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Commentary

Comment, analysis and opinion on the latest events and trends in the Middle East.

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh's quest to maintain oil supremacy Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

High production is Saudi Arabia playing to its strengths and nothing more

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Escalating open skies dispute begs resolution Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Dispute distracts and divides aviation industry players

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait mosque attack raises GCC security concerns Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Even politically stable countries are at risk of growing terrorism threat

Philippa Wilkinson

A devastating blow for Tunisia Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Tunisia needs aid now, not after it sinks into chaos

Hossam Abougabal

Tunisia assault could cripple North African tourism Subscription

28 June 2015 | By

Tunisia attack also bad for Egypt and Morocco tourism

Hossam Abougabal

Funding disputes continue to haunt Egypt’s plans Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

Egypt’s Capital City cancellation could prove detrimental

Colin Foreman

Mixed signals for Dubai construction Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

High hopes for the second half of 2015

Wil Crisp

Value of Kuwaiti contract awards in danger of collapsing Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Dispute over oil company board members could return Kuwait to the era of inaction

Colin Foreman

UAE construction nerves divide opinion Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Confidence has been knocked by falling oil prices and oversupplied real estate this year

Richard Thompson

MEED Video Board Report, June 2015 Subscription

18 June 2015 | By

The outlook for oil prices, a slowdown in GCC projects and rising security concerns

Wil Crisp

No decision on Al-Zour six months after first bid Subscription

17 June 2015 | By

Uncertainty on Kuwait projects increases contractor anxiety

Colin Foreman

Speculation rules as UAE drops Oman rail link Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

The most popular explanations are political

Mark Watts

Baghdad-Erbil stalemate continues Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Dispute over budgetary payments threatens Kurdish oil ambitions

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh walking a fine line Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

At best the region could be heading for a sectarian cold war, at worst all-out conflict

Mark Watts

Steel sector hit by China slowdown Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Middle East steel producers call for protection from dumping

Philippa Wilkinson

A whimper not a bang for the Tadawul Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

The much anticipated opening of Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is likely to underwhelm

Kevin Baxter

Where next for Opec? Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

A new era of diversity in supply is sending shockwaves through the organisation

Colin Foreman

Changing the status quo of Saudi construction Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

Saudi Aramco’s setting up of a new project management company looks set to change the status quo of the kingdom’s construction industry

Kevin Baxter

Aramco’s eye turns back to downstream Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

But it is probably not the start of capital spending in downstream schemes

Liz Bains

Credit demand set to slow Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

Region’s banking sector is better prepared for an economic slowdown than it was in 2009

Hossam Abougabal

Expansion illustrates Bahrain’s economic vision Subscription

4 June 2015 | By

The airport could be the driver for Manama to reemerge as a favourable business environment

Iraq’s Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (left) and Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh

Opec sidesteps issue of Iran and Iraq crude glut Subscription

4 June 2015 | By

Cartel well exceeding quota as Tehran lays out plan to add significant exports

Colin Foreman

Time favours Russia, but not Qatar Subscription

3 June 2015 | By

A rebid held in 2017 would give new host enough time to prepare for 2022

Wil Crisp

Doha’s reputation mismanagement Subscription

2 June 2015 | By

Real change is needed to win over Qatar’s critics ahead of the 2022 World Cup

Kevin Baxter

Qatar’s oil attracting the big players Subscription

2 June 2015 | By

Al-Shaheen is one of the most technically impressive fields in the world

Syrian war: The conflict is now in its third year

Diplomacy has few advocates in the Middle East Subscription

2 June 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

More than 100,000 lost their lives in 2014


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