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Suez Canal

Egypt seeks to revamp its reputation

16 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Suez Canal projects are playing a symbolic role in kick-starting the Egyptian economy

In the ongoing diplomatic squabble between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on one side and Qatar on the other, Kuwait is playing peacemaker

Kuwait sticks to the middle ground

16 October 2014 | By Austyn Allison

In both GCC and wider regional disputes, Kuwait is content to remain a peacemaker

Increased public investment in infrastructure could put the region’s economy back on track, according to the IMF

Infrastructure spending could revive economies

9 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Middle East and North Africa growth forecasts revised downward by IMF

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

2 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

There has been years of talk with little action

Oil prices

Hard economics overtakes geopolitics for oil

2 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Oil prices could stay below $100 a barrel for some time

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

Security forces supporting anti-government Huthis protesters in Yemen

Yemen cannot trade present for future promise

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

State is in danger of being ripped apart

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

Baghdad unity government a positive step

11 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Al-Abadi faces huge challenge to bridge sectarian divides

It is too early to tell whether the late August air strikes targeting Islamist-linked Libyan militias portend a longer and deeper UAE engagement, but a precedent has been set

Abu Dhabi adopts assertive stance

10 September 2014 | By James Gavin

The UAE’s military intervention in Libya shows it is ready to act in defence of its regional interests

Syria's President Bashar a-Assad

Respite from cold for Al-Assad

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

The West might have to ask the Syrian leader for assistance in stamping out jihadist group Isis

The Pentagon in the US

UAE cuts out the middle man in Libya

28 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

By bombing Libya, the UAE and Egypt open the door to backlash from both allies and enemies

Burj al-Arab, Dubai

Dubai opens door for more African business

28 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

International governments see Dubai as ideal springboard for Sub-Saharan Africa


Lama Qussas

Nurturing Palestine’s young talent Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Richard Thompson

In response to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing influence of radical Islam, the Palestinian Authority wants to encourage innovation among young Palestinians

National duty: Egyptians flocked to buy investment certificates for the Suez canal expansion

Suez projects to kick-start investment Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Cairo’s plans to expand the Suez Canal are central to its economic vision for Egypt

Complex: If Turkish troops push into Syria without UN backing, it will be a test of international law

Turkey joins coalition against Isis Subscription Required

10 October 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

There are risks in every direction for Ankara as it prepares to join the fight against Isis

Rallying support: Yemenis watch Abdelmalek al-Houthi give a speech in central Sanna on 23 September

Houthis make bold advance Subscription Required

7 October 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

The rebel group has extended its influence across the country, fearless of retribution from the state, and do not intend to withdraw any time soon

Strategy: Only a cut of about 1 million barrels a day from Opec will help stem the oil price decline

Hard realities test $100 oil Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Barrel prices come under intense pressure from oversupply and a strong dollar

Maintaining peace: Security in Cairo has been increased, with tanks in the streets

Egypt tense ahead of elections Subscription Required

25 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

An uneasy atmosphere prevails across the country ahead of parliamentary polls set to take place before the end of the year.

Fervour: Houthi supporters line a street in Sanaa, calling for a greater say in the make-up of the new government

Yemen's ticking time bomb Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

Escalating protests by Houthi supporters and increasing activity by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula mean Yemen is facing the greatest threat to its stability since the 2011 uprising

New strategy: Washington and its allies plan to wipe out Isis targets wherever they are, including Syria

Washington takes the initiative Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Air strikes by a US-led coalition are key to the pushback against Isis

Under the leadership of CEO Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, Mumtalakat has managed to turn its business around

Interview with Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Having steered Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund back to profitability, Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji is now aiming to take Mumtalakat international

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