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Yemen clashes

Yemen on verge of civil war

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

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

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

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

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

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

Second time lucky for Kuwait Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

8 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Sudairi branch influence grows as King Salman makes personnel changes

Analysis

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

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

Ibrahim Mahlab, premier of Egypt

'We are reforming the economy,' says Egypt premier Ibrahim Mahlab Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

In an exclusive interview with MEED, the prime minister explains how the government is working towards a fundamental reform of the Egyptian economy and looking to engage the private sector

Libya timebomb

The North African time bomb Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Libya’s escalating crisis is threatening regional stability

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

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