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Yemen crude production

Unrest in Yemen to weigh on oil production Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Increasing violence and shifting territories may force oil companies to cut investment

Stalemate: Iran and the P5+1 countries seem unlikely to reach a quick resolution

Outlook for doing business with Iran improves Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

While a quick resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive, many countries in the region are strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic

Rescue: Aramco took over the development of Jizan Economic City to prevent its failure

Saudi Aramco’s mission creep Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

The oil major’s influence is spreading as it proves itself to be a reliable client for Riyadh

Iran nuclear talks 14 July 2014

Business world eyeing Iran opportunities as nuclear talks come to a head Subscription

14 July 2014 | By

GCC stands to gain by boosting ties with a more open Iran after years of strained relations

Egypt fiscal balance and government debt

Al-Sisi kicks off austerity drive Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Protests over fuel subsidy cuts mean the new president faces a difficult balancing act in shrinking Egypt’s fiscal deficit and maintaining his popularity

Observers: Qatar sent a 140-strong delegation to Brazil to learn from its World Cup successes and mistakes

What Qatar can learn from Brazil World Cup Subscription

10 July 2014 | By

Brazil’s World Cup experiences can teach Qatar valuable lessons on how to host its event in 2022

Getting ready: Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup by airing this year's games in specially built fan zones

Qatar experiments ahead of hosting World Cup Subscription

9 July 2014 | By

The biggest challenge in hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar could be catering to thousands of football fans used to a less restrictive environment

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

DMCC fuels commodity flows through Dubai Subscription

8 July 2014 | By

Dubai’s diamond and gold trade soars

Al-Mahmoudi: Relationship with Dubai very important

Regional market key to Sharjah's economic growth Subscription

3 July 2014 | By

Hussain Mohamed al-Mahmoudi, the director-general of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, highlights the role trade plays in Sharjah’s economic growth

Power

GCC power contract awards up in 2014 Subscription

2 July 2014 | By

Project contract awards in power sector up 21 per cent year-on-year for first six months of 2014

Nuclear power

Egypt makes another tilt at nuclear power Subscription

30 June 2014 | By David Butter

President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi named the El-Dabaa nuclear power among his priority national projects in his first speech following his inauguration. The challenge is making it a reality

Mending relations: US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) visited Egypt in late June

Al-Sisi’s foreign policy challenge Subscription

26 June 2014 | By

The new president’s strong-arm moves could both attract investment into Egypt and turn international opinion against him

Iraq

Iraq violence is about money not religion

25 June 2014 | By

The struggle for mastery of Iraq’s $20tn oil and gas reserves

Rouhani: Tehran willing to work with Washington on Iraq

Sectarian shadow falls across region Subscription

19 June 2014 | By James Gavin

Tehran’s emergence as a key player in the Iraq conflict is causing considerable anxiety in Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, which fear this could undermine their influence in the region

Resort: Baghdad has employed the help of Shia civilians, unable to stop the advance of militants by itself

Iraq's fundamental flaws Subscription

19 June 2014 | By James Gavin

The growing sectarian division in Iraq has meant the partition of the country could become a reality

Power: Kurdish forces have taken control of Kirkuk

Erbil’s opportunity arrives Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

With the central government in Baghdad losing control of large swathes of the north and west of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government will be key in shaping the future of the country

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Unlocking Egypt's investment capital Subscription

12 June 2014 | By

Al-Sisi’s election is seen by many as an investor-friendly move

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Investment: Al-Sisi's spending plans could generate much-needed employment

The social challenge facing Al-Sisi Subscription

5 June 2014 | By

New president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi needs to maintain popular support by tackling Egypt’s ingrained social problems

Government stronghold: In Damascus, Al-Assad supporters took to the streets to celebrate the win

Al-Assad regime digs in Subscription

5 June 2014 | By Richard Nield

The Syrian president has won another seven-year term following the controversial election

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Regional: Interest in contemporary art is growing

Art investors grow cautious

24 July 2014 | By

The global economic recession affected art sales as well. Its fallout has ensured the region’s art market is growing at a steady yet cautious pace

Learning: Qatar has been watching Brazil 2014 closely

Doubts remain over Qatar 2022

10 July 2014 | By

After Brazil 2014 has ended, the focus will return with greater intensity to Qatar and whether it can host the 2022 football tournament

The Mall of the World site as seen from Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai must grow for world’s biggest malls

6 July 2014 | By

Almost every major shopping centre in the emirate is being expanded

Blockade

Libyan rebels end oil port blockade

3 July 2014 | By

Oil crisis seems to be at an end, but further disruption is likely and could see blockades return

Egypt

Journalists’ jailing fuel for instability

26 June 2014

The imprisonment of three Al-Jazeera journalists could turn support for Al-Sisi against him

Education

Region must put in the extra effort

19 June 2014 | By

The GCC has world-class schools in place, but needs to learn how to use them to its advantage

