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Crunch: Abu Dhabi faces a shortfall of water next year unless new capacity comes online or demand decreases

A brave move by Abu Dhabi on water tariffs Subscription

20 November 2014 | By ,

The emirate is targeting nationals in its reform of power and water subsidies

Saad al-Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation

Interview: Qatar Foundation's president on the plan for the next 20 years Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

The organisation is reviewing its achievements after two decades of rapid expansion, says its president, Saad al-Muhannadi

GCC: Cost can be a barrier to significant upgrade work

New life for old buildings Subscription

18 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

To achieve a serious reduction in carbon emissions, the region’s governments will have to upgrade existing buildings to increase their energy efficiency

Saudi oil production and brent crude price

Riyadh in strong position ahead of Opec meeting Subscription

18 November 2014 | By

Saudi Arabia showing no signs of cutting oil production despite falling prices

Bottleneck: Riyadh has realised additional resources will be needed to deal with the volume of work planned

Kingdom paves the way for new contractors Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

New contractors will be invited to work in the kingdom to take pressure off existing, overloaded players

Bahrain banking sector

Bahrain banks strengthen their position Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Banking sector’s asset base stabilises

Fujairah's location on the Gulf of Oman coast gives it direct access to the Indian Ocean, a geographical advantage that has attracted investment in key energy infrastructure over the past decade

Oil and gas drives $9bn projects pipeline in Fujairah Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Emirate’s access to Indian Ocean attracts investment

Energy use by Mena cities 2010

Mixed response to green building Subscription

13 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

Only some countries in the region have developed sustainability ratings for projects that seek to go beyond energy conservation and look at resource use and environmental impact

Global gender gap ranking

Region struggles to shrink gender gap Subscription

12 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

The Middle East and North Africa region lags behind all other regions when it comes to female empowerment

WEF Think Tank launch

World Economic Forum launches global think-tank Subscription

11 November 2014 | By Lara Golden

Think-tank communities becoming increasingly important element of global policymaking

Dame Kelly Holmes speaking at the Daman Corporate Health Awards 2014

Determination is the key to success, says Olympic hero

6 November 2014

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes presents Daman Corporate Health Awards 2014

Sucessful election: The country’s high standards of education could have contributed to its quick transition

Still springtime in Tunisia Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Tunisia’s fragile democratic transition proves democracy can follow revolution

Selected UAE banks profits for first nine months

Profitable UAE banks raise international profile Subscription

5 November 2014 | By

Most UAE banks post first nine-month profit increase

Hi-tech: The Passivhaus features many environmentally friendly technologies

Doha Passivhaus sets green building standard Subscription

5 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

An environmentally friendly villa built as a pilot scheme in Qatar is setting a precedent in the GCC green building industry

Top 100 contract awards Q3 2014

Market cools in latest top 100 contract awards Subscription

4 November 2014 | By

Value of top 100 flat despite new entrants to the index

Challenge: One barrier to developing alternative energy is the existence of fuel subsidies in the region

Region set to miss 2020 renewables target Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Lack of regulatory frameworks holds back development of alternative energy in the Middle East and North Africa

Nidaa Tounis supporters celebrate the parties election victory

Secularists triumph in Tunisia’s landmark vote Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Another hurdle has been cleared in Tunisia’s journey to democracy, but the future is still uncertain

The dinner

Construction summit to reward project excellence

30 October 2014

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2015 in association with Mashreq is now open for entries. Companies have until 17 December to nominate their projects for recognition

Cranes

Middle East grows in importance for Turkish contractors Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

The construction firms are continuing to win work across the region

Waleed Youssef

Waleed Youssef, Middle East director at TAV Airports Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

Waleed Youssef is bullish about the Turkish firm’s prospects for investment in the region, given its resilient aviation sector

Pressure: Other Opec members will try to convince Riyadh to cut production at the group’s November meeting

Riyadh bides its time Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

With massive cash reserves to fall back on, the kingdom is in no hurry to exert its influence on oil prices

Qatar banks net profits

Qatari banks post upbeat first nine-month results Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Some lenders post lower than expected loan growth

Egypt oil and gas balance

Israeli gas exports to Egypt look increasingly likely Subscription

23 October 2014 | By

Cairo’s failure to ease shortage makes Israeli gas an attractive option

IMF real GDP growth forecast 2015-19 percentage

Oil price slump tests forecasters Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Political upheaval and uncertain oil price trends make predicting economic growth challenging

Lama Qussas

Nurturing Palestine’s young talent Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

In response to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing influence of radical Islam, the Palestinian Authority wants to encourage innovation among young Palestinians

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Aviation

Middle East aviation remains resilient

20 November 2014 | By

Airlines must invest to meet rising demand

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud called the return of the ambassadors “the start of a new phase of consensus” among Arab nations

Gulf ambassadors return to Qatar

20 November 2014

Differing views on political Islam remain as the GCC enters new phase of consensus

Abu Dhabi’s decision to reform electricity and water tariffs is a bold move

Abu Dhabi takes bold step with tariff reform

13 November 2014 | By

It will be interesting to see when the other GCC states will follow suit

Qatar World Cup: Designs for Lusail Stadium - side view

Qatar World Cup doubts wiped away

13 November 2014 | By

All Qatar’s efforts can now focus on World Cup preparations

As the Saudi market grows and the opportunities become more sizeable, more foreign contractors will be prepared to compete in this environment

Removal of kingdom's bidding barriers only first step

13 November 2014 | By

Other hurdles still remain for contractors when entering the Saudi construction market

Dubai Financial Market

Investors eager for Dubai flotations

13 November 2014 | By

Meraas is listing its theme park subsidiary to help fund projects

Haider al-Abadi

Al-Abadi facing familiar problems in divided Iraq

13 November 2014 | By

New prime minister a welcome replacement for Al-Maliki, but faces same sectarian pressures

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman remains on the sidelines

6 November 2014

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Tunisia’s election success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

From revolution to democracy

6 November 2014

Tunisia’s success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

Baiji refinery, north of Baghdad, in Iraq

Erbil strives to meet domestic fuel demand

6 November 2014 | By

Baiji refinery outage highlights importance of refining expansion in Iraqi Kurdistan

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

Erbil remains committed to development

6 November 2014 | By

The development of power plants shows the Kurdistan Regional Government is determined to meet the needs of its people and industries

Al Maktoum International airport, in Dubai, arrivals entrance

Dubai growth is a nice problem to have

6 November 2014 | By

Dubai’s construction companies returning to 2008 levels

The renewables market is beginning to move in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa region

Region must focus on renewables

30 October 2014 | By

Despite missed targets, the market is beginning to move in several countries in the Middle East

Oman plastics drive

Liwa Plastics a milestone for Oman diversification

30 October 2014 | By

Sohar megaproject receives first major industrial gas allocation for almost a decade

Power generation

Power leads privatisation drive in Oman

30 October 2014 | By

Creating a spot market for electricity pricing is the latest plan for the country’s utility sector

Upstream research and development

Gulf driving its own innovation

30 October 2014 | By

Local investment in research and development is essential for future of energy industry

Dubai creek

Dubai returns to the creek

30 October 2014 | By

New waterfront developments are being built in Old Dubai

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