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Sarmad Khan

Saudi Binladin Group's labour strife demands attentionSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

Protest demonstrations by workers are increasing in intensity

Sarmad Khan

Deals galore for investment banks in Saudi ArabiaSubscription

20 April, 2016 By

Saudi Aramco, Tadawul and Saudi Grains are just a few among state entities looking to list shares

Hossam Abougabal

Saudi Arabia’s support to Egypt likely to come with stringsSubscription

12 April, 2016 By

Riyadh’s commitment to Egypt comes at a time of low oil prices with state budgets across the GCC witnessing difficult times

Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt dollar shortage threatens development plansSubscription

7 April, 2016 By

Investors, developers and manufacturers need hard currency

Philippa Wilkinson

Debt capital markets could return in 2016Subscription

30 March, 2016 By

Markets still need to develop, but bonds could become more attractive

Sarmad Khan

Saudi privatisation bid will not bear fruit in immediate futureSubscription

29 March, 2016 By

Riyadh has identified almost 150 state-owned assets to sell as it looks to monitise crown jewels

Hossam Abougabal

Cairo’s new cabinet could slow down progressSubscription

24 March, 2016 By

Egypt’s changes to the government could delay its development programme

Richard Thompson

Changing the way we tackle urban growthSubscription

22 March, 2016 By

A top-down approach must be applied to the way governments tackle urban expansion

Richard Thompson

Japan moves to restore Iran ties

18 March, 2016 By

Tokyo seeks to build on historic ties and supportive economic policies

Hossam Abougabal

Tourism and canal woes dent Egypt's economySubscription

9 March, 2016 By

Reports suggest up to 100 vessels have opted to go around South Africa rather than through the canal

Sarmad Khan

Saudi contractors need more than just part paymentsSubscription

6 March, 2016 By

Government plans to pay $48bn in delayed payments will not solve the cash flow issues

Richard Thompson

Cairo needs investment and must devalue the poundSubscription

3 March, 2016 By

Egypt has made considerable progress over the past year, but faces some tough choices

Jennifer Aguinaldo

Instability and low oil price drive inclusive policies Subscription

24 February, 2016 By

Old and young leaders alike recognise need for change

Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt currency woes delay investmentSubscription

23 February, 2016 By

Equipment import difficulties hit projects

Richard Thompson

Taking up the energy challengeSubscription

23 February, 2016 By

The region’s governments have an opportunity to fundamentally rethink their approach to energy consumption

Wil Crisp comment v

Iraqi Kurdistan calls Al-Abadi’s bluffSubscription

22 February, 2016 By

Though formally Erbil has agreed to an oil deal with Baghdad it is unlikely to be fulfilled

Hossam Abougabal

Egypt hedges its diplomacy to secure foreign aidSubscription

17 February, 2016 By

More recently, Egypt has enjoyed heavy financial support and investments from Beijing, which seems unconcerned with Egypt’s foreign policy and economic landscape

Edmund O'Sullivan

Delivery matters most in Saudi ArabiaSubscription

15 February, 2016 By Edmund O'Sullivan

The kingdom is working on a plan that could double the economy in 15 years

Trends

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

Must read: Saudi Arabia's economic vision, more Aramco awards and Abu Dhabi solarSubscription

28 April, 2016 By

The major story this week was the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans, while infrastructure project plans elsewhere in the GCC saw progress

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud

Board Report: May 2016

26 April, 2016 By

Riyadh unveils its much-anticipated reform programme, IMF downgrades regional outlook as oil prices rally, and GCC states reaffirm support for Cairo

A site perspective of King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia

The truth about diversificationSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Manufacturing is not the key to economic diversification, says one analyst

Riyadh

Riyadh announces sweeping reforms with Vision 2030 planSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Full details of economic roadmap due in 30-45 days

Lord Tim Bell, Bell Pottinger

Advertising and strategic communications can defeat IsisSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Bell Pottinger founder Lord Tim Bell says the communications industry must find a response to the terrorist group

