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Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the Nidaa Tounes party, has claimed victory in Tunisia's presidential run-off

Tunisia takes final step towards democracy

22 December 2014 | By

Beji Caid Essebsi expected to win presidency

There will be challenges that require cultural change to tackle the wasteful use of resources that is so evident around the GCC

Future cities pose tough choices

22 December 2014

Governments will need to lead plans for sustainable initiatives

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt’s need for stability could come at a high cost

22 December 2014 | By

Al-Sisi’s hardline approach could store up future problems

Photovotaic solar power

Renewables can wait out low oil prices

18 December 2014 | By

In the long term, the strategic advantage of renewables will only increase

Dubai Marina

Robust Dubai can weather 2015 storm

18 December 2014 | By

Challenging year ahead is not cause for worry yet

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall

18 December 2014 | By

The GCC’s oil producers will be the biggest winners from the 2014 oil price crash

Aluminium industry

Saudisation challenge continues for Maaden

18 December 2014 | By

Hiring local nationals at industrial sites has been slow

Jubail Industry City in Saudi Arabia

Unlocking the kingdom’s potential

18 December 2014 | By

The success of Ras al-Khair should give more remote cities confidence to develop


Cancellation of South Stream bodes well for Galsi

17 December 2014 | By

Decision on the Italy-Algeria pipeline expected in May

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

The planned Dubai World Expo 2020 site

Expo progress will reverse declining sentiment

11 December 2014 | By

Construction companies are less optimistic about the future as 2015 approaches

The downwards revision of population estimates for Abu Dhabi means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Abu Dhabi government gets breathing space

11 December 2014 | By

The downwards revision of population estimates for the emirate means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Renewable energy

Low oil price puzzle for regional utilities

11 December 2014 | By

Sharp drop in prices has created uncertainty heading into 2015

The GCC’s well-funded security forces mean large-scale attacks on high-profile targets are unlikely

Security situation looks more uncertain in GCC

11 December 2014 | By

Recent terror attacks in the GCC show it will be hard to prevent attacks on Western interests

Offshore oil rig

Choosing the right model

11 December 2014 | By

International contractors are still willing to take all the risks

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan

More confident UAE emerging

4 December 2014 | By

Sheikh Khalifa has continued father’s upward momentum despite economic challenges

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

4 December 2014 | By

Lower oil prices mean social spending is unsustainable

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