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

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Construction workers

Solving the Saudi labour crisis

18 September 2014 | By

Compromise is needed from both sides to achieve this difficult mission

Fertiliser production facility

Fertiliser industry facing tough times

18 September 2014 | By

Global overcapacity could mean lower margins for expanding GCC industry

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

Baghdad unity government a positive step

11 September 2014 | By

Al-Abadi faces huge challenge to bridge sectarian divides

Gas

The battle to bring West Nile Delta online

11 September 2014 | By

Delays to getting Egypt’s biggest gas project producing will punish the Egyptian economy

Yanbu petrochemicals

The expansion challenge for Farabi

11 September 2014 | By

Building a petrochemicals plant is always difficult, but Farabi faces doing so without state ownership

Bahrain Financial Harbour

GCC states diversify their funding options

11 September 2014 | By

Bahrain and Sharjah look for new investors

It is too early to tell whether the late August air strikes targeting Islamist-linked Libyan militias portend a longer and deeper UAE engagement, but a precedent has been set

Abu Dhabi adopts assertive stance

10 September 2014 | By James Gavin

The UAE’s military intervention in Libya shows it is ready to act in defence of its regional interests

Syria's President Bashar a-Assad

Respite from cold for Al-Assad

4 September 2014 | By

The West might have to ask the Syrian leader for assistance in stamping out jihadist group Isis

Gas drilling

Aramco's essential tight gas drive

4 September 2014 | By

Domestic consumption means that every source of the resource is needed

Gasification_xl

The real work now starts for Jizan

1 September 2014 | By

Riyadh needs to ensure region is an attractive proposition to investors

Dubai airport

UAE firms have edge for Bahrain airport

1 September 2014 | By

Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based firms will receive preferential treatment

Emaar Malls Group's Dubai Marina Mall

Mixed reaction to Emaar Malls Group listing

1 September 2014 | By

Emaar Malls Group intial public offering sets benchmark for Dubai’s capital markets

The Pentagon in the US

UAE cuts out the middle man in Libya

28 August 2014 | By

By bombing Libya, the UAE and Egypt open the door to backlash from both allies and enemies

non-conventional gas

Aramco's $40bn plans could be tip of iceberg

28 August 2014 | By

The development of non-conventional gas and maintaining upstream assets will not be cheap

Burj al-Arab, Dubai

Dubai opens door for more African business

28 August 2014 | By

International governments see Dubai as ideal springboard for Sub-Saharan Africa

Ras Laffan, Qatar

Qatar’s return to spending

21 August 2014 | By

Doha is keen to both strengthen its gas operations as well as diversify its hydrocarbons sector

Libya

Recovery in Libyan oil exports

21 August 2014 | By

The country is further than ever from being able to form a unified military force to resist the militias

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