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

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Water desalination plant

Kuwait makes fresh start with PPP programme Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

New economic climate of lower oil prices has raised the importance of private sector partnerships

Doha in Qatar

Construction is risky business in Qatar Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Aecom encounters “delivery challenges” as industry braces for surge in disputes

Mohammed Mursi in jail

Mursi death sentence could stall economic progress Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Untactful verdict from Egyptian courts could setback economic progress

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Reports that US shale oil is dead are completely wrong

GCC VAT

Prospect of sales tax revived Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Draft agreement is progress, but no guarantee of action

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is still very much an active and vital component of the kingdom’s energy sector, but it is likely the legendary executive will retire within the next 12 months

Creating a giant ministry Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Re-tendering concession for technically challenging oil field is mystifying

Iraqi oil ambitions checked

Iraqi oil ambitions checked Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Oil Ministry must cut capital expenditure and focus on key export infrastructure

South Korean firms now have experience on some of the largest hydrocarbons projects that have ever been built

South Koreans will be back Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

The Asian contractors will return when the region’s oil and gas projects market picks up

Rig

Aramco rewards investors in the region Subscription

11 May 2015 | By

McDermott has made a big commitment that is paying off

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Riyadh's spring clean Subscription

5 May 2015 | By

King Salman has made it clear he is willing to depart from the policies of his predecessors and inject new life into the kingdom’s corridors of power

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed's drive is felt in 2015 Subscription

5 May 2015 | By

Dubai is moving foward with a raft of new projects inspite of lower oil prices

Coal-fired power plant

Acwa strengthens position in Dubai Subscription

5 May 2015 | By

Saudi developer has submitted lowest tariff prices for two different fuel platforms

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Downstream projects most under threat Subscription

4 May 2015 | By

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Riyadh's government shake up introduces era of uncertainty

3 May 2015 | By

Saudi Arabia’s modernisers are delighted that the bureaucracy that dominates the kingdom is receiving a long-needed overhaul to bring in fresh blood, new ideas and performance-related accountability. But there are risks.

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Aramco move curbs power of the kingdom’s Oil Ministry Subscription

1 May 2015 | By

The decision to split Saudi Aramco from the Ministry of Petroleum & Minerals is a historic change in the governance of the kingdom’s petroleum industry and sets the scene for the long-anticipated retirement of Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman reshuffle changes everything Subscription

29 April 2015 | By

After four months of ‘continuity’, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has unveiled the most far reaching shake up of government the kingdom has ever seen


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