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Edmund O'Sullivan

Getting Saudi Arabia wrongSubscription

17 January, 2016 By

Commentators must understand that oil, Iran and the US are factors in shaping Riyadh’s politics

MEED comment

Philippa Wilkinson

Focus on problem loansSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

A difficult 2016 will show which banks and borrowers can balance their books

Richard Thompson new

Project finance key to 2016 successSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Low oil prices are creating opportunities for private finance but collaboration is needed to overcome challenges      

Philippa Wilkinson

The challenges of population growthVideoSubscription

2 February, 2016 By

Reform and investment is needed for the region to take advantage of demographic trends

Will Crisp

Healthcare sector job cuts highlight Doha's depopulation fearsSubscription

31 January, 2016 By

A decade of rapid population growth comes to an end

Hossam Abougabal

Egypt welcomes Chinese support as oil prices continue to plummetSubscription

20 January, 2016 By

China has announced a number of financial commitments ahead of the President Xi’s visit to Cairo on 21 January

Tehran, capital city of Iran

Making the most of IranSubscription

17 January, 2016 By

Sanctions are off the Middle East’s second largest economy, but business is going to need a coherent long-term strategy

Edmund O'Sullivan

Getting Saudi Arabia wrongSubscription

17 January, 2016 By

Commentators must understand that oil, Iran and the US are factors in shaping Riyadh’s politics

Philippa Wilkinson

GCC gets serious on subsidiesSubscription

12 January, 2016 By

After years of debate, the region’s governments are finally cutting subsidies, but the timing is poor

UAE banking sector set for tough 2015

UAE banks feel the pinch as regulator ramps up pressureSubscription

5 January, 2016 By

The country’s central bank has asked lenders to maintain permissible limit in various ratios which reflect the health of the banking system

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Counting the costs of the Yemen warSubscription

31 December, 2015 By

Latest peace talks resulted in an agreement to keep talking while missiles kept firing

Hossam Abougabal

Defence spending increases despite cautious budgetSubscription

29 December, 2015 By

The kingdom’s defence spending has been growing by an average of 19 per cent a-year since 2001

Colin Foreman

Slow 2016 as Riyadh takes stock of projectsSubscription

29 December, 2015 By

There could be new long-term opportunities in the kingdom for companies prepared to adapt

Philippa Wilkinson

The Arab Spring: from hope to despairSubscription

17 December, 2015 By

The region still needs to tackle economic and social divides

Philippa Wilkinson

Saudi Arabia's aid to EgyptSubscription

17 December, 2015 By

Egypt’s support for Saudi Arabia’s Islamic coalition coincides with a major aid package

Robert Jones

Major security surrounds Syria talks in RiyadhSubscription

10 December, 2015 By

Saudi Arabia has brought together rival factions to seek common ground ahead of Vienna peace talks

Wil Crisp

Replacing Kuwait’s oil minister could improve sector stabilitySubscription

1 December, 2015 By

Move is likely to defuse tensions between the oil ministry and the state oil company

Philippa Wilkinson

Kuwait promises much on projectsSubscription

25 November, 2015 By

The challenges on delivering its ambitious infrastructure plans are significant

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Innovation key to oil-price proof GCC economiesSubscription

24 November, 2015 By

Lack of abundant fossil fuel resources drives innovation and vice versa

Trends

Skyline of Cairo as seen from the Cairo Tower in Egypt

How the population surge can help governmentsSubscription

21 January, 2016 By

To accelerate economic growth, Middle East and North African countries can harness the talent of a growing population and free up the way for the private sector, says the IMF’s Masood Ahmed

Growing expectations: population infographic

The Middle East's growing expectationsSubscription

20 January, 2016

Job creation, rising healthcare costs, housing and education all major issues that the Middle East must tackle

Youth bulge

Harnessing the youth bulgeSubscription

20 January, 2016 By

The increasing proportion of young people in the region means governments can achieve rapid economic growth through prudent job creation

Nakheel: Palm Jumeirah

GCC contract awards to fall in 2016Subscription

19 January, 2016 By

A sharp decline of 15 per cent is forecast for contract awards in the region, although a series of major contract awards in Dubai provides some cause for optimism

Ahmed Badreldin, partner and head of the Middle East and North Africa region at Abraaj

