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London Stoke Exchange

London Stock Exchange to attract more Mena dual listings

2 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Exchange working with Casablanca authorities

Dubai Financial Market

Amanat to launch IPO on Dubai Financial Market Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

UAE-based healthcare start-up to open subscription in October

Wastewater

Tanqia to treble capacity of wastewater treatment plant

30 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Fujairah-based company was first privately held wastewater collection and treatment system in Middle East

Nakheel's Palm Jumeirah, site of the 11km The Boardwalk project

Nakheel appoints contractor for Palm island Boardwalk Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

The 11-kilometre-long promenade will be home to shops and restaurants

Petrochemicals plant

Ghantoot to invest in $700m fertiliser plant in Duqm Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Abu Dhabi group says Oman project will include carbon-capture facility

Onshore oil field

Abu Dhabi receives Mender field development bids Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Estimated $200m contract to be awarded to bring new field into production

Onshore oil

BP and Shell still in running for Abu Dhabi onshore Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Rare comment from UAE energy minister on onshore concession bidders reported in UK’s Telegraph

pylon

Dubai extends deadline for coal project to early 2015 Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Utility received prequalification entries from 17 companies in May

Phase two of Jebel Ali sewage plant due for tender

Phase two of Jebel Ali sewage plant due for tender

29 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Design work on second phase currently ongoing

Dubai Mall

Emaar raises $1.6bn from shopping mall IPO Subscription Required

29 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Emaar Properties confirms final IPO pricing for mall unit

DIFC

Emirates NBD becomes largest issuer on Nasdaq Dubai Subscription Required

29 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank has three bonds listed on exchange

Mohamed Abdel Hamyd Dawoud, Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi plans overarching water authority

29 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Agency will have control over emirate’s water sector

Construction

Arabtec says progress is being made on Egyptian housing Subscription Required

28 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

The $40bn scheme involves building one million homes

Dubai considers green sukuk for renewable projects

Dubai considers sukuk for renewable projects

28 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Emirate discussing the use of capital markets to fund some sustainable developments

Dubai extends deadline for solar park deal

Dubai extends deadline for solar park deal Subscription Required

28 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

24 companies invited to bid for independent power project

Faisal Ali Rashid, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy

Dubai district cooling legislation under discussion

25 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Supreme Council discusses new ruling for heavily populated areas

Hany Ayesh, Etihad Energy Services Company

Government buildings targeted for energy efficiency programme

25 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

100 buildings in Dubai are being retrofitted with improved appliances to reduce energy consumption

Humidity boosts performance at Dubai solar park

Humidity boosts performance at Dubai solar park

25 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Environmental conditions unexpectedly help light convertion

Dewa is expected to announce a plan to introduce net metering for future rooftop solar implementations

Dewa favours net metering over feed-in tariffs

24 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Dubai utility will make decision this year as it opens up its solar market

Dubai 2030 energy mix

UAE considers coal expansion across all emirates

24 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Emirates plan drive for a diversified energy-supply mix and energy security

Analysis

Selected GCC industrial EPC awards

GCC hits slump in non-oil industrial spending Subscription Required

1 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Contract spending on industrial projects has dropped for four years with only $1.5bn awarded to date in 2014

Stability: Speculators have left Dubai’s property market, following new legislation introduced at the end of 2013

Dubai real estate market shows signs of maturity Subscription Required

25 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

After 12 years of dramatic ups and downs, the property market is now moving towards sustainable growth

GCC oil and gas awards

GCC oil and gas spend hits long-term high in 2014 Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Six-country bloc has invested $29bn to date driven by resurgence in Kuwait projects

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai commits to sustainability Subscription Required

10 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

As one of the only renewable energy programmes to have made any real progress in the Middle East, Dubai is taking great strides with its integrated strategy

Dubai financial markets performance

Investor appetite for Emaar places pressure on DFM Subscription Required

8 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Success of Emaar’s mall group listing could herald growth for initial public offerings

Dubai investment

Foreign investors buy into Dubai’s vision Subscription Required

28 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Projects in the emirate are moving forward with foreign funding

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

Top 100 projects, Q2 2014

Top 100 projects index dips Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Robert Jones

