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Wil Crisp

Losing the 2022 World Cup may help Qatar’s economy

28 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

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

Water desalination plant

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

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Riyadh's spring clean Subscription Required

5 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

King Salman has made it clear he is willing to depart from the policies of his predecessors and inject new life into the kingdom’s corridors of power

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed's drive is felt in 2015 Subscription Required

5 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Dubai is moving foward with a raft of new projects inspite of lower oil prices

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman reshuffle changes everything Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Richard Thompson

After four months of ‘continuity’, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has unveiled the most far reaching shake up of government the kingdom has ever seen

New Saudi Health Minister Khalid al-Falih (left) and Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh turns to the technocrats Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Aramco CEO is the latest to be given senior government role

Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Nayef

Saudi generation change moves one step closer Subscription Required

29 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

King Salman will be the last of King Abdulaziz’s sons to rule the kingdom

Kuwait’s peak electricity demand is growing at 8 per cent a year

Kuwait independent power market to return Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Reforms mean progress is expected, but not without teething problems

Detained illegal immigrants in Tripoli, Libya on 21 April

Unified action needed to end Libya chaos Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

More support is needed to help Libya’s neighbours

Mursi

Mursi sentence could drive deeper divisions in Egypt Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Twenty-year sentence highlights flaws in Egypt’s justice system

Doha in Qatar

Optimism for Qatar amid uncertainty Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Steady growth forecast for Qatar’s economy

The UAE’s new Companies Law has missed an opportunity to revolutionise the country’s capital markets

UAE Companies Law misses opportunity Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

New legislation will drive market for initial public offerings, but could have gone further

Iran

Caution may be best strategy in Iran Subscription Required

2 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

As excitement in the Middle East and global business community grows over the possibility of a nuclear deal with Iran, others are urging caution

Mark Watts

Key decisions to follow Lausanne agreement Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Current round of Iran nuclear talks are important step, but accord will not be fleshed out until June

Air strikes in Yemen

Yemen risks civil war Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

If handled incorrectly, Saudi Arabian intervention could lead to an all-out regional war

Kevin Baxter

South Korea builds closer GCC ties Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Seoul wants to export more to the region

Analysis

Isis-affiliated group profile: Ansar Beir al-Maqdis

Sinai-base militants warn of increased activity Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Ansar Beit al-Magdis warn of more attacks on security forces

Richard Thompson

Top 10 trends shaping the Middle East: 5-1 Subscription Required

21 May 2015 | By Richard Thompson

MEED outlines the biggest trends impacting the region

Divisive: The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Egyptians to “reclaim the democracy they fought so hard for”

Mursi verdict threatens stability Subscription Required

19 May 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The death penalty handed to former president Mohamed Mursi could see mass protests return to Egypt

Indian bank in Dubai

Remittances remain volatile Subscription Required

18 May 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

Remittance flows began to grow again last year, but could be hit if oil prices stay low

Richard Thompson

Top 10 trends in the Middle East: 10-6 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Richard Thompson

MEED outlines the biggest trends impacting the region

Qatar IMF data Q2 2015

Qatar real GDP to grow Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Qatar’s real GDP is expected to rise to $110.3bn in 2015

Unfulfilled ambition: No progress at this construction site in Erbil

Reportage: Erbil, Iraq Subscription Required

10 May 2015 | By Florian Neuhof

After being dubbed the ‘New Dubai’ in the boom years, Erbil now faces a future dominated by the fight against terrorism

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

MEED board report, May 2015 Subscription Required

7 May 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

Saudi Arabia

Focus falls on Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince Subscription Required

6 May 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is taking on a more powerful role in the kingdom

Forum: Buamim leads the delegation in Bratislava

Interview: Hamad Buamin, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber Subscription Required

5 May 2015 | By Colin Foreman

The Czech and Slovak republics have been identified as target markets for trade with Dubai. Colin Foreman reports from Prague and Bratislava

Oil drop

Oil price drop hits Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

28 April 2015 | By Robert Jones

The latest IMFdata on Saudi Arabia illustrates the impact the decline in oil prices is having on the kingdom’s economy

Egypt security

Security fears dampen Egypt optimism Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

With $130bn worth of investments pledged, Egypt must tackle the security situation to ensure projects go ahead and confidence returns

Abdelmalek al-Houthi

Yemen crisis – main players Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

A guide to the major actors in the ongoing Yemen conflict

Sudan election: Only 30-35 per cent of the electorate is reported to have voted

Al-Bashir is losing credibility Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Richard Nield

The low turnout for Sudan’s recent presidential poll could signal the beginning of the end for the incumbent leader, who has failed to deliver promised reforms

Saudi Arabia says the Yemen insurgency is being fuelled by Iran

Regional powers collide in Yemen Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Fears of growing Iranian influence are behind Saudi Arabia’s military operation

Shinzo Abe's economic policies have started to improve Japan’s competitiveness in the Middle East

Depreciating yen lifts Japan's exports Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Japanese companies are gaining a greater foothold in Middle East markets

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

MEED board report, April 2015 Subscription Required

8 April 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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