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King Salman: Focus on maintaining stability

Next generation joins the Saudi succession

27 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

The Saudi king has brought the younger generation into the line of succession to ensure stability, but political and economic issues remain

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi (R) with Prime Minister Habib Essid

Tunisia's new government faces tough task

25 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Newly elected cabinet will need to ensure it can compromise to implement policies

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

While there are worrying developments, reports on the demise of the kingdom’s oil sector are wildly exaggerated

Dubai in the UAE

Diversified Dubai drives ahead

20 January 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Emirate is tendering major projects despite oil price slump

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Masters of the new world energy order

18 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC, the worlds’ biggest energy exporter, and the US, the world’s largest energy consumer are emerging as leaders in a new world energy order

This year, a much larger proportion of Dubai's revenue is planned to be generated by service charges such as motorway tolls and parking meters

Headline taxes remain a last resort

13 January 2015

Gulf governments will not want to provoke political unrest or spook potential investors by levying additional taxes

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

OPEC seeks purpose in the new world energy order Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Founded in 1960, OPEC is the most successful commodity cartel in history, but it’s now facing an existential challenge.

Muscat, the capital of Oman

Oman’s highest budget ever

6 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Is Oman’s increase in spending driven by bravery or fear?

A general view of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant

Hopes rise on reported Iran uranium deal

6 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Tentative agreement on shipping weapons-grade material to Russia could aid upcoming nuclear talks

Tunisia's new Prime Minister Habib Essid

Tunisia's tough decisions yet to come

6 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Economic malaise will challenge Tunisia’s new government

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

Analysis

Stability: King Salman's (extreme right) first priority was to establish a clear line of succession to the throne

Saudi Arabia's next generation emerges Subscription Required

27 January 2015

The many challenges facing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Military campaign: The Houthis consolidated control

Yemen on the precipice Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

The political vacuum in Yemen since President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi’s resignation has provided yet more uncertainty for the country’s future

The House of Saud

The house of Saud Subscription Required

27 January 2015

Take a look at the house of Saud’s family tree through MEED’s image gallery

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Obituary: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

23 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah deprives the Middle East of one of its most forceful political leaders of recent times

Dubai’s Salik road toll is contributing to revenue growth

Oil price fall reignites tax debate Subscription Required

18 January 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

GCC governments could resort to stealth taxes to prop up budgets in the face of declining crude prices

Falling crude prices are accentuating the excess supply of hotel rooms in Dubai

Dubai tourism sector to cool on oil slump Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Ahmed Ramdan, group CEO of the local hospitality consultancy Roya International, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on tourism in Dubai

Dubai hotel rooms

Dubai’s budget hotel dilemma Subscription Required

11 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

While there is strong demand in the emirate for mid-range and budget hotels, the cost of land is holding back development of sector

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

Tunisia’s transition success based on consensus Subscription Required

5 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Political and economic challenges still ahead

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

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