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Middle East Analysis

David Richter

Major construction programmes keep firms busy in 2016Subscription

11 February, 2016 By

Hill International is working on long-term projects across the region

The local Nakheel has received bids for a contract to build the Gateway towers project at the base of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

Dubai pushes ahead while others struggleSubscription

10 February, 2016 By

The emirate has moved ahead on its projects plans so far this year, with developers confident in the market’s long-term prospects

UAE banks continue growth

GCC banks hike provisioningSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Problem loans steady in 2015

Iraq oil exports hit record level

Iraq oil projects grind to halt amid Baghdad funding crisisSubscription

8 February, 2016 By

Budget problems and violence cast a shadow over future oil production in Iraq, but hope lies in foreign investment and exports

Coal-fired power station

Massive project finance pipeline for 2016Subscription

7 February, 2016 By

Project finance in 2016 shows potential, but banks may hold back

The Jabal Omar development in Mecca

Jabal Omar highlights challenges facing private developers Subscription

4 February, 2016 By ,

Mecca project developer has missed payment on $800m loan

Iran records major rise in US exports

Concerns remain amid Iran's post-sanctions gold rush Subscription

3 February, 2016 By

Rouhani oversees $40bn of contracts on tour of Italy and France

Business planning

How Mena family businesses create their legaciesSubscription

2 February, 2016 By Adib Rashid

Ensuring the long-term future of a family business is a challenge, especially when passing the torch to the next generation


Middle East crucial to Huawei’s expansionSubscription

2 February, 2016 By

The region makes up 8 per cent of Chinese technology firm’s revenues as it aims to become a $1bn company

Iran flag

A guide to sanctions still in place on IranSubscription

1 February, 2016 By ,

What the partial lifting of sanctions against Iran means for business

Bahrain's Gulf Air

Gulf Air revives aircraft order Subscription

31 January, 2016 By

Restructured $7.6bn order includes 45 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft from Airbus and Boeing

Oil tanker

Iran unlikely to hit pre-sanctions oil output before 2021Subscription

26 January, 2016 By

Tehran’s production ambitions do not take into account damage to shut-down facilities, say analysts

Target: Cairo is aiming for renewables to contribute 20 per cent of energy production by 2020

EFG eyes $6bn opportunity in Egyptian renewablesSubscription

26 January, 2016 By

Interview with Bakr Abdel Wahab, managing director and head of infrastructure at Cairo-based EFG Hermes Private Equity

Oil rig

Board Report: February 2016Subscription

25 January, 2016 By

Region begins economic overhaul in response to low oil prices

Egypt housing

Private sector the antidote for Egypt housing shortageSubscription

24 January, 2016 By

Industry experts agree the government’s role should be limited to encouraging the private sector, subsidising land prices and developing masterplans

The IMF estimates that on average, the richest 20 per cent of a nation benefits six times more from subsidies than the poorest 20 per cent

Cut subsidies and increase efficiencySubscription

24 January, 2016 By

Cheaper crude has convinced many regional governments to reform energy subsidies, a vital step towards changing the region’s wasteful habits    

Skyline of Cairo as seen from the Cairo Tower in Egypt

How the population surge can help governmentsSubscription

21 January, 2016 By

To accelerate economic growth, Middle East and North African countries can harness the talent of a growing population and free up the way for the private sector, says the IMF’s Masood Ahmed

Growing expectations: population infographic

The Middle East's growing expectationsSubscription

20 January, 2016

Job creation, rising healthcare costs, housing and education all major issues that the Middle East must tackle

Crowded roads in Egypt

The population challenges ahead for Egypt and IranSubscription

20 January, 2016 By

Egypt and Iran have the largest populations in the Middle East, but both countries face very different challenges

Youth bulge

Harnessing the youth bulgeSubscription

20 January, 2016 By

The increasing proportion of young people in the region means governments can achieve rapid economic growth through prudent job creation

Saudi petrochemicals project shelved

Saudi petrochemicals hit by feedstock increasesSubscription

19 January, 2016 By

Ethane prices more than double as kingdom cuts subsidies on gas prices

Nakheel: Palm Jumeirah

GCC contract awards to fall in 2016Subscription

19 January, 2016 By

A sharp decline of 15 per cent is forecast for contract awards in the region, although a series of major contract awards in Dubai provides some cause for optimism

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Banks not ready for doing business with IranSubscription

17 January, 2016 By

Nuclear sanctions officially lifted, but complications for financial sector

Tehran, capital city of Iran

Making the most of IranSubscription

17 January, 2016 By

Sanctions are off the Middle East’s second largest economy, but business is going to need a coherent long-term strategy