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UAE News and Analysis

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Solar Park

Abu Dhabi’s Masdar eyes $800m loanSubscription

The company plans to secure funds to finances construction of for solar project in Dubai

On 1 September, a water salute welcomed an Airbus A380 owned by Dubai’s Emirates airline, as it made its inaugural landing at Orlando International airport in the US

US government initiates Open Skies resolutionSubscription

Gulf airlines have strongly denied receiving state subsidies

Dubai Expo site

Dubai Expo infrastructure moves forwardSubscription

Contractors are competing for two deals

Etihad Airways

Qatar and UAE agree on air transport frameworkSubscription

Agreement includes unlimited number of weekly flights between Doha and Dubai

London skyline

Masdar to closely monitor Brexit impactSubscription

CEO says it may affect decisions in the future

Mashreq bank headquarters design

Mashreq awards headquarters construction dealSubscription

New tower will be built in Downtown Dubai area

Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum solar park

Dubai selects preferred bidder for 800MW solar schemeSubscription

International consortium had submitted world-record low tariff in May

Damac Properties: Akoya by Damac

Damac awards 25 construction contracts in first halfSubscription

Dubai-listed developer has let contracts worth combined values of $817.4m

Dubai Islamic Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank completes rights issueSubscription

The offering by the lender was roughly three times oversubscribed


No new GCC rail deadline following ministers' meetingSubscription

Ministers have been told to prioritise GCC rail 

Ajman City Centre

Majid al-Futtaim appoints contractor for expansionSubscription

Developer is expanding City Centre mall in Ajman by 51,000 square metres

DIFC plan to triple in size

Contractor wins Dubai financial centre expansion dealSubscription

Gate Village building is part of DIFC expansion

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Dubai

Dubai sets July deadline for library construction dealSubscription

Local and international firms are competing for the contract


Financial adviser working on UAE water projectSubscription

Local consultant to advise on private scheme

Gas plant

Dana Gas receiving normal payments from Kurdish governmentSubscription

Board reports says company is satisfied with the resumption of payments in Iraqi Kurdistan

Aerospace industry

Dubai launches 2030 industrial strategySubscription

Sector accounted for 14 per cent of GDP in 2014

Waste-to-energy plant

Dubai considering PPP for waste-to-energy plantSubscription

Municipality was originally planning to build project under engineering, procurement and construction model

Abu Dhabi

Waha Capital’s unit signs $116.m financing dealSubscription

Waha Land has signed the funding package to further develop industrial park in Abu Dhabi

Wasl Tower Dubai

Dubai tenders iconic tower for Expo 2020Subscription

Dubai developers plan to build a series on new landmarks during next four years

Young worker

The new definition of entrepreneurship

The Middle East will need to build its own definition of entrepreneurship

Artist's rendition of an eco-villa at the under-construction Masdar City in Abu Dhabi

Clean energy on the region’s agendaSubscription

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have made commitments to increase spending on clean energy innovation

Air pollution

GCC states outline carbon targetsSubscription

Governments are clearly concerned about the potential impacts of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

Dubai Inc can handle $16bn debt maturity mountainSubscription

Government-related entities are managing liquidity carefully

Dubai International airport Concourse D

Top airport projects you need to watchSubscription

Multi-billion dollar airport schemes have been launched across the region 

Ali Rashid Lootah, Nakheel

Anticipating Dubai's property trendsSubscription

Interview: Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman, Nakheel


Changes vital to boost safety in healthcare Subscription

Moving from a culture of blame towards one of safety in the GCC medical sector involves change

Khaled Sifri

Region holds on to its entrepreneurial spiritSubscription

Interview: Khaled Sifri, CEO, Emirates Investment Bank

Sani Sener, TAV Group

TAV Group stands firm on airport PPPsSubscription

Interview: Sani Sener, CEO of TAV Group

Busy surgery room

Big prospects in medical sectorSubscription

The GCC healthcare market is forecast to double in size by 2020, despite the low oil price. However, the sector does have its challenges

Surgery room

Reform crucial for healthcareSubscription

The biggest challenge in the GCC is striking a balance between improving healthcare services and the cost of those services

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Healthcare projects continue despite spending slowdownSubscription

Governments continue to prioritise hospital schemes


Must read: Abu Dhabi cuts 5,000 jobs while Dubai and Kuwait move on with projects Subscription

Outlook for GCC economies remains challenged due to low oil prices

Doha Metro station

Must read: Qatar and Dubai move on projects and Riyadh shakes up governmentSubscription

Event-driven projects and government reforms are the main drivers of the market


Private equity can shift to defensive sectorsSubscription

If private equity investors focus on more resilient sectors, they can continue to grow, says Gregory Garnier, partner at Bain & Company


UAE banks need to adapt fast in overcrowded marketSubscription

Strategy for new regulations and technology will drive performance

Avenues Mall in Kuwait

The 10 retail projects you need to watch: Part 2Subscription

MEED looks at the major new retail projects being developed across the region

City Centre Mall

The 10 retail projects you need to watch: Part 1Subscription

MEED looks at the major new retail projects being developed across the region

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

Must read: Saudi Arabia's economic vision, more Aramco awards and Abu Dhabi solarSubscription

The major story this week was the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans, while infrastructure project plans elsewhere in the GCC saw progress

Ras Tanura refinery

The 10 Gulf oil projects you need to watchSubscription

Part one: MEED looks at the oil schemes in the balance in Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE