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Bahrain News and Analysis



Manama swears in new cabinet Subscription Required

1 October 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Low oil prices continue to put a strain on Bahrain’s finances

The Sharq Crossing project involves building three bridges interconnected by subsea tunnels

GCC governments return to PPP Subscription Required

24 September 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Growing signs of a softening of stance towards using private finance

Support: Bahrain will become more dependent on Saudi Arabia if oil prices remain low

Bahrain developer lauched $2.5bn residential complex Subscription Required

21 September 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The housing scheme will feature three 10-storey towers with approximately 600 apartments

Oil pipeline valves

Saudi Arabia awards pipeline contracts Subscription Required

20 September 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The contract for construction at the Bahrain end of the pipeline has yet to be awarded


‘Trouble ahead’ for GCC projects

15 September 2015 | By Richard Thompson

GCC’s leading projects market analyst warns that low oil prices will hit projects in 2016   

Bahrain airport

Contractors prepare to submit Bahrain airport bids in October Subscription Required

15 September 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Firms had been preparing to submit offers on 13 September

UAE armoured vehicle

Qatar sends combat troops into Yemen Subscription Required

7 September 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Doha deploys 1,000 troops, 200 armoured vehicles and 30 fighter helicopters to Yemen

Aluminium smelter

Alba receives environmental permit for sixth aluminium potline Subscription Required

7 September 2015 | By Mark Watts

Bahrain set to undertake largest heavy industry project in country’s history

Yemen conflict

Saudi pledges humanitarian aid for Yemen Subscription Required

6 September 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Kingdom signed up $53m on three UN programmes


Taxation a credible option to grow revenues Subscription Required

18 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Deloitte argues regional governments running out of alternatives to plug revenue gaps


Commercial bank branches in Mena region

A region lacking in banking access Subscription Required

28 September 2015

Populations in Middle East and North African countries would benefit from far more extensive branch networks

GCC price indices 2015

Oil price volatility hits stock markets Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Mixed results for GCC equity markets during first half

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2009-15

Kuwait buoys slump in GCC oil and gas spending Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contract awards slow in key Middle East oil-exporting markets

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

Etihad Rail awards employee housing deal

Transport awards dip as decision making slows in 2015 Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Project awards value during the first half of 2015 contracts by 36 per cent compared to figures from the same period last year

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription Required

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Middle East steel usage

Imports depress GCC steel prices Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Reduced demand in China has steered its cheaper steel exports into the Middle East

Protesters in Bahrain after the suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia in May

Bahrain's revolution that never was Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Economy key to social stability as dependence on Saudi Arabia grows

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by country, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

Masoud Ibrahim al-Hermi Subscription Required

13 April 2015

Masoud Ibrahim al-Hermi is president of the Bahrain Society of Engineers


Jennifer Aguinaldo

PPP offers vast opportunities and risks Subscription Required

22 September 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Adopting PPPs solely to address potential budgetary constraints could backfire

Jennifer Aguinaldo

GCC’s hawkish stance drives military spending Subscription Required

13 September 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

International politics and mounting terror threats underpin GCC’s adoption of more aggressive military stance

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Why Gulf VAT could be bad news Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Imposing value-added tax (VAT) across the Gulf seems likelier than ever

Hossam Abougabal

Expansion illustrates Bahrain’s economic vision Subscription Required

4 June 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

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

Andrew Roscoe 2

GCC neighbours support Bahrain’s infrastructure Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Developing new wastewater infrastructure has become a critical problem for Manama


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