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Wil Crisp

Libya’s worsening crisis

4 March 2015

Jihadist threat changes the dynamic of Libya’s conflict

Philippa Wilkinson

Oman continues high capital spend

3 March 2015

Key projects will go forward in 2015

Construction in Cairo

Egypt committed to foreign investment

3 March 2015 | By

Authorities affirm FDI commitment with recent concerns surrounding the financing of Arabtec’s housing project

Kuwait needs to move fast if its plans are to be taken seriously

Second time lucky for Kuwait

24 February 2015 | By

New five-year development plan includes many old projects

The region is capitalising on the rising number of visiting Chinese tourists

Gulf can benefit from China’s export push

17 February 2015 | By

More Chinese companies are looking to set up in the region

Airbnb and its rivals already list thousands of properties around the region

Embracing the sharing economy

16 February 2015 | By

Gulf cities could benefit from the sharing economy, given their ambitious tourism targets

Oil prices

Oil price decline hits Gulf credit ratings

10 February 2015 | By

Prudent fiscal policies required to ensure stable government finances

The crackdown by Bahrain's government has increased anger among those calling for reform and demonstrators have continued to take to the streets

Manama faces reduced options

10 February 2015 | By

Declining government income will make it harder to contain unrest

Crude export

Abu Dhabi well placed to ride out low crude

10 February 2015 | By

Emirate remains undiversified but strong asset position lessens need for economic reforms

The return of the Sudairi influence is best illustrated though the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (left) as the deputy crown prince

Sudairi influence returns to kingdom

8 February 2015 | By

Sudairi branch influence grows as King Salman makes personnel changes

King Salman: Focus on maintaining stability

Next generation joins the Saudi succession

27 January 2015 | By

The Saudi king has brought the younger generation into the line of succession to ensure stability, but political and economic issues remain

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi (R) with Prime Minister Habib Essid

Tunisia's new government faces tough task

25 January 2015 | By

Newly elected cabinet will need to ensure it can compromise to implement policies

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

20 January 2015 | By

While there are worrying developments, reports on the demise of the kingdom’s oil sector are wildly exaggerated

Dubai in the UAE

Diversified Dubai drives ahead

20 January 2015 | By

Emirate is tendering major projects despite oil price slump

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Masters of the new world energy order

18 January 2015 | By

The GCC, the worlds’ biggest energy exporter, and the US, the world’s largest energy consumer are emerging as leaders in a new world energy order

This year, a much larger proportion of Dubai's revenue is planned to be generated by service charges such as motorway tolls and parking meters

Headline taxes remain a last resort

13 January 2015

Gulf governments will not want to provoke political unrest or spook potential investors by levying additional taxes

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

OPEC seeks purpose in the new world energy order Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Founded in 1960, OPEC is the most successful commodity cartel in history, but it’s now facing an existential challenge.

Muscat, the capital of Oman

Oman’s highest budget ever

6 January 2015 | By

Is Oman’s increase in spending driven by bravery or fear?

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Trends

Libya timebomb

The North African time bomb Video Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

Libya’s escalating crisis is threatening regional stability

kirkuk

Kirkuk dispute to intensify Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Erbil is determined to defend its control of the oil-rich province

Cairo in Egypt

Economic optimism growing in Egypt Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Expectations are high ahead of Economic Development Conference in March

Lebanon public debt

Economy grows on cheaper oil prices Subscription

23 February 2015 | By

On paper, the Lebanese economy seems to be performing well, due to a lower energy import bill. But instability continues to trouble the country

Dubai hotels

Mixed start to 2015 for Dubai hotels Subscription

17 February 2015 | By

New supply will present challenges for hotel sector in first quarter

Bahrain

Four years on, no resolution in Bahrain Subscription

10 February 2015 | By ,

Low oil prices will make it harder for Manama to bring an end to civil unrest

Unrest: Protests continue to take place across Bahrain on a daily basis

Crackdown on opposition leaders in Bahrain Video Subscription

10 February 2015

Renewed civil unrest in the country

Ten richest Mena billionaires

The Middle East’s missing billionaires Subscription

3 February 2015 | By

A lack of world-beating entrepreneurs doesn’t bode well for the region’s economic development

