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Middle East Analysis

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


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


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

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MEED top 100 listed companies 2014: Telecoms Subscription

30 March 2014, 8:49 GMT

Together, the five largest operators in the telecoms sector have a market capitalisation of about $100bn

MEED top 100 listed companies 2014: Petrochemicals Subscription

30 March 2014, 8:49 GMT

Five Saudi Arabian producers are included in this year’s list, along with three new entrants from Iran

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