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Trends

Analysis of the latest market trends in the Middle East.

Trends

IMF real GDP growth forecast 2015-19 percentage

Oil price slump tests forecasters Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Political upheaval and uncertain oil price trends make predicting economic growth challenging

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

Rigs operating in the Middle East and North Africa, June 2014

Middle East rig count on the rise Subscription Required

31 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The region is now the world’s second-biggest market for operating oil rigs

Middle East and north Africa oil and gas reserves

Hydrocarbon reserves of strength Subscription Required

23 July 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

The Middle East remains a key source of hydrocarbons, but reserves are growing faster in other regions

GCC overall awards

Growth continues in contract awards Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Building projects and the UAE dominated contract awards in the first half of 2014

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Middle East and north Africa population

The ebb and flow of populations Subscription Required

30 April 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

Economic growth and wars have shaped migration patterns in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi manufacturing sector picks up Subscription Required

23 April 2014 | By Mark Watts

Flurry of new announcements point to high spending in medium-sized industrial projects

Real GDP growth in Middle East and north Africa oil-importing countries

Non-oil growth gains momentum Subscription Required

22 April 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

More countries in the region are making headway on economic diversification, especially in the Gulf

Iraq oil production forecasts

Iraq faces challenge to meet output targets Subscription Required

16 April 2014 | 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 | 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 | By Mark Watts

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

Oil

Gulf economies face testing times Subscription Required

24 February 2014 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | By Kevin Baxter

Cutting edge techniques are required to sustain oil production levels

Kuwait

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

14 January 2014 | 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 | By Kevin Baxter

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

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