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Kuwait needs to move fast if its plans are to be taken seriously

Second time lucky for Kuwait

24 February 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

New five-year development plan includes many old projects

The region is capitalising on the rising number of visiting Chinese tourists

Gulf can benefit from China’s export push

17 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

More Chinese companies are looking to set up in the region

Airbnb and its rivals already list thousands of properties around the region

Embracing the sharing economy

16 February 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

Gulf cities could benefit from the sharing economy, given their ambitious tourism targets

Oil prices

Oil price decline hits Gulf credit ratings

10 February 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Prudent fiscal policies required to ensure stable government finances

The crackdown by Bahrain's government has increased anger among those calling for reform and demonstrators have continued to take to the streets

Manama faces reduced options

10 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Declining government income will make it harder to contain unrest

Crude export

Abu Dhabi well placed to ride out low crude

10 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Emirate remains undiversified but strong asset position lessens need for economic reforms

The return of the Sudairi influence is best illustrated though the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (left) as the deputy crown prince

Sudairi influence returns to kingdom

8 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Sudairi branch influence grows as King Salman makes personnel changes

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

Analysis

kirkuk

Kirkuk dispute to intensify Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Erbil is determined to defend its control of the oil-rich province

Cairo in Egypt

Economic optimism growing in Egypt Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Expectations are high ahead of Economic Development Conference in March

Lebanon public debt

Economy grows on cheaper oil prices Subscription Required

23 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

On paper, the Lebanese economy seems to be performing well, due to a lower energy import bill. But instability continues to trouble the country

Dubai hotels

Mixed start to 2015 for Dubai hotels Subscription Required

17 February 2015 | By Colin Foreman

New supply will present challenges for hotel sector in first quarter

Bahrain

Four years on, no resolution in Bahrain Subscription Required

10 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp , Hossam Abougabal

Low oil prices will make it harder for Manama to bring an end to civil unrest

Unrest: Protests continue to take place across Bahrain on a daily basis

Crackdown on opposition leaders in Bahrain Subscription Required

10 February 2015

Renewed civil unrest in the country

Ten richest Mena billionaires

The Middle East’s missing billionaires Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Wil Crisp

A lack of world-beating entrepreneurs doesn’t bode well for the region’s economic development

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 Subscription Required

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

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