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Stability: King Salman's (extreme right) first priority was to establish a clear line of succession to the throne

King Salman focuses on continuity Subscription

27 January 2015

The new Saudi monarch inherits a kingdom facing many political and economic challenges


Innovation to form central part of region’s water plans Subscription

27 January 2015

Countries will need to make large investments in the water sector


Cairo faces similar difficulties to Amman Subscription

27 January 2015

For developers and clients, Egypt’s wind and solar feed-in tariff programme is a learning curve, which will be shaped by dialogue and trial and error

Mena power capacity

Pivotal year for renewables projects Subscription

27 January 2015

This year is likely to be a game-changer for alternative energy developers, with lower tariffs and new technology reducing costs for renewable energy schemes

Military campaign: The Houthis consolidated control

Yemen on the precipice Subscription

27 January 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

The political vacuum in Yemen since President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi’s resignation has provided yet more uncertainty for the country’s future

Middle East and North Africa syndicated loan volumes

Mena syndicated loan volumes decline in 2014 Subscription

26 January 2015 | By

Middle East and North Africa region records a 12 per cent drop on previous year

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Obituary: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

23 January 2015 | By

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah deprives the Middle East of one of its most forceful political leaders of recent times

Supply and demand: Domestic gas consumption has outsripped production in recent years

Abu Dhabi takes on gas deficit Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

The Shah project is providing a boost to gas availability in the UAE, but it is only part of its strategy

Ship: The Atwood Achiever began drilling in December

Drilling reignites territorial dispute Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

Oil exploration activity in the Western Sahara could bring renewed violence to the North African disputed territory, with a billion barrels of oil potentially at stake

Samir Brikho, CEO, Amec Foster Wheeler

Amec Foster Wheeler sets sights on Saudi Arabia Subscription

20 January 2015 | By

CEO of the newly formed company, Samir Brikho speaks to MEED

Mena project finance volumes

Mena project finance volumes decline in 2014 Subscription

19 January 2015 | By

Oil price concerns could affect this year’s deal pipeline

Railway construction

Rail projects safe from oil price drop Subscription

19 January 2015 | By

No sign of delays for existing rail and metro projects across the GCC although new project plans unlikely to materialise this year

Dubai’s Salik road toll is contributing to revenue growth

Oil price fall reignites tax debate Subscription

18 January 2015 | By

GCC governments could resort to stealth taxes to prop up budgets in the face of declining crude prices

Average LNG import prices to Japan

GCC LNG exporters hit as prices plummet Subscription

14 January 2015 | By

Lower Asia demand growth and tumbling crude price signal weak liquefied natural gas market in 2015

Abu Dhabi residential rental prices

Changing landscape for Abu Dhabi property Subscription

13 January 2015 | By

International investment could serve developers as emirate’s market continues slow growth

Falling crude prices are accentuating the excess supply of hotel rooms in Dubai

Dubai tourism sector to cool on oil slump Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Ahmed Ramdan, group CEO of the local hospitality consultancy Roya International, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on tourism in Dubai

Dubai freehold villa supply pipeline

Dubai property market regains balance Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Dubai’s real estate market has matured, and will continue to see slow but sure growth on the back of confidence fuelled by the Expo 2020 win

Bosch provided the audio system for the 60,000-spectator capacity grandstand at Dubai's Meydan Racecourse

Dubai projects showcase technological innovation

12 January 2015 | By

Expo and Smart City programmes will require cutting-edge products and installations

Dubai hotel rooms

Dubai’s budget hotel dilemma Subscription

11 January 2015 | By

While there is strong demand in the emirate for mid-range and budget hotels, the cost of land is holding back development of sector

David Richter, president and CEO of Hill International

Hill International enters next phase Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

The new CEO, David Richter, is aiming to hit $1bn in revenues, with the project management firm seeing growth in all its markets

Kuwait oil and gas contract awards

Record oil and gas contract awards expected in Kuwait Subscription

6 January 2015 | By

Project contracts worth $21.5bn due to be awarded over 2015

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

Tunisia’s transition success based on consensus Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

