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Power

UAE banks missing out on project finance opportunities Subscription Required

23 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Lending in dirhams means developers do not get the best interest rates

Fujairah port

UAE plans expanded gas import project in Fujairah Subscription Required

23 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Fujairah government official says ultimate plan is 15 million tonnes a year

Award for phase 2 of Dubai solar park expected by year end

Award for phase 2 of Dubai solar park by year end

23 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Substation contract for solar park also awarded

For water, Dewa's aim is to improve efficiency of supply and reduce leaks, unmetered supply and technical losses

Dewa launches sustainability report

23 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Utility outlines targets around future performance

Pylons

UAE Energy Ministry expands with five new directorates Subscription Required

23 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Ministry given expanded mandate over energy conservation and clean energy

Dubai metro station

Consultants compete for Dubai Metro upgrades Subscription Required

23 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Stations and rolling stock studies are aimed at increasing capacity

Dewa Sustainable Building

Dewa wants to pioneer renewable energy

23 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Dubai utility wants to meet highest green energy standards

Emerald Palace Kempinski Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah

Depa wins two Dubai hotel fit out deals Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Projects are at World Trade Centre and on the Palm Jumeirah

Mall of the World

Dubai Holding to finalise Mall of the World plans in 2015 Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

First phase will take three years to build

Ruwais refinery expansion

UAE to commission Ruwais refinery expansion by year-end Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Capacity to be ramped up to 800,000 barrels a day in early 2015, says oil minister

Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District office space to be handed over in 2015 Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

The first phase of the development covers more than 2 million square metres

Construction

Tecom considers plans for new Dubai Internet City development Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Site was originally to be developed by US investors

Nakheel to tender construction work at Nad al-Sheba

Nakheel to tender construction work at Nad al-Sheba Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Development includes villas for leasing

Nakheel

Nakheel will not repay sukuk early Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Islamic facility is due to be paid in August 2016

The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Nakheel to complete last two building projects Subscription Required

22 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

News schemes will cost $1.14bn to complete

Egypt will buy 65 per cent of its oil product imports from the UAE for one year

Egypt signs energy deal with UAE Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Al-Sisi administration will buy 65 per cent of oil imports for the next year from UAE

Warner Bros theme park planned for Abu Dhabi

Contractors bid for Warner Bros theme park in Abu Dhabi Subscription Required

17 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Warner Bros Development will have 19 themed rides

Index Tower Dubai

Emirates REIT appoints Foster for Index Tower redesign Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

UK firm was original architect for the Dubai building

Emirates Flight Catering is evaluating bids from companies for the contract to build the third phase of its flight catering facilities at Dubai International airport

Emirates Flight Catering evaluates bids Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Contractors are competing to build third phase of facilities at Dubai International airport

In 2013, Carillion's local joint venture Al-Futtaim Carillion secured work on The Avenues for Dubai-based developer Meraas, with financial assistance from London

Carillion has the lead with UK funding Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Firm has secured work on two projects with export credit guarantees so far this year

Analysis

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

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

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

Comment

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

Drilling

Abu Dhabi moves on oil concession Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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

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