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Crown Prince Muqrin

Managers not monarchs matter most in Saudi Arabia

23 January 2015 | By

Radical economic progress and measured social reform were hallmarks of King Abdullah’s reign

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman's first challenge is to secure the succession

23 January 2015 | By

The new ruler must continue the approach of the late king and to present a clear and confident succession plan

Masdar International photovoltaic competition solar panels in Abu Dhabi

Dubai positions itself as region’s renewables hub

22 January 2015 | By

Emirate has become one of the most active renewable energy markets in the region

The supply chain in Qatar will continue to be tested this year as other more essential projects continue to be built, such as the main stadiums

Sharq Crossing delay good for Qatar

20 January 2015 | By

Construction market already overheating as other more essential projects continue to be built

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

20 January 2015 | By

While there are worrying developments, reports on the demise of the kingdom’s oil sector are wildly exaggerated

gas flare

UAE gas crunch continues

20 January 2015 | By

Measures taken to curb energy consumption

Dubai in the UAE

Diversified Dubai drives ahead

20 January 2015 | By

Emirate is tendering major projects despite oil price slump

Qatar makes hard decisions on petrochemicals

Qatar makes hard decisions

20 January 2015 | By

Cancelling the Al-Karaana petrochemicals project is a big decision, but sends an ominous warning to contractors

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Masters of the new world energy order

18 January 2015 | By

The GCC, the worlds’ biggest energy exporter, and the US, the world’s largest energy consumer are emerging as leaders in a new world energy order

This year, a much larger proportion of Dubai's revenue is planned to be generated by service charges such as motorway tolls and parking meters

Headline taxes remain a last resort

13 January 2015

Gulf governments will not want to provoke political unrest or spook potential investors by levying additional taxes

Rabat leads the way with renewables

Rabat leads the way with renewables

13 January 2015 | By

North African state has most ambitious renewable energy targets in the region

UN needs to consider its options as Morocco drills in Western Sahara

UN needs to consider its options

13 January 2015 | By

Inaction over Morocco’s drilling in the Western Sahara may not be the best policy

Shams 1

Renewables still feasible in the GCC

12 January 2015 | By

Long-term questions over cheap oil

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

OPEC seeks purpose in the new world energy order Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Founded in 1960, OPEC is the most successful commodity cartel in history, but it’s now facing an existential challenge.

Marassi al-Bahrain development

UAE real estate investment buoyed by Eagle Hills

8 January 2015 | By

Eagle Hills and Al-Mabaar combine portfolios as Abu Dhabi reignites international real estate investment

Muscat, the capital of Oman

Oman’s highest budget ever

6 January 2015 | By

Is Oman’s increase in spending driven by bravery or fear?

A general view of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant

Hopes rise on reported Iran uranium deal

6 January 2015 | By

Tentative agreement on shipping weapons-grade material to Russia could aid upcoming nuclear talks

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