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Commentary

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

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Ports volume slowdown could reflect subdued economy Subscription

2 May, 2016 By

Container volume handled by ports in Dubai and Fujairah declined by 5.9 per cent

Mark Watts

Battle for market share back on after Doha breakdown Subscription

27 April, 2016 By

Saudi Arabia seen to be ramping up output after freeze in volumes is rejected

Andrew Roscoe

Take two for Saudi Arabia's renewables programmeSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

New renewable energy target offers great hope, but lessons must be learned from past mistakes

Richard Thompson

Riyadh ushers in new era

26 April, 2016 By

Right at the heart of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed’s vision is a programme to diversify the giant Saudi economy by developing the manufacturing sector

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Transport investments to shift from road to railSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Path towards refocusing away from roads will not be smooth

Sarmad Khan

Deals galore for investment banks in Saudi ArabiaSubscription

20 April, 2016 By

Saudi Aramco, Tadawul and Saudi Grains are just a few among state entities looking to list shares

Mark Watts

Doha talks end with worst possible outcomeSubscription

18 April, 2016 By

Oil exporters meet provides little scope for future cooperation to buoy crude market

Colin Foreman

Dubai retail has to adapt to surviveSubscription

18 April, 2016 By

Concerns about overcapacity and online competition will challenge the emirate’s position as a shopping destination

Andrew Roscoe

Water projects offer opportunitiesSubscription

17 April, 2016 By

Demand remains for residential and industrial desalination and wastewater schemes

Mark Watts

Mixed outlook for Doha oil exporters meetingSubscription

14 April, 2016 By

There is uncertainty over the outcome of the summit and the impact of a potential production freeze

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Is recession inevitable?Subscription

14 April, 2016 By

UAE faces potential current account deficit in 37 years

Hossam Abougabal

Saudi Arabia’s support to Egypt likely to come with stringsSubscription

12 April, 2016 By

Riyadh’s commitment to Egypt comes at a time of low oil prices with state budgets across the GCC witnessing difficult times

Edmund O'Sullivan

Turning point for Gulf national oil companiesSubscription

11 April, 2016 By Edmund O'Sullivan

The restructuring of GCC oil corporations is more important than the oil price

Colin Foreman

Dubai versus Jeddah in the race for the tallest building in the worldSubscription

11 April, 2016 By

Emaar chairman’s comments open up a tantalising game of cat and mouse betweeen two rival towers

Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt dollar shortage threatens development plansSubscription

7 April, 2016 By

Investors, developers and manufacturers need hard currency

Colin Foreman

Nothing beats a deadline in 2016Subscription

7 April, 2016 By

Large events with fixed dates mean projects have to move ahead