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Strategy: Dubai is seeking to use private-public partnerships and stock market listings to raise financing

Dubai’s search for finance Subscription

17 April 2014, 15:16 GMT | By

Faced with a huge debt pile and risk-averse banks, the emirate is seeking new ways to fund its boom

Iraq oil production forecasts

Iraq faces challenge to meet output targets Subscription

16 April 2014, 11:07 GMT | By

Analysts expect Baghdad to fall short of 2020 ambitions despite recent production surge

Ambition: Bahrain is investing to ensure its oil and gas sector remains a cornerstone of its economy

Manama’s future energy challenge Subscription

15 April 2014, 13:14 GMT | By James Gavin

The Gulf’s oldest oil producer is looking to make the most of a small endowment

Recovery

The growing appetite for bonds Subscription

10 April 2014, 13:46 GMT | By

Increased corporate activity spurred by strong economic growth is helping to expand the market

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription

10 April 2014, 13:21 GMT | By

Facilities management firm Serco works quietly in the background, providing major services across various sectors in the region, but its CEO is looking to extend its reach

Trade confidence in the Middle East

Confidence among UAE traders grows Subscription

8 April 2014, 7:47 GMT | By

India and China will remain the UAE’s fastest-growing trade routes

Power: Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin’s appointment was announced on state television

Riyadh presents a united front Subscription

3 April 2014, 15:00 GMT | By

The appointment of a deputy crown prince shows King Abdullah wants to end speculation about the Al-Saud family’s succession plans

Strained ties: Obama’s meeting with King Abdullah seems to have produced only modest results

US influence on the Middle East waning Subscription

3 April 2014, 14:18 GMT

Recent foreign policy initiatives have put Washington at odds with key allies in the GCC

World sugar output 2010-11

Oversupply dampens sugar outlook Subscription

3 April 2014, 8:13 GMT | By

Regional producers are facing low prices, slowing demand growth and new competition

GCC and Iraq energy awards

Gulf oil and gas spending hits long-term high in first quarter Subscription

2 April 2014, 8:53 GMT | By

More than $25bn-worth of contracts awarded as three-month period eclipses total for 2013

Qatar banking sector

Qatar’s banks primed to support infrastructure growth Subscription

2 April 2014, 7:08 GMT | By

Qatar’s Finance Ministry recently announced a spike in spending

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By ,

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Gulf leaders have gathered in Kuwait for the Arab League summit being held on 25-26 March

GCC’s future hangs in the balance Subscription

25 March 2014, 8:46 GMT | By James Gavin

The withdrawal of ambassadors from Qatar earlier this month by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE will further set back long-delayed GCC joint initiatives

Banned

Muslim Brotherhood faces tough decision Subscription

20 March 2014, 15:47 GMT | By

In the face of Saudi Arabia’s hard line, the Muslim Brotherhood must choose its future direction

Next stage: The second phase of the kingdom’s downstream industry will be much more complex

Rethinking Riyadh’s industrial plan Subscription

13 March 2014, 16:45 GMT | By

Senior voices in Saudi Arabia say a new approach to developing the downstream sector must be adopted

Switch: Prince Mohammed has taken over the leadership of Riyadh's strategy towards Syria

Riyadh tightens foreign policy Subscription

13 March 2014, 15:15 GMT | By

The kingdom has adopted a more forceful approach to diplomacy in a move to align its domestic and external policies aimed at fighting terrorism and extremism

Justice: Federalism should help redress some of Yemen’s economic imbalances, says a local party member

Unity through division in Yemen Subscription

6 March 2014, 9:43 GMT | By Peter Salisbury

Federalism could hold the key to maintaining political and economic stability in Yemen

Event: Volvo Trucks launches models at Yas racetrack

Opportunities keep trucks on track Subscription

6 March 2014, 8:06 GMT | By

Volvo Trucks is keen to expand its presence in the Middle East and North Africa to capitalise on population growth and upcoming infrastructure projects across the region

Atiya: The region is a greenfield opportunity for Siemens

Integrating transport networks Subscription

4 March 2014, 11:05 GMT | By

Gulf countries need to interlink their new transport systems to attract more passengers and reduce traffic congestion, says Sami Atiya, head of Siemens’ mobility and logistics division

Dimitris Tsitsiragos, regional vice-president, IFC

Interview: Dimitris Tsitsiragos, regional vice-president, IFC Subscription

4 March 2014, 6:12 GMT | By

The IFC’s head of Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa explains how the organisation is attracting private investment into the renewables sector

Investor appetite: At least 10 listings are planned for 2014 on the UAE’s bourses

Gulf companies rush for stock market listings Subscription

27 February 2014, 14:38 GMT | By

2014 is set to be the biggest year since 2007 for regional bourses as more Gulf firms seek flotations

In Amenas gas plant, Algeria

In Amenas overshadows bid round in Algeria Subscription

25 February 2014, 11:40 GMT | By Richard Nield

The Algerian government launched its fourth licensing round in January, but attracting bids from international investors will be a challenge in the current security climate

Oil

Gulf economies face testing times Subscription

24 February 2014, 8:19 GMT | By

Although fiscal deficits loom over Gulf economies, their low levels of debt should help them through

