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Bahrain News and Analysis


Middle Eastern nations lose $390bn of oil revenuesSubscription

IMF expects oil-exporting countries to face further headwinds this year


GCC agrees with US on patrols to stop arms shipments to YemenSubscription

Agreement was reached at a meeting between US Defense Secretary and Gulf his counterparts


Arinc bids low for Bahrain airport ICT contractSubscription

Firm’s offer is 20 per cent less Thales’ lowest-priced option 


Bahrain’s Arcapita acquires Dubai’s logistic parkSubscription

The park located in Al Quoz industrial area offers warehousing facilities


Study ongoing for key Bahrain road projectSubscription

Phase 2 of Muharraq Ring Road under way

Aluminium industry

Bechtel wins main contract on $3.5bn Bahrain aluminium expansionSubscription

US engineering group will design and construct sixth potline at Alba smelter

Manama financial district, Bahrain

Bahrain’s economy continues to feel oil slumpSubscription

Smaller foreign reserves and a dependence on oil revenues has also meant Manama must embark on a reform roadmap


UAE accounts for 60 per cent of GCC construction dealsSubscription

Strong Dubai market and slowdown in Saudi Arabia and Qatar are dominant themes for first quarter

Egypt's Abu Rawash wastewater treatment plant s being developed as a public-private partnership project

Bahrain sets new deadline for Tubli wastewater projectSubscription

Expansion project will double capacity of existing wastewater plant

Diyar al-Muharraq development

Kuwait consultancy wins Bahrain infrastructure roleSubscription

Firm will design and supervise work at Diyar al-Muharraq development

King Fahd Causeway

Bahrain reviews road consultancy offersSubscription

Plan is for road to handle traffic from planned King Hamad Causeway

Gas pipelines

Nogaholding secures Islamic finance Subscription

Ten banks finance oil and gas company

LNG import terminal

Export credit focus for Bahrain LNG loan Subscription

Adviser prepares to syndicate loan

Gas processing plant

Banagas seeks finance for gas plantSubscription

Plant expansion contract awarded

Combined-cycle power plant

HSBC only bidder for Bahrain private power project consultancySubscription

UK bank submitted bid on 17 March

MEED Quality Awards for Projects trophy

MEED reveals national winners of quality projects in the Gulf region

Those chosen will go on to compete at regional level

PwC Economic Crime survey 2016

A quarter of companies hit by economic crimeSubscription

Survey shows incidences up in Middle East

Bahrain International airport

Arabtec team agrees $1.1bn loan for Bahrain projectSubscription

Dubai-based Mashreq has led project finance deal for Bahrain airport expansion

Manama financial district, Bahrain

GFH sells 10 per cent stake in cement unitSubscription

Integrated Capital to buy stake in Bahrain-based firm

Bahrain's Gulf Air

Gulf Air receives bids Subscription

Contracts are for inflight connectivity and entertainment for new fleet

Offshore oil rig

The 10 Gulf oil projects you need to watch: Part 2Subscription

MEED looks at the oil schemes in the balance in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Iran and Iraq

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

GCC diversification – the bigger pictureSubscription

The combination of lower oil prices and accumulated reserves has created a window of opportunity to refocus on diversifying Gulf economies

King Fahd Causeway

Saudi-Egypt deal puts causeways back in the spotlightVideoSubscription

Progress on ambitious crossings has been mixed

Moodys gcc downgrade 4

GCC needs to finance $250bn fiscal deficitSubscription

Massive deficit in 2016-17 will mean more debt issuance, says Moody’s Investors Service

Moodys 2016 GCC banking sector outlook

Banks delay bond issuance on volatile pricingSubscription

Moody’s expects conditions to toughen for GCC financial sector

Luxury items will be taxed in the UAE

Changes in tax structure and their probable impact in the GCCSubscription

States in the region plan to introduce sales taxes from January 2018

GCC currencies

VAT to smooth government revenue streamsSubscription

Public and private sector prepare for VAT implementation in 2018

Job interview

Attract and retain the best employeesSubscription

Research has identified that employers in the GCC tend to limit themselves by recruiting from the same small recruitment pools

Dubai construction

The outlook for construction in the GCCSubscription

Governments will reposition their plans to allow for a new economic landscape in 2016

The IMF estimates that on average, the richest 20 per cent of a nation benefits six times more from subsidies than the poorest 20 per cent

Cut subsidies and increase efficiencySubscription

Cheaper crude has convinced many regional governments to reform energy subsidies, a vital step towards changing the region’s wasteful habits    

Youth bulge

Harnessing the youth bulgeSubscription

The increasing proportion of young people in the region means governments can achieve rapid economic growth through prudent job creation

Nakheel: Palm Jumeirah

GCC contract awards to fall in 2016Subscription

A sharp decline of 15 per cent is forecast for contract awards in the region, although a series of major contract awards in Dubai provides some cause for optimism