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Qatar launches investigation into five construction companiesSubscription

Rain exposes poor construction at Doha’s $17bn airport

Doha metro station

Doha Metro extends architectural prequalificationSubscription

Scope includes architectural finishes, envelope, facades and landscaping

Oman seeks electricity spot market advice

GCC plans to expand electricity tradingSubscription

Countries want to introduce a market similar to Scandinavia and trade with Europe long-term

Challenging environment for construction sector

CCC secures $350m cash cushion for delayed paymentsSubscription

Regional contractor may borrow more if payments continue to be delayed

Doha metro train

Doha to complete metro tunnelling works in 2016Subscription

Phase 1 requires 131km of tunneling 


Qatar growth could accelerate to 4.5 per centSubscription

Lower energy prices will affect economy in future

Power plant

Qatar IWPP to close in mid-NovemberSubscription

Japanese financing is being used for power and water project

Oil tanker

GCC revenues down $275bn in 2015Subscription

Economic reforms needed if oil prices remain low

Hamad International airport in Doha, Qatar

Qatar awards airport reclamation dealSubscription

Jordan’s Consolidated Engineering Construction Company wins Doha airport reclamation dealContract is valued at QR277m ($76m)Reclaimed land will be used for the Western Taxiways


GCC banks face headwinds in third quarterSubscription

Results diverge on ability to sustain growth in more difficult conditions

New York skyline

Qatar buys stake in New York developmentSubscription

Sovereign wealth fund begins building US portfolio

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani gives a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York

Qatar approves labour reformsSubscription

Legislation won’t come into effect for at least 12 months

Hamad Port

Qatar naval base contract award faces delaySubscription

Initial package of naval base project at new port was to be awarded in third quarter


Saudi budget airline to order new planesSubscription

Firm expects first-year profits in 2015 since its founding in 2007

Ashghal invites bids for roads project

Qatar invites firms to qualify for roads network programmeSubscription

Scope is for group 2 segment of Ashghal’s local roads and drainage programme

Etihad Railway

New timeline for GCC railway due before end of 2015 Subscription

Official opening date of 2018 looking increasingly unlikely

Efficient: Siemens’ H-class turbine can produce power for a city of up to 1.3 million people

Siemens wins Qatar turbine orderSubscription

German firm will provide turbines and generators for Facility D plant

Qatar military

Qatar threatens military intervention in SyriaSubscription

Doha willing to use direct military intervention to protect Syrians from Al-Assad regime

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

Oil ministers and experts to meet in Bahrain

Energy industry leaders to discuss energy market outlook at Apicorp Energy Forum

Qatari developer Ezdan has agreed to increase the company’s foreign ownership limit from 25 per cent to 49 per cent

Ezdan closes $500m Islamic financingSubscription

Nine regional banks participate in syndication

majeed karim

Energy trading in GCC moves step closerVideoSubscription

The GCC wants to extend its electricity grid to be able to export and import energy beyond the bloc

Oman port

Falling liquidity to push up cost of PPPsSubscription

Sound projects will find financing, but on less favourable terms

More sovereign wealth funds are planning to increase their allocations for real estate investment. For example, the Qatar Investment Authority has bought Canary Wharf in London

Fiscal tightening creates pressure on sovereign wealth fundsSubscription

GCC governments are facing major fiscal deficits and are starting to draw down on their wealth funds to finance shortfalls

Hamad Port

The best and worst ports in the regionSubscription

The shipping industry in the Middle East and North Africa is recording solid growth, but such statistics mask the large gap between the best and the worst ports


Qatar's financial buffers remain vastSubscription

GDP growth is expected to accelerate during 2015 as World Cup spending kicks in

Dubai International Financial Centre

GCC banking growth to slowSubscription

New credit cycle will mean harder conditions for lenders

Samer Khoury, CCC’s president of engineering and construction

Interview: Adapting for a new era of low oil pricesSubscription

Samer Khoury, president of engineering and construction at Consolidated Contractors Company, on how he is changing strategies to counter the effect of low oil prices

Commercial bank branches in Mena region

A region lacking in banking accessSubscription

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