded by the first quarter of 2015, with Iraq and Kuwait leading the spending

Petrofac on top once again Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The UK company leads the Top 10 contractors list once more, with $5bn-worth of awards across the region. South Korean firms, meanwhile, are not bidding as aggressively as before

Labour crackdown shows mixed results in Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By James Gavin

A conflicting picture is emerging of the impact of labour market reforms, with some contractors reporting huge losses, while economic growth remains strong

UAE trade

Dubai leads UAE’s industrial sector Subscription Required

1 July 2014

Upcoming schemes face strong competition for gas allocations


Kalyana Sivagnanam Subscription Required

12 July 2014

Kalyana Sivagnanam is director for Middle East & North Africa at Ford

Hussain al-Nowais Subscription Required

12 July 2014

Hussain al-Nowais is chairman of several public companies and institutions, such as Senaat, NPCC and others

Dan Smith Subscription Required

30 June 2014

Dan Smith is head of integrated marketing for the Middle East and Africa region at Xerox

Wael Sawan

16 June 2014

Wael Sawan is managing director and chairman, Qatar Shell Companies

Thani Thamer Mohammad al-Thani

16 June 2014

Thani Thamer Mohammad al-Thani is deputy general manager, Qatar Shell

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