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

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Aramco consolidates offshore contracts

Aramco consolidates offshore contracts

19 April 2015 | By

Having long-term deals in place will allow the oil major to manage cash flow more efficiently

Andrew Roscoe

Dubai delivers on solar Video

16 April 2015 | By

As other countries rethink or slow their renewable energy plans, the emirate pushes ahead

Colin Foreman

Abu Dhabi construction projects market 'slow' Video

16 April 2015 | By

Since 2011, many schemes in the emirate have floundered at the tender stage

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan companies benefit from undervalued Yen

14 April 2015 | By

A depreciated Yen is not enough to boost Japan’s Middle East expansion

Dubai projects

Dubai takes on another mission impossible

14 April 2015 | By

Softening real estate prices have created a new funding challenge

Gas power station

Saudi Arabia moves on power

14 April 2015 | By

Progress with the Fadhili IPP shows Riyadh’s commitment to developing its own gas resources

No sign of slowdown in Oman oil investment

No slowdown in Oman oil investment

14 April 2015 | By

Oil production still profitable, but sustaining national budget is a concern amid lower crude prices

Saudi Arabia army

Running the risk of war

14 April 2015 | By

A joint Arab military force is a positive move, but could still lead to war

Dubai takes up region’s solar mantle

Dubai takes up region’s solar mantle

7 April 2015 | By

Emirate is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most attractive solar markets

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Saudi Arabia set for eventful 2015

7 April 2015 | By

Riyadh working on several fronts to secure the kingdom’s future

Doha in Qatar

Optimism for Qatar amid uncertainty

7 April 2015 | By

Steady growth forecast for Qatar’s economy

Mohammed Javad Zarif

Iran and US at odds on sanctions removal

7 April 2015 | By

Differences appear with domestic announcements

The UAE’s new Companies Law has missed an opportunity to revolutionise the country’s capital markets

UAE Companies Law misses opportunity

7 April 2015 | By

New legislation will drive market for initial public offerings, but could have gone further

Iran

Caution may be best strategy in Iran Subscription

2 April 2015 | By

As excitement in the Middle East and global business community grows over the possibility of a nuclear deal with Iran, others are urging caution

Mark Watts

Key decisions to follow Lausanne agreement Video Subscription

31 March 2015 | By

Current round of Iran nuclear talks are important step, but accord will not be fleshed out until June

Refinery

Kuwait’s Al-Zour refinery negotiations at a critical juncture Video Subscription

31 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

KNPC to decide on possible re-tender

Gas field

Qatar’s oil dilemma Subscription

31 March 2015 | By

It’s LNG and not oil that is Doha’s core business and it should be concentrating its efforts there


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