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Telecoms company Etisalat of the UAE

Mobily troubles hit Etisalat profits Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi telecoms company restates 2014 results

Shanghai in China

Middle East nations join Asian International Investment Bank Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Fifty countries sign on with new China-led development bank

Saudi Arabia 2015: The Kingdom's Year of Change

Saudi projects market rebounds strongly

30 June 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Project contract awards in the kingdom up 25 per cent in 2015, according to new research from MEED

Crowds surround the Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque after a bomb explosion following Friday prayers in the Sawber area of Kuwait City on 26 June

Saudi citizen carried out Kuwait mosque attack Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Bombing killed 27 people and injured more than 200

Deadline extended again for Saudi power plant

Spanish firm submits low bid for Duba project Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Lowest two prices for construction contract were submitted by Spanish contractors

Riyadh

French to invest in Saudi fund Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

$400m fund to focus on Saudi SMEs

Conflict: A Saudi-led coalition is carrying out numerous air strikes against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen

UN pushes Yemen peace deal with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

28 June 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

UN negotiator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed wants a preliminary peace agreement with the Houthi fighters

Six submit bids for Duba power project

Six submit bids for Duba power project Subscription Required

28 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Duba plant will run on a combination of gas and solar energy

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have started talks designed to find a resolution to the dispute that stopped hydrocarbons production in the Divided Zone

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in talks over Divided Zone Subscription Required

25 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Kuwait’s Oil Minister says a joint committee has been formed

Alstom signs electricity agreement with Saudi Arabia

Alstom signs electricity agreement with Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

25 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

French firm will provide assistance for Saudi transmission company

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (right), exchanges documents with Hashim Yamani, President of King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy (left), after signing an agreement between France and Saudi Arabia, in front of France's President Fran

Saudi Arabia signs nuclear agreement with France Subscription Required

25 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was part of delegation that met with French government

Saudi Arabia air travel beats forecasts

Saudi Arabia air travel beats forecasts Subscription Required

24 June 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Number of passengers grows by 10 per cent in 2014

Oil tanker

Russia replaces Saudi Arabia as China's top crude supplier Subscription Required

24 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Saudi exports slump by 42 per cent

Nominal defence spending is estimated to have risen by close to 40 per cent since 2010 in the region

Saudi Arabia and UAE buck decline in global defence spend Subscription Required

23 June 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Global aerospace and defence revenue decline by $8.2bn in 2014

GCC Projects forecast 2015

GCC contract awards down 21 per cent Subscription Required

22 June 2015 | By Robert Jones

Fall in awards highlights the uncertainty surrounding the projects market

Larsen & Toubro wins $198m Saudi transmission deal

Larsen & Toubro wins $198m Saudi transmission deal Subscription Required

22 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Indian firm will install cables and transmission line

Nuclear power plant

Saudi Arabia signs nuclear power agreement with Russia Subscription Required

21 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Rosatom has also signed agreements with Jordan

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia

Turkish firm awarded MEP contract in Jeddah Subscription Required

18 June 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Contract awarded for major mixed-use project

Seoul, South Korea

Saudi fund signs on South Korea acquisition Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Construction joint venture to be established

Aramco expected to approve oil scheme

Aramco expected to approve oil scheme Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Decision to be made once detailed engineering is completed

Analysis

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

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

No change expected as Opec convenes in Vienna Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

World’s three biggest oil producers close to record highs in May ahead of cartel decision

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

Comment

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh's quest to maintain oil supremacy

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.

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

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