Ahmed Ismail, MAF Ventures

Majid al-Futtaim adapts growth plansSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Interview: Ahmed Ismail, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

GCC diversification – the bigger pictureSubscription

20 April, 2016

The combination of lower oil prices and accumulated reserves has created a window of opportunity to refocus on diversifying Gulf economies

Small firms in emerging markets typically struggle to access bank financing

Regulations and financing restrain small firmsSubscription

19 April, 2016 By Walid Cherif

Every year, hundreds of great businesses are denied access to growth capital from mainstream sources

Hamad

Surprising growth in Dubai's retail sectorSubscription

18 April, 2016 By

Interview: Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Anas al-Saleh, deputy prime minister of Kuwait

Kuwait infrastructure spending at "full throttle"Subscription

17 April, 2016 By

Exclusive interview: Anas al-Saleh, deputy prime minister of Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh shifts gears on projects spendingSubscription

12 April, 2016

Saudi Arabia is expected to return to building power and water capacity using the developer market, and is said to be exploring public-private partnerships for transport schemes

Riyadh

Details are key for Saudi Arabia’s reform agendaSubscription

7 April, 2016 By

The kingdom plans to upsize its Public Investment Fund to $2 trillion, but what does that really mean?

Lebanon's Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk (second left)

Why Lebanon's moderates fear cooling Saudi relationsSubscription

29 March, 2016 By James Gavin

If Lebanon’s Sunnis fail to regain outside support, they stand to cede ground to the extremists

Utilities has the largest number of corporate issuers

GCC corporate debt issuers to feel impact of low oil price Subscription

29 March, 2016 By

Banking and government stresses raise refinancing risk

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GCC needs to finance $250bn fiscal deficitSubscription

29 March, 2016 By

Massive deficit in 2016-17 will mean more debt issuance, says Moody’s Investors Service

Moodys 2016 GCC banking sector outlook

Banks delay bond issuance on volatile pricingSubscription

28 March, 2016 By

Moody’s expects conditions to toughen for GCC financial sector

Luxury items will be taxed in the UAE

Changes in tax structure and their probable impact in the GCCSubscription

24 March, 2016 By

States in the region plan to introduce sales taxes from January 2018

Tehran in Iran

Tehran's dose of realitySubscription

24 March, 2016 By Dominic Dudley

Caution and concern are the watchwords for many Western businesses considering business in Iran, as the initial excitement following the sanctions deal gives way to realism

Najmaldin Karim, governor of Kirkuk

Forging unity in Iraq’s most fiercely contested oil province Subscription

23 March, 2016 By

The governor of Kirkuk explains why he is pushing for regional autonomy

GCC urban sprawl

The GCC's urban sprawlSubscription

20 March, 2016Updated: 22 March, 2016

Balancing growth and quality of life in cities

Special reports

Sarmad Khan

Saudi Binladin Group's labour strife demands attentionSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

Protest demonstrations by workers are increasing in intensity

Water storage

Saudi National Water Company replaces CEOSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

Desalination head makes lateral move

Saudi housing

Riyadh aims to increase homeownershipSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

There are 750,000 families eligible for public housing across the kingdom’s urban areas

Saudi construction

Saudi Binladin says it has honoured commitmentsSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

Kingdom’s biggest contractor says it will honour commitments if further job cuts are made

Oil sector

Taqa mulls offloading foreign assets to a state entitySubscription

2 May, 2016 By

The company has an agreement with a related party which would buy all its oil and gas assets

Haider al-Abadi

Baghdad protesters storm parliamentSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

A state of emergency has been declared in Baghdad as political crisis deepens

Al-Khor stadium

Qatar appoints PPP advisersSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

PPP model may be used to deliver World Cup stadiums

Saudi Binladin Group

Saudi Binladin Group lays off 50,000 workersSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

Firm has terminated employment contracts of foreign workers and has asked them to leave the kingdom

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)

Must read: Saudi Arabia's economic vision, more Aramco awards and Abu Dhabi solarSubscription