Lucrative areas of focus for private equity investorsSubscription

17 January, 2016 By

Interview: Ahmed Badreldin, partner and head of the Middle East and North Africa region at Dubai investment firm Abraaj Group

Saudi Aramco

Aramco IPO to accelerate projects market overhaulVideoSubscription

8 January, 2016 By

Listing is latest new initiative aimed at modernising project delivery in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Will Saudi Arabia deliver on its 2016 budget promises?Subscription

5 January, 2016 By

The kingdom has increased domestic energy and utilities prices to help control spending in 2016

Saudi Arabia forms $10bn investment fund

Saudi Arabia set to introduce VAT in two yearsSubscription

31 December, 2015 By

Kingdom aiming for tax rate of 5 per cent

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Saudi budget reflects new economic realitiesSubscription

30 December, 2015 By ,

The reduction in spending could mean delays in some of the kingdom’s largest upcoming projects

Saudi Arabia forms $10bn investment fund

Saudi Arabia to review project management as budget cuts loomSubscription

15 December, 2015 By

The kingdom’s major projects will increasingly employ programme management solutions for large, complex developments

Cairo in Egypt

Egypt’s currency flows dry upSubscription

15 December, 2015 By ,

Tourism, trade and investment woes leave Egypt relying on foreign aid to secure hard currency

Clare Woodcraft-Scott, CEO of the UAE philanthropic organisation the Emirates Foundation

Investing in a nation’s youthSubscription

13 December, 2015 By

A philanthropic organisation is working on programmes to ensure young Emiratis learn skills that can be transferred into the jobs market

Gaza and West Bank

Warning signs in PalestineSubscription

13 December, 2015 By Dominic Dudley

The West Bank leadership look as vulnerable and weak as the economy it oversees

Iran

Iran's countdown to Implementation DaySubscription

30 November, 2015 By

The world is preparing for the end of nuclear-related sanctions against the Islamic Republic and the resumption of trade and finance flows

Egypt farm

Egypt looks to press ahead with wheat reformsSubscription

29 November, 2015 By

Grain purchasing reforms are needed for the world’s biggest wheat importer, but Cairo will be wary of the implications

Svalbard

The last resort for food security Subscription

26 November, 2015 By

A facility deep inside the Arctic Circle is playing a vital role in ensuring farming in the Middle East has a viable future

A KDP peshmerga celebrates

Isis backs down in SinjarSubscription

19 November, 2015 By Florian Neuhof

The jihadist group has been flushed out of Sinjar in Mosul and the Yazidis can finally return to a city that has been theirs for countless generations

Entering Kobane

Rebuilding war-ravaged KobaneSubscription

15 November, 2015 By

Residents are returning to the town in northern Syria that was destroyed during fighting with Isis

Cairo

Currency shortage impedes Egypt investorsSubscription

12 November, 2015 By

Government should take action to improve sentiment

Dubai's Shuaa Capital closes SME loan

Low oil prices to test SMEsSubscription

10 November, 2015 By

Reduced government spending and weak economic growth will mean SMEs in some sectors suffer

Special reports

Philippa Wilkinson

Focus on problem loansSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

A difficult 2016 will show which banks and borrowers can balance their books

Egypt expects car market to double in five years

General Motors halts Egypt operationsSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Import industries have been under pressure in Egypt since 2011

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s reserves dropped $116bn in 2015Subscription

9 February, 2016 By

Reserves fell 3 per cent in December

Al-Zadjali: Omani banks capitalised above Basel III

Oman considers EurobondSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Muscat to borrow up to $10bn

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

UAE restructures federal governmentSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Shake-up involves merging ministries

Kuwait: Mosque carpetsSubscription

8 February, 2016 By

Supply of carpets and mats for mosques

Cairo, Egypt streets

Egypt World Bank loan delayedSubscription

8 February, 2016 By

Cairo’s hesitation stems from government’s reluctance to impose value-added tax amid rising living costs

Saudi soldiers

Saudi Arabia offers ground troops in SyriaSubscription

7 February, 2016 By

The use of ground troops has been discussed in the past

Wheat

Egypt cancels wheat tenderSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Country is the world’s largest importer of wheat

