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Bahrain's Gulf Air

Bahrain’s Gulf Air cuts losses in first half Subscription Required

1 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bahrain airline benefits from restructuring of business

Nasdaq Dubai

Nasdaq Dubai to sign dual listing deal with Egypt clearing house Subscription Required

31 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Agreement to be concluded in September

Dubai Mall

Emaar to list 15 per cent of mall group Subscription Required

31 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Developer confirms planned initial public offering

Port

DP World revises spending plans Subscription Required

28 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai port operator forecasts even stronger second half profits

Container traffic

DP World’s profits rise on back of container traffic growth Subscription Required

28 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Operator will add 8 million TEUs of capacity in next two years

Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) performance

Iraq’s stock exchange rally ends as index dips Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Iraq’s market rose on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s resignation

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

Saudi Arabia drafts rules for Tadawul opening to foreigners Subscription Required

24 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Authorities propose 10 per cent cap on foreign ownership

Offshore support vessel

Standard Chartered invests in Topaz Energy and Marine Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Topaz is a subsidiary of Oman-based Renaissance Services

Dubai Financial Market

Menacorp chief sees greater consolidation of UAE brokerage firms Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

CEO aims to diversify business model

Air Arabia

Air Arabia’s second quarter profits boosted by cost management Subscription Required

10 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Airline opened second UAE hub earlier in year

Dubai Mall

Analysts remain confident on Emaar Subscription Required

7 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dip in revenue not a cause for concern 

The Dubai Mall, an Emaar Properties development

Emaar’s malls and hospitality business drives first half results Subscription Required

5 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Malls business provided financial cushion for Emaar during downturn

Telecoms

Zain to IPO Bahrain unit in September Subscription Required

5 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Proceeds to fund network expansion

Aramco extends deadline for Maintain Potential Programme

Aramco extends deadline for engineering deal Subscription Required

5 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Bid deadline for Maintain Potential Programme is now 11 August

Pharmaceuticals

Dubai Investments sees first half profit surge Subscription Required

3 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Divestment of stake in pharmaceutical subsidiary boosts results for the investment firm

Aldar says profits were driven by the continued handovers of units at Gate Towers

Aldar profits grow on residential leasing Subscription Required

3 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Abu Dhabi developer reduces borrowing costs

Tadawul performance and all share index

Tadawul could open to foreigners by 2015 Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Move to open Saudi Stock Exchange to foreign investors will support growth of non-oil sector

Saudi Stock Exchange

Saudi Arabia set to open Tadawul to foreigners Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investors gain access to region’s biggest exchange

Business

Faithful+Gould to focus on programme management Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Consultant says clients increasingly want global services

Algeria approves plan to boost oil and gas output

Algeria approves plan to boost oil and gas output Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

National energy company Sonatrach plans to spend $100bn over five years

Comment

Emaar Malls Group's Dubai Marina Mall

Mixed reaction to Emaar Malls Group listing

1 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Emaar Malls Group intial public offering sets benchmark for Dubai’s capital markets

Dubai Mall

Emaar’s position stays uncertain

7 August 2014

Analysts remain unsure about the firm’s strategy along with worries about Dubai’s property sector

Riyadh

Tadawul access a positive sign

24 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

The region is set to become more appealing to international entities as Riyadh opens up its stock exchange to foreign investors

Riyadh

Foreign access to Tadawul positive for region

22 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Gulf region will become more appealing to international investors

Markets

Project finance dip no cause for worry

10 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

While there may be a decline in project finance volumes in 2014, next year promises to be lucrative

UAE: Greater transparency needed in capital markets

UAE regulator under pressure

3 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

The dramatic slump in Arabtec Holding’s share price shows more action is needed to tackle suspicious behaviour on the stock markets

Analysis

Value and number of GCC IPOs

Gulf sees listings spike in second quarter Subscription Required

14 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Number of initial public offerings in the Gulf rise in second quarter

Investment grade bond debt maturities by country

The Middle East’s refinancing burden Subscription Required

23 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Region’s investment grade companies need to refinance $91bn-worth of debt by 2018

Stock market

Market reacts to Saudi decision to open up stock market Subscription Required

23 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

The opening of the Tadawul to foreign investors is widely welcomed by market

Qatar drives mergers and acquisitions

Qatar drives Middle East mergers and acquisitions Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Value of deals in the second quarter highest since start of 2011

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

DMCC fuels commodity flows through Dubai Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai’s diamond and gold trade soars

Markets

Market regulators must toughen up Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

The sharp fall in UAE contractor Arabtec’s share price has led to calls for tougher regulation

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