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Markets

Project finance dip no cause for worry

10 July 2014, 14:06 GMT | By

While there may be a decline in project finance volumes in 2014, next year promises to be lucrative

Renewable energy

Saudi Arabia renewables plans falter

10 July 2014, 9:06 GMT | By

The future of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy is not clear

Dubai construction

'Come and we will build' now Dubai's mantra

10 July 2014, 8:09 GMT | By

Risk averse developers break from ‘build and they will come’

The Mall of the World site as seen from Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai must grow for world’s biggest malls

6 July 2014, 8:37 GMT | By

Almost every major shopping centre in the emirate is being expanded

UAE: Greater transparency needed in capital markets

UAE regulator under pressure

3 July 2014, 16:32 GMT | By

The dramatic slump in Arabtec Holding’s share price shows more action is needed to tackle suspicious behaviour on the stock markets

Egypt

Egypt moves ahead with key power projects

3 July 2014, 15:38 GMT | Updated: 7 July 2014, 12:35 GMT | By

Energy projects top the agenda for Egypt’s new government with atomic power proposed as the main solution

Freight: Emirates carries the most cargo globally

Dubai the hub of cargo industry

3 July 2014, 15:37 GMT | By

The Middle East is leveraging its geographic location to develop its air and sea cargo industry

Blockade

Libyan rebels end oil port blockade

3 July 2014, 15:31 GMT | By

Oil crisis seems to be at an end, but further disruption is likely and could see blockades return

Mining

Maaden’s new funding source

3 July 2014, 15:20 GMT | By

The involvement of foreign banks in a $5bn financing for the phosphates city project opens up new funding options for the mining company

Oil

Crude oil balance shifting to West

26 June 2014, 14:36 GMT

The Middle East’s role as a global oil producer is diminishing as other countries increase their output

Egypt

Journalists’ jailing fuel for instability

26 June 2014, 14:33 GMT

The imprisonment of three Al-Jazeera journalists could turn support for Al-Sisi against him

Iran

Geneva talks key to gas issue

26 June 2014, 14:12 GMT

Whether Iran can solve the Gulf’s gas shortage depends on the outcome of the nuclear discussions scheduled to be completed on 20 July

Arabtec share price has fallen

Arabtec locked in a fight for survival

26 June 2014, 7:25 GMT | By

Company’s ability to manage risks will be thrown into doubt following meltdown

Nakheel back from debt

The milestone is Nakheel is back Subscription

25 June 2014, 13:03 GMT | By

Prepaying all bank debts will allow Nakheel to return to its former glories

Construction

Contractors await market revival

19 June 2014, 14:49 GMT | By

Construction contract awards for the first half of 2014 are 66 per cent down on the same period in 2013

Education

Region must put in the extra effort

19 June 2014, 14:46 GMT | By

The GCC has world-class schools in place, but needs to learn how to use them to its advantage

Markets

Nasdaq Dubai vies for higher growth

19 June 2014, 14:42 GMT | By

More sukuk listings on the exchange will help Dubai realise its goal of becoming a hub for Islamic finance

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