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A burned-out car is removed from the site of the Binladin airplane crash at the British Car Auctions lot next to Blackbushe airport

Binladin family members die in UK plane crash Subscription Required

2 August 2015 | By Colin Foreman

The family controls Saudi Arabia’s largest and most active construction company

Saudi petrochemicals project shelved

Saudi petrochemicals project shelved Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Sabic reevaluates plans to build Jubail acrylonitrile plant after receiving bids

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

Kuwait asks Saudi Arabia to resume Divided Zone production Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Oil minister says Saudi Arabia will be responsible for Kuwait’s lost revenue

Dynamic Industries has been awarded a long-term agreement by Aramco to provide services at offshore facilities

US firm confirms Saudi Aramco contract Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Group is second company to announce long-term agreement for kingdom’s offshore fields

Contractors join forces for Aramco's Fadhili scheme

Bids submitted for Fadhili gas plant Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Companies vie for largest Saudi hydrocarbons project out to tender in 2015

Sabic forms joint venture for chemicals production

Sabic profits continue falls Subscription Required

27 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Petrochemicals giant investing in US shale gas

Saudi construction firm sees profits quadruple

Saudi construction firm sees profits quadruple Subscription Required

27 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Contractor announces quarterly net profit of $9.3m

Contractors prepare bids on Saudi gas plant

Contractors prepare bids on Saudi gas plant Subscription Required

22 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Proposals due on 27 July for biggest hydrocarbons project of the year

New airport terminal planned for Dammam

New airport terminal planned for Dammam Subscription Required

22 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Private terminal to be developed in partnership with US firm

Obhur creek in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah sets new deadline for Obhur bridge Subscription Required

22 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Creek crossing is part of the $12bn Jeddah Public Transport Programme

The technical expertise required includes experience in the design-and-build of urban tunneling structures utilising tunnel boring machines

Jeddah seeks contractors for metro Subscription Required

21 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Rail network is part of city’s transport upgrade programme

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia

Jeddah seeks rail and tram contractors Subscription Required

20 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Consortiums between local and international firms to be formed to meet prequalification criteria

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia arrests 431 Isis suspects Subscription Required

20 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Six suspects were killed in security operations

Saudi construction

Bidders submit credentials for Aramco project management venture Subscription Required

20 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Company targets $160bn of construction projects

Saudi rail contract cancelled

Saudi rail contract cancelled Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Cancellation of $200m deal for rolling stock supply casts doubt onto scheme

Offshore oil

US firm wins Aramco long-term agreement Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Deal covers brownfield work on various offshore fields

Saudi Aramco's Khurais expansion

Contractors await decision on Khurais expansion Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Final decision to proceed with $3bn Saudi oil field project has not been taken

Gas plant

UAE group awarded $50m Aramco contract Subscription Required

15 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

For supply of modular well-site packages for the Khuff gas plant project

Combined-cycle power plant

Consortiums bid for $1.3bn Waad al-Shamal power plant Subscription Required

15 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Eight groups submit bids for engineering, procurement and construction contract

Cement plant

Saudi cement companies underperform Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Cement producers struggle as demand continues to surge

Analysis

GCC price indices 2015

Oil price volatility hits stock markets Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Mixed results for GCC equity markets during first half

Construction

Saudi Arabia dominates region's project finance sector Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Uncertain pipeline for second half of year, but 2016 shows promise

Power plant

Saudi Arabia and Qatar prop up GCC power sector Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Power contract awards down 58 per cent year-on-year

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Governments turn to private sector for project funding Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sustained lower oil prices could push governments towards alternative lending models

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2009-15

Kuwait buoys slump in GCC oil and gas spending Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contract awards slow in key Middle East oil-exporting markets

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

Sum of GCC contract awards and Brent crude oil price

Saudi Arabia project awards resilient amid GCC decline Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

GCC first-half contract awards fall by almost a third amid low oil prices

Etihad Rail awards employee housing deal

Transport awards dip as decision making slows in 2015 Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Project awards value during the first half of 2015 contracts by 36 per cent compared to figures from the same period last year

