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Commentary

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

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Transport investments to shift from road to railSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Path towards refocusing away from roads will not be smooth

Sarmad Khan

Deals galore for investment banks in Saudi ArabiaSubscription

20 April, 2016 By

Saudi Aramco, Tadawul and Saudi Grains are just a few among state entities looking to list shares

Mark Watts

Doha talks end with worst possible outcomeSubscription

18 April, 2016 By

Oil exporters meet provides little scope for future cooperation to buoy crude market

Colin Foreman

Dubai retail has to adapt to surviveSubscription

18 April, 2016 By

Concerns about overcapacity and online competition will challenge the emirate’s position as a shopping destination

Andrew Roscoe

Water projects offer opportunitiesSubscription

17 April, 2016 By

Demand remains for residential and industrial desalination and wastewater schemes

Mark Watts

Mixed outlook for Doha oil exporters meetingSubscription

14 April, 2016 By

There is uncertainty over the outcome of the summit and the impact of a potential production freeze

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Is recession inevitable?Subscription

14 April, 2016 By

UAE faces potential current account deficit in 37 years

Hossam Abougabal

Saudi Arabia’s support to Egypt likely to come with stringsSubscription

12 April, 2016 By

Riyadh’s commitment to Egypt comes at a time of low oil prices with state budgets across the GCC witnessing difficult times

Edmund O'Sullivan

Turning point for Gulf national oil companiesSubscription

11 April, 2016 By Edmund O'Sullivan

The restructuring of GCC oil corporations is more important than the oil price

Colin Foreman

Dubai versus Jeddah in the race for the tallest building in the worldSubscription

11 April, 2016 By

Emaar chairman’s comments open up a tantalising game of cat and mouse betweeen two rival towers

Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt dollar shortage threatens development plansSubscription

7 April, 2016 By

Investors, developers and manufacturers need hard currency

Colin Foreman

Nothing beats a deadline in 2016Subscription

7 April, 2016 By

Large events with fixed dates mean projects have to move ahead

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Egypt stepping beyond promisesSubscription

7 April, 2016 By

Cairo Metro expansion proceeding apace

Philippa Wilkinson

Debt capital markets could return in 2016Subscription

30 March, 2016 By

Markets still need to develop, but bonds could become more attractive

Mark Watts

All eyes on Doha as oil exporters prepare for critical meetingSubscription

29 March, 2016 By

Doubts over Iran’s attendance as at least 10 Opec and non-Opec members accept invites

Sarmad Khan

Saudi privatisation bid will not bear fruit in immediate futureSubscription

29 March, 2016 By

Riyadh has identified almost 150 state-owned assets to sell as it looks to monitise crown jewels