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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

Concentrated solar power scheme

Solar market optimistic over region’s renewables prospects Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

UAE solar firm Enviromena says major solar programmes will move forward in spite of the drop in oil prices

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World

Interview: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman, DP World Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

International ports operator DP World is cementing itself as a global trade player with major plans for future growth, according to its chairman. Rebecca Spong reports

DFM general index

Volatility rules on GCC stock markets Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Oil prices stretch GCC stock market performance

Number of freehold residential transactions in Dubai

Oil prices unlikely to affect real estate in short term Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Dubai’s real estate market witnessing relative stability as the region prepares for the impact of falling oil prices

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Impact of falling oil prices on the UAE Subscription

17 December 2014

Like Kuwait and Qatar, the UAE is well prepared to deal with a period of low oil prices. It has substantial fiscal reserves, a relatively low breakeven price, and the strongest non-oil economy in the region

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Impact of falling oil prices on Saudi Arabia Subscription

17 December 2014

Saudi Arabia is likely to record a deficit next year, but its sizeable reserves mean that there will be little anxiety in Riyadh

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Impact of falling oil prices on Qatar Subscription

17 December 2014

Qatar has made it clear it is planning to sustain a high level of spending over the course of 2015

The Wessal Bouregreg development in Rabat, in Morocco

Revamping Morocco’s biggest cities Subscription

17 December 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Channelled through investment fund Wessal Capital, billions of dollars in Gulf money is reshaping the centre of the cities of Rabat and Sale

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Impact of falling oil prices on Oman Subscription

17 December 2014

With smaller oil reserves and a much higher budget breakeven oil price, Oman is more vulnerable to low crude prices than the four biggest GCC economies, but stands in a far stronger position than Bahrain

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Impact of falling oil prices on Kuwait Subscription

17 December 2014

Kuwait’s low budget breakeven price of $52.3 a barrel and its hefty sovereign wealth fund makes it the best prepared out of any Gulf nation to face a prolonged period of depressed oil prices, according to Moody’s Investors Service

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Impact of falling oil prices in Bahrain Subscription

17 December 2014

With its precarious public finances and restive Shia majority, out of all the GCC nations Bahrain is the most vulnerable to persistently low oil prices

Oil, gas and chemical awards in the GCC

GCC oil and gas spending hits four-year high in 2014 Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Kuwait leads spending as Saudi Arabia has weakest year for contracts since 2004

Cloud computing

Interview: Richard Longdon, CEO, Aveva Solutions Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Cloud computing is the future for oil and gas, but customers have to adapt their mindset, says Aveva CEO Richard Longdon.

Refinery

A new era for contracting Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

The recent price dispute at Aramco’s Jizan project suggests a new period of less aggressive bidding is around the corner

Current account balance

A lifeline for oil importers Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Low oil prices will provide an economic boost for Middle East and North Africa

Illustration of Lucas Hautvast

Interview: Lucas Hautvast, CEO and president, GDF Suez Energy Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

The new South Asia, Middle East and Africa head of GDF Suez explains how financing models are changing in the region’s private developer market

Incremental Opec crude production capacity

Non-Opec to dominate capacity growth to end of decade Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Iraq to provide 60 per cent of new Opec volumes by 2020 with declines forecast in Kuwait and Algeria

WTI spot price

Riding out low oil prices Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

GCC nations brace for budget deficits as Opec offers no oil price support

Masi Flottant Index

Morocco’s illiquid market Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Casablanca is trying to inject some much-needed life into its underperforming stock exchange, burdened by downgrades and disillusioned investors

Petrochemicals sector

GCC petrochemicals production doubled since 2005 Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Six-country bloc produced more than 140 million tonnes of petrochemicals in 2013

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy

Renewables just one element of Egypt's strategy Subscription

1 December 2014 | By

Cairo recently launched 4,300MW direct proposal renewable energy programme

No deal: Sanctions against Iran will remain in place for at least another seven months

The stalemate continues for Tehran Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

The window of opportunity may be closing for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme

Mohamed al-Khadar

Interview: Executive director, Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi’s Urban Planning Council is making good strides in helping the emirate plan the next phase of its development, says Mohamed al-Khadar

Sovereign wealth funds

Middle East sovereign wealth funds change strategies Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Funds take a new approach to Europe

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Aluminium industry

Saudisation challenge continues for Maaden

18 December 2014 | By

Hiring local nationals at industrial sites has been slow

Jubail Industry City in Saudi Arabia

Unlocking the kingdom’s potential

18 December 2014 | By

The success of Ras al-Khair should give more remote cities confidence to develop

Gas

Cancellation of South Stream bodes well for Galsi

17 December 2014 | By

Decision on the Italy-Algeria pipeline expected in May

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

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

The downwards revision of population estimates for Abu Dhabi means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Abu Dhabi government gets breathing space

11 December 2014 | By

The downwards revision of population estimates for the emirate means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Renewable energy

Low oil price puzzle for regional utilities

11 December 2014 | By

Sharp drop in prices has created uncertainty heading into 2015

The GCC’s well-funded security forces mean large-scale attacks on high-profile targets are unlikely

Security situation looks more uncertain in GCC

11 December 2014 | By

Recent terror attacks in the GCC show it will be hard to prevent attacks on Western interests

Offshore oil rig

Choosing the right model

11 December 2014 | By

International contractors are still willing to take all the risks

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan

More confident UAE emerging

4 December 2014 | By

Sheikh Khalifa has continued father’s upward momentum despite economic challenges

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

4 December 2014 | By

Lower oil prices mean social spending is unsustainable

Deloitte

Riyadh sets out stall for financial transparency

4 December 2014 | By

Kingdom is preparing to open stock exchange to foreign investors in 2015

Oil gathering centre

Much at stake in the Divided Zone

4 December 2014 | By

Concerns increase as the land dispute between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia derails another project

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

4 December 2014 | By

High fiscal reserves make drastic cuts to spending unlikely

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the attack missions by Iranian jets were a positive development in efforts against Isis

Iran carries out first airstrikes against Isis, US claims Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Tehran denies offensive despite news footage showing F-4 Phantom II raids in Diyala

Protester are angered at the clearing of former leader Hosni Mubarak of his part in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising

Al-Sisi’s iron fist may not be enough

30 November 2014 | By

Thousands turn out to protest against Mubarak decision

Significant gaps remain over what a peaceful Iranian nuclear programme would look like  

Nuclear negotiators have work cut out

27 November 2014 | By

Significant gaps remain over what a peaceful Iranian nuclear programme would look like  

Egypt renewables

Egypt commits to renewables

27 November 2014 | By

Cairo now faces the challenges of implementing and financing the projects

Some industry experts working in Saudi Arabia have said the low-risk, low-cost, lump-sum turnkey contracting model has now had its day

Saudi Aramco lays down the law

27 November 2014 | By

The days of high-risk project bidding are probably over

Kuwait’s projects market is enjoying a long-awaited period of high activity

Bright future for Kuwait projects market

27 November 2014 | By

While contract awards are expected to keep flowing in 2015, the country is little prepared for the surge in activity

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