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

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Boosting market will bring new challenges

Improving market will bring new challenges

16 October 2014 | By

Margins are expected to creep up as order books fill

New Oman projects could boost exports

New Oman projects could boost gas exports

16 October 2014 | By

Khazzan project gathers steam with most of construction on track to start in 2015

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises interesting questions

Dubal participation in Dubai IPP raises questions

9 October 2014 | By

Selection of government company may contradict emirate’s liberalisation goals

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale

Oil-to-chemicals offers solution on an epic scale

9 October 2014 | By

New petrochemicals venture could provide jobs and insulation from oil shocks for the whole region

Increased public investment in infrastructure could put the region’s economy back on track, according to the IMF

Infrastructure spending could revive economies

9 October 2014 | By

Middle East and North Africa growth forecasts revised downward by IMF

Kuwait Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

Olefins 3 integration adds uncertainty to New Refinery Project

9 October 2014 | By

Project merger sparks concerns about further delays

Turkey finds itself on the same side as the GCC states with which it has had such difficult relations in recent years

Rebuilding trust

8 October 2014 | By

The Syrian war could lead to Turkey healing its rift with the GCC countries

Dubai Financial Market

Exchanges vie for African company listings

6 October 2014 | By

Dubai and London bourses compete for North African business

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

2 October 2014 | By

There has been years of talk with little action

Oil prices

Hard economics overtakes geopolitics for oil

2 October 2014 | By

Oil prices could stay below $100 a barrel for some time

Desalination

Water remains a challenge for arid Gulf

2 October 2014 | By

Population growth is creating new supply problems for governments to overcome

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

Libya

Political rivalry threatens Libya’s oil recovery

25 September 2014 | By

A tale of two parliaments

Dubai’s planned energy programme states that by 2030, 12 per cent of its power will come from coal

Can coal ever be clean?

25 September 2014 | By

Doubts emerge over carbon capture as UAE considers expanding on coal use

The Energy Ministry estimates that by 2020, about a quarter of the country's power will be generated by the nuclear sector, after the start-up of the nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi in 2017

UAE shifts energy priorities

25 September 2014 | By

New Energy Ministry directorate designed to face changing landscape in global energy sector

Speculators have left Dubai's property market and, as a result, demand and prices have cooled

Dubai real estate market undergoes transition

25 September 2014 | By

Evolution into a more mature market will bring new investors

Qatar gas

Al-Sejeel just a blip in Qatar's grand plan

25 September 2014 | By

Doha has a reputation for spending money on projects it believes in

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