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Central Bank of Bahrain

Bahrain’s Islamic bank market needs more mergers Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Centralised shariah board to be launched soon says Central Bank

Bahrain

Bahrain to promote Islamic private banking Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Minister of finance says insurance and trade finance are also areas of growth

Banking

Arab Banking Corporation posts profit increase Subscription Required

1 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahrain bank reduces bad-loan ratio

Standard & Poor’s

Bahrain’s Mumtalakat rating lowered by S&P Subscription Required

25 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Sovereign wealth fund has negative outlook

Bahrain-based Ahli United Bank has posted a 31.7 per cent increase in profit

Ahli United Bank reports 31 per cent profit hike Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahrain bank posts profits of $482m

Airport

Bids submitted for Bahrain airport enabling work Subscription Required

23 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Local firms dominate bids for enabling work on airport expansion project in Bahrain

Sewage treatment

Bahrain plans to tender Tubli expansion in March Subscription Required

12 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bahrain upgrades wastewater treatment capacity

Alarab news channel is owned by Saudi Arabia’s Prince al-Waleed bin Talal

Bahrain shuts down TV channel Subscription Required

10 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Bahrain’s information affairs authority has shut down the newly launched Alarab television station

Offshore

Bahrain to launch oil licensing round Subscription Required

8 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Energy minister tells MEED he is preparing to offer offshore concessions within the next 18 months

LNG

Bahrain LNG terminal contract to be awarded Subscription Required

8 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Energy minister says the winning bid will be announced before the end of 2015

Bahrain protests

Bahrain opposition calls for more GCC support Subscription Required

4 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Spokesman says continuing tensions have ramifications for the wider region

Refinery

Call for increased refinery efficiency Subscription Required

4 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Bahrain Energy minister says companies should set clear reduction targets

Manama, the capital of Bahrain

Bahrain annuls 72 citizenships Subscription Required

2 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Citizenships revoked as instability continues in Bahrain

Amlak

Amlak appoints marina project manager Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Bruce Shaw selected to oversee Bahrain waterfront scheme

Refining industry

Low oil price could halt Bapco refinery expansion Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

CEO says investment decision will be made in 2016

Biscuit factory

Mondelez International to build $90m biscuit factory in Bahrain Subscription Required

19 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

US food giant to employ 300 people at new facility under construction at Hidd

Bahrain

Finance deal for Bahrain housing project finalised Subscription Required

13 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Finance deal between two local banks for government housing projects

Bahrain

Social housing plans in Bahrain to go ahead Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Housing minister confirms plans to push forward with five new towns across Bahrain

The King Fahd Causeway, which links Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

King Fahd Causeway could be second-busiest transport link Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Expansion plans for the existing King Fahd Causeway could see it become a major regional transport route

Track

Bahrain rail plan calls for 87 kilometres of track Subscription Required

11 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

First phase will involve construction of new causeway linking to Saudi Arabia

Analysis

Bahrain financial district

Bahrain banking sector to come under pressure Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Low oil price will do little to improve fortunes

Bahrain

Four years on, no resolution in Bahrain Subscription Required

10 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp , Hossam Abougabal

Low oil prices will make it harder for Manama to bring an end to civil unrest

Unrest: Protests continue to take place across Bahrain on a daily basis

Crackdown on opposition leaders in Bahrain Subscription Required

10 February 2015

Renewed civil unrest in the country

Anurag Bisaria Subscription Required

7 January 2015

Anurag Bisaria is CEO at Bahrain Steel

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

Comment

Construction

New vision for GCC construction workforce

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

Oil prices

Oil price decline hits Gulf credit ratings

10 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Prudent fiscal policies required to ensure stable government finances

The crackdown by Bahrain's government has increased anger among those calling for reform and demonstrators have continued to take to the streets

Manama faces reduced options

10 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Declining government income will make it harder to contain unrest

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Masters of the new world energy order

18 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC, the worlds’ biggest energy exporter, and the US, the world’s largest energy consumer are emerging as leaders in a new world energy order

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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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