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Pressure: Other Opec members will try to convince Riyadh to cut production at the group’s November meeting

Riyadh bides its time Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

With massive cash reserves to fall back on, the kingdom is in no hurry to exert its influence on oil prices

Qatar banks net profits

Qatari banks post upbeat first nine-month results Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Some lenders post lower than expected loan growth

Egypt oil and gas balance

Israeli gas exports to Egypt look increasingly likely Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

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

IMF real GDP growth forecast 2015-19 percentage

Oil price slump tests forecasters Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Political upheaval and uncertain oil price trends make predicting economic growth challenging

Lama Qussas

Nurturing Palestine’s young talent Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

In response to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing influence of radical Islam, the Palestinian Authority wants to encourage innovation among young Palestinians

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

Suez projects to kick-start investment Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

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

Saudi banks quarterly profits

Saudi lenders post solid third-quarter profits Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Kingdom’s banking sector remains highly competitive

Nationals in petrochemicals workforce

GCC chemicals industry creating local jobs with varied success Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Industry group says almost 150,000 people directly employed in regional chemicals sector

Complex: If Turkish troops push into Syria without UN backing, it will be a test of international law

Turkey joins coalition against Isis Subscription

10 October 2014 | By

There are risks in every direction for Ankara as it prepares to join the fight against Isis

Mena syndicated loan volumes

Middle East syndicated lending falls behind Subscription

8 October 2014 | By

UAE-based telecoms firm Etisalat raises largest loan in region

Rallying support: Yemenis watch Abdelmalek al-Houthi give a speech in central Sanna on 23 September

Houthis make bold advance Subscription

7 October 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

The rebel group has extended its influence across the country, fearless of retribution from the state, and do not intend to withdraw any time soon

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

2 October 2014 | By

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

Illustration of Basil el-Baz

Basil el-Baz, chairman and CEO of Carbon Holdings Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Basil el-Baz believes Egypt can compete with the US and Saudi Arabia when it comes to world-class petrochemicals facilities

Selected GCC industrial EPC awards

GCC hits slump in non-oil industrial spending Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Contract spending on industrial projects has dropped for four years with only $1.5bn awarded to date in 2014

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

1 October 2014 | By

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

25 September 2014 | By

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

Maintaining peace: Security in Cairo has been increased, with tanks in the streets

Egypt tense ahead of elections Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

An uneasy atmosphere prevails across the country ahead of parliamentary polls set to take place before the end of the year.

As Libya sinks deeper into the chaos of war, its badly defended oil infrastructure is becoming increasingly susceptible to shutdowns

Libya’s oil recovery falters Subscription

24 September 2014 | By

Recent drop in production could foreshadow greater declines

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

Tackling Egypt's gas crisis Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

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

Fervour: Houthi supporters line a street in Sanaa, calling for a greater say in the make-up of the new government

Yemen's ticking time bomb Subscription

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

Escalating protests by Houthi supporters and increasing activity by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula mean Yemen is facing the greatest threat to its stability since the 2011 uprising

GCC oil and gas awards

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

16 September 2014 | By

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

11 September 2014 | By

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

11 September 2014 | By

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

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai commits to sustainability Subscription

10 September 2014 | By

As one of the only renewable energy programmes to have made any real progress in the Middle East, Dubai is taking great strides with its integrated strategy

Percentage of infected computers

The continued challenge of keeping assets secure Subscription

10 September 2014 | By

More money is being spent on protecting the region’s industrial plants

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Possible end in sight for Iran rail projects funding drought

Possible end in sight for Iran rail funding drought

23 October 2014 | By

Easing of international sanctions will allow stalled projects to make progress

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

23 October 2014 | By

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

Suez Canal

Egypt seeks to revamp its reputation

16 October 2014 | By

Suez Canal projects are playing a symbolic role in kick-starting the Egyptian economy

Dubai serious about power

Dubai serious about power

16 October 2014 | By

Emirate is making sure it avoids the potential supply shortfall facing Abu Dhabi

In the ongoing diplomatic squabble between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on one side and Qatar on the other, Kuwait is playing peacemaker

Kuwait sticks to the middle ground

16 October 2014 | By

In both GCC and wider regional disputes, Kuwait is content to remain a peacemaker

Boosting market will bring new challenges

Improving market will bring new challenges

16 October 2014 | By

Margins are expected to creep up as order books fill

New Oman projects could boost exports

New Oman projects could boost gas exports

16 October 2014 | By

Khazzan project gathers steam with most of construction on track to start in 2015

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises interesting questions

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises questions

9 October 2014 | By

Selection of government company may contradict emirate’s liberalisation goals

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale

9 October 2014 | By

New petrochemicals venture could provide jobs and insulation from oil shocks for the whole region

Increased public investment in infrastructure could put the region’s economy back on track, according to the IMF

Infrastructure spending could revive economies

9 October 2014 | By

Middle East and North Africa growth forecasts revised downward by IMF

Kuwait Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

9 October 2014 | By

Project merger sparks concerns about further delays

Turkey finds itself on the same side as the GCC states with which it has had such difficult relations in recent years

Rebuilding trust

8 October 2014 | By

The Syrian war could lead to Turkey healing its rift with the GCC countries

Dubai Financial Market

Exchanges vie for African company listings

6 October 2014 | By

Dubai and London bourses compete for North African business

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

2 October 2014 | By

There has been years of talk with little action

Oil prices

Hard economics overtakes geopolitics for oil

2 October 2014 | By

Oil prices could stay below $100 a barrel for some time


Water remains a challenge for arid Gulf

2 October 2014 | By

Population growth is creating new supply problems for governments to overcome

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

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