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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Arab states agree to form joint military force Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Egypt’s President makes announcement following Arab league meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh


Bank Nizwa reduces losses in 2014 Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Revenues grow at Omani Islamic bank

Mall of the Emirates

Majid al-Futtaim reaffirms expansion plans Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Local mall developer aims to double its business

Gas turbine plant

GE wins long-term gas services contract Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

US group to provide maintenance at UAE gas group’s Das Island facilities

Shale gas drilling rig on a field

Aramco tries new shale strategy Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Oil major looking to increase operational capabilities in sector


Dubai’s solar IPP on track for financial close Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Dewa has already signed PPA with developers

Clashes in Tikrit

US continues Tikrit air strikes Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Coalition forces assisting Baghdad to retake key northern city from Isis

Reverse osmosis

Oman evaluates IWP prequalification Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Client received entries from 12 companies for two desalination projects

Stadium being constructed in Qatar

Qatar has rating affirmed by S&P Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Spending plans maintain Qatar’s rating at AA/A-1+

Iranian oil could cause problems

Iranian oil could cause problems Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Major surge in supply could have catastrophic effect on producers

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

World leaders arrive in Lausanne for Iran nuclear talks Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Tehran and world powers aiming to reach nuclear agreement by 31 March

Marina Mall in Dubai

Dubai developer receives management proposals Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Firms will manage masterplanned development

Rebel fighters fire at the city of Idlib in Syria after taking control of the area on 28 March 2015

Syrian government loses strategic city Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Arab leader call for a unified military force as Syrian civil war intensifies with government forces losing the city of Idlib to Islamist militants

Mall of the Emirates and Umm Suqeim Road

Developer forms fund for new Dubai project Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

The residential and hotel scheme will be build on Umm Suqeim Road

Oman signs water purchase agreement

Oman signs water purchase agreement Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Singapore firm to develop independent water project

Belgrade Waterfront development

Abu Dhabi developer plans another international project Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

New scheme will add growing portfolio

Saudi Arabia awards rail contract

Saudi Arabia awards rail contract Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Saudi Railways Organisation signs agreement with Chinese firm

An armed man walks on the rubble of houses destroyed by an air strike near Sanaa airport on 26 March. Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies have launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen

Saudi allies deploy warplanes against Yemen’s Houthis Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Jordan commit 76 fighter jets

Political stability in Yemen is increasingly taking a hit, with Houthi rebels advancing on Aden, anti-Houthi protests raging on the streets and Saudi Arabia carrying out air strikes against the rebels

GCC launches military operation in Yemen

26 March 2015 | By

Unidentified warplanes bomb Sanaa as fears grow of wider conflict

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Deal to be concluded in matter of weeks

Isis suspected of abductions

Two oil workers freed in Libya Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Workers were employed by Value Added Oilfield Services

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Kuwait’s Al-Zour refinery negotiations at a critical juncture Video

26 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

KNPC to decide on possible re-tender

Port operations

New port operator leverages Dubai experience

26 March 2015 | By

New port operator will help emirate’s maritime sector keep growing

Yemen clashes

Yemen on verge of civil war

24 March 2015 | By

Both sides of Yemen’s political and economic conflict must be convinced to return to the negotiating table

Bardo Museum attack

Tunisia's stability threatened

24 March 2015 | By

Tunisia’s most lethal terror attack since 2002 has struck at the heart of the capital

Seoul, capital of South Korea

South Korea has more to offer than trade

24 March 2015 | By

Seoul should be selling the GCC its economic miracle as the solution to industrial diversification


The quiet demise of Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy ambitions Video

24 March 2015 | By

Shifting strategy in the kingdom leaves long-term energy dilemma

Mark Watts

Crunch time for Iran talks Video

23 March 2015 | By

Negotiators have until the end of March to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme

Tunnel boring machine for metro

No more distractions for Qatar infrastructure

23 March 2015 | By

The World Cup date is fixed so Doha has to concentrate on infrastructure

Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi Arabia renewables disappointment Video

22 March 2015 | By

Kingdom expected to be one of the region’s smaller renewables markets

Richard Thompson

Defining moment for Egypt Video

19 March 2015 | By

Summit saw new alliance of regional and international stakeholders sign up for a war on issues that hold the region back

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Saudi Arabia retreats from renewables Subscription

26 March 2015 | By

Saudi Arabia is the most irradiated country on Earth, but it is slashing plans for the world’s biggest solar power programme

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Four-nation tour: South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye is fostering ties with the leaders of Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Seoul moves to strengthen ties Subscription

24 March 2015 | By

South Korea is looking to redress the trade disparity with GCC countries in the face of lower oil prices

David Cox, regional managing director, Middle East and South Asia, Mott MacDonald

Construction firms predict slowdown Subscription

24 March 2015 | By , Katie Briggs

Executives at some of the region’s top construction firms say lower oil prices will lead to a rethink about the need for future projects

Roger Cruickshank, Atkins

King Abdulaziz Boulevard project Video Subscription

24 March 2015 | By

The walkway will allow pilgrims to move around easier in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Al-Maktoum International location

Boom in Egypt oil and gas project awards expected Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Contracts worth $37.2bn expected to be signed before the end of 2018

Qatar projects update

Qatar project awards to increase Video Subscription

23 March 2015 | By

Around $30bn-worth of awards are expected to be made in 2015

Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz on 22 March. Houthi fighters opposed to Yemen's president took over the city in an escalation of a power struggle

A futile battle for power in Yemen Subscription

23 March 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

If the Houthis and Al-Hadi go to war, the outcome will only be one that leaves Yemen’s already impoverished economy moribund

The terrorist attack in March on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which cost more than 20 lives, has thrown Tunisia’s fragile security situation into the international spotlight

Tightening security only way forward for Tunis Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Terror attacks such as the one on the Bardo Museum could send Tunisia spiralling into a vicious circle of deteriorating security, and the government must take preventive actions immediately

Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Iraq economy falters as anti-Isis campaign unfolds Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

The IMF said Iraq’s government should cut spending and change its banking policies to deal with a soaring budget deficit

Craig Cowie, QInvest

Investors diversify on low oil prices Video Subscription

22 March 2015 | By

Opportunities sought around the GCC, as well as the US and Asia

Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar

Qatar to 2022 and beyond Video Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

Fifa confirms the Qatar World Cup Finals are to be held in November 2022 to avoid the Gulf’s heat and humidity

Qatar mega-reservoirs presentation

Qatar's mega-reservoir plans explained Video Subscription

19 March 2015 | By

A data overview of plans to create a strategic seven-day supply of water in the country

Average breakeven prices for non-producing assets, 2020

Saudi Arabia may use swing capacity to drive volatility Subscription

18 March 2015 | By

Higher volatility will prevent smaller producers entering the market, say analysts

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi speaks at the Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh on 13 March

Egypt’s $200bn sales pitch

17 March 2015 | By

Cairo’s huge investment conference was a defining moment for President Al-Sisi

Egypt attracts almost $100bn of investment deals

Egypt attracts $130bn of investment deals

15 March 2015 | By

Country seeks finance to rebuild infrastructure and kick-start economy

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