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Dubai news and analysis, tenders, contracts awarded, commentary and economic data.


Dubai's Expo 2020 plans in numbers

$7bn Expo 2020 financing costs

$23bn The impact of its successful bid

25 million Expected number of attendees

81,000 Number of new hotel rooms needed by 2020

Dubai Mall to expand

Dubai to build more than $2.7bn of new retail space ahead of Expo Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Mall of the World is the largest project planned

Joint venture wins Dubai Expo metro line contract Subscription

14 July 2014 | By

Parsons and Systra to complete preliminary engineering for rail project

Dubai ruler orders formation of new Expo 2020 office Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

New office to be led by State Minister Reem Ibrahim al-Hashemi

Four designers bidding for Burj 2020 district contract Subscription

8 June 2014 | By

The new district will contain the world’s tallest commercial tower

Dubai trends

Falling crude prices are accentuating the excess supply of hotel rooms in Dubai

Dubai tourism sector to cool on oil slump Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Ahmed Ramdan, group CEO of the local hospitality consultancy Roya International, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on tourism in Dubai

Dubai freehold villa supply pipeline

Dubai property market regains balance Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Dubai’s real estate market has matured, and will continue to see slow but sure growth on the back of confidence fuelled by the Expo 2020 win

Bosch provided the audio system for the 60,000-spectator capacity grandstand at Dubai's Meydan Racecourse

Dubai projects showcase technological innovation

12 January 2015 | By

Expo and Smart City programmes will require cutting-edge products and installations

Dubai hotel rooms

Dubai’s budget hotel dilemma Subscription

11 January 2015 | By

While there is strong demand in the emirate for mid-range and budget hotels, the cost of land is holding back development of sector

UAE non-oil trade with Iran

Dubai hopes for trade boost with Iran Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

Dubai has long been the Islamic Republic’s gateway to the global marketplace and stands to gain if and when embargoes are lifted

Faced with an economic storm in 2015, Dubai’s response has been to plan for the long term

Dubai adopts cautious stance Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Faced with an economic storm in 2015, the emirate’s response has been to plan for the long term

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MEED comment

Masdar International photovoltaic competition solar panels in Abu Dhabi

Dubai positions itself as region’s renewables hub

22 January 2015 | By

Emirate has become one of the most active renewable energy markets in the region

Dubai in the UAE

Diversified Dubai drives ahead

20 January 2015 | By

Emirate is tendering major projects despite oil price slump

Dubai Marina

Robust Dubai can weather 2015 storm

18 December 2014 | By

Challenging year ahead is not cause for worry yet

The planned Dubai World Expo 2020 site

Expo progress will reverse declining sentiment

11 December 2014 | By

Construction companies are less optimistic about the future as 2015 approaches

Dubai Financial Market

Investors eager for Dubai flotations Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Meraas is listing its theme park subsidiary to help fund projects

Al Maktoum International airport, in Dubai, arrivals entrance

Dubai growth is a nice problem to have Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Dubai’s construction companies returning to 2008 levels

Dubai creek

Dubai returns to the creek Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

New waterfront developments are being built in Old Dubai

Meydan's reputation for cashing in bonds has not stopped it from attracting bids from seven of the region’s leading contractors for its new Entisar Tower project on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road

Contractors try to forget clients cashing in bonds Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Even clients with reputations for treating firms unfairly are attracting bids as Dubai’s property market continues with its resurgence

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Special reports

The Burj al-Arab, in Dubai

UAE: Funding Dubai's new building boom

4 December 2014

Economic diversification is essential to the future of the UAE


Delivering Dubai Expo 2020

27 January 2014 | By

Big bang beginning to a year of fresh starts


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Valerie Lindsay

Valerie Lindsay Subscription

22 September 2014

Valerie Lindsay is dean of faculty of business, University of Wollongong in Dubai

Christopher Abraham

Christopher Abraham Subscription

22 September 2014

Christopher Abraham is head of Dubai campus, senior vice-president of institutional development, S P Jain School of Global Management

Muhammad Nawaz Brohi Subscription

16 September 2014

Muhammad Nawaz Brohi is head, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology

Ehsan Razavizadeh

15 September 2014

Ehsan Razavizadeh is regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, Cass Business School

Randa Bessiso

15 September 2014

Randa Bessiso is director, Middle East, Manchester Business School

Massimo Falcioni Subscription

10 September 2014

Massimo Falcioni is head of Middle East countries at Coface

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UAE: SWRO plant consultancy Subscription

24 January 2015 | By

Provision of consultancy services for a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant

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