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Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall

18 December 2014 | By

The GCC’s oil producers will be the biggest winners from the 2014 oil price crash

Dubai Marina

Robust Dubai can weather 2015 storm

18 December 2014 | By

Challenging year ahead is not cause for worry yet

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

Renewable energy

Low oil price puzzle for regional utilities

11 December 2014 | By

Sharp drop in prices has created uncertainty heading into 2015

The GCC’s well-funded security forces mean large-scale attacks on high-profile targets are unlikely

Security situation looks more uncertain in GCC

11 December 2014 | By

Recent terror attacks in the GCC show it will be hard to prevent attacks on Western interests

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

Budget cuts new cabinet's first priority in Bahrain

4 December 2014 | By

Lower oil prices mean social spending is unsustainable

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

The GCC can afford lower oil prices

4 December 2014 | By

High fiscal reserves make drastic cuts to spending unlikely

Protester are angered at the clearing of former leader Hosni Mubarak of his part in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising

Al-Sisi’s iron fist may not be enough

30 November 2014 | By

Thousands turn out to protest against Mubarak decision

While Abu Dhabi's decision to reform tariffs is a brave one, implementing them will prove the real challenge

Abu Dhabi leads the way with tariff reform

20 November 2014 | By

Enforcing new utility tariffs may provide stiff challenge for government

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud called the return of the ambassadors “the start of a new phase of consensus” among Arab nations

Gulf ambassadors return to Qatar

20 November 2014

Differing views on political Islam remain as the GCC enters new phase of consensus

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman remains on the sidelines

6 November 2014

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Tunisia’s election success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

From revolution to democracy

6 November 2014

Tunisia’s success has made it a symbol of what revolution can achieve

Suez Canal

Egypt seeks to revamp its reputation Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Suez Canal projects are playing a symbolic role in kick-starting the Egyptian economy

In the ongoing diplomatic squabble between Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain on one side and Qatar on the other, Kuwait is playing peacemaker

Kuwait sticks to the middle ground Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

In both GCC and wider regional disputes, Kuwait is content to remain a peacemaker

Increased public investment in infrastructure could put the region’s economy back on track, according to the IMF

Infrastructure spending could revive economies Subscription

9 October 2014 | By

Middle East and North Africa growth forecasts revised downward by IMF

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes

Morocco can revive region’s renewable energy hopes Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

There has been years of talk with little action

Oil prices

Hard economics overtakes geopolitics for oil Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Oil prices could stay below $100 a barrel for some time

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes Subscription

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

Security forces supporting anti-government Huthis protesters in Yemen

Yemen cannot trade present for future promise Subscription

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

State is in danger of being ripped apart

Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi

Baghdad unity government a positive step Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

Al-Abadi faces huge challenge to bridge sectarian divides

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Oil

Impact of falling oil prices on the UAE Subscription

17 December 2014

Like Kuwait and Qatar, the UAE is well prepared to deal with a period of low oil prices. It has substantial fiscal reserves, a relatively low breakeven price, and the strongest non-oil economy in the region

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Saudi Arabia Subscription

17 December 2014

Saudi Arabia is likely to record a deficit next year, but its sizeable reserves mean that there will be little anxiety in Riyadh

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Qatar Subscription

17 December 2014

Qatar has made it clear it is planning to sustain a high level of spending over the course of 2015

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Oman Subscription

17 December 2014

With smaller oil reserves and a much higher budget breakeven oil price, Oman is more vulnerable to low crude prices than the four biggest GCC economies, but stands in a far stronger position than Bahrain

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Kuwait Subscription

17 December 2014

Kuwait’s low budget breakeven price of $52.3 a barrel and its hefty sovereign wealth fund makes it the best prepared out of any Gulf nation to face a prolonged period of depressed oil prices, according to Moody’s Investors Service

oil

Impact of falling oil prices in Bahrain Subscription

17 December 2014

With its precarious public finances and restive Shia majority, out of all the GCC nations Bahrain is the most vulnerable to persistently low oil prices

