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Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the Nidaa Tounes party, has claimed victory in Tunisia's presidential run-off

Tunisia takes final step towards democracy

22 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Beji Caid Essebsi expected to win presidency

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt’s need for stability could come at a high cost

22 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Al-Sisi’s hardline approach could store up future problems

Dubai Marina

Robust Dubai can weather 2015 storm

18 December 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Challenging year ahead is not cause for worry yet

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall

18 December 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC’s oil producers will be the biggest winners from the 2014 oil price crash

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Renewable energy

Low oil price puzzle for regional utilities

11 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Sharp drop in prices has created uncertainty heading into 2015

The GCC’s well-funded security forces mean large-scale attacks on high-profile targets are unlikely

Security situation looks more uncertain in GCC

11 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Recent terror attacks in the GCC show it will be hard to prevent attacks on Western interests

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

4 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lower oil prices mean social spending is unsustainable

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

4 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

High fiscal reserves make drastic cuts to spending unlikely

Protester are angered at the clearing of former leader Hosni Mubarak of his part in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising

Al-Sisi’s iron fist may not be enough

30 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Thousands turn out to protest against Mubarak decision

While Abu Dhabi's decision to reform tariffs is a brave one, implementing them will prove the real challenge

Abu Dhabi leads the way with tariff reform

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Enforcing new utility tariffs may provide stiff challenge for government

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud called the return of the ambassadors “the start of a new phase of consensus” among Arab nations

Gulf ambassadors return to Qatar

20 November 2014

Differing views on political Islam remain as the GCC enters new phase of consensus

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

Oman remains on the sidelines

6 November 2014

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

Tunisia’s election success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

From revolution to democracy

6 November 2014

Tunisia’s success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

Analysis

Number of freehold residential transactions in Dubai

Oil prices unlikely to affect real estate in short term Subscription Required

17 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

Dubai’s real estate market witnessing relative stability as the region prepares for the impact of falling oil prices

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

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Impact of falling oil prices on Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

17 December 2014

Saudi Arabia is likely to record a deficit next year, but its sizeable reserves mean that there will be little anxiety in Riyadh

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Impact of falling oil prices on Qatar Subscription Required

17 December 2014

Qatar has made it clear it is planning to sustain a high level of spending over the course of 2015

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Impact of falling oil prices on Oman Subscription Required

17 December 2014

With smaller oil reserves and a much higher budget breakeven oil price, Oman is more vulnerable to low crude prices than the four biggest GCC economies, but stands in a far stronger position than Bahrain

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Impact of falling oil prices on Kuwait Subscription Required

17 December 2014

Kuwait’s low budget breakeven price of $52.3 a barrel and its hefty sovereign wealth fund makes it the best prepared out of any Gulf nation to face a prolonged period of depressed oil prices, according to Moody’s Investors Service

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Impact of falling oil prices in Bahrain Subscription Required

17 December 2014

With its precarious public finances and restive Shia majority, out of all the GCC nations Bahrain is the most vulnerable to persistently low oil prices

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

Current account balance

A lifeline for oil importers Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Low oil prices will provide an economic boost for Middle East and North Africa

Incremental Opec crude production capacity

Non-Opec to dominate capacity growth to end of decade Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Iraq to provide 60 per cent of new Opec volumes by 2020 with declines forecast in Kuwait and Algeria

WTI spot price

Riding out low oil prices Subscription Required

4 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

GCC nations brace for budget deficits as Opec offers no oil price support

No deal: Sanctions against Iran will remain in place for at least another seven months

The stalemate continues for Tehran Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

The window of opportunity may be closing for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme

Sovereign wealth funds

Middle East sovereign wealth funds change strategies Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Funds take a new approach to Europe

Gouia: We have succeeded in securing Tunisia

Interview: Tunisia's foreign secretary on developing the country's economy Subscription Required

24 November 2014 | By Richard Nield

Recent elections in Tunisia will create a solid basis for a resurgence in economic development and inward investment, says Faycal Gouia

Crunch: Abu Dhabi faces a shortfall of water next year unless new capacity comes online or demand decreases

A brave move by Abu Dhabi on water tariffs Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe , Philippa Wilkinson

The emirate is targeting nationals in its reform of power and water subsidies

Saad al-Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation

Interview: Qatar Foundation's president on the plan for the next 20 years Subscription Required

19 November 2014 | By Elizabeth Bains

The organisation is reviewing its achievements after two decades of rapid expansion, says its president, Saad al-Muhannadi

Saudi oil production and brent crude price

Riyadh in strong position ahead of Opec meeting Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia showing no signs of cutting oil production despite falling prices

Global gender gap ranking

Region struggles to shrink gender gap Subscription Required

12 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

The Middle East and North Africa region lags behind all other regions when it comes to female empowerment

WEF Think Tank launch

World Economic Forum launches global think-tank Subscription Required

11 November 2014 | By Lara Golden

Think-tank communities becoming increasingly important element of global policymaking

Sucessful election: The country’s high standards of education could have contributed to its quick transition

Still springtime in Tunisia Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Tunisia’s fragile democratic transition proves democracy can follow revolution

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