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

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Drilling

Abu Dhabi moves on oil concession

24 July 2014 | By

Bids submitted for Adco onshore operations, but major contender ExxonMobil has left the race

Riyadh

Foreign access to Tadawul positive for region

22 July 2014 | By

Gulf region will become more appealing to international investors

Nakheel Nad al-Sheba

Dubai developers must end sales price concerns

19 July 2014 | By

Developing cash-generating assets requires funding, but delivers long-term revenues

Banking

Saudi banks look to new markets

17 July 2014 | By

Strong competition and tight margins are driving the kingdom’s lenders to explore new markets

Dubai Metro: Expansion could link to more areas

Metro progress is a promising sign

17 July 2014 | By

Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo

Drilling

Shale gas faces a tight fight

17 July 2014 | By

As Saudi Aramco further invests in exploiting tight gas reserves, shale gas is being put on the back burner

Desalination plant

Case strengthens for water reuse

17 July 2014 | By

Governments need to increase and incentivise the use of treated sewage effluent to help meet rising demand for water

Aramco: Investing in future development

Saudi Aramco takes the lead in development

17 July 2014 | By

Since its formation, it has led development in the kingdom, stepping beyond the remit of its core business. Today, it shows no signs of slowing down

Refinery

Case grows for subsidy cuts in Saudi Arabia

10 July 2014 | By

If fuel subsidies are curbed and domestic consumption slows down, Aramco can use the new capacity it is building for exports

Learning: Qatar has been watching Brazil 2014 closely

Doubts remain over Qatar 2022

10 July 2014 | By

After Brazil 2014 has ended, the focus will return with greater intensity to Qatar and whether it can host the 2022 football tournament

Biggest mall: Mall of the World is back on track

New mall depicts cautious approach

10 July 2014 | By

The change in location for Dubai’s Mall of the World shows developers are continuing to be risk-averse

Markets

Project finance dip no cause for worry

10 July 2014 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Updated: 7 July 2014 | By

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

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