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Commentary

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

Colin Foreman

The fog over Dubai's construction sector

28 July 2015 | By

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

Philippa Wilkinson

The ideal moment for subsidy cuts

28 July 2015 | By

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

Philippa Wilkinson

Iran moves from a crawl to a sprint

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colin Foreman

Conflicting data on Saudi economy Subscription

5 July 2015 | By

Full impact of lower oil prices has not been realised

Wil Crisp

BG’s operations in Egypt could be cut in early 2016 Subscription

2 July 2015 | By

The $70bn merger with Shell may spark a reduction in the UK company’s Egyptian activities

Hossam Abougabal

Sinai needs more social infrastructure not tanks Subscription

2 July 2015 | By

Cairo’s negligence of Sinai over the past few decades is at the root of the escalating situation

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh's quest to maintain oil supremacy Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

High production is Saudi Arabia playing to its strengths and nothing more

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Escalating open skies dispute begs resolution Subscription

30 June 2015 | By

Dispute distracts and divides aviation industry players

Philippa Wilkinson

A devastating blow for Tunisia Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Tunisia needs aid now, not after it sinks into chaos

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait mosque attack raises GCC security concerns Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Even politically stable countries are at risk of growing terrorism threat

Hossam Abougabal

Tunisia assault could cripple North African tourism Subscription

28 June 2015 | By

Tunisia attack also bad for Egypt and Morocco tourism

Colin Foreman

Mixed signals for Dubai construction Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

High hopes for the second half of 2015

Hossam Abougabal

Funding disputes continue to haunt Egypt’s plans Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

Egypt’s Capital City cancellation could prove detrimental

Colin Foreman

UAE construction nerves divide opinion Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Confidence has been knocked by falling oil prices and oversupplied real estate this year

Wil Crisp

Value of Kuwaiti contract awards in danger of collapsing Subscription

23 June 2015 | By

Dispute over oil company board members could return Kuwait to the era of inaction

Richard Thompson

MEED Video Board Report, June 2015 Subscription

18 June 2015 | By

The outlook for oil prices, a slowdown in GCC projects and rising security concerns


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