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Commentary

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

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

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

Philippa Wilkinson

A devastating blow for Tunisia Subscription

29 June 2015 | By

Tunisia needs aid now, not after it sinks into chaos

Hossam Abougabal

Tunisia assault could cripple North African tourism Subscription

28 June 2015 | By

Tunisia attack also bad for Egypt and Morocco tourism

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

Mixed signals for Dubai construction Subscription

25 June 2015 | By

High hopes for the second half of 2015

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

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

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

Wil Crisp

No decision on Al-Zour six months after first bid Subscription

17 June 2015 | By

Uncertainty on Kuwait projects increases contractor anxiety

Colin Foreman

Speculation rules as UAE drops Oman rail link Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

The most popular explanations are political

Mark Watts

Baghdad-Erbil stalemate continues Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Dispute over budgetary payments threatens Kurdish oil ambitions

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh walking a fine line Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

At best the region could be heading for a sectarian cold war, at worst all-out conflict

Mark Watts

Steel sector hit by China slowdown Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

Middle East steel producers call for protection from dumping

Philippa Wilkinson

A whimper not a bang for the Tadawul Subscription

16 June 2015 | By

The much anticipated opening of Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is likely to underwhelm

Kevin Baxter

Where next for Opec? Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

A new era of diversity in supply is sending shockwaves through the organisation

Colin Foreman

Changing the status quo of Saudi construction Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

Saudi Aramco’s setting up of a new project management company looks set to change the status quo of the kingdom’s construction industry

Kevin Baxter

Aramco’s eye turns back to downstream Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

But it is probably not the start of capital spending in downstream schemes

Liz Bains

Credit demand set to slow Subscription

9 June 2015 | By

Region’s banking sector is better prepared for an economic slowdown than it was in 2009

Iraq’s Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (left) and Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh

Opec sidesteps issue of Iran and Iraq crude glut Subscription

4 June 2015 | By

Cartel well exceeding quota as Tehran lays out plan to add significant exports

Hossam Abougabal

Expansion illustrates Bahrain’s economic vision Subscription

4 June 2015 | By

The airport could be the driver for Manama to reemerge as a favourable business environment

Colin Foreman

Time favours Russia, but not Qatar Subscription

3 June 2015 | By

A rebid held in 2017 would give new host enough time to prepare for 2022

Wil Crisp

Doha’s reputation mismanagement Subscription

2 June 2015 | By

Real change is needed to win over Qatar’s critics ahead of the 2022 World Cup


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