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription Required

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh’s oil options Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Riyadh has been criticised for maintaining high oil production levels of oil as prices have fallen. But it has few better options

An oil refinery in the Panhandle of Texas

US replaces Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The US records the world’s largest increase in oil production over 2014

Gianluca Ebracci, Alstom

The carriage revolution Subscription Required

18 June 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Transport spending is likely to continue to press ahead across the region despite falling oil prices

The Saudi-led coalition forces trying to repel the Shia Houthi rebels and militia loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have carried out scores of raids into Yemen since late March

No solution in sight for Yemen Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says the situation in Yemen is a ticking time bomb

The US will have its work cut out to convince its allies in Riyadh that Iran has not been given an easy ride

Riyadh concerned by Iran nuclear deal Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

As the 30 June deadline draws closer, the Saudi leadership is growing increasingly worried about the potential reemergence of Iran on to the global stage

A policeman carries out an inspection after a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Dammam province on 29 May

Saudi security outlook deteriorates Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

Isis is just one of several challenges facing Riyadh, as threats grow from potential Houthi and Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on domestic soil

The threat to peace is instead being drawn along sectarian lines with two attacks on Saudi Arabia's Shia community in the Eastern Province by terrorists affiliated to Isis in late May and early June

The rising threat from domestic terrorism Subscription Required

17 June 2015

Riyadh is taking the necessary steps to ensure Isis does not get a foothold in the kingdom

The main casualty in Saudi Arabia will be large-scale downstream projects such as petrochemicals facilities and new oil refineries

Saudi defence spending rises while oil income drops Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Even though low oil prices mean Riyadh will earn less hydrocarbons revenue, the authorities are still focused on increasing defence investment and maintaining social spending

A watershed year for Saudi Arabia

A year of change for Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains , Kevin Baxter , Philippa Wilkinson , Mark Watts

Riyadh has become embroiled in a complex web of challenges in 2015

Middle East steel usage

Imports depress GCC steel prices Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Reduced demand in China has steered its cheaper steel exports into the Middle East

Saudi Arabia army

MEED board report, June 2015 Subscription Required

15 June 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

Comment

Jennifer Aguinaldo

The case for private financing Subscription Required

21 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Fiscal constraints may not be the best reason to turn to PPP but it is the strongest driver yet for its acceptance in the region

Colin Foreman

Second half excitement for Saudi stadiums Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Progress has been disappointing in the first half of the year

Colin Foreman

Conflicting data on Saudi economy Subscription Required

5 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Full impact of lower oil prices has not been realised

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh's quest to maintain oil supremacy Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

High production is Saudi Arabia playing to its strengths and nothing more

Richard Thompson

MEED Video Board Report, June 2015 Subscription Required

18 June 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The outlook for oil prices, a slowdown in GCC projects and rising security concerns

Philippa Wilkinson

A whimper not a bang for the Tadawul Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The much anticipated opening of Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange is likely to underwhelm

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh walking a fine line Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

At best the region could be heading for a sectarian cold war, at worst all-out conflict

Kevin Baxter

Aramco’s eye turns back to downstream Subscription Required

9 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

But it is probably not the start of capital spending in downstream schemes

Colin Foreman

Changing the status quo of Saudi construction Subscription Required

9 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Saudi Aramco’s setting up of a new project management company looks set to change the status quo of the kingdom’s construction industry

Kevin Baxter

Where next for Opec? Subscription Required

9 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

A new era of diversity in supply is sending shockwaves through the organisation

Iraq’s Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi (left) and Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh

Opec sidesteps issue of Iran and Iraq crude glut Subscription Required

4 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Cartel well exceeding quota as Tehran lays out plan to add significant exports

Syrian war: The conflict is now in its third year

Diplomacy has few advocates in the Middle East Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

More than 100,000 lost their lives in 2014

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

Wil Crisp

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

Kevin Baxter

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

Mark Watts

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.

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