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UAE News and Analysis


Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

Turner appointed as project manager for Burj 2020 Subscription Required

27 August 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Dubai tower Burj 2020 will be world’s tallest commercial building

Planned Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi

Contractors submit bids for Abu Dhabi Guggenheim Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Saadiyat Island will be home to several major museums

Tripoli International airport following air strikes

US claims UAE and Egypt responsible for airstrikes on Libya Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Anonymous US officials tell news agencies that the UAE and Egypt secretly bombed Libyan militias

Nakheel's Jumeirah Village Triangle development in Dubai

Nakheel appoints consultant for Dubai shopping mall Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Retail centre will be built at Jumeirah Village Triangle

Dubai Metro

Mitsubishi likely to win new Dubai Metro work Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Dubai Road & Transport Authority prepares to tender $1.8bn in construction deals and signals Mitsubishi-led consortium as frontrunner

Dubai tram

Extra safety measures push Dubai’s tram over budget Subscription Required

25 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Transport authority says additional features have been added to prevent collisions with cars and pedestrians

UAE money

UAE Central Bank warns of legal action against Standard Chartered Subscription Required

24 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

New York anti-money laundering settlement to affect thousands of UAE businesses

Downtown Dubai

Parsons wins more Dubai Water Canal work Subscription Required

24 August 2014 | By Colin Foreman

US-based consultant will design infrastructure for the new development

Offshore support vessel

Standard Chartered invests in Topaz Energy and Marine Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Topaz is a subsidiary of Oman-based Renaissance Services


Nakheel awards Jumeirah Islands construction contract Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Local contractor will build houses and retail centre

Seoul, South Korea

Dubai’s sovereign wealth fund signs deal with South Korea Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investment Corporation of Dubai to work with the Export-Import Bank of Korea


Dubai extends bid deadline for Jebel Ali plant expansion Subscription Required

20 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project will expand M Station plant by 600MW

Gulf Capital SME Awards

UAE small business finalists announced Subscription Required

20 August 2014

Finalists enjoyed a combined turnover of AED1.6bn and an average growth rate of 134 per cent in 2013


Rakbank to acquire stake in insurance firm Subscription Required

19 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Ras al-Khaimah-based bank eyes new business

Dubai Financial Market

Menacorp chief sees greater consolidation of UAE brokerage firms Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

CEO aims to diversify business model

Abu Dhabi

Fitch maintains high rating for Abu Dhabi Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Banking sector’s performance improving in line with economy

Mall of the Emirates in the UAE

UAE consumer credit bureau to open in September Subscription Required

13 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Office aims to reduce credit losses

Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded its ratings for three state-owned Abu Dhabi firms

Moody’s upgrades three Abu Dhabi firms Subscription Required

12 August 2014 | By Mark Watts

High government support for state-owned Ipic, Mubadala and TDIC boosts credit ratings

Water transmission

Dewa launches water control centre Subscription Required

12 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Water control centre will be able to identify and isolate faults in Dubai’s water transmission network

Bahrain Financial Harbour

Gulf Finance House to list sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai Subscription Required

12 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Islamic bond worth $200m to be issued in coming months


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


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

GCC stock market performance

UAE and Qatar stocks rise to recover mid-May losses Subscription Required

28 May 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Investors took advantage of cheaper buying opportunities


Sharjah’s rating affirmed by Standard & Poor’s Subscription Required

26 May 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Estimated economic growth of 5 per cent for Sharjah in 2014

Risk: While the UAE and Qatar markets could become more volatile, some investors may be willing to take on the risk

Promoted status moves markets Subscription Required

22 May 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

The Qatar and UAE upgrades to emerging market status have triggered a wave of increased volatility

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s construction rebound Subscription Required

1 May 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Developers in the emirate are selling off-plan properties again as confidence returns to the market

UAE banks' first-quarter results

UAE banks post strong first quarter results Subscription Required

30 April 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Market set to get more competitive as economy strengthens

Abu Dhabi peak power demand forecast

Exports drive growth in Abu Dhabi electricity demand Subscription Required

24 April 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Abu Dhabi could face electricity shortfall by 2016 if extra capacity does not come online


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

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


Abu Dhabi moves on oil concession

24 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Bids submitted for Adco onshore operations, but major contender ExxonMobil has left the race

Nakheel Nad al-Sheba

Dubai developers must end sales price concerns

19 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Developing cash-generating assets requires funding, but delivers long-term revenues

Dubai Metro: Expansion could link to more areas

Metro progress is a promising sign

17 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Both Dubai and Doha will benefit in the long term from the metro projects under way for World Cup and Expo

Biggest mall: Mall of the World is back on track

New mall depicts cautious approach

10 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

The change in location for Dubai’s Mall of the World shows developers are continuing to be risk-averse

Dubai construction

'Come and we will build' now Dubai's mantra

10 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Risk averse developers break from ‘build and they will come’

The Mall of the World site as seen from Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai must grow for world’s biggest malls

6 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Almost every major shopping centre in the emirate is being expanded

UAE: Greater transparency needed in capital markets

UAE regulator under pressure

3 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

The dramatic slump in Arabtec Holding’s share price shows more action is needed to tackle suspicious behaviour on the stock markets

Arabtec share price has fallen

Arabtec locked in a fight for survival Subscription Required

26 June 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Company’s ability to manage risks will be thrown into doubt following meltdown

Nakheel back from debt

The milestone is Nakheel is back Subscription Required

25 June 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Prepaying all bank debts will allow Nakheel to return to its former glories


Nasdaq Dubai vies for higher growth Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

More sukuk listings on the exchange will help Dubai realise its goal of becoming a hub for Islamic finance

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