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Bahrain and Oman are under the most pressure to cut spending

Projects will suffer if GCC cuts spending, says Moody's Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Spending on capital projects will be first to see cuts in the face of low oil prices

 given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

The Middle East in 2030

10 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Take part in MEED’s survey to identify the key trends that will shape the Middle East economy in 2030

UK warship

UK to establish navy base in Bahrain Subscription Required

7 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Mina Salman base will be first permanent presence in the region since 1971

Bahrain’s prime minister appoints new cabinet

Bahrain’s prime minister appoints new cabinet Subscription Required

7 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Parliamentary elections held in late November

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa

Bahrain political shake-up following elections Subscription Required

4 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa annuls post of minister without portfolio

Bahrain holds parliamentary elections

Bahrain holds parliamentary elections Subscription Required

23 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

First elections since 2011 protests

Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat has raised a $600m seven-year sukuk (Islamic bond)

Mumtalakat launches first US dollar sukuk Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahraini sovereign wealth fund last tapped US dollar debt capital markets in 2010

If the scheme moves ahead, the Bahraini government wants to encourage the use of hydroponics

Bahrain plans green belt development Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Robert Jones

Initiative awaiting government sign-off

Firms prepare bids for Bahrain sewage plant packages

Firms prepare bids for Bahrain sewage plant packages Subscription Required

12 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Al-Madina al-Shamaliya plant and network projects being funded by Abu Dhabi

The King Fahd Causeway, which links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

Contractors bid for Saudi-Bahrain causeway dredging Subscription Required

11 November 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Marine works involve dredging a new island for Saudi-Bahrain causeway link

Bahrain's ABC Islamic Bank reports healthy profits

ABC Islamic Bank reports healthy profits Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahraini lender records 25 per cent increase in first nine months this year

Analysis

oil

Impact of falling oil prices in Bahrain Subscription Required

17 December 2014

With its precarious public finances and restive Shia majority, out of all the GCC nations Bahrain is the most vulnerable to persistently low oil prices

WTI spot price

Riding out low oil prices Subscription Required

4 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

GCC nations brace for budget deficits as Opec offers no oil price support

Bahrain banking sector

Bahrain banks strengthen their position Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Banking sector’s asset base stabilises

Nationals in petrochemicals workforce

GCC chemicals industry creating local jobs with varied success Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Industry group says almost 150,000 people directly employed in regional chemicals sector

GCC oil and gas awards

GCC oil and gas spend hits long-term high in 2014 Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Six-country bloc has invested $29bn to date driven by resurgence in Kuwait projects

Under the leadership of CEO Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, Mumtalakat has managed to turn its business around

Interview with Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Having steered Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund back to profitability, Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji is now aiming to take Mumtalakat international

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

GCC overall awards

Growth continues in contract awards Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Building projects and the UAE dominated contract awards in the first half of 2014

Zahi Zeini Subscription Required

12 July 2014

Zahi Zeini is managing partner for Deloitte in Bahrain

Ossama Tawfick Subscription Required

30 June 2014

Ossama Tawfick is regional senior director, Middle East and North Africa at AspenTech

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Comment

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall

18 December 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC’s oil producers will be the biggest winners from the 2014 oil price crash

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

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

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

4 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lower oil prices mean social spending is unsustainable

Bahrain Financial Harbour

GCC states diversify their funding options Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahrain and Sharjah look for new investors

Dubai airport

UAE firms have edge for Bahrain airport Subscription Required

1 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based firms will receive preferential treatment

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