28 April, 2016 By

The major story this week was the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plans, while infrastructure project plans elsewhere in the GCC saw progress

Data centre

Vision 2030 addresses digital infrastructureSubscription

27 April, 2016 By

National council to be formed to supervise digital transformation

Doha, capital city of Qatar

Qatar to allow domestic fuel prices to fluctuateSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Decision is part of the government’s broader subsidy reform agenda

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi launches $5bn bondSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

The emirate’s two part bond was priced at tighter end of the price range

The Address Fujairah resort

Emaar Hospitality to open 35 hotels and residencesSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Properties will be opened in UAE and other markets under three brands

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud

Vision 2030: The reforms announced so farSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Sweeping overhaul of Saudi economy announced by deputy crown prince

Cairo, capital city of Egypt

Egypt lowers foreign investment targetSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

The figure is a slight increase from $6.4bn in the financial year of 2014/2015

China's President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Chinese investors meet in CairoSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

The Chinese delegation showed interest in transportation and other sectors

A site perspective of King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia

The truth about diversificationSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Manufacturing is not the key to economic diversification, says one analyst

Riyadh

Riyadh announces sweeping reforms with Vision 2030 planSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Full details of economic roadmap due in 30-45 days

Riyadh

Saudi prince reveals economic vision Subscription

25 April, 2016 By ,

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveils main points of kingdom’s strategy to diversify its economy in next 15 years

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Arabia confirms Aramco listingSubscription

25 April, 2016 By ,

The kingdom plans to list less than 5 per cent of the company as part of economic reforms

Lord Tim Bell, Bell Pottinger

Advertising and strategic communications can defeat IsisSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Bell Pottinger founder Lord Tim Bell says the communications industry must find a response to the terrorist group

Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s cabinet approves 2030 economic planSubscription

25 April, 2016 By ,

Plan was approved at special cabinet session on 25 April

Riyadh

Middle Eastern nations lose $390bn of oil revenuesSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

IMF expects oil-exporting countries to face further headwinds this year

Cairo

IMF has not received Egyptian loan request Subscription

25 April, 2016 By

The Washington-based fund will consider a loan if Egypt requests it

Ahmed Ismail, MAF Ventures

Majid al-Futtaim adapts growth plansSubscription

25 April, 2016 By

Interview: Ahmed Ismail, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

Tourists in front of the Luxor temple in Egypt

UAE allocates $4bn to EgyptSubscription

24 April, 2016 By

Announcement of financial support came at the end of Abu Dhabi’s crown prince’s visit to Egypt

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

Latest news

Water storage

Saudi National Water Company replaces CEOSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

Desalination head makes lateral move

Saudi housing

Riyadh aims to increase homeownershipSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

There are 750,000 families eligible for public housing across the kingdom’s urban areas

Saudi construction

Saudi Binladin says it has honoured commitmentsSubscription

2 May, 2016 By

Kingdom’s biggest contractor says it will honour commitments if further job cuts are made

Oil sector

Taqa mulls offloading foreign assets to a state entitySubscription

2 May, 2016 By

The company has an agreement with a related party which would buy all its oil and gas assets

Haider al-Abadi

Baghdad protesters storm parliamentSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

A state of emergency has been declared in Baghdad as political crisis deepens

Al-Khor stadium

Qatar appoints PPP advisersSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

PPP model may be used to deliver World Cup stadiums

Khalid al-Falih, chairman of Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco’s IPO structure yet to be decidedSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

Complications in the share sale mean the final form of the IPO could be delayed

Saudi Binladin Group

Saudi Binladin Group lays off 50,000 workersSubscription

1 May, 2016 By

Firm has terminated employment contracts of foreign workers and has asked them to leave the kingdom

Data centre

Vision 2030 addresses digital infrastructureSubscription

27 April, 2016 By

National council to be formed to supervise digital transformation

Doha, capital city of Qatar

Qatar to allow domestic fuel prices to fluctuateSubscription

26 April, 2016 By

Decision is part of the government’s broader subsidy reform agenda


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