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The Louvre Abu Dhabi

The GCC’s growing art spend

24 July 2014 | By

Qatar and Abu Dhabi are among the states muscling in on the international art market

Investment grade bond debt maturities by country

The Middle East’s refinancing burden Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Region’s investment grade companies need to refinance $91bn-worth of debt by 2018

Stock market

Market reacts to Saudi decision to open up stock market Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

The opening of the Tadawul to foreign investors is widely welcomed by market

Middle East and north Africa oil and gas reserves

Hydrocarbon reserves of strength Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

The Middle East remains a key source of hydrocarbons, but reserves are growing faster in other regions

Dubai Mall

Dubai's 13 biggest shopping mall developments Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Mall of the World tops the $2.7bn-worth of Dubai-based shopping centre projects in MEED’s list

Yemen crude production

Unrest in Yemen to weigh on oil production Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Increasing violence and shifting territories may force oil companies to cut investment

Stalemate: Iran and the P5+1 countries seem unlikely to reach a quick resolution

Outlook for doing business with Iran improves Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

While a quick resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive, many countries in the region are strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic

Rescue: Aramco took over the development of Jizan Economic City to prevent its failure

Saudi Aramco’s mission creep Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

The oil major’s influence is spreading as it proves itself to be a reliable client for Riyadh

GCC overall awards

Growth continues in contract awards Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

Building projects and the UAE dominated contract awards in the first half of 2014

Qatar drives mergers and acquisitions

Qatar drives Middle East mergers and acquisitions Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Value of deals in the second quarter highest since start of 2011

UAE upstream

UAE upstream awards dominated by Petrofac and NPCC Subscription

16 July 2014 | By

Nasr award brings total National Petroleum Construction Company haul to $4.3bn since 2012

Iran nuclear talks 14 July 2014

Business world eyeing Iran opportunities as nuclear talks come to a head Subscription

14 July 2014 | By

GCC stands to gain by boosting ties with a more open Iran after years of strained relations

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Al-Sisi kicks off austerity drive Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Protests over fuel subsidy cuts mean the new president faces a difficult balancing act in shrinking Egypt’s fiscal deficit and maintaining his popularity

Observers: Qatar sent a 140-strong delegation to Brazil to learn from its World Cup successes and mistakes

What Qatar can learn from Brazil World Cup Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Brazil’s World Cup experiences can teach Qatar valuable lessons on how to host its event in 2022

Additional capacity requirements 2013-20

Mirfa IWPP marks first private utility award of the year Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

Three independent utility schemes were awarded in 2013

Getting ready: Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup by airing this year's games in specially built fan zones

Qatar experiments ahead of hosting World Cup Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

The biggest challenge in hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar could be catering to thousands of football fans used to a less restrictive environment

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

DMCC fuels commodity flows through Dubai Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Dubai’s diamond and gold trade soars

Markets

Market regulators must toughen up Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

The sharp fall in UAE contractor Arabtec’s share price has led to calls for tougher regulation

Al-Mahmoudi: Relationship with Dubai very important

Regional market key to Sharjah's economic growth Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Hussain Mohamed al-Mahmoudi, the director-general of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, highlights the role trade plays in Sharjah’s economic growth

Power

GCC power contract awards up in 2014 Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

Project contract awards in power sector up 21 per cent year-on-year for first six months of 2014

Qatar commercial bank lending

Private sector lending in Qatar picks up speed Subscription

1 July 2014 | By

Lending growth forecast to remain about 10-15 per cent a year

Nuclear power

Egypt makes another tilt at nuclear power Subscription

30 June 2014 | By David Butter

President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi named the El-Dabaa nuclear power among his priority national projects in his first speech following his inauguration. The challenge is making it a reality

Construction equipment

Construction surge boosts Saudi Arabia's equipment sales Subscription

29 June 2014 | By

Construction equipment suppliers respond to increase in demand as rising government expenditures bolster the kingdom’s construction market

Mending relations: US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) visited Egypt in late June

Al-Sisi’s foreign policy challenge Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

The new president’s strong-arm moves could both attract investment into Egypt and turn international opinion against him

Limited potential: Development of Iran’s vast offshore South Pars gas field has been constrained by sanctions

Iran nuclear talks vital to regional gas crisis Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

Tehran’s ability to solve the Gulf’s gas shortages hinges on whether a long-term nuclear deal can be reached

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Regional: Interest in contemporary art is growing

Art investors grow cautious

24 July 2014 | By

The global economic recession affected art sales as well. Its fallout has ensured the region’s art market is growing at a steady yet cautious pace