Small fall in the total value of the Middle East’s biggest projects, but further pressure expected due to fighting in Iraq

Rigs operating in the Middle East and North Africa, June 2014

Middle East rig count on the rise Subscription Required

31 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The region is now the world’s second-biggest market for operating oil rigs

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

The GCC’s growing art spend Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Austyn Allison

Qatar and Abu Dhabi are among the states muscling in on the international art market

Dubai Mall

Dubai's 13 biggest shopping mall developments Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Mall of the World tops the $2.7bn-worth of Dubai-based shopping centre projects in MEED’s list

UAE upstream

UAE upstream awards dominated by Petrofac and NPCC Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Nasr award brings total National Petroleum Construction Company haul to $4.3bn since 2012

Additional capacity requirements 2013-20

Mirfa IWPP marks first private utility award of the year Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Three independent utility schemes were awarded in 2013

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

DMCC fuels commodity flows through Dubai Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai’s diamond and gold trade soars

Markets

Market regulators must toughen up Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

The sharp fall in UAE contractor Arabtec’s share price has led to calls for tougher regulation

Al-Mahmoudi: Relationship with Dubai very important

Regional market key to Sharjah's economic growth Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Hussain Mohamed al-Mahmoudi, the director-general of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, highlights the role trade plays in Sharjah’s economic growth

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oil prices and Middle East oil production

Stable oil prices expected in 2014 Subscription Required

11 June 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Energy Information Administration forecasts average prices of almost $105 a barrel  

Dubai real estate

Dubai property overheating fears resurface Subscription Required

10 June 2014 | By Jeff Florian

The World Expo in 2020 will be key to Dubai’s property sector growth, but creating a sustainable market and avoiding another real estate bubble must be high on the agenda

George Kostas, CEO, MAF Properies

Interview: George Kostas, CEO of Majid al-Futtaim Properties Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Colin Foreman

The Dubai-based mall operator is undergoing an evolution into a fully fledged, mixed-use property developer, and its CEO is keen to expand on the firm’s shift in business strategy

Comment

Dubai’s planned energy programme states that by 2030, 12 per cent of its power will come from coal

Can coal ever be clean?

25 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Doubts emerge over carbon capture as UAE considers expanding on coal use

The Energy Ministry estimates that by 2020, about a quarter of the country's power will be generated by the nuclear sector, after the start-up of the nuclear reactor in Abu Dhabi in 2017

UAE shifts energy priorities

25 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

New Energy Ministry directorate designed to face changing landscape in global energy sector

Speculators have left Dubai's property market and, as a result, demand and prices have cooled

Dubai real estate market undergoes transition

25 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Evolution into a more mature market will bring new investors

Al-Maktoum International airport, in Dubai

UK in front for world's largest airport

18 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

New airport, not the Expo, is the largest Dubai construction scheme

Bahrain Financial Harbour

GCC states diversify their funding options

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahrain and Sharjah look for new investors

It is too early to tell whether the late August air strikes targeting Islamist-linked Libyan militias portend a longer and deeper UAE engagement, but a precedent has been set

Abu Dhabi adopts assertive stance

10 September 2014 | By James Gavin

The UAE’s military intervention in Libya shows it is ready to act in defence of its regional interests

Dubai airport

UAE firms have edge for Bahrain airport

1 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based firms will receive preferential treatment

Emaar Malls Group's Dubai Marina Mall

Mixed reaction to Emaar Malls Group listing

1 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Emaar Malls Group intial public offering sets benchmark for Dubai’s capital markets

The Pentagon in the US

UAE cuts out the middle man in Libya

28 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

By bombing Libya, the UAE and Egypt open the door to backlash from both allies and enemies

Burj al-Arab, Dubai

Dubai opens door for more African business

28 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

International governments see Dubai as ideal springboard for Sub-Saharan Africa

Dubai Mall

Emaar’s position stays uncertain

7 August 2014

Analysts remain unsure about the firm’s strategy along with worries about Dubai’s property sector

Regional: Interest in contemporary art is growing

Art investors grow cautious Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Austyn Allison

The global economic recession affected art sales as well. Its fallout has ensured the region’s art market is growing at a steady yet cautious pace

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