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Analysis of the latest market trends in the Middle East.


Iraq faces challenge to meet output targets Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 11:07 GMT | By Mark Watts

Analysts expect Baghdad to fall short of 2020 ambitions despite recent production surge

World sugar output 2010-11

Oversupply dampens sugar outlook Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 8:13 GMT | By Mark Watts

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 Required

2 April 2014, 8:53 GMT | By Mark Watts

More than $25bn-worth of contracts awarded as three-month period eclipses total for 2013


Gulf economies face testing times Subscription Required

24 February 2014, 8:19 GMT | By Dominic Dudley

Although fiscal deficits loom over Gulf economies, their low levels of debt should help them through

GCC gas contracts

Uptick in GCC gas awards expected in 2014 Subscription Required

12 February 2014, 11:06 GMT | By Mark Watts

Oman’s Khazzan deal the first of several big contracts this year as GCC invests in gas supply

Abu Dhabi residential stock

Abu Dhabi property market gathers strength Subscription Required

30 January 2014, 8:41 GMT | By Jeff Florian

UAE capital’s property sector enjoys strong performance in 2013

Opec oil production 2012-13

Opec output shrunk in 2013 on Iran and Libya production cuts Subscription Required

29 January 2014, 8:04 GMT | By Mark Watts

Non-Opec output replaced Opec supply as exporters brace for the potential return of Iran

Technology key for Qatar's oil fields Subscription Required

22 January 2014, 8:21 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Cutting edge techniques are required to sustain oil production levels


Kuwait set to be biggest GCC oil and gas spender in 2014 Subscription Required

14 January 2014, 13:07 GMT | By Mark Watts

Large contracts on refineries and heavy oil should see Kuwait overtake the UAE this year

Steel demand

Steel sector to see rising demand Subscription Required

31 December 2013, 8:47 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Higher public spending is set to spur growth in demand, but challenges threaten the industry’s potential

Shale reserves and oil consumption

Saudi domestic demand is 'larger threat than US shale' Subscription Required

18 December 2013, 7:31 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Jadwa Investment report says soaring domestic demand in Saudi Arabia poses greater risk to oil exports


Egyptian steel producers hoping for fresh start in 2014 Subscription Required

11 December 2013, 7:19 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Political stability expected to kick-start economy and give impetus to stagnant projects market

Iraq oil exports

Iraq oil exports increase in November Subscription Required

5 December 2013, 4:32 GMT | By Adal Mirza

Oil revenues reach $81bn, but likely to fall short of 2012 record highs

Iran petrochemicals production

Impact of Iran’s nuclear deal on petrochemicals limited Subscription Required

27 November 2013, 8:06 GMT | By Mark Watts

Analysts forecast lifting of international sanctions will have little effect on Iranian exports

Mena FDI inflows, 2010

Middle East safe havens to draw more investors Subscription Required

20 November 2013, 21:49 GMT | By James Gavin

Politically stable countries such as the UAE to lure more foreign investment

Saudi Arabia loan-to-deposit ratio

Saudi bank liquidity improves as credit growth drops Subscription Required

20 November 2013, 13:08 GMT | By Matthew Martin

Loan-to-deposit ratio of Saudi banks drops for second consecutive month

GCC oil and gas consumption

GCC Oil and gas consumption set to rise 50 per cent by 2030 Subscription Required

19 November 2013, 11:57 GMT | By Mark Watts

Mena needs more than $1 trillion investment to meet 2030 gas and electricity demand

Abu Dhabi peak demand

Abu Dhabi electricity demand to soar Subscription Required

14 November 2013, 12:28 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

Peak electricity demand in Abu Dhabi is set to rise

Halal market size $bn

Halal market sees rapid growth Subscription Required

7 November 2013, 7:03 GMT | By Dominic Dudley

Dubai is looking to tap into rising global demand for sharia-compliant products

Monthly performance of the Tadawul

Saudi stock exchange rises after Kerry visit Subscription Required

7 November 2013, 5:25 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Tadawul increases after US says ties with Saudi Arabia are ‘enduring’

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2000-2013

UAE oil and gas spending dominates GCC In 2013 Subscription Required

6 November 2013, 7:46 GMT | By Mark Watts

Abu Dhabi projects market higher than other five Gulf states combined in first 10 months

Regional hotels benchmark comparison

Dubai leads growth in hotels sector Subscription Required

29 October 2013, 5:46 GMT | By Dominic Dudley

Hotels in most Gulf cities are performing well, although those in crisis-hit cities continue to suffer

Yield on Middle East bonds and sukuk

Sukuk continue to outperform bonds Subscription Required

24 October 2013, 6:30 GMT | By Matthew Martin

Yields of islamic bonds remain lower than on conventional debt as issuance picks up

Comparison of gas demand and population growth

GCC gas demand to rival Northwestern Europe by 2030 Subscription Required

22 October 2013, 13:18 GMT | By Mark Watts

Region faces gas crunch with demand forecast to grow 56 per cent

Saudi loan-to-deposit ratio

Saudi bank loan to deposit rate hits highest rate since 2008 Subscription Required

9 October 2013, 8:04 GMT | By Matthew Martin

Competition to book new assets is starting to recede


Gulf faces challenge to expand fertiliser range Subscription Required

25 September 2013, 6:55 GMT | By Mark Watts

Middle East looks to diversify fertiliser products, but phosphate minerals unevenly distributed

GCC top 10 oil and gas contractors

Petrofac scores biggest gain in GCC top 10 oil and gas contractor rankings Subscription Required

18 September 2013, 10:26 GMT | By Mark Watts

UK-based firm moves to second place after string of UAE wins

Mena installed and planned renewabke capacity

Solar set to lead renewable energy plans Subscription Required

18 September 2013, 7:08 GMT | By Dominic Dudley

Regional states are looking to boost alternative energy capacities regardless of the heavy spending required

World distribution of proven oil reserves

Experts predict lower oil prices towards end of decade Subscription Required

11 September 2013, 11:41 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Triple-figure crude price expected to be unsustainable in the long term

Government reserves and sovereign wealth assets by country

High oil prices drive sovereign wealth funds Subscription Required

10 September 2013, 11:33 GMT | By Dominic Dudley

Assets of most GCC sovereign wealth funds easily outweigh annual government spending

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