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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

Nidaa Tounis supporters celebrate the parties election victory

Secularists triumph in Tunisia’s landmark vote Subscription

30 October 2014 | By

Another hurdle has been cleared in Tunisia’s journey to democracy, but the future is still uncertain

IMF real GDP growth forecast 2015-19 percentage

Oil price slump tests forecasters Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Political upheaval and uncertain oil price trends make predicting economic growth challenging

Lama Qussas

Nurturing Palestine’s young talent Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

In response to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing influence of radical Islam, the Palestinian Authority wants to encourage innovation among young Palestinians

National duty: Egyptians flocked to buy investment certificates for the Suez canal expansion

Suez projects to kick-start investment Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Cairo’s plans to expand the Suez Canal are central to its economic vision for Egypt

Complex: If Turkish troops push into Syria without UN backing, it will be a test of international law

Turkey joins coalition against Isis Subscription

10 October 2014 | By

There are risks in every direction for Ankara as it prepares to join the fight against Isis

Rallying support: Yemenis watch Abdelmalek al-Houthi give a speech in central Sanna on 23 September

Houthis make bold advance Subscription

7 October 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

The rebel group has extended its influence across the country, fearless of retribution from the state, and do not intend to withdraw any time soon

Strategy: Only a cut of about 1 million barrels a day from Opec will help stem the oil price decline

Hard realities test $100 oil Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Barrel prices come under intense pressure from oversupply and a strong dollar

Maintaining peace: Security in Cairo has been increased, with tanks in the streets

Egypt tense ahead of elections Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

An uneasy atmosphere prevails across the country ahead of parliamentary polls set to take place before the end of the year.

Fervour: Houthi supporters line a street in Sanaa, calling for a greater say in the make-up of the new government

Yemen's ticking time bomb Subscription

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

Escalating protests by Houthi supporters and increasing activity by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula mean Yemen is facing the greatest threat to its stability since the 2011 uprising

New strategy: Washington and its allies plan to wipe out Isis targets wherever they are, including Syria

Washington takes the initiative Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

Air strikes by a US-led coalition are key to the pushback against Isis

Under the leadership of CEO Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, Mumtalakat has managed to turn its business around

Interview with Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat Subscription

11 September 2014 | By

Having steered Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund back to profitability, Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji is now aiming to take Mumtalakat international

With Isis headquartered in Syria, collaboration with Al-Assad may be crucial to containing the group

Can the world work with Al-Assad to combat Isis? Subscription

4 September 2014 | By

Whereas a year ago collaboration with Al-Assad would have seemed unthinkable, a greater threat has emerged

Russia's President Vladimir Putin with Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Russia looks to the Middle East Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

As sanctions imposed by the West begin to bite, Russia faces a potential funding gap and is looking to form new alliances in the Middle East and North Africa

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription

17 August 2014 | By

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

Oil production

Saudi oil revenues expected to top $300bn Subscription

11 August 2014 | By

Strong oil prices coupled with sustained high production leads to upwards revision in forecast

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

The GCC’s growing art spend Subscription

24 July 2014 | By

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

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

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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

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

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

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

2 October 2014 | By

There has been years of talk with little action

Oil prices

Hard economics overtakes geopolitics for oil

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

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

It is too early to tell whether the late August air strikes targeting Islamist-linked Libyan militias portend a longer and deeper UAE engagement, but a precedent has been set

Abu Dhabi adopts assertive stance Subscription

10 September 2014 | By James Gavin

The UAE’s military intervention in Libya shows it is ready to act in defence of its regional interests

Syria's President Bashar a-Assad

Respite from cold for Al-Assad Subscription

4 September 2014 | By

The West might have to ask the Syrian leader for assistance in stamping out jