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Military campaign: The Houthis consolidated control

Houthis claim to have shot down Saudi plane Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Riyadh declined to comment on the claims by Shia forces in Yemen

Sabic joint venture yet to sign petrochemicals plant deal

Sabic expected to award Jubail contract in July Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Three contractors looking to be award plant at Jubail in Eastern Province

Saudi construction awards

Indian firm bids low for Riyadh headquarters Subscription Required

25 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Eight groups submitted bids for construction contract

Gas plant

Saudi Aramco extends gas plant tender Subscription Required

24 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Contractors given more time for largest hydrocarbons project of the year

Bigger threat: Riyadh will have to deal with Isis first

Isis affiliate claims Saudi mosque attack Subscription Required

24 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

The 22 May attack left at least 21 dead

Offshore rig

Dynamic Industries signs Saudi partner Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

US brownfield specialist expected to be one of four signatories of long-term contract for offshore work with Saudi Aramco

Construction

Jabal Omar Development secures loan Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Islamic financing for Mecca development

Power station

Waad al-Shamal deadline extended Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Technical bids were submitted in October

Emaar the Economic City signs new funding deal for King Abdullah Economic City

Emaar, the Economic City gets financing Subscription Required

20 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Islamic financing for development of Economic City

10 biggest transport projects due for award

Saudi Arabia remains focused on transport development Subscription Required

20 May 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Kingdom has said it will increase transport investment over the next 10 years

Financing debt terms

AH al-Gosaibi reveals improved terms Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Date set for creditors meeting

Kuwait tweaks oil production strategy

Kuwait tweaks oil production strategy Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Kuwait Oil Company looking to compensate for Divided Zone shutdown

Riyadh

Saudi Electricity Company extends headquarters deadline Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Complex will be located in Riyadh

Combined-cycle power plant

Saudi Arabia extends deadline for Duba power plant Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Plant will run on a combination of gas and solar energy

Construction

Saudi residential contract awarded to Indian firm Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Interior Ministry lets $586m deal

US President Barack Obama speaks while hosting the GCC at Camp David on 14 May. From left are UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Oman Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al-Sai

GCC leaders reassured by US on containment of Iran Subscription Required

18 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Summit fell short of comprehensive security accord

Aramco awards construction deal to Arabtec

Saudi fund to buy South Korean contractor stake Subscription Required

18 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Deal reported to involve 30 per cent stake in Posco Engineering & Construction

Nuclear weapons

Riyadh reported to be eyeing nuclear weapons Subscription Required

17 May 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Reports claim Saudi Arabia is to acquire atomic weapons

Mobily

Regulator refers Mobily case to prosecutor Subscription Required

17 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Telecoms company in trouble

Top 100 projects Q1 2015

Top 100 projects hits new high Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

Index rises, but may soften later in the year

Analysis

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Five myths about Saudi Aramco Subscription Required

27 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Debunking some of the recent rumours and claims about the world’s largest oil company

Top 100 projects Q1 2015

Top 100 projects, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards in the Middle East

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by country, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by sector, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

MEED board report, May 2015 Subscription Required

7 May 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Saudi Arabia

Focus falls on Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Subscription Required

6 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is taking on a more powerful role in the kingdom

Al-Naimi: The legendary oil minister may retire soon

Al-Naimi's succession challenge Subscription Required

30 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Assistant oil minister and son of King Salman are now favourites to replace Saudi Arabia’s veteran oil minister

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud Subscription Required

30 April 2015

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud

Divided Zone: Some analysts believe the Saudi Arabia-Kuwait dispute could degenerate into more serious problems

Trouble in the Divided Zone Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Oil production in the zone is expected to halt as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait fail to find common ground

Oil drop

Oil price drop hits Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Robert Jones

The latest IMFdata on Saudi Arabia illustrates the impact the decline in oil prices is having on the kingdom’s economy

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE sees opportunity in instability Subscription Required

27 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Firm’s CEO of distributed power talks about supply and generation challenges in region

Corporate legal battle

The AH al-Gosaibi debt default Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

The largest corporate financial scandal that shook Saudi Arabia

Abdelmalek al-Houthi

Yemen crisis – main players Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

A guide to the major actors in the ongoing Yemen conflict

Global oil production

Oil price still not ready for recovery Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Opec optimism unfounded while global market remains oversupplied

Saudi Arabia says the Yemen insurgency is being fuelled by Iran

Regional powers collide in Yemen Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Fears of growing Iranian influence are behind Saudi Arabia’s military operation

Largest defence budgets 2014

Joint Arab force gains traction Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Critics warn that a pan-Arab military force runs the risk of becoming a Sunni-led regional superpower unless properly governed

Saudi banking sector loan growth

Lending slowdown concerns persist in Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Banks begin posting first-quarter results

Estimated Hydrocarbons production of top three producers

US remained world’s top oil and gas producer in 2014 Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

America is also top petroleum liquids producer after overtaking Saudi Arabia in 2013

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

MEED board report, April 2015 Subscription Required

8 April 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

David Clifton, Faithful + Gould

Saudi population growth stresses public infrastructure Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Robert Jones

The kingdom’s young population has expectations around housing and social infrastructure that will require major investment programmes

Comment

Colin Foreman

Oil price drop stress tests GCC projects Subscription Required

26 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

There are long term positives to the slowdown

Pipeline

Divided Zone dispute likely to be costly for Kuwait Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Dispute with Saudi Arabia has caused reputational damage

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil

Aramco strategy needs to factor in cheap oil Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Reports that US shale oil is dead are completely wrong

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi is still very much an active and vital component of the kingdom’s energy sector, but it is likely the legendary executive will retire within the next 12 months

Creating a giant ministry Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

A new ‘super ministry’ in Saudi Arabia would give the king’s sons a huge power base

Rig

Aramco rewards investors in the region Subscription Required

11 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

McDermott has made a big commitment that is paying off

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Riyadh's spring clean Subscription Required

5 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

King Salman has made it clear he is willing to depart from the policies of his predecessors and inject new life into the kingdom’s corridors of power

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Downstream projects most under threat Subscription Required

4 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Riyadh's government shake up introduces era of uncertainty

3 May 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Saudi Arabia’s modernisers are delighted that the bureaucracy that dominates the kingdom is receiving a long-needed overhaul to bring in fresh blood, new ideas and performance-related accountability. But there are risks.

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Aramco move curbs power of the kingdom’s Oil Ministry Subscription Required

1 May 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The decision to split Saudi Aramco from the Ministry of Petroleum & Minerals is a historic change in the governance of the kingdom’s petroleum industry and sets the scene for the long-anticipated retirement of Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman reshuffle changes everything Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Richard Thompson

After four months of ‘continuity’, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has unveiled the most far reaching shake up of government the kingdom has ever seen

New Saudi Health Minister Khalid al-Falih (left) and Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh turns to the technocrats Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Aramco CEO is the latest to be given senior government role

Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

Saudi generation change moves one step closer Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

King Salman will be the last of King Abdulaziz’s sons to rule the kingdom

If Kuwait and Saudi Arabia fail to improve their coordination over Divided Zone projects, the future cost could be high, especially for Kuwait

Divided Zone differences Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait need to increase cooperation on shared projects

Farabi should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

Farabi takes the lead Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Local petrochemicals company should be applauded for moving ahead with $1bn-plus scheme

Renewable energy

Renewables market hotspots taking off Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Excitement over Egypt, but Saudi Arabia’s plans remain unclear

Kevin Baxter

Saudi Aramco welcomes Jizan investors Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Acwa Holding and Air Products will build world’s largest industrial gas complex

Refinery

The real work at Jizan starts now Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

The execution phase will offer up some huge challenges at the extremely complex scheme

The US Navy sent the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and its escort cruiser, USS Normandy, from the Gulf into the Arabian Sea on 19 April. A Pentagon spokesman denied reports the ships were on a mission to intercept Iranian arms shipments to Yemen

US increases involvement in Yemen conflict Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Washington shows force against Iran as two sides close in on nuclear deal

Aramco consolidates offshore contracts

Aramco consolidates offshore contracts Subscription Required

19 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Having long-term deals in place will allow the oil major to manage cash flow more efficiently

Gas power station

Saudi Arabia moves on power Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Progress with the Fadhili IPP shows Riyadh’s commitment to developing its own gas resources

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