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Sabahi enters presidential race against Al-Sisi Subscription Required

20 April 2014, 9:19 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Candidate submits official documents

UAE inflation hits three-year high Subscription Required

17 April 2014, 9:51 GMT | By Mark Watts

Inflation in March seen at 1.9 per cent driven by rising housing and utilities costs

Algeria holds presidential election Subscription Required

17 April 2014, 7:59 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Polls opened on 17 April in what is being called a foregone conclusion for Algeria incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Sheikh Mohammed to visit Iran

15 April 2014, 19:58 GMT | By Colin Foreman

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed accepts invitation from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Up to 27 stocks could be included in emerging markets index Subscription Required

14 April 2014, 10:54 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Inclusion of more stocks will drive higher weightings for UAE and Qatar


Sheikh Mohammed: Willing to end diplomatic dispute

Mending ties with Islamic Republic

17 April 2014, 13:20 GMT

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, has agreed to visit Iran in a sign of thawing relations between the states

Prince Bandar bin Sultan

New policy heralds leadership change

17 April 2014, 13:13 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy change likely one of the main reasons for intelligence chief’s resignation


SMEs to become more competitive

14 April 2014, 9:57 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Several planned initiatives should improve conditions for SMEs


Iraq mine clearance slow to progress

10 April 2014, 15:20 GMT

Iraq’s ban on land mine clearance companies indicates its increasingly difficult working environment

Agenda: Obama flew to Riyadh to mend relations

US bid to mend damaged ties

7 April 2014, 15:26 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Washington is looking to repair relations with key allies in the GCC, following its criticised decisions on Iran and Syria


Oman looks forward to a positive future

3 April 2014, 15:52 GMT | By Elizabeth Bains

With the government rooting out corruption, Oman can focus on a concerted projects drive

Ports: Tenders have been issued for ports projects

Signs of a turn in Egypt’s fortunes

3 April 2014, 15:48 GMT | By Jeff Florian

While new infrastructure projects indicate an improvement in Egypt’s economy, stability is still a key issue


Al-Sisi faced with daunting mission

27 March 2014, 14:23 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

If the ex-army chief is elected leader, he will have to ensure stability as well as a democratic government

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Emir, Qatar

Dispute threatens GCC joint initiatives

25 March 2014, 9:06 GMT

GCC leaders will be aware that all sides will be losers if the diplomatic dispute is allowed to escalate into a broader crisis

Muslim Brotherhood

Muslim Brotherhood under scrutiny

20 March 2014, 16:31 GMT

Riyadh’s isolation of the Muslim Brotherhood will be difficult to extend regionally

Mubarak-style leadership?

Egypt's inevitable return to military rule

20 March 2014, 16:19 GMT

Army chief Al-Sisi is expected to be elected president, in a sign that Egyptians are desperate for stability


Keeping Riyadh within the fold

13 March 2014, 16:16 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The US should not lose sight of the elevated status the kingdom enjoys with many leading economies

Kuwait: Key projects must not be derailed by politics

Optimism grows as deals progress in Kuwait

13 March 2014, 13:54 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

As key schemes move ahead, the government must ensure politics does not derail plans again


Worker scrutiny threatens Qatar growth

13 March 2014, 13:49 GMT | By Jeff Florian

If Doha’s ability to hire foreign labourers is hampered, this could delay projects and curb growth


Hopes rest on federalism model for Yemen

6 March 2014, 14:22 GMT | By Peter Salisbury

With a decree on Yemen’s devolution imminent, the current government believes the unity of the country relies on abandoning centralisation


Baghdad appeals to private sector

6 March 2014, 13:03 GMT | By Andrew Roscoe

Progress with the government’s IPP programme would deliver more benefits than just additional power


Oil windfall yet to benefit Iraq's economy

6 March 2014, 12:04 GMT | By Adal Mirza

Sectarian politics and prolonged violence are inhibiting foreign investment in Iraq’s industries

Sheikh Tamim: Remains unshaken on foreign policy

Sheikh Tamim faces next test

6 March 2014, 10:24 GMT | By Adal Mirza

As Saudi Arabian, Bahraini and UAE ambassadors withdraw from Doha, the region looks to the Qatari emir for the state’s next foreign policy move


Abu Dhabi has time on its side

27 February 2014, 14:13 GMT

The emirate can afford to meet its industrial diversification targets at a slower pace than neighbouring states

Ibrahim Mahlab: Poised to tackle Egypt’s problems

New leader in Egypt will take tough stance

27 February 2014, 14:12 GMT

With Egypt’s economy continuing to struggle, the new government must live up to its promises


Trade confidence in the Middle East

Confidence among UAE traders grows Subscription Required

8 April 2014, 7:47 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

India and China will remain the UAE’s fastest-growing trade routes

Power: Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin’s appointment was announced on state television

Riyadh presents a united front Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 15:00 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The appointment of a deputy crown prince shows King Abdullah wants to end speculation about the Al-Saud family’s succession plans

Strained ties: Obama’s meeting with King Abdullah seems to have produced only modest results

US influence on the Middle East waning Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 14:18 GMT

Recent foreign policy initiatives have put Washington at odds with key allies in the GCC

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription Required

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By Colin Foreman , Rebecca Spong

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Gulf leaders have gathered in Kuwait for the Arab League summit being held on 25-26 March

GCC’s future hangs in the balance Subscription Required

25 March 2014, 8:46 GMT | By James Gavin

The withdrawal of ambassadors from Qatar earlier this month by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE will further set back long-delayed GCC joint initiatives

Switch: Prince Mohammed has taken over the leadership of Riyadh's strategy towards Syria

Riyadh tightens foreign policy Subscription Required

13 March 2014, 15:15 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The kingdom has adopted a more forceful approach to diplomacy in a move to align its domestic and external policies aimed at fighting terrorism and extremism

Justice: Federalism should help redress some of Yemen’s economic imbalances, says a local party member

Unity through division in Yemen Subscription Required

6 March 2014, 9:43 GMT | By Peter Salisbury

Federalism could hold the key to maintaining political and economic stability in Yemen

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