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Value rise good for the region

24 April 2014, 15:43 GMT | By

Increasing projects value will provide confidence that the Middle East market has made it through the other side of the crises of 2008-09

Reform: Whoever is elected must make tough choices

Stability falls to next leadership Egypt

24 April 2014, 15:38 GMT | By

Egypt’s new leadership must work out how to revitalise the economy while balancing political stability and electoral satisfaction

Dubai

Financing the Dubai boom

17 April 2014, 15:17 GMT

Investor confidence is growing, but Dubai still needs to close several finance deals to attract future funding for revived infrastructure plans

Dubai: Infrastructure requires new sources of funding

Race for Mecca metro deals

17 April 2014, 13:50 GMT

Competition for Mecca metro contracts heats up as Turkish firms dominate the field in the prequalification round

Sheikh Mohammed: Willing to end diplomatic dispute

Mending ties with Islamic Republic

17 April 2014, 13:20 GMT

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, has agreed to visit Iran in a sign of thawing relations between the states

Prince Bandar bin Sultan

New policy heralds leadership change

17 April 2014, 13:13 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy change likely one of the main reasons for intelligence chief’s resignation

Dubai

SMEs to become more competitive

14 April 2014, 9:57 GMT | By

Several planned initiatives should improve conditions for SMEs

Markets and bonds

Bonds market gains maturity

10 April 2014, 15:39 GMT

An increasingly diverse base of issuers, driven by strong economic growth is helping to deepen the region’s capital markets

Dubai road plans

Double vision for Dubai road link

10 April 2014, 15:33 GMT

Dubai’s main highway is the focus of a feasibility study looking at adding an elevated level in a bid to ease cross-emirate traffic congestion

Gasification at Jizan

Higher bid prices return to the GCC

10 April 2014, 15:24 GMT

European firms have been winning work again for a couple of years now, beating South Korean competition

Iraq

Iraq mine clearance slow to progress

10 April 2014, 15:20 GMT

Iraq’s ban on land mine clearance companies indicates its increasingly difficult working environment

Private funding

Dubai looks to private funding

10 April 2014, 15:16 GMT

The emirate is seeking to involve the private sector in its power and transport infrastructure sectors

Agenda: Obama flew to Riyadh to mend relations

US bid to mend damaged ties

7 April 2014, 15:26 GMT | By

Washington is looking to repair relations with key allies in the GCC, following its criticised decisions on Iran and Syria

Oman

Oman looks forward to a positive future

3 April 2014, 15:52 GMT | By

With the government rooting out corruption, Oman can focus on a concerted projects drive

Ports: Tenders have been issued for ports projects

Signs of a turn in Egypt’s fortunes

3 April 2014, 15:48 GMT | By

While new infrastructure projects indicate an improvement in Egypt’s economy, stability is still a key issue

Construction

Static costs calm before the storm

3 April 2014, 15:41 GMT | By

The fact construction costs have not increased does not stop Dubai’s developers from being wary

Refinery

Chemicals plan hits fuel hurdle

3 April 2014, 15:21 GMT | By

A planned oil-to-chemicals project in Yanbu has huge potential, but could be derailed by the amount of subsidised fuel it needs for power

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