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

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Qatar power station

Japanese gain further ground in region’s utilities market Subscription

26 May 2015 | By

Companies from Japan have won the first three major developer contracts of the year

Egypt construction

Breakdown of Egypt-Arabtec deal costly for everyone Subscription

26 May 2015 | By

The military is asserting itself in Egypt’s construction sector

Hossam Abougabal

Suez Canal area encouraged by investment laws Video Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

The waterway expansion and development of the surrounding area could transform Egypt’s economy

Pipeline

Divided Zone dispute likely to be costly for Kuwait Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Dispute with Saudi Arabia has caused reputational damage

Remittances

Oil price drop threatens remittances Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Flow of funds out of the GCC is expected to fall as spending is curtailed

Water desalination plant

Kuwait makes fresh start with PPP programme Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

New economic climate of lower oil prices has raised the importance of private sector partnerships

Doha in Qatar

Construction is risky business in Qatar Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Aecom encounters “delivery challenges” as industry braces for surge in disputes

Mohammed Mursi in jail

Mursi death sentence could stall economic progress Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Untactful verdict from Egyptian courts could setback economic progress

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Reports that US shale oil is dead are completely wrong

GCC VAT

Prospect of sales tax revived Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Draft agreement is progress, but no guarantee of action

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is still very much an active and vital component of the kingdom’s energy sector, but it is likely the legendary executive will retire within the next 12 months

Creating a giant ministry Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy

QP's risky Al-Shaheen strategy Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Re-tendering concession for technically challenging oil field is mystifying

Iraqi oil ambitions checked

Iraqi oil ambitions checked Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

Oil Ministry must cut capital expenditure and focus on key export infrastructure

South Korean firms now have experience on some of the largest hydrocarbons projects that have ever been built

South Koreans will be back Subscription

12 May 2015 | By

The Asian contractors will return when the region’s oil and gas projects market picks up

Rig

Aramco rewards investors in the region Subscription

11 May 2015 | By

McDermott has made a big commitment that is paying off

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Riyadh's spring clean Subscription

5 May 2015 | By

King Salman has made it clear he is willing to depart from the policies of his predecessors and inject new life into the kingdom’s corridors of power

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed's drive is felt in 2015 Subscription

5 May 2015 | By

Dubai is moving foward with a raft of new projects inspite of lower oil prices


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