Riyadh

Tadawul access a positive sign

24 July 2014 | By

The region is set to become more appealing to international entities as Riyadh opens up its stock exchange to foreign investors

Riyadh

Foreign access to Tadawul positive for region

22 July 2014 | By

Gulf region will become more appealing to international investors

Nakheel Nad al-Sheba

Dubai developers must end sales price concerns

19 July 2014 | By

Developing cash-generating assets requires funding, but delivers long-term revenues

Banking

Saudi banks look to new markets

17 July 2014 | By

Strong competition and tight margins are driving the kingdom’s lenders to explore new markets

Dubai Metro: Expansion could link to more areas

Metro progress is a promising sign

17 July 2014 | By

Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo

Drilling

Shale gas faces a tight fight

17 July 2014 | By

As Saudi Aramco further invests in exploiting tight gas reserves, shale gas is being put on the back burner

Desalination plant

Case strengthens for water reuse

17 July 2014 | By

Governments need to increase and incentivise the use of treated sewage effluent to help meet rising demand for water

Aramco: Investing in future development

Saudi Aramco takes the lead in development

17 July 2014 | By

Since its formation, it has led development in the kingdom, stepping beyond the remit of its core business. Today, it shows no signs of slowing down

Refinery

Case grows for subsidy cuts in Saudi Arabia

10 July 2014 | By

If fuel subsidies are curbed and domestic consumption slows down, Aramco can use the new capacity it is building for exports

Learning: Qatar has been watching Brazil 2014 closely

Doubts remain over Qatar 2022

10 July 2014 | By

After Brazil 2014 has ended, the focus will return with greater intensity to Qatar and whether it can host the 2022 football tournament

Biggest mall: Mall of the World is back on track

New mall depicts cautious approach

10 July 2014 | By

The change in location for Dubai’s Mall of the World shows developers are continuing to be risk-averse

Markets

Project finance dip no cause for worry

10 July 2014 | By

While there may be a decline in project finance volumes in 2014, next year promises to be lucrative

Renewable energy

Saudi Arabia renewables plans falter

10 July 2014 | By

The future of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy is not clear

Dubai construction

'Come and we will build' now Dubai's mantra

10 July 2014 | By

Risk averse developers break from ‘build and they will come’

The Mall of the World site as seen from Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai must grow for world’s biggest malls

6 July 2014 | By

Almost every major shopping centre in the emirate is being expanded

UAE: Greater transparency needed in capital markets

UAE regulator under pressure

3 July 2014 | By

The dramatic slump in Arabtec Holding’s share price shows more action is needed to tackle suspicious behaviour on the stock markets

Egypt

Egypt moves ahead with key power projects

3 July 2014 | Updated: 7 July 2014 | By

Energy projects top the agenda for Egypt’s new government with atomic power proposed as the main solution

Freight: Emirates carries the most cargo globally

Dubai the hub of cargo industry

3 July 2014 | By

The Middle East is leveraging its geographic location to develop its air and sea cargo industry

Blockade

Libyan rebels end oil port blockade

3 July 2014 | By

Oil crisis seems to be at an end, but further disruption is likely and could see blockades return

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Muscat, Oman

Deadline extended for Qurayyat water project Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Plant will have a capacity of 44 million imperial gallons a day

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank reports 19 per cent profit increase

ADCB reports 19 per cent profit increase Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi bank’s non-performing loan ratio improves

Onshore oil

ExxonMobil declines Abu Dhabi onshore bid Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Abu Dhabi expected to make final decision on onshore oil fields in early 2015

Oman road

Oman tenders package eight of Batinah Expressway Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Companies have also been invited to bid for package seven of Oman road scheme

Omani banks secure viability upgrade from Fitch

Omani banks secure viability upgrade from Fitch Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Resilient performances boost ratings of lenders

Dubai extends deadline for 600MW power plant expansion

Dubai extends deadline for power plant expansion Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Work involves expanding existing M Station facility in Jebel Ali

Desalination plant

Saudi Arabia invites bids for desalination plants Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Three plants will have a capacity of 2 million imperial gallons a day

Overhead power lines

Kuwait invites bids for overhead lines contract Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Eight contractors have been prequalified for the Kuwait overhead lines tender

Yemen bomb blast

US tells Americans in Yemen to leave country Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

State Department warns of possible attacks on businesses and perceived Western interests

Yas Mall

Aldar signs deal with Chalhoub for Yas Mall Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Dubai-based retailer Chalhoub will open a 18,600 department store at new shopping centre

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