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Construction at Dubai Parks & Resorts theme park development in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai

Dubai Parks and Resorts confirms 2016 opening Subscription

24 May 2015 | By

Works 17 per cent complete by value

Water pipeline

Oman tenders water networks operations Subscription

24 May 2015 | By

Contracts split into thirteen areas

Bahrain

Bahrain's Arcapita sells US retailer Subscription

24 May 2015 | By

Investment firm has delivered $2.5bn in exit proceedings over past two years

Jordan

Jordan plans $20bn of projects Subscription

24 May 2015 | By

2025 plan will be largely driven by public private initiatives

Bigger threat: Riyadh will have to deal with Isis first

Isis affiliate claims Saudi mosque attack Subscription

24 May 2015 | By

The 22 May attack left at least 21 dead

Power

Al-Zour North 1 starts generation Subscription

24 May 2015 | By

New capacity will cover summer demand peaks

Liquefied natural gas

Egypt prepares for LNG purchase tender Subscription

24 May 2015

Imports to be through second floating storage regasification unit

Property surge: There are fears another housing bubble is forming in Dubai

Dubai property values drop Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Dubai home values dropped in the first quarter of this year as a subdued market continues to struggle with supply and demand

Refinery

Salalah LPG extraction plant design awarded Subscription

21 May 2015

CB&I and Petrofac carrying out study on southern Oman project

China’s Zhongman wins West Qurna-2 drilling contract in Iraq

Chinese group wins $527m Iraq drilling contract Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Zhongman to drill production wells for 28 months at West Qurna-2 field

Dubai Metro

Dubai delays Expo metro submission date Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Local and international firms are forming bidding teams

Oil storage

Audex awarded $231m of work on Fujairah oil storage Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Singapore group to build oil storage terminals for two companies at UAE port

Offshore rig

Dynamic Industries confirms Aramco award Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

US brownfield specialist one of four signatories of long-term contract for offshore work

Temporary offices

Clean Fuels construction to start before the end of July Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Preliminary works for the Kuwaiti megaproject are ongoing

Qatar Petroleum

Wintershall pulls out of Qatar Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

German oil company abandons gas field concession

Refinery

Al-Zour refinery bidders asked to renew bonds Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Budget increase for the three process packages is yet to be approved

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

US commits to Tunisia’s security Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Tunisian leader on state visit to Washington

UK firm wins Al-Maktoum airport contract

Export credit agencies teaming up for Dubai airport funding Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

UK offered $2bn of export credit guarantees in 2014

Six groups have submitted bids for the contract to develop Iraq’s first publicly tendered independent power project

Emal evaluates bids for power project Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Expansion will boost capacity by 235MW

Power plant

Dubal extends deadline for power plant expansion Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Project will expand captive power plant capacity for aluminium producer

Divisive: The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Egyptians to “reclaim the democracy they fought so hard for”

Egypt appoints Brotherhood critic as justice minister Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

 Ahmed el-Zend of the Muslim Brotherhood has been appointed as Egypt’s new justice minister

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Water desalination plant

Kuwait makes fresh start with PPP programme Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

New economic climate of lower oil prices has raised the importance of private sector partnerships

Doha in Qatar

Construction is risky business in Qatar Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Aecom encounters “delivery challenges” as industry braces for surge in disputes

Mohammed Mursi in jail

Mursi death sentence could stall economic progress Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Untactful verdict from Egyptian courts could setback economic progress

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Reports that US shale oil is dead are completely wrong

GCC VAT

Prospect of sales tax revived Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Draft agreement is progress, but no guarantee of action

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is still very much an active and vital component of the kingdom’s energy sector, but it is likely the legendary executive will retire within the next 12 months

Creating a giant ministry Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Re-tendering concession for technically challenging oil field is mystifying

Iraqi oil ambitions checked

Iraqi oil ambitions checked Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Oil Ministry must cut capital expenditure and focus on key export infrastructure

South Korean firms now have experience on some of the largest hydrocarbons projects that have ever been built

South Koreans will be back Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

The Asian contractors will return when the region’s oil and gas projects market picks up

Rig

Aramco rewards investors in the region Subscription

11 May 2015 | By

McDermott has made a big commitment that is paying off

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Isis-affiliated group profile: Ansar Beir al-Maqdis

Sinai-base militants warn of increased activity Subscription

21 May 2015

Ansar Beit al-Magdis warn of more attacks on security forces

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Richard Thompson

Top 10 trends shaping the Middle East: 5-1 Video Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

MEED outlines the biggest trends impacting the region

Divisive: The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Egyptians to “reclaim the democracy they fought so hard for”

Mursi verdict threatens stability Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

The death penalty handed to former president Mohamed Mursi could see mass protests return to Egypt

UAE oil and gas concessions

Abu Dhabi oil’s pivot to Asia Subscription

18 May 2015 | By

South Korea takes first stake in major oil concession as part of a growing interest of Asian companies in UAE production

Indian bank in Dubai

Remittances remain volatile Subscription

18 May 2015 | By

Remittance flows began to grow again last year, but could be hit if oil prices stay low

Richard Thompson

Top 10 trends in the Middle East: 10-6 Video Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

MEED outlines the biggest trends impacting the region

Qatar IMF data Q2 2015

Qatar real GDP to grow Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Qatar’s real GDP is expected to rise to $110.3bn in 2015

Emirates airline

Emirates rises on falling oil Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Strong financial performance lifts carrier’s mood as it seeks to tackle head on the accusations of unfair government support by US rivals

Mounting debt: Baghdad owes $9bn to contractors for 2014 and needs to pay $18bn to investors this year

Payment arrears stall Iraq oil sector investment Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Despite record oil exports, Baghdad is struggling to pay contractors and having to lower production targets

Flanagan: I knew Emirates was going to grow

Obituary: Maurice Flanagan Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

The former executive vice-chairman of Emirates airline talked to Austyn Allison in January about the carrier’s spectacular growth through the years. He passed away on 7 May

Unfulfilled ambition: No progress at this construction site in Erbil

Reportage: Erbil, Iraq Subscription

10 May 2015 | By

After being dubbed the ‘New Dubai’ in the boom years, Erbil now faces a future dominated by the fight against terrorism

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