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Commentary

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

Austyn Allison

Morocco leads North Africa investment Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

Country is regarded as safest and most stable in North Africa

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait must maintain momentum Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

Government cannot let lower oil prices derail vital infrastructure schemes

Hossam Abougabal

Abu Rawash PPP could set new precedent for Egypt Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

The project could show investors that Egypt is willing to work with the private sector on major infrastructure projects

Wil Crisp

Iraq faces an uphill battle against corruption Subscription

25 August 2015 | By

Al-Abadi still needs to prove his commitment to reforms

Philippa Wilkinson

No end in sight for stock market misery Subscription

24 August 2015 | By

China uncertainty prompts sell-off, but oil prices are the real concern

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Why Gulf VAT could be bad news Subscription

19 August 2015 | By

Imposing value-added tax (VAT) across the Gulf seems likelier than ever

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Fighting a war against inefficiency Subscription

16 August 2015 | By

Three different laws within six years do not bode well for Kuwait Airways’ privatisation plans

Wil Crisp

Kuwait struggles to compensate for lost production Subscription

11 August 2015 | By

Jurassic field developments rushed out amid scramble for extra oil revenues

Colin Foreman

Kuwait catches up in 2015 Subscription

11 August 2015 | By

Awards that should have been made in 2014 are being made this year

Andrew Roscoe

Power deal shows Iran needs money more than technology Subscription

11 August 2015 | By

Tehran is targeting investment from Europe and Asia

Philippa Wilkinson

Cairo has to make decision on international banks Subscription

3 August 2015 | By

Egypt’s economic investment strategy relies heavily on foreign funding

Hossam Abougabal

Suez Canal offers promises not solutions   Subscription

30 July 2015 | By

Focus on developing the Suez Canal corridor part of long-term plans with no immediate economic impact expected

Philippa Wilkinson

The ideal moment for subsidy cuts Subscription

28 July 2015 | By

Much-needed subsidy reforms should be accompanied by public transport investments

Colin Foreman

The fog over Dubai's construction sector Subscription

28 July 2015 | By

Emaar award is a sign that clients are ready to award contracts again

Philippa Wilkinson

Iran moves from a crawl to a sprint Subscription

27 July 2015 | By

The banking sector will struggle to play its vital role in planned investments

Jennifer Aguinaldo

The case for private financing Subscription

21 July 2015 | By

Fiscal constraints may not be the best reason to turn to PPP but it is the strongest driver yet for its acceptance in the region

Wil Crisp

Kuwait takes action on Al-Zour Subscription

16 July 2015 | By

Budget decision increases confidence in the Kuwaiti oil sector

Richard Thompson

'Snap back' clause leaves deal exposed

14 July 2015 | By

The talks to lift sanctions were tough. Implementation will be tougher still

Mark Watts

Details of nuclear deal point to compromise Subscription

14 July 2015 | By

Iran’s power to challenge UN inspection requests is a tough concession for US negotiators

Andrew Roscoe

Saudi utilities market disappoints private sector Subscription

14 July 2015 | By

Traditional procurement methods are being favoured ahead of private sector involvement

Wil Crisp

Qatari investment in Spain may help to combat World Cup opposition Subscription

14 July 2015 | By

Sheikh Hamad’s €1bn investment comes amid a Spanish legal attack on the 2022 World Cup

Wil Crisp

Kuwait’s Al-Zour tactics backfire Subscription

9 July 2015 | By

Retendering package four proves to be a costly mistake

Colin Foreman

Second half excitement for Saudi stadiums Subscription

8 July 2015 | By

Progress has been disappointing in the first half of the year

Philippa Wilkinson

The upside to debt Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Issuing debt may seem a last resort for the GCC, but it would benefit the banking industry

Mark Watts

UAE oil and gas looks to stronger second half Subscription

7 July 2015 | By

Slump in contract awards could turn around on major deals in the pipeline

Colin Foreman

Conflicting data on Saudi economy Subscription

5 July 2015 | By

Full impact of lower oil prices has not been realised


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