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Comment, analysis and opinion on the latest events and trends in the Middle East.
Path towards refocusing away from roads will not be smooth
Saudi Aramco, Tadawul and Saudi Grains are just a few among state entities looking to list shares
Oil exporters meet provides little scope for future cooperation to buoy crude market
Concerns about overcapacity and online competition will challenge the emirate’s position as a shopping destination
Demand remains for residential and industrial desalination and wastewater schemes
There is uncertainty over the outcome of the summit and the impact of a potential production freeze
Riyadh’s commitment to Egypt comes at a time of low oil prices with state budgets across the GCC witnessing difficult times
The restructuring of GCC oil corporations is more important than the oil price
Emaar chairman’s comments open up a tantalising game of cat and mouse betweeen two rival towers
Investors, developers and manufacturers need hard currency
Large events with fixed dates mean projects have to move ahead
Markets still need to develop, but bonds could become more attractive
Doubts over Iran’s attendance as at least 10 Opec and non-Opec members accept invites