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The Viceroy Hotel in Abu Dhabi

Dubai hotel group closes financing Subscription Required

1 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Syndicated finance includes Chinese banks

Arabtec shares drop on 1 million homes setback

Arabtec shares drop on 1 million homes setback Subscription Required

1 September 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Less commitment to project could be net positive

Egypt housing

Arabtec and Egypt fail to agree on housing project Subscription Required

31 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Arabtec will only develop the first phase of the major scheme

Dubai real estate

Midtown phase one launched in Dubai Subscription Required

31 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Main contract expected to be awarded by the final quarter of next year

Falcon Island is a residential development being built in Ras al-Khaimah

Local developer launches phase two of Ras al-Khaimah scheme Subscription Required

30 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The project includes more than 150 waterfront villa units, private beaches, canals and parks

Refinery

Dubai invites companies to bid for refinery expansion Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Emirates National Oil Company to add capacity to Jebel Ali facility

Enoc petrol pump

UAE fuel prices for September announced Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Fuel prices rose 24 per cent in August as subsidies were scrapped

Port

DP World profits up Subscription Required

27 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Debt burden rises on acquisitions

Dreamz by Danube development

Dubai developer awards contract on Dreamz by Danube Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Development’s affordability has made it popular with buyers

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Arab leaders meet Putin Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Security, nuclear power and industrial projects discussed in Moscow

Sharjah

Local developer announces major Sharjah project Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Sharjah Waterfront City will be developed across a 35 kilometre coast

Stock market

GCC stock markets bounce back Subscription Required

26 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Gulf equity markets begin recovery from week of losses

Burj Khalifa Dubai skyine

Local firm plans Dubai hotel Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

To be developed in the Downtown area

Dubai real estate

Contractors prequalify for Dubai mixed-use scheme Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Local firms express interest in development

Oil prices

Optimism plunges among chief financial officers Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Deloitte reports negative impact of sustained low oil prices to optimism and risk appetite

The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

Tadawul leads further day of GCC market losses Subscription Required

25 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sell-off moderates but Saudi Arabia suffers

Sewerage

Dubai tenders consultancy contracts for deep-tunnel sewer project Subscription Required

24 August 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Deep-tunnel sewer network will be similar to Abu Dhabi’s STEP scheme

Offshore oil and gas

Chiyoda-CCC awarded $150m UAE offshore contract Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Japanese-led joint venture to carry out modifications at Das Island for Nasr development

Petrochemicals

Finnish firm wins Abu Dhabi petrochemicals contract Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Group will provide front-end engineering & design study for Borouge scheme

UAE drives Middle East steel output in July

UAE drives Middle East steel output in July Subscription Required

23 August 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional crude steel production rises 4.6 per cent

Analysis

Stock markets

Global uncertainty hits GCC stock markets Subscription Required

24 August 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

China worries impact commodity prices and shares

UAE fuel subsidies 2013 and 2015

UAE takes long-term view with subsidy cuts Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Deregulation of fuel prices will ease pressure on state budget

Tehran in Iran

Emirati banks cautious on Iran Subscription Required

23 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

UAE could be well-placed for trade finance boom

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

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

GCC construction awards

Updated Fidic contracts to relieve project pressure Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

A more collaborative form of contract is an opportunity for the region

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

Education

Gender rights and education key to UAE development Subscription Required

2 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Swedish State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Oscar Stenstrom, on the UAE’s development strategy

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

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah-based United Arab Bank

Interview: No slowdown in UAE consumer loans Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Paul Trowbridge, CEO of Sharjah’s United Arab Bank, is bullish on continued growth in the UAE

Bollywood Parks Entry

Managing the delivery of Dubai Parks & Resorts Subscription Required

22 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

South Korea’s Samsung C&T is managing 27 contractors on the $2.9bn project

Dubai and Abu Dhabi power supply and demand

Abu Dhabi prepares energy overhaul Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The need to restructure the UAE’s energy sector has grown more urgent following the launch of the country’s nuclear power programme

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

UAE oil and gas concessions

Abu Dhabi oil’s pivot to Asia Subscription Required

18 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

South Korea takes first stake in major oil concession as part of a growing interest of Asian companies in UAE production

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

Emirates airline

Emirates rises on falling oil Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Strong financial performance lifts carrier’s mood as it seeks to tackle head on the accusations of unfair government support by US rivals

Comment

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Why Gulf VAT could be bad news Subscription Required

19 August 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Imposing value-added tax (VAT) across the Gulf seems likelier than ever

Philippa Wilkinson

The ideal moment for subsidy cuts Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Much-needed subsidy reforms should be accompanied by public transport investments

Colin Foreman

The fog over Dubai's construction sector Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Emaar award is a sign that clients are ready to award contracts again

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

Mark Watts

UAE oil and gas looks to stronger second half Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Slump in contract awards could turn around on major deals in the pipeline

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Escalating open skies dispute begs resolution Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Dispute distracts and divides aviation industry players

Colin Foreman

Mixed signals for Dubai construction Subscription Required

25 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

High hopes for the second half of 2015

Colin Foreman

UAE construction nerves divide opinion Subscription Required

23 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Confidence has been knocked by falling oil prices and oversupplied real estate this year

Mark Watts

Steel sector hit by China slowdown Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Middle East steel producers call for protection from dumping

Colin Foreman

Speculation rules as UAE drops Oman rail link Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

The most popular explanations are political

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

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

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