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Gas turbine plant

GE wins long-term gas services contract Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

US group to provide maintenance at UAE gas group’s Das Island facilities

Plant

Dubai’s solar IPP on track for financial close Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Dewa has already signed PPA with developers

Belgrade Waterfront development

Abu Dhabi developer plans another international project Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

New scheme will add growing portfolio

Marina Mall in Dubai

Dubai developer receives management proposals Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Firms will manage masterplanned development

Solar

Dewa and Acwa sign solar contract Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi company to develop 200MW solar photovoltaic plant

Port

DP World tenders port dredging Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Access channel will connect to under construction terminal

Abu Dhabi submits nuclear licence applications

Abu Dhabi submits nuclear licence applications Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Unit 1 at Baraka plant 69 per cent complete

Dubai Expo site

Dubai seeks firms for Expo infrastructure Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Project is one of the most high-profile in the emirate

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings

Dubai World secures approval to cease court proceedings Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Deal to be concluded in matter of weeks

Dubai Ports Customs & Free zone Corporation

Dubai launches new port operator Subscription Required

25 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

New company will manage small and medium size facilities

Dubai extends deadline for coal IPP

Dubai extends deadline for coal IPP Subscription Required

25 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Eight consortiums invited to bid for coal plant

Hospital

Dubai tenders University Hospital Subscription Required

24 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Healthcare facility to be built at Silicon Oasis

Airbus A380

Emirates sets price guidance for sukuk Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Airline is raising funds with UK export credit guarantees

Ajman Bank raises $155m Islamic loan

Ajman Bank raises $155m Islamic loan Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

UAE banks participate in syndication

Oil field

Abu Dhabi receives bids on Bab oil field scheme Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Bab Integrated Facilities expansion valued at just under $2bn

Emaar Properties' Downtown district in Dubai

Emaar tenders Dubai tower construction Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Boulevard Point will be built in Downtown district

Steel production

Steel production up 7 per cent in February Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Iran and Saudi Arabia’s steel output help boost Middle East steel sector

Dubai World debt restructuring 'credit-positive'

Banks sell off Dubai World debt exposure Subscription Required

20 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Move by three banks comes ahead of debt restructuring

Roger Cruickshank, Atkins

Metros need revenue from surrounding land Subscription Required

19 March 2015 | By Robert Jones

Authorities must create ‘zones of attraction’ to fund rail systems

Euro value against the dollar

European contractors gain edge after currency drop Subscription Required

18 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Euro weakness will make eurozone-based construction companies more competitive

Analysis

Video graph

Strategic priorities shape Gulf projects spending Subscription Required

8 March 2015

The impact of low oil prices on project plans around the region

UAE oil and gas contract awards with oil prices

Counter-cyclical oil spending unlikely to return in Abu Dhabi Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Boom in contract awards during 2009 recession-led oil slump will not be repeated

China year of ram

China diversifies Gulf spending Subscription Required

17 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

China is expanding its spending in the Gulf beyond the oil and gas industry

Dubai hotels

Mixed start to 2015 for Dubai hotels Subscription Required

17 February 2015 | By Colin Foreman

New supply will present challenges for hotel sector in first quarter

Non-performing loan volumes in decline

UAE banks to weather difficult 2015 Subscription Required

16 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

New report says sector is well-equipped to deal with slowdown

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

Burj Khalifa cover

Cloudy outlook for Dubai property sector Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Internal and external factors play a role in the slowdown of Dubai’s real estate market

UAE bank profits 2014

UAE banks to face a rocky 2015 Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Analysts warn of slowdown in credit growth

Richard Thompson

Dubai's construction market active but softening

29 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Still many opportunities despite challenges, say speakers at Destination Dubai

Supply and demand: Domestic gas consumption has outsripped production in recent years

Abu Dhabi takes on gas deficit Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

The Shah project is providing a boost to gas availability in the UAE, but it is only part of its strategy

Railway construction

Rail projects safe from oil price drop Subscription Required

19 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

No sign of delays for existing rail and metro projects across the GCC although new project plans unlikely to materialise this year

Average LNG import prices to Japan

GCC LNG exporters hit as prices plummet Subscription Required

14 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Lower Asia demand growth and tumbling crude price signal weak liquefied natural gas market in 2015

Falling crude prices are accentuating the excess supply of hotel rooms in Dubai

Dubai tourism sector to cool on oil slump Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Ahmed Ramdan, group CEO of the local hospitality consultancy Roya International, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on tourism in Dubai

Dubai freehold villa supply pipeline

Dubai property market regains balance Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Dubai’s real estate market has matured, and will continue to see slow but sure growth on the back of confidence fuelled by the Expo 2020 win

Bosch provided the audio system for the 60,000-spectator capacity grandstand at Dubai's Meydan Racecourse

Dubai projects showcase technological innovation

12 January 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Expo and Smart City programmes will require cutting-edge products and installations

Dubai hotel rooms

Dubai’s budget hotel dilemma Subscription Required

11 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

While there is strong demand in the emirate for mid-range and budget hotels, the cost of land is holding back development of sector

Faced with an economic storm in 2015, Dubai’s response has been to plan for the long term

Dubai adopts cautious stance Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Faced with an economic storm in 2015, the emirate’s response has been to plan for the long term

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World

Interview: Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman, DP World Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

International ports operator DP World is cementing itself as a global trade player with major plans for future growth, according to its chairman. Rebecca Spong reports

Oil

Impact of falling oil prices on the UAE Subscription Required

17 December 2014

Like Kuwait and Qatar, the UAE is well prepared to deal with a period of low oil prices. It has substantial fiscal reserves, a relatively low breakeven price, and the strongest non-oil economy in the region

Oil, gas and chemical awards in the GCC

GCC oil and gas spending hits four-year high in 2014 Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Kuwait leads spending as Saudi Arabia has weakest year for contracts since 2004

Comment

Port operations

New port operator leverages Dubai experience

26 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

New port operator will help emirate’s maritime sector keep growing

Etihad Airways

Gulf aviation hub to be largely unchallenged Subscription Required

11 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Demands from US airlines have been raised in Washington

The majority of the labourers working on the GCC’s construction sites come from India and other subcontinent countries

GCC contractors consider bumper Indian budget Subscription Required

5 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Competition may subside, but labour costs could increase

Egypt housing

Egypt property plans threaten to overpromise Subscription Required

26 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Fears of overambitious real estate plans as general confidence remains high in the lead up to Egypt Economic Development conference

Construction

New vision for GCC construction workforce Subscription Required

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

UAE upstream market set for quiet year

UAE upstream market set for quiet year Subscription Required

17 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Fewer large projects set to be awarded in Abu Dhabi after three-year spending spree

Dubai finance

Dubai World debt restructure good for banks Subscription Required

16 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Creditor approval of debt restructuring deal will help to lower bad loan volumes

Crude export

Abu Dhabi well placed to ride out low crude Subscription Required

10 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Emirate remains undiversified but strong asset position lessens need for economic reforms

The tender for Abu Dhabi’s onshore oil concession has been called the biggest upstream prize available for international oil companies in the Middle East

The Middle East’s biggest oil prize Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

The Abu Dhabi onshore concession is one of the only major regional assets up for grabs for international oil companies

Dubai real estate

Market slowdown for Dubai real estate Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Minimum 10 per cent drop in prices expected

UAE banking sector set for tough 2015

UAE banking sector set for tough 2015 Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Lenders posted record profits last year

Coal-fired power plant

Coal back on the agenda Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

GCC and North Africa look to coal for power generation

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