Oil, gas and chemical awards in the GCC

GCC oil and gas spending hits four-year high in 2014 Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Kuwait leads spending as Saudi Arabia has weakest year for contracts since 2004

Current account balance

A lifeline for oil importers Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Low oil prices will provide an economic boost for Middle East and North Africa

Incremental Opec crude production capacity

Non-Opec to dominate capacity growth to end of decade Subscription

11 December 2014 | By

Iraq to provide 60 per cent of new Opec volumes by 2020 with declines forecast in Kuwait and Algeria

WTI spot price

Riding out low oil prices Subscription

4 December 2014 | By

GCC nations brace for budget deficits as Opec offers no oil price support

Middle East contracts October 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: October 2014 Video Subscription

1 December 2014

Over $13bn of contracts awarded in October in the Middle East

No deal: Sanctions against Iran will remain in place for at least another seven months

The stalemate continues for Tehran Subscription

27 November 2014 | By

The window of opportunity may be closing for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme

Sovereign wealth funds

Middle East sovereign wealth funds change strategies Subscription

26 November 2014 | By

Funds take a new approach to Europe

Gouia: We have succeeded in securing Tunisia

Interview: Tunisia's foreign secretary on developing the country's economy Subscription

24 November 2014 | By Richard Nield

Recent elections in Tunisia will create a solid basis for a resurgence in economic development and inward investment, says Faycal Gouia

Crunch: Abu Dhabi faces a shortfall of water next year unless new capacity comes online or demand decreases

A brave move by Abu Dhabi on water tariffs Subscription

20 November 2014 | By ,

The emirate is targeting nationals in its reform of power and water subsidies

Saad al-Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation

Interview: Qatar Foundation's president on the plan for the next 20 years Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

The organisation is reviewing its achievements after two decades of rapid expansion, says its president, Saad al-Muhannadi

Saudi oil production and brent crude price

Riyadh in strong position ahead of Opec meeting Subscription

18 November 2014 | By

Saudi Arabia showing no signs of cutting oil production despite falling prices

Global gender gap ranking

Region struggles to shrink gender gap Subscription

12 November 2014 | By Paul Melly

The Middle East and North Africa region lags behind all other regions when it comes to female empowerment

WEF Think Tank launch

World Economic Forum launches global think-tank Subscription

11 November 2014 | By Lara Golden

Think-tank communities becoming increasingly important element of global policymaking

Sucessful election: The country’s high standards of education could have contributed to its quick transition

Still springtime in Tunisia Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Tunisia’s fragile democratic transition proves democracy can follow revolution

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Special reports

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall

18 December 2014 | By

The GCC’s oil producers will be the biggest winners from the 2014 oil price crash

Dubai Marina

Robust Dubai can weather 2015 storm

18 December 2014 | By

Challenging year ahead is not cause for worry yet

Tunisia presidential elections

Tunisia prepares for presidential run-off Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Tunisians abroad casting votes for 21 December elections

Dubai's Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices are likely to curb spending in 2016

Capital projects will suffer if oil stays at $65 Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices could curb spending in 2016

Oman budget

Oman State Council approves draft budget Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Focus on corporate tax avoidance

Dubai airport

Dubai launches 2021 vision Subscription

17 December 2014 | By ,

Plan Dubai 2021 outlines goals for the next seven years

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh must maintain spending momentum

17 December 2014

The kingdom should plough ahead with plans to invest in social infrastructure despite falling oil prices

Oil

Impact of falling oil prices on the UAE Subscription

17 December 2014

Like Kuwait and Qatar, the UAE is well prepared to deal with a period of low oil prices. It has substantial fiscal reserves, a relatively low breakeven price, and the strongest non-oil economy in the region

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Saudi Arabia Subscription

17 December 2014

Saudi Arabia is likely to record a deficit next year, but its sizeable reserves mean that there will be little anxiety in Riyadh

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Qatar Subscription

17 December 2014

Qatar has made it clear it is planning to sustain a high level of spending over the course of 2015