Stability: King Salman's (extreme right) first priority was to establish a clear line of succession to the throne

Saudi Arabia's next generation emerges Subscription

27 January 2015

The many challenges facing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Military campaign: The Houthis consolidated control

Yemen on the precipice Subscription

27 January 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

The political vacuum in Yemen since President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi’s resignation has provided yet more uncertainty for the country’s future

The House of Saud

The House of Saud Subscription

27 January 2015

Take a look at the house of Saud’s family tree through MEED’s image gallery

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Obituary: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Subscription

23 January 2015 | By

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah deprives the Middle East of one of its most forceful political leaders of recent times

Dubai’s Salik road toll is contributing to revenue growth

Oil price fall reignites tax debate Subscription

18 January 2015 | By

GCC governments could resort to stealth taxes to prop up budgets in the face of declining crude prices

Falling crude prices are accentuating the excess supply of hotel rooms in Dubai

Dubai tourism sector to cool on oil slump Subscription

12 January 2015 | By

Ahmed Ramdan, group CEO of the local hospitality consultancy Roya International, discusses the impact of falling oil prices on tourism in Dubai

Dubai hotel rooms

Dubai’s budget hotel dilemma Subscription

11 January 2015 | By

While there is strong demand in the emirate for mid-range and budget hotels, the cost of land is holding back development of sector

Middle East contract awards December 2014

Middle East contracts awarded: December 2014 Video Subscription

7 January 2015

Over $6bn of contracts awarded in December in the Middle East

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

Tunisia’s transition success based on consensus Subscription

5 January 2015 | By

Political and economic challenges still ahead

Number of freehold residential transactions in Dubai

Oil prices unlikely to affect real estate in short term Subscription

17 December 2014 | By

Dubai’s real estate market witnessing relative stability as the region prepares for the impact of 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

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Special reports

There are more than $22bn-worth of infrastructure projects in the pipeline in Bahrain, according to the government

Private sector could pitch in for Bahrain Subscription

5 March 2015 | By

Public-private partnerships will support infrastructure development

Wil Crisp

Libya’s worsening crisis

4 March 2015

Jihadist threat changes the dynamic of Libya’s conflict

Oil industry

Iraqi Kurdistan receives Iraq budget payment Subscription

4 March 2015 | By

Erbil receives $208m after Kirkuk crude exports ramped up February, according to Iraq Oil Report

Dubai tourists at Dubai Mall fountain

Dubai tourism revenues rise 9.8 per cent Subscription

4 March 2015 | By

But the number of hotel rooms is growing faster than guest numbers

Ibrahim Mahlab, premier of Egypt

'We are reforming the economy,' says Egypt premier Ibrahim Mahlab Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

In an exclusive interview with MEED, the prime minister explains how the government is working towards a fundamental reform of the Egyptian economy and looking to engage the private sector

Libya timebomb

The North African time bomb Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

Libya’s escalating crisis is threatening regional stability

Dubai International Financial Centre

UAE non-oil sector growth weakened in February Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

HSBC purchasing managers index drops to five-month low

Rasheed Mohmmed al-Maraj, governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain

Islamic finance industry can drive job creation Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

Bahrain central bank governor says Islamic finance is “inherently resilient”

Philippa Wilkinson

Oman continues high capital spend

3 March 2015

Key projects will go forward in 2015

Construction in Cairo

Egypt committed to foreign investment

3 March 2015 | By

Authorities affirm FDI commitment with recent concerns surrounding the financing of Arabtec’s housing project

Hamas supporters

Egypt labels Hamas as a terrorist organisation Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Cairo relations with Palestinian group set to worsen

