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Qatar turns focus to World Cup

24 February 2015 | By

Oil prices and overstretched supply chain force difficult decisions

Refinery

Jizan turning the corner

24 February 2015 | By

Economic forum will bring renewed hope for the region

Kuwait needs to move fast if its plans are to be taken seriously

Second time lucky for Kuwait

24 February 2015 | By

New five-year development plan includes many old projects

Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq

Shifting borders in northern Iraq

24 February 2015 | By

Isis has provided a smokescreen for power plays in embattled region

Renewables

Jordan’s renewables plan gains momentum

24 February 2015 | By

First phase projects move toward financial close

Hossam Abougabal

Orascom spin-off good for Egypt’s projects market Video

23 February 2015 | By

Orascom Construction will list in both Dubai and Egypt

Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia's tight gas plans take shape Video

23 February 2015 | By

Saudi Aramco is committed to unconventional gas project in the kingdom

Construction

New vision for GCC construction workforce

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

The region is capitalising on the rising number of visiting Chinese tourists

Gulf can benefit from China’s export push

17 February 2015 | By

More Chinese companies are looking to set up in the region

Construction

Perfect timing for OCI demerger

17 February 2015 | By

Demerger set to be complete in time for Egypt’s economic development conference

UAE upstream market set for quiet year

UAE upstream market set for quiet year

17 February 2015 | By

Fewer large projects set to be awarded in Abu Dhabi after three-year spending spree

Dubai finance

Dubai World debt restructure good for banks

16 February 2015 | By

Creditor approval of debt restructuring deal will help to lower bad loan volumes

Airbnb and its rivals already list thousands of properties around the region

Embracing the sharing economy

16 February 2015 | By

Gulf cities could benefit from the sharing economy, given their ambitious tourism targets

Andrew Roscoe

IWPP opportunities in Kuwait Video

11 February 2015 | By

An overview of the country’s plans to move ahead with its much-delayed infrastructure schemes

Oil prices

Oil price decline hits Gulf credit ratings

10 February 2015 | By

Prudent fiscal policies required to ensure stable government finances

Offshore oil rig

Aramco looks to share the pain

10 February 2015 | By

Bullish production policy means oil major can’t make too many demands from its upstream vendors

The crackdown by Bahrain's government has increased anger among those calling for reform and demonstrators have continued to take to the streets

Manama faces reduced options

10 February 2015 | By

Declining government income will make it harder to contain unrest


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