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Etihad Rail awards employee housing deal

Transport awards dip as decision making slows in 2015 Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Project awards value during the first half of 2015 contracts by 36 per cent compared to figures from the same period last year

Fidic plans to update its contracts over the next 18 months to facilitate a more collaborative approach between clients and contractors

Updated Fidic contracts to relieve project pressure Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

A more collaborative form of contract is an opportunity for the region

Sum of GCC contract awards and Brent crude oil price

Saudi Arabia project awards resilient amid GCC decline Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

GCC first-half contract awards fall by almost a third amid low oil prices

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

Libya oil facilities

Isis expansion threatens Libyan oil operations Subscription

5 July 2015 | By

The outlook for Libyan oil exports is bleak, with Isis threatening key crude terminals against a backdrop of civil protests and disputes between the rival governments

Education

Gender rights and education key to UAE development Subscription

2 July 2015 | By

Swedish State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Oscar Stenstrom, on the UAE’s development strategy

In one weekend in May alone, more than 5,800 migrants were rescued offshore of Libya, according to a statement by the Italian coastguard. At least 1,750 have died trying to make the crossing so far this year

Libya's economic crisis starts to bite Subscription

2 July 2015 | By

As UN-mediated peace talks between Libya’s rival governments break down, the country’s finances look increasingly precarious

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Tunisia shooting

Sousse attack to impact Tunisia's political transition Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Sousse attack threatens entire economy, while the international community stands by

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh’s oil options Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Riyadh has been criticised for maintaining high oil production levels of oil as prices have fallen. But it has few better options

Dispute increases uncertainty in Kuwait’s project market

Dispute increases uncertainty in Kuwait’s project market Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation row could cause widespread disruption in the energy sector

An oil refinery in the Panhandle of Texas

US replaces Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

The US records the world’s largest increase in oil production over 2014

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah-based United Arab Bank

Interview: No slowdown in UAE consumer loans Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah’s United Arab Bank, is bullish on continued growth in the UAE

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

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Buying Formula One may prove a costly mistake for Qatar

Buying Formula One may prove a costly mistake for Qatar Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

Gulf state is unlikely to be able to handle the increased scrutiny a deal will bring

Negotiators of Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers at a recent meeting in Vienna

Iran looks to nuclear deal for economic resurgence Subscription

24 June 2015 | By

Lifting of sanctions will enable Tehran to increase exports, help control inflation and boost economic growth

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Managing the delivery of Dubai Parks & Resorts Subscription

22 June 2015 | By

South Korea’s Samsung C&T is managing 27 contractors on the $2.9bn project

Gianluca Ebracci, Alstom

The carriage revolution Subscription

18 June 2015 | By

Transport spending is likely to continue to press ahead across the region despite falling oil prices

A watershed year for Saudi Arabia

A year of change for Saudi Arabia Subscription

17 June 2015 | By , , ,

Riyadh has become embroiled in a complex web of challenges in 2015

The main casualty in Saudi Arabia will be large-scale downstream projects such as petrochemicals facilities and new oil refineries

Saudi defence spending rises while oil income drops Subscription

17 June 2015 | By

Even though low oil prices mean Riyadh will earn less hydrocarbons revenue, the authorities are still focused on increasing defence investment and maintaining social spending

The US will have its work cut out to convince its allies in Riyadh that Iran has not been given an easy ride

Riyadh concerned by Iran nuclear deal Subscription

17 June 2015 | By

As the 30 June deadline draws closer, the Saudi leadership is growing increasingly worried about the potential reemergence of Iran on to the global stage

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Iran nuclear talks likely to overrun 7 July deadline Subscription

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US Secretary of State John Kerry

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