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan

New policy heralds leadership change

17 April 2014, 13:13 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy change likely one of the main reasons for intelligence chief’s resignation

Dubai

SMEs to become more competitive

14 April 2014, 9:57 GMT | By

Several planned initiatives should improve conditions for SMEs

Markets and bonds

Bonds market gains maturity

10 April 2014, 15:39 GMT

An increasingly diverse base of issuers, driven by strong economic growth is helping to deepen the region’s capital markets

Dubai road plans

Double vision for Dubai road link

10 April 2014, 15:33 GMT

Dubai’s main highway is the focus of a feasibility study looking at adding an elevated level in a bid to ease cross-emirate traffic congestion

Gasification at Jizan

Higher bid prices return to the GCC

10 April 2014, 15:24 GMT

European firms have been winning work again for a couple of years now, beating South Korean competition

Iraq

Iraq mine clearance slow to progress

10 April 2014, 15:20 GMT

Iraq’s ban on land mine clearance companies indicates its increasingly difficult working environment

Private funding

Dubai looks to private funding

10 April 2014, 15:16 GMT

The emirate is seeking to involve the private sector in its power and transport infrastructure sectors

Agenda: Obama flew to Riyadh to mend relations

US bid to mend damaged ties

7 April 2014, 15:26 GMT | By

Washington is looking to repair relations with key allies in the GCC, following its criticised decisions on Iran and Syria

Oman

Oman looks forward to a positive future

3 April 2014, 15:52 GMT | By

With the government rooting out corruption, Oman can focus on a concerted projects drive

Ports: Tenders have been issued for ports projects

Signs of a turn in Egypt’s fortunes

3 April 2014, 15:48 GMT | By

While new infrastructure projects indicate an improvement in Egypt’s economy, stability is still a key issue

Construction

Static costs calm before the storm

3 April 2014, 15:41 GMT | By

The fact construction costs have not increased does not stop Dubai’s developers from being wary

Refinery

Chemicals plan hits fuel hurdle

3 April 2014, 15:21 GMT | By

A planned oil-to-chemicals project in Yanbu has huge potential, but could be derailed by the amount of subsidised fuel it needs for power

Market

Listings shake up MEED 100 table

27 March 2014, 15:17 GMT | By

Increased initial public offerings change make-up of list as Qatar, Iran and the UAE rise up the ranking

Gasification

Jizan success to attract investors

27 March 2014, 14:33 GMT | By

While the gasification scheme is expensive, it could end up paying for itself very quickly

Egypt

Al-Sisi faced with daunting mission

27 March 2014, 14:23 GMT | By

If the ex-army chief is elected leader, he will have to ensure stability as well as a democratic government

Rail

Next hurdle for key rail market

27 March 2014, 13:46 GMT | By

While billions of dollars are being invested in rail infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, it still faces a challenge in attracting the necessary expertise

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir, Qatar

Dispute threatens GCC joint initiatives

25 March 2014, 9:06 GMT

GCC leaders will be aware that all sides will be losers if the diplomatic dispute is allowed to escalate into a broader crisis

Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood under scrutiny

20 March 2014, 16:31 GMT

Riyadh’s isolation of the Muslim Brotherhood will be difficult to extend regionally

Regional metro schemes

New players to fill metro void

20 March 2014, 16:26 GMT

With the region’s metro boom gathering pace, competition for resources is also mounting

Mubarak-style leadership?

Egypt's inevitable return to military rule

20 March 2014, 16:19 GMT

Army chief Al-Sisi is expected to be elected president, in a sign that Egyptians are desperate for stability

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Bids delayed on Nasr field development Subscription

16 April 2014, 11:13 GMT | By

Companies expected to submit commercial proposals on Abu Dhabi scheme in first week of May

Qatar invites firms to prequalify for zoo project Subscription

16 April 2014, 11:12 GMT | By

Work will involve building the New Doha Zoo

Consultancy team wins Doha metro management contract

16 April 2014, 8:29 GMT | By

US/French joint venture will project manage Doha metro systems and rolling stock

Dubai tenders solar park substation contract Subscription

16 April 2014, 8:19 GMT | By

Client recently invited expressions of interest for 100MW second phase of project

Dubai Islamic Bank raises foreign ownership limit Subscription

16 April 2014, 8:18 GMT | By

Higher limit means DIB is likely to be included in emerging markets index

Contractors bid for Dubai sewage treatment plant

16 April 2014, 8:02 GMT | By

Dubai Municipality receives three proposals for Al-Awir facility expansion

New closing date for Dubai Metro tender Subscription

16 April 2014, 7:09 GMT | By

Dubai Metro tender contract covers engineering for Expo rail link

Daewoo approved for $559m Iraq oil facility Subscription

16 April 2014, 7:04 GMT | By

South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction to build the final degassing station at Zubair field

Sheikh Mohammed to visit Iran

15 April 2014, 19:58 GMT | By

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed accepts invitation from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Sabic joint venture asks for revised bids on $500m scheme Subscription

15 April 2014, 14:19 GMT | By

Contractors to submit new prices after clarification meetings for new petrochemicals plants in Saudi Arabia

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