Oil tanker in Libya

UN report on Libya calls for international force Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Sanctions monitors say intervention would help to combat arms trafficking

UN Support Mission in Libya

UN looks to restart peace talks in Libya Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Urgent talks take place after the Tobruk-based government suspends participation

Cairo

Egypt should not rush new VAT law Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

PWC says businesses will need time to adapt

Standard & Poor’s

Bahrain’s Mumtalakat rating lowered by S&P Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Sovereign wealth fund has negative outlook

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (left) met US President Barack Obama in Washington on 24 February

Qatar calls for increased security cooperation with US Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Emir warns that Middle East is near brink of collapse

Many Turkish companies have ceased activities and evacuated staff due to the country’s worsening unrest

Libya to end all contracts with Turkish firms Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Tobruk-based government has previously accused Turkey of supporting its rivals

Hospital

NMC Health profits rise for 2014 Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

UAE healthcare firm raised $825m loan in mid-February

kirkuk

Kirkuk dispute to intensify Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Erbil is determined to defend its control of the oil-rich province

Kuwait needs to move fast if its plans are to be taken seriously

Second time lucky for Kuwait

24 February 2015 | By

New five-year development plan includes many old projects

Education

Education: Region looks to fill science skills gap

24 February 2015

Teaching students the right skills will help them find gainful employment.

Kuwait simplifies investment laws

Kuwait simplifies investment laws Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

New, transparent executive regulations and fast decision-making are hoped to facilitate an increase in foreign direct investment

Cairo in Egypt

Economic optimism growing in Egypt Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Expectations are high ahead of Economic Development Conference in March

Kuwait nominal GDP

Kuwait approves investment plan Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Kuwait has approved a new five-year development plan that is similar in ambition to its predecessor despite the plunge in oil prices. But this time it must deliver

Kuwait has yet to find a solution for its stateless Bedouins

Dealing with the stateless population Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

Kuwait has yet to find a solution for its stateless Bedouins, who still lack access to healthcare, education and travel

Kuwait desalination market

Fresh confidence in PPP market Subscription

24 February 2015 | By

There is growing optimism in Kuwait’s projects market, with the newly established Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects reviving power and water projects and taking responsibility for rail schemes

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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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Latest news

There are more than $22bn-worth of infrastructure projects in the pipeline in Bahrain, according to the government

Private sector could pitch in for Bahrain Subscription

5 March 2015 | By

Public-private partnerships will support infrastructure development

Oil industry

Iraqi Kurdistan receives Iraq budget payment Subscription

4 March 2015 | By

Erbil receives $208m after Kirkuk crude exports ramped up February, according to Iraq Oil Report

Dubai tourists at Dubai Mall fountain

Dubai tourism revenues rise 9.8 per cent Subscription

4 March 2015 | By

But the number of hotel rooms is growing faster than guest numbers

Dubai International Financial Centre

UAE non-oil sector growth weakened in February Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

HSBC purchasing managers index drops to five-month low

Rasheed Mohmmed al-Maraj, governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain

Islamic finance industry can drive job creation Subscription

3 March 2015 | By

Bahrain central bank governor says Islamic finance is “inherently resilient”

Hamas supporters

Egypt labels Hamas as a terrorist organisation Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Cairo relations with Palestinian group set to worsen

Oil tanker in Libya

UN report on Libya calls for international force Subscription

1 March 2015 | By

Sanctions monitors say intervention would help to combat arms trafficking

UN Support Mission in Libya

UN looks to restart peace talks in Libya Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

Urgent talks take place after the Tobruk-based government suspends participation

Cairo

Egypt should not rush new VAT law Subscription

26 February 2015 | By

PWC says businesses will need time to adapt

Standard & Poor’s

Bahrain’s Mumtalakat rating lowered by S&P Subscription

25 February 2015 | By

Sovereign wealth fund has negative outlook

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