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Detained illegal immigrants in Tripoli, Libya on 21 April

Unified action needed to end Libya chaos

22 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

More support is needed to help Libya’s neighbours

Mursi

Mursi sentence could drive deeper divisions in Egypt

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

Yemen clashes

Yemen on verge of civil war Subscription Required

24 March 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

Both sides of Yemen’s political and economic conflict must be convinced to return to the negotiating table

Bardo Museum attack

Tunisia's stability threatened Subscription Required

24 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Tunisia’s most lethal terror attack since 2002 has struck at the heart of the capital

Mark Watts

Crunch time for Iran talks Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Negotiators have until the end of March to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme

Richard Thompson

Defining moment for Egypt

19 March 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Summit saw new alliance of regional and international stakeholders sign up for a war on issues that hold the region back

Richard Thompson

Fifa decision will be green light for Qatar projects

19 March 2015 | By Richard Thompson

$135bn worth of project contract awards by 2020 with peak construction between 2016-2018

Cairo raised $130bn of investment pledges at the summit

Making good on promises Subscription Required

17 March 2015

The Sharm el-Sheikh conference is just the start of a very long and difficult journey for Egypt

Rob Jones

Egypt must deliver on major contracts Subscription Required

15 March 2015 | By Robert Jones

With investment of $130bn to redevelop its infrastructure and create jobs, Egypt has big plans

Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt

Security in Sharm el-Sheikh intensifies ahead of conference Subscription Required

12 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Historic week for Egypt as it courts international investors

Hossam Abougabal

Egypt seeks major projects investment Subscription Required

9 March 2015

The government wants to fund projects through foreign investment rather than via local banks

Wil Crisp

Libya’s worsening crisis Subscription Required

4 March 2015

Jihadist threat changes the dynamic of Libya’s conflict

Philippa Wilkinson

Oman continues high capital spend Subscription Required

3 March 2015

Key projects will go forward in 2015

Construction in Cairo

Egypt committed to foreign investment Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Authorities affirm FDI commitment with recent concerns surrounding the financing of Arabtec’s housing project

Analysis

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

Talks: The ‘key parameters’ of a deal aimed at preventing Tehran from building a nuclear bomb have been agreed upon

The way forward for Tehran Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

The Lausanne agreement has left investors eagerly awaiting the lifting of sanctions

Saving Yemen: It is likely the Saudi-led coalition will feel a ground invasion is necessary

A litmus test for Saudi policy Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

King Salman’s strategy for Yemen has the potential to mark a major shift in the history of the region

Iran transport projects

Iran's transport sector in need of sanctions relief Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Islamic Republic will have better access to finance and international technical expertise if embargoes ease

Four-nation tour: South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye is fostering ties with the leaders of Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Seoul moves to strengthen ties Subscription Required

24 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

South Korea is looking to redress the trade disparity with GCC countries in the face of lower oil prices

Qatar projects update

Qatar project awards to increase Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Around $30bn-worth of awards are expected to be made in 2015

Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz on 22 March. Houthi fighters opposed to Yemen's president took over the city in an escalation of a power struggle

A futile battle for power in Yemen Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

If the Houthis and Al-Hadi go to war, the outcome will only be one that leaves Yemen’s already impoverished economy moribund

The terrorist attack in March on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which cost more than 20 lives, has thrown Tunisia’s fragile security situation into the international spotlight

Tightening security only way forward for Tunis Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Terror attacks such as the one on the Bardo Museum could send Tunisia spiralling into a vicious circle of deteriorating security, and the government must take preventive actions immediately

Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Iraq economy falters as anti-Isis campaign unfolds Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The IMF said Iraq’s government should cut spending and change its banking policies to deal with a soaring budget deficit

Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar

Qatar to 2022 and beyond Subscription Required

19 March 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Fifa confirms the Qatar World Cup Finals are to be held in November 2022 to avoid the Gulf’s heat and humidity

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi speaks at the Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh on 13 March

Egypt’s $200bn sales pitch

17 March 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Cairo’s huge investment conference was a defining moment for President Al-Sisi

Egypt attracts almost $100bn of investment deals

Egypt attracts $130bn of investment deals Subscription Required

15 March 2015 | By Robert Jones

Country seeks finance to rebuild infrastructure and kick-start economy

Jubail

Saudi industrial city developments progressing Subscription Required

9 March 2015

The kingdom is spending $11bn to develop downstream, housing and education facilities in the Eastern Province

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

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