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Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

The planned Dubai World Expo 2020 site

Expo progress will reverse declining sentiment

11 December 2014 | By

Construction companies are less optimistic about the future as 2015 approaches

The downwards revision of population estimates for Abu Dhabi means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Abu Dhabi government gets breathing space

11 December 2014 | By

The downwards revision of population estimates for the emirate means cuts in investment are likely to follow

Renewable energy

Low oil price puzzle for regional utilities

11 December 2014 | By

Sharp drop in prices has created uncertainty heading into 2015

The GCC’s well-funded security forces mean large-scale attacks on high-profile targets are unlikely

Security situation looks more uncertain in GCC

11 December 2014 | By

Recent terror attacks in the GCC show it will be hard to prevent attacks on Western interests

Offshore oil rig

Choosing the right model

11 December 2014 | By

International contractors are still willing to take all the risks

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan

More confident UAE emerging

4 December 2014 | By

Sheikh Khalifa has continued father’s upward momentum despite economic challenges

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

4 December 2014 | By

Lower oil prices mean social spending is unsustainable

Deloitte

Riyadh sets out stall for financial transparency

4 December 2014 | By

Kingdom is preparing to open stock exchange to foreign investors in 2015

Oil gathering centre

Much at stake in the Divided Zone

4 December 2014 | By

Concerns increase as the land dispute between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia derails another project

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

4 December 2014 | By

High fiscal reserves make drastic cuts to spending unlikely

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the attack missions by Iranian jets were a positive development in efforts against Isis

Iran carries out first airstrikes against Isis, US claims Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

Tehran denies offensive despite news footage showing F-4 Phantom II raids in Diyala

Protester are angered at the clearing of former leader Hosni Mubarak of his part in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising

Al-Sisi’s iron fist may not be enough

30 November 2014 | By

Thousands turn out to protest against Mubarak decision

Significant gaps remain over what a peaceful Iranian nuclear programme would look like  

Nuclear negotiators have work cut out

27 November 2014 | By

Significant gaps remain over what a peaceful Iranian nuclear programme would look like  

Egypt renewables

Egypt commits to renewables

27 November 2014 | By

Cairo now faces the challenges of implementing and financing the projects

Some industry experts working in Saudi Arabia have said the low-risk, low-cost, lump-sum turnkey contracting model has now had its day

Saudi Aramco lays down the law

27 November 2014 | By

The days of high-risk project bidding are probably over

Kuwait’s projects market is enjoying a long-awaited period of high activity

Bright future for Kuwait projects market

27 November 2014 | By

While contract awards are expected to keep flowing in 2015, the country is little prepared for the surge in activity

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