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Colin Foreman

Conflicting data on Saudi economy

5 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Full impact of lower oil prices has not been realised

Hossam Abougabal

Sinai needs more social infrastructure not tanks Subscription Required

2 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Cairo’s negligence of Sinai over the past few decades is at the root of the escalating situation

Philippa Wilkinson

A devastating blow for Tunisia Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Tunisia needs aid now, not after it sinks into chaos

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait mosque attack raises GCC security concerns Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Even politically stable countries are at risk of growing terrorism threat

Hossam Abougabal

Tunisia assault could cripple North African tourism Subscription Required

28 June 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Tunisia attack also bad for Egypt and Morocco tourism

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

Wil Crisp

Value of Kuwaiti contract awards in danger of collapsing Subscription Required

23 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Dispute over oil company board members could return Kuwait to the era of inaction

Richard Thompson

MEED Video Board Report, June 2015 Subscription Required

18 June 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The outlook for oil prices, a slowdown in GCC projects and rising security concerns

Kevin Baxter

Riyadh walking a fine line Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

At best the region could be heading for a sectarian cold war, at worst all-out conflict

Mark Watts

Baghdad-Erbil stalemate continues Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Dispute over budgetary payments threatens Kurdish oil ambitions

Colin Foreman

Time favours Russia, but not Qatar Subscription Required

3 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

A rebid held in 2017 would give new host enough time to prepare for 2022

Wil Crisp

Doha’s reputation mismanagement Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Real change is needed to win over Qatar’s critics ahead of the 2022 World Cup

Syrian war: The conflict is now in its third year

Diplomacy has few advocates in the Middle East Subscription Required

2 June 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

More than 100,000 lost their lives in 2014

Wil Crisp

Losing the 2022 World Cup may help Qatar’s economy Subscription Required

28 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Fitch Ratings says if Qatar is stripped of the tournament its robust economic growth will continue

Andrew Roscoe

Kuwait makes fresh start with PPP programme Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

New economic climate of lower oil prices has raised the importance of private sector partnerships

Mohammed Mursi in jail

Mursi death sentence could stall economic progress Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Untactful verdict from Egyptian courts could setback economic progress

GCC VAT

Prospect of sales tax revived Subscription Required

12 May 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Draft agreement is progress, but no guarantee of action

Analysis

In one weekend in May alone, more than 5,800 migrants were rescued offshore of Libya, according to a statement by the Italian coastguard. At least 1,750 have died trying to make the crossing so far this year

Libya's economic crisis starts to bite Subscription Required

2 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

As UN-mediated peace talks between Libya’s rival governments break down, the country’s finances look increasingly precarious

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

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh’s oil options Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Riyadh has been criticised for maintaining high oil production levels of oil as prices have fallen. But it has few better options

Tunisia shooting

Sousse attack to impact Tunisia's political transition Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sousse attack threatens entire economy, while the international community stands by

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

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

An oil refinery in the Panhandle of Texas

US replaces Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The US records the world’s largest increase in oil production over 2014

Buying Formula One may prove a costly mistake for Qatar

Buying Formula One may prove a costly mistake for Qatar Subscription Required

25 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Gulf state is unlikely to be able to handle the increased scrutiny a deal will bring

Negotiators of Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers at a recent meeting in Vienna

Iran looks to nuclear deal for economic resurgence Subscription Required

24 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Lifting of sanctions will enable Tehran to increase exports, help control inflation and boost economic growth

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

The Saudi-led coalition forces trying to repel the Shia Houthi rebels and militia loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have carried out scores of raids into Yemen since late March

No solution in sight for Yemen Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says the situation in Yemen is a ticking time bomb

The US will have its work cut out to convince its allies in Riyadh that Iran has not been given an easy ride

Riyadh concerned by Iran nuclear deal Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

As the 30 June deadline draws closer, the Saudi leadership is growing increasingly worried about the potential reemergence of Iran on to the global stage

A policeman carries out an inspection after a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Dammam province on 29 May

Saudi security outlook deteriorates Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

Isis is just one of several challenges facing Riyadh, as threats grow from potential Houthi and Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on domestic soil

The threat to peace is instead being drawn along sectarian lines with two attacks on Saudi Arabia's Shia community in the Eastern Province by terrorists affiliated to Isis in late May and early June

The rising threat from domestic terrorism Subscription Required

17 June 2015

Riyadh is taking the necessary steps to ensure Isis does not get a foothold in the kingdom

The main casualty in Saudi Arabia will be large-scale downstream projects such as petrochemicals facilities and new oil refineries

Saudi defence spending rises while oil income drops Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Even though low oil prices mean Riyadh will earn less hydrocarbons revenue, the authorities are still focused on increasing defence investment and maintaining social spending

A watershed year for Saudi Arabia

A year of change for Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains , Kevin Baxter , Philippa Wilkinson , Mark Watts

Riyadh has become embroiled in a complex web of challenges in 2015

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

Kurdistan Regional Government’s Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir

Interview: Rallying to combat Isis Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Florian Neuhof

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir says more international support is needed for the Peshmerga fighting Isis. Florian Neuhof reports

Saudi Arabia army

MEED board report, June 2015 Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

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