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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

Market

Listings shake up MEED 100 table

27 March 2014, 15:17 GMT | By

Increased initial public offerings change make-up of list as Qatar, Iran and the UAE rise up the ranking

Gasification

Jizan success to attract investors

27 March 2014, 14:33 GMT | By

While the gasification scheme is expensive, it could end up paying for itself very quickly

Egypt

Al-Sisi faced with daunting mission

27 March 2014, 14:23 GMT | By

If the ex-army chief is elected leader, he will have to ensure stability as well as a democratic government

Rail

Next hurdle for key rail market

27 March 2014, 13:46 GMT | By

While billions of dollars are being invested in rail infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, it still faces a challenge in attracting the necessary expertise

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir, Qatar

Dispute threatens GCC joint initiatives

25 March 2014, 9:06 GMT

GCC leaders will be aware that all sides will be losers if the diplomatic dispute is allowed to escalate into a broader crisis

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