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Middle East Analysis

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

National duty: Egyptians flocked to buy investment certificates for the Suez canal expansion

Suez projects to kick-start investment Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Cairo’s plans to expand the Suez Canal are central to its economic vision for Egypt

Saudi banks quarterly profits

Saudi lenders post solid third-quarter profits Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Kingdom’s banking sector remains highly competitive

Nationals in petrochemicals workforce

GCC chemicals industry creating local jobs with varied success Subscription

14 October 2014 | By

Industry group says almost 150,000 people directly employed in regional chemicals sector

Complex: If Turkish troops push into Syria without UN backing, it will be a test of international law

Turkey joins coalition against Isis Subscription

10 October 2014 | By

There are risks in every direction for Ankara as it prepares to join the fight against Isis

Mena syndicated loan volumes

Middle East syndicated lending falls behind Subscription

8 October 2014 | By

UAE-based telecoms firm Etisalat raises largest loan in region

Rallying support: Yemenis watch Abdelmalek al-Houthi give a speech in central Sanna on 23 September

Houthis make bold advance Subscription

7 October 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

The rebel group has extended its influence across the country, fearless of retribution from the state, and do not intend to withdraw any time soon

Strategy: Only a cut of about 1 million barrels a day from Opec will help stem the oil price decline

Hard realities test $100 oil Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Barrel prices come under intense pressure from oversupply and a strong dollar

Illustration of Basil el-Baz

Basil el-Baz, chairman and CEO of Carbon Holdings Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Basil el-Baz believes Egypt can compete with the US and Saudi Arabia when it comes to world-class petrochemicals facilities

Selected GCC industrial EPC awards

GCC hits slump in non-oil industrial spending Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Contract spending on industrial projects has dropped for four years with only $1.5bn awarded to date in 2014

Norway's Statoil and UK/Dutch Shell have been awarded an exploration licence for Algeria’s Timissit block, an area with shale gas potential

Statoil and Shell awarded acreage in Algeria Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Award hailed as opportunity to test potentially large shale play

Stability: Speculators have left Dubai’s property market, following new legislation introduced at the end of 2013

Dubai real estate market shows signs of maturity Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

After 12 years of dramatic ups and downs, the property market is now moving towards sustainable growth

Maintaining peace: Security in Cairo has been increased, with tanks in the streets

Egypt tense ahead of elections Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

An uneasy atmosphere prevails across the country ahead of parliamentary polls set to take place before the end of the year.

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