Nouri al-Maliki

Iraq's ill-equipped prime minister

19 June 2014 | By

Nouri al-Maliki’s declining popularity and loss of control over vast areas of Iraq has weakened his mandate to lead the country

Iraq conflict

Iraq on the brink of destruction

12 June 2014 | By

Conflict threatens Sunni-Shia tensions across the region. To prevent civil war in Iraq, a decisive response by Washington is required

Egypt Al-Sisi supporters

Al-Sisi will be under pressure

12 June 2014

Egypt’s newly elected president faces a tough year ahead as he juggles the needs of the people along with those of foreign investors

Syria votes

Syria’s political divide set to deepen

5 June 2014

The opposition’s views have been trampled by the recent elections that reinstated Al-Assad as president, and tensions are set to increase

Real estate

Rental rates key to market stability Subscription

29 May 2014

If landlords continue to push up rents in Sharjah, they risk hurting the current growth in the market

Change: Many Libyans hope Haftar will bring stability

Libya: Lurching back into civil war Subscription

29 May 2014

Both sides in the conflict for power in Libya are ready to take each other on and there are signs the clashes will further destabilise the country

Saudi Arabia

High government spending justified Subscription

22 May 2014

Riyadh’s budgeted spending in 2014 reaches new highs and will address the need for social infrastructure

Dubai

High growth vital for Dubai vision Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

The UAE emirate will require strong growth to fuel its ambitious plans to attract more than 20 million tourists

Libya

Confusion reigns in Libya's government Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

The almost farcical voting session to name the new prime minister highlights the country’s many issues

Poll: About 60 per cent of eligible voters took part

Addressing Iraq's sectarian divide Subscription

8 May 2014 | By

The key question is whether Iraq’s power brokers have the will to bring Sunni or Kurdish elements into the government to unite the country

Qatar World Cup

Qatar stadium doubts surface again Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

Doha’s plan to review the number of stadiums it will build has raised doubts about the credibility of its bid

Cruise tourism: GCC alliance to bolster tourist figures

Transport plans to drive tourism Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

The cruise alliance formed within the GCC as well as the regional railway will boost visitor numbers

Reform: Whoever is elected must make tough choices

Stability falls to next leadership Egypt Subscription

24 April 2014 | By

Egypt’s new leadership must work out how to revitalise the economy while balancing political stability and electoral satisfaction

Sheikh Mohammed: Willing to end diplomatic dispute

Mending ties with Islamic Republic Subscription

17 April 2014

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, has agreed to visit Iran in a sign of thawing relations between the states

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Special reports

Members of Kuwait's opposition have accused top judges of being implicated in the embezzlement of tens of billions of dollars, causing mass protests against the government

Kuwait opposition accuses government of illegal crackdown Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Former parliamentarians say the government is using “unconstitutional” methods to cover up corruption

People look at the wreckage of a government war plane, which crashed during fighting on 29 July in Benghazi

Islamists claim major victory in Benghazi Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Ansar al-Sharia and its allies overrun key military base in eastern Libya

Kuwait Public Works Ministry

Kuwait Public Works Ministry Subscription

30 July 2014

The Ministry is in charge of the construction and maintenance of public buildings and key infrastructure, from roads and bridges to hospitals and sewage networks

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

The GCC’s growing art spend Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Qatar and Abu Dhabi are among the states muscling in on the international art market

Yemen government finances and debt

Al-Hadi takes charge of Yemen's economy Subscription

28 July 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

Yemen’s president has announced much-needed reforms in an effort to secure external funding and prevent an economic meltdown

Upper hand: Houthi rebels bombed the headquarters of the Islah party in Amran in early July

Houthi gains shift the balance of power in Yemen Subscription

28 July 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

Following successes in the field and after playing an active role in the National Dialogue Conference, the Houthis have emerged as a powerful force in Yemeni politics

Fouad Masoum elected as Iraq president

Fouad Masoum elected as Iraq president Subscription

27 July 2014 | Updated: 28 July 2014 | By

Vote marks significant step forward for country

Black plumes of smoke are seen after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Libya

US evacuates embassy in Libya Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Staff driven to Tunisia with military escort as fighting escalates in Tripoli

World Bank approves $300m programme for Tunisia

World Bank approves Tunisia programme Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

$300m scheme comes ahead of elections and will focus on performance and governance of municipalities

Cairo streets

World Bank approves $500m gas loan to Cairo Subscription

25 July 2014 | By

Project aims to connect 1.5 million Egyptian households to national gas grid

Regional: Interest in contemporary art is growing

Art investors grow cautious

24 July 2014 | By

The global economic recession affected art sales as well. Its fallout has ensured the region’s art market is growing at a steady yet cautious pace

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Israel's President Shimon Peres

International community pushes for ceasefire in Gaza Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