Baghdad

Iraq to build wall around Baghdad to repel Isis Subscription

4 February, 2016 By

Work has started on 65-kilometre stretch of the wall

Venezuela’s Minister of Petroleum Eulogio del Pino

Venezuela to push Gulf states for oil production cutsSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Venezuelan oil minister Del Pino is expected to push for an agreement on cutting production

Syrian refugee children at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq

Jordan appeals for help to handle refugeesSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Country has received 600,000 UN-registered Syrian refugees

Soldiers in the Iraqi army

Baghdad forced to withdraw forces in Iraq’s southSubscription

3 February, 2016 By

Pressure from Shia militias sees troops removed from oil-rich region that surrounds Basra 

Egypt farm

Egypt plans to set up commodities exchangeSubscription

3 February, 2016 By

Egypt is currently the world’s largest importer of wheat

Oil derricks

Six jailed in Algerian oil company corruption trialSubscription

3 February, 2016 By

Crimes relate to awarding of Sonatrach contracts

Oman money

Oman announces further debt issuanceSubscription

2 February, 2016 By

Muscat to tap domestic market again

Cairo in Egypt

Cairo eases dollar deposit regulationsSubscription

2 February, 2016 By

The central bank has applied amendments to what it calls ‘high-priority’ sectors

Will Crisp

Healthcare sector job cuts highlight Doha's depopulation fearsSubscription

31 January, 2016 By

A decade of rapid population growth comes to an end

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura speaks to Syria's ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari (right) during the Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland

Syria peace talks take place in GenevaSubscription

31 January, 2016 By

Main opposition bloc has decided to join negotiations

Doha

Qatar cuts jobs across multiple sectorsSubscription

31 January, 2016 By

Qatar Railways Company among companies laying off employees

Manama financial district, Bahrain

Bahrain economic growth to slow further in 2016Subscription

31 January, 2016 By

Inflation will also rise as economic reforms are introduced

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani

Qatar restructures its cabinetSubscription

28 January, 2016 By

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani appointed foreign minister

Education

Saudi Arabia to develop PPPs for educationSubscription

26 January, 2016 By Edmund O'Sullivan

 Move to improve quality of learning could revolutionise kingdom’s education system

Value of projects planned and under way in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia data bankSubscription

26 January, 2016

Riyadh must target non-oil growth to counter the effects of low oil prices

Kuwait: Marketing campaignSubscription

25 January, 2016 By

Preparation and implementation of an integrated marketing campaign

Kuwait: Library furnitureSubscription

25 January, 2016 By

Supply and installation of furniture for a library

Presentations

Dubai creek

Managing the Boom: The Outlook for the Middle EastSubscription

23 July, 2014

Opportunities and challenges for businesses in the region created by the new projects boom

Project Finance

Webinar: Middle East project finance outlookSubscription

17 June, 2013

Market constraints to continue, with deals flowing to most stable markets in the region

Latest news

Egypt expects car market to double in five years

General Motors halts Egypt operationsSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Import industries have been under pressure in Egypt since 2011

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s reserves dropped $116bn in 2015Subscription

9 February, 2016 By

Reserves fell 3 per cent in December

Al-Zadjali: Omani banks capitalised above Basel III

Oman considers EurobondSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Muscat to borrow up to $10bn

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

UAE restructures federal governmentSubscription

9 February, 2016 By

Shake-up involves merging ministries

Cairo, Egypt streets

Egypt World Bank loan delayedSubscription

8 February, 2016 By

Cairo’s hesitation stems from government’s reluctance to impose value-added tax amid rising living costs

Saudi soldiers

Saudi Arabia offers ground troops in SyriaSubscription

7 February, 2016 By

The use of ground troops has been discussed in the past

Wheat

Egypt cancels wheat tenderSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Country is the world’s largest importer of wheat

Baghdad

Iraq to build wall around Baghdad to repel Isis Subscription

4 February, 2016 By

Work has started on 65-kilometre stretch of the wall

Venezuela’s Minister of Petroleum Eulogio del Pino

Venezuela to push Gulf states for oil production cutsSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Venezuelan oil minister Del Pino is expected to push for an agreement on cutting production

Syrian refugee children at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq

Jordan appeals for help to handle refugeesSubscription

4 February, 2016 By

Country has received 600,000 UN-registered Syrian refugees


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