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Oman Subscription

17 December 2014

With smaller oil reserves and a much higher budget breakeven oil price, Oman is more vulnerable to low crude prices than the four biggest GCC economies, but stands in a far stronger position than Bahrain

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Kuwait Subscription

17 December 2014

Kuwait’s low budget breakeven price of $52.3 a barrel and its hefty sovereign wealth fund makes it the best prepared out of any Gulf nation to face a prolonged period of depressed oil prices, according to Moody’s Investors Service

oil

Impact of falling oil prices in Bahrain Subscription

17 December 2014

With its precarious public finances and restive Shia majority, out of all the GCC nations Bahrain is the most vulnerable to persistently low oil prices

Libya

UN condemns escalating violence in Libya Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

The North African country sees a third day of fighting over oil terminals

Average spot price of Saudi light crude

Riyadh unmoved over oil output Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

The kingdom is continuing with its high oil production in spite of the fall in crude prices, preferring to let the market set its own price and revive the global economy

Construction projects

Fitch sees the GCC playing a bigger role in Egypt projects market Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

UAE and Saudi companies expected to be heavily involved in new infrastructure schemes

Destination Dubai 2020

16 December 2014

A year on from the exciting announcement that Dubai will host Expo 2020, related projects are gathering pace

Oil, gas and chemical awards in the GCC

GCC oil and gas spending hits four-year high in 2014 Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Kuwait leads spending as Saudi Arabia has weakest year for contracts since 2004

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei

Opec quota to remain even if crude drops further, says UAE Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

UAE energy minister says Opec leaving market to stabilise itself, according to report

Libya has declared force majeure at the Ras Lanuf oil terminal

Libya declares force majeure at two oil terminals Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Battle continues between rival parliaments

Oil field steam injection

Contractors wait for clarification on Kuwait’s heavy oil plans Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

No details given on Lower Fars Heavy Oil project delay

El-Sharara oil field in Libya

Air strikes near Libya’s biggest oil ports Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Forces affiliated with Libya’s elected government carried out air strikes near the country’s biggest oil terminals on 13 December as the struggle to control the country’s oil escalated.

Moroccan foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar

Western Sahara tensions flare ahead of drilling Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Morocco and Algeria spar as Kosmos Energy prepares to drill

Skills shortage holds back business aviation industry

Skills shortage holds back business aviation industry Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Sector set to boom in region, but technical expertise will remain in Europe and US

Libyan prime minister Abdulla al-Thinni

Libya’s government takes action to keep control of oil revenues Subscription

14 December 2014 | By

Prime Minister says funds will bypass Tripoli

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Presentations

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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Tunisia presidential elections

Tunisia prepares for presidential run-off Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Tunisians abroad casting votes for 21 December elections

Dubai's Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices are likely to curb spending in 2016

Capital projects will suffer if oil stays at $65 Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices could curb spending in 2016

Mena power capacity 2012

Renewables industry not worried about oil price Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Priority concerns are subsidies and government commitment

Oman budget

Oman State Council approves draft budget Subscription

18 December 2014 | By

Focus on corporate tax avoidance

Dubai airport

Dubai launches 2021 vision Subscription

17 December 2014 | By ,

Plan Dubai 2021 outlines goals for the next seven years

Libya

UN condemns escalating violence in Libya Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

The North African country sees a third day of fighting over oil terminals

Construction projects

Fitch sees the GCC playing a bigger role in Egypt projects market Subscription

16 December 2014 | By

UAE and Saudi companies expected to be heavily involved in new infrastructure schemes

Upstream oil

Oil company revenues in Africa and the Middle East decline Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Total income dropped by $15.2bn in 2013

UAE Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei

Opec quota to remain even if crude drops further, says UAE Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

UAE energy minister says Opec leaving market to stabilise itself, according to report

Libya has declared force majeure at the Ras Lanuf oil terminal

Libya declares force majeure at two oil terminals Subscription

15 December 2014 | By

Battle continues between rival parliaments

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