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

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Ras Laffan, Qatar

Qatar’s return to spending

21 August 2014 | By

Doha is keen to both strengthen its gas operations as well as diversify its hydrocarbons sector

Libya

Recovery in Libyan oil exports

21 August 2014 | By

The country is further than ever from being able to form a unified military force to resist the militias

Pylon

Energy key to Jordan’s security

21 August 2014 | By

Amman has been forced to buy expensive fuel oil to meet the shortfall in gas supplies

Kurdistan

Isis threatens Kurdish hopes

21 August 2014 | By

Erbil faces difficult questions about its quest for independence

Dubai Mall

Emaar’s position stays uncertain

7 August 2014

Analysts remain unsure about the firm’s strategy along with worries about Dubai’s property sector

Iraq: Fighting has displaced 170,000 people in Sinjar

Erbil could face unilateral battle

7 August 2014

The Kurds’ dispute with Baghdad could affect their chances of getting international help against Isis

Mining

Morocco’s chance to lead the pack

7 August 2014

With the right management from Rabat, Morocco can become a global phosphates superpower

In Amenas gas facility in Algeria

Ukraine’s crisis is Algeria’s opportunity

7 August 2014 | By

Tensions between Europe and Russia revive a long-stalled gas project, but enthusiasm may turn out to be short-lived

Solar

Lesson of Jordan’s renewables delay

24 July 2014 | By

Amman’s alternative energy setback could prove a valuable lesson for the country and the wider region

Regional: Interest in contemporary art is growing

Art investors grow cautious

24 July 2014 | By

The global economic recession affected art sales as well. Its fallout has ensured the region’s art market is growing at a steady yet cautious pace

Riyadh

Tadawul access a positive sign

24 July 2014 | By

The region is set to become more appealing to international entities as Riyadh opens up its stock exchange to foreign investors

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

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