US and UN representatives travel to region to press for an an end to hostilities in Gaza

Nuri Abu Sahmain, GNC president

Libya's General National Congress sets handover date Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Fighting continues as nation prepares to move parliament to Benghazi

Dubai creek

Managing the Boom: The Outlook for the Middle East Subscription

23 July 2014

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

Lebanon tourist arrivals

Fresh turmoil thwarts economic recovery Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

With trade, tourism and agriculture growth succumbing to regional instability, Lebanon’s economy is being kept afloat by strong performance in the banking sector

Threat: Isis claimed responsibility for a recent suicide bomb attack on a Beirut hotel

Power vacuum looks set to continue in Lebanon Subscription

23 July 2014 | By

External allies will play a vital role in reaching the compromise needed to appoint a new president. But escalating violence in the region may push Beirut’s power struggles to the backseat

Syrian refugees

Syrian exodus weighs on Lebanon Subscription

23 July 2014 | By Richard Nield

Lebanon now has the largest refugee population per capita in the world, which is having a devastating effect on the country’s economic growth

Yemen bomb blast

US tells Americans in Yemen to leave country Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

State Department warns of possible attacks on businesses and perceived Western interests

Yas Mall

Aldar signs deal with Chalhoub for Yas Mall Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Dubai-based retailer Chalhoub will open a 18,600 department store at new shopping centre

At odds: Al-Hariri (left) and Al-Bahra have varied backing

Opposition looks to regain its voice in Syria Subscription

22 July 2014 | By James Gavin

The Syrian National Coalition has lost much of its influence in the face of a resurgent regime and the emergence of Isis. It is now up to its new president, Hadi al-Bahra, to reverse the body’s marginalisation

Syria debt 2010-2013

Damascus survives on war economy Subscription

22 July 2014 | By James Gavin

Although headline macroeconomic figures are worsening, Damascus is being shored up by external sources of funding, meanwhile illicit business networks are feeding off the instability

Yemen crude production

Unrest in Yemen to weigh on oil production Subscription

21 July 2014 | By

Increasing violence and shifting territories may force oil companies to cut investment

Tunisia soldiers

Tunisia launches anti-terror operations Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Government cracks down on mosques linked to hardline Islamists in the run-up to crucial elections

Four-month extension on Iran nuclear deal deadline agreed

Four-month extension on Iran nuclear deal deadline agreed Subscription

20 July 2014 | By

Tehran to receive $2.8bn in assets frozen abroad in exchange for continuing to converting uranium stocks to fuel

Stalemate: Iran and the P5+1 countries seem unlikely to reach a quick resolution

Outlook for doing business with Iran improves Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

While a quick resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive, many countries in the region are strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic

Rescue: Aramco took over the development of Jizan Economic City to prevent its failure

Saudi Aramco’s mission creep Subscription

17 July 2014 | By

The oil major’s influence is spreading as it proves itself to be a reliable client for Riyadh

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Dubai creek

Managing the Boom: The Outlook for the Middle East Subscription

23 July 2014

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

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Members of Kuwait's opposition have accused top judges of being implicated in the embezzlement of tens of billions of dollars, causing mass protests against the government

Kuwait opposition accuses government of illegal crackdown Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Former parliamentarians say the government is using “unconstitutional” methods to cover up corruption

People look at the wreckage of a government war plane, which crashed during fighting on 29 July in Benghazi

Islamists claim major victory in Benghazi Subscription

30 July 2014 | By

Ansar al-Sharia and its allies overrun key military base in eastern Libya

Fouad Masoum elected as Iraq president

Fouad Masoum elected as Iraq president Subscription

27 July 2014 | Updated: 28 July 2014 | By

Vote marks significant step forward for country

Black plumes of smoke are seen after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Libya

US evacuates embassy in Libya Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

Staff driven to Tunisia with military escort as fighting escalates in Tripoli

World Bank approves $300m programme for Tunisia

World Bank approves Tunisia programme Subscription

27 July 2014 | By

$300m scheme comes ahead of elections and will focus on performance and governance of municipalities

Cairo streets

World Bank approves $500m gas loan to Cairo Subscription

25 July 2014 | By

Project aims to connect 1.5 million Egyptian households to national gas grid

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Israel's President Shimon Peres

International community pushes for ceasefire in Gaza Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

US and UN representatives travel to region to press for an an end to hostilities in Gaza

Nuri Abu Sahmain, GNC president

Libya's General National Congress sets handover date Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

Fighting continues as nation prepares to move parliament to Benghazi

Yemen bomb blast

US tells Americans in Yemen to leave country Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

State Department warns of possible attacks on businesses and perceived Western interests

Yas Mall

Aldar signs deal with Chalhoub for Yas Mall Subscription

22 July 2014 | By

Dubai-based retailer Chalhoub will open a 18,600 department store at new shopping centre

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