Political and economic challenges still ahead

Major Middle East Gold Production

Region increases gold output Subscription

4 January 2015 | By

Saudi Arabia and Sudan lead growth in gold production

Uwe Krueger, CEO of Atkins

Interview: Uwe Krueger, CEO, Atkins Subscription

23 December 2014

Urban population growth is creating new challenges for governments around the world. Atkins CEO Uwe Krueger says nowhere more than in the Middle East. Richard Thompson reports

The GCC steel industry has entered a new phase

A new game plan for steel Subscription

22 December 2014 | By

The fall in oil prices has forced GCC steel producers to accept that expansion is not the only way forward

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Crown Prince Muqrin

Managers not monarchs matter most in Saudi Arabia

23 January 2015 | By

Radical economic progress and measured social reform were hallmarks of King Abdullah’s reign

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman's first challenge is to secure the succession

23 January 2015 | By

The new ruler must continue the approach of the late king and to present a clear and confident succession plan

Masdar International photovoltaic competition solar panels in Abu Dhabi

Dubai positions itself as region’s renewables hub

22 January 2015 | By

Emirate has become one of the most active renewable energy markets in the region

The supply chain in Qatar will continue to be tested this year as other more essential projects continue to be built, such as the main stadiums

Sharq Crossing delay good for Qatar

20 January 2015 | By

Construction market already overheating as other more essential projects continue to be built

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

20 January 2015 | By

While there are worrying developments, reports on the demise of the kingdom’s oil sector are wildly exaggerated

gas flare

UAE gas crunch continues

20 January 2015 | By

Measures taken to curb energy consumption

Dubai in the UAE

Diversified Dubai drives ahead

20 January 2015 | By

Emirate is tendering major projects despite oil price slump

Qatar makes hard decisions on petrochemicals

Qatar makes hard decisions

20 January 2015 | By

Cancelling the Al-Karaana petrochemicals project is a big decision, but sends an ominous warning to contractors

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Masters of the new world energy order

18 January 2015 | By

The GCC, the worlds’ biggest energy exporter, and the US, the world’s largest energy consumer are emerging as leaders in a new world energy order

This year, a much larger proportion of Dubai's revenue is planned to be generated by service charges such as motorway tolls and parking meters

Headline taxes remain a last resort

13 January 2015

Gulf governments will not want to provoke political unrest or spook potential investors by levying additional taxes

Rabat leads the way with renewables

Rabat leads the way with renewables

13 January 2015 | By

North African state has most ambitious renewable energy targets in the region

UN needs to consider its options as Morocco drills in Western Sahara

UN needs to consider its options

13 January 2015 | By

Inaction over Morocco’s drilling in the Western Sahara may not be the best policy

Shams 1

Renewables still feasible in the GCC

12 January 2015 | By

Long-term questions over cheap oil

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

OPEC seeks purpose in the new world energy order Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Founded in 1960, OPEC is the most successful commodity cartel in history, but it’s now facing an existential challenge.

Marassi al-Bahrain development

UAE real estate investment buoyed by Eagle Hills

8 January 2015 | By

Eagle Hills and Al-Mabaar combine portfolios as Abu Dhabi reignites international real estate investment

Muscat, the capital of Oman

Oman’s highest budget ever

6 January 2015 | By

Is Oman’s increase in spending driven by bravery or fear?

A general view of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant

Hopes rise on reported Iran uranium deal

6 January 2015 | By

Tentative agreement on shipping weapons-grade material to Russia could aid upcoming nuclear talks

Ras Tanura refinery in Saudi Arabia

Aramco still committed to long-term vision

6 January 2015 | By

Ras Tanura postponement should not be misconstrued as anything other than capital investment planning

GCC budgets

Balancing the budget

6 January 2015 | By

GCC member states see long-term vision as more important than short-term oil price volatility

Tunisia's new Prime Minister Habib Essid

Tunisia's tough decisions yet to come

6 January 2015 | By

Economic malaise will challenge Tunisia’s new government

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