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Bahrain News and Analysis


UK and Bahrain to work closer on Islamic finance Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 8:04 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Preliminary framework agreement signed in London

Bahrain evaluates prequalification entries for wastewater project Subscription Required

6 April 2014, 9:23 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

Work will involve building sewage treatment plant and sea outfall project

Lower oil prices could reduce GCC's economic growth Subscription Required

31 March 2014, 12:51 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

The GCC is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the slowdown in emerging markets

Further bomb explosions in Bahrain Subscription Required

13 March 2014, 8:11 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Arab interior ministers condemn terror acts at annual meeting

Diplomatic row is a further setback to Qatar-Bahrain causeway Subscription Required

10 March 2014, 6:27 GMT | By Colin Foreman

The long-awaited Qatar-Bahrain road and rail link was first unveiled in 1999

Ambassador withdrawals highlight GCC tensions over security policy Subscription Required

6 March 2014, 10:25 GMT | By Adal Mirza

Gulf split widens as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE withdraw ambassadors from Doha

Bahrain’s BBK Bank 'will not shy away' from real estate Subscription Required

6 March 2014, 5:40 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Bank’s CEO says banking market consolidation is moving too slowly

Merger activity between Bahrain's banks to rise Subscription Required

5 March 2014, 7:38 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Central bank keen to see more consolidation between its financial institutions

Gulf infrastructure investment will ward off tapering ill-effects Subscription Required

4 March 2014, 10:34 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

QNB economist optimistic on region’s prospects

Strong bank lending forecast in GCC Subscription Required

4 March 2014, 7:58 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Moody’s says predicted growth rates more stable than pre-crisis levels

Bahrain minister calls for new sources of infrastructure financing Subscription Required

4 March 2014, 7:03 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Gulf country could increasingly turn to PPP structures

Gulf Finance House reports profit fall Subscription Required

25 February 2014, 9:53 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Bahraini firm Gulf Finance House sees 37 per cent decline


Ambition: Bahrain is investing to ensure its oil and gas sector remains a cornerstone of its economy

Manama’s future energy challenge Subscription Required

15 April 2014, 13:14 GMT | By James Gavin

The Gulf’s oldest oil producer is looking to make the most of a small endowment


The growing appetite for bonds Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 13:46 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Increased corporate activity spurred by strong economic growth is helping to expand the market

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 13:21 GMT | By Colin Foreman

Facilities management firm Serco works quietly in the background, providing major services across various sectors in the region, but its CEO is looking to extend its reach

Graham Hoar

20 February 2014, 7:32 GMT

Graham Hoar is vice president, Middle East, Nexant

Bahrain Petroleum Company: MEED Assessment Subscription Required

14 January 2014, 12:20 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The refinery has long been the country’s most profitable enterprise, but there is no doubt that it is now in dire need of a significant upgrade

Bahrain oil demand 2008-12

Bahrain Petroleum Company Subscription Required

14 January 2014, 12:17 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The firm is focusing on upgrading the Sitra refinery and increasing Bahrain’s oil and gas production

Steel demand

Steel sector to see rising demand Subscription Required

31 December 2013, 8:47 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Higher public spending is set to spur growth in demand, but challenges threaten the industry’s potential

Ahmed al-Sharyan Subscription Required

9 December 2013, 12:44 GMT

Ahmed al-Sharyan is secretary-general, Noga

Abdulrahman Jawahery Subscription Required

5 December 2013, 7:53 GMT

Abdulrahman Jawahery is president, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC)

Edward Hanley Subscription Required

5 December 2013, 7:48 GMT

Edward Hanley is CEO and president, Tatweer Petroleum/Occidental Petroleum Bahrain

Abdel Khalil Almoayyed Subscription Required

5 December 2013, 7:46 GMT

Abdel Khalil Almoayyed is chairman, Bapco

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Khalifa Subscription Required

5 December 2013, 7:42 GMT

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed al-Khalifa is chief executive officer, Noga Holding


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

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


Bank mergers to boost Bahrain’s status

6 March 2014, 12:56 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

The consolidation of larger lenders will strengthen the country’s status as a financial hub for the region


Local contractors dominate in 2013 Subscription Required

16 January 2014, 15:46 GMT

The small size and nature of most contracts awarded last year saw local firms capitalise

Bahrain: An economic revival is expected soon

Neighbours come to the rescue Subscription Required

19 December 2013, 14:26 GMT

Bahrain’s GCC neighbours provide funding to help kick-start a revival of the island’s unrest-hit economy

Gulf midstream

Midstream moves up Gulf agenda Subscription Required

31 October 2013, 13:55 GMT

A world-class midstream sector enables countries to exploit the current boom in oil and gas prices


Bahrain advances on social housing Subscription Required

31 October 2013, 13:37 GMT

Manama is wise to tackle its growing affordable housing shortage and assuage public discontent

Solution: States must provide incentives to developers

Social housing crisis deepens Subscription Required

17 October 2013, 5:00 GMT

Private sector engagement is vital for the region’s governments to meet their affordable housing targets

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