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Protesters in Algeria

Shale protests turn violent in Algeria Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Forty police officers injured


Saudi firm teams up with housing specialist Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Local company partners with Brazilian firm to build low-cost homes

Pearl GTL

Pearl GTL enters planned maintenance phase Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

World’s largest gas-to-liquids plant will see capacity halved while work is carried out at Ras Laffan complex

Steel industry

Egyptian Steel plans two new factories Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Facilities will add 2.7 million tonnes a year when completed in mid-2016.

Power plant

Japan to provide Iraq loan for power project Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Project is part of government efforts to meet the supply shortfall for electricity

Gas storage

Frontrunner emerges for gas terminal contract Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Bids seen to be above budget for main package of Emirates LNG project

Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi

Emal receives bids for power plant expansion Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Samsung C&T recently completed second phase expansion of Abu Dhabi captive power plant


Bahrain to promote Islamic private banking Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Minister of finance says insurance and trade finance are also areas of growth


Oman receives bids for national railway Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Eleven international consortiums submitted commercial bids

Oil well

No commercial discovery for Kosmos Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

The US company’s first exploratory well in Western Sahara disappoints


Senaat plans to invest $1.36bn Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Abu Dhabi groups plans to list shares of two business units


Oman tenders Salalah IWP advisory contracts Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Consultants invited to bid for three advisory roles


Arabtec’s Egypt project faces difficulties Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Authorities raise funding concerns

Emaar Properties

Emaar seeks programme management proposals Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Role involves overseeing the development of Dubai Creek Harbour

Riyadh construction

MEED Live: 2 March 2015 Subscription

2 March 2015

Red Sea Housing teams up with low-cost housing firm

Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt

Egypt delays elections amid constitutional debate Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Egypt may be forced to delay parliamentary elections as Supreme Court calls them unconstitutional

Desalination plant

Saudi Arabia plans nine desalination plants by 2020 Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Combined capacity will be about 3 million cubic metres a day


Mott MacDonald and Khudairi Group partner Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Companies to combine capabilities to deliver Iraqi oil and gas projects

Union Oasis

Dubai transport agency to seek Union Oasis developers Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Public-private partnership will develop real estate on top of metro station


Oman tenders dam work Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Three flood protection dams to be built in Wadi Aday


Arab Banking Corporation posts profit increase Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Bahrain bank reduces bad-loan ratio

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Qatar turns focus to World Cup

24 February 2015 | By

Oil prices and overstretched supply chain force difficult decisions


Jizan turning the corner

24 February 2015 | By

Economic forum will bring renewed hope for the region

Kuwait needs to move fast if its plans are to be taken seriously

Second time lucky for Kuwait

24 February 2015 | By

New five-year development plan includes many old projects

Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

Shifting borders in northern Iraq

24 February 2015 | By

Isis has provided a smokescreen for power plays in embattled region


Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum

24 February 2015 | By

First phase projects move toward financial close

Hossam Abougabal

Orascom spin-off good for Egypt’s projects market Video

23 February 2015 | By

Orascom Construction will list in both Dubai and Egypt

Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia's tight gas plans take shape Video

23 February 2015 | By

Saudi Aramco is committed to unconventional gas project in the kingdom


New vision for GCC construction workforce

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

The region is capitalising on the rising number of visiting Chinese tourists

Gulf can benefit from China’s export push

17 February 2015 | By

More Chinese companies are looking to set up in the region


Perfect timing for OCI demerger

17 February 2015 | By

Demerger set to be complete in time for Egypt’s economic development conference

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UAE oil and gas contract awards with oil prices

Counter-cyclical oil spending unlikely to return in Abu Dhabi Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Boom in contract awards during 2009 recession-led oil slump will not be repeated

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Bahrain financial district

Bahrain banking sector to come under pressure Subscription

2 March 2015 | By

Low oil price will do little to improve fortunes

Saudi refining plan hinges on curbing subsidies

Saudi refining plan hinges on curbing subsidies Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Kingdom aims to become world’s second-largest exporter of refined products


Kirkuk dispute to intensify Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Erbil is determined to defend its control of the oil-rich province

Cairo in Egypt

Economic optimism growing in Egypt Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Expectations are high ahead of Economic Development Conference in March

Lebanon public debt

Economy grows on cheaper oil prices Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

On paper, the Lebanese economy seems to be performing well, due to a lower energy import bill. But instability continues to trouble the country

China year of ram

China diversifies Gulf spending Subscription

17 February 2015 | By

China is expanding its spending in the Gulf beyond the oil and gas industry

Dubai hotels

Mixed start to 2015 for Dubai hotels Subscription

17 February 2015 | By

New supply will present challenges for hotel sector in first quarter

Non-performing loan volumes in decline

UAE banks to weather difficult 2015 Subscription

16 February 2015 | By

New report says sector is well-equipped to deal with slowdown

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription

15 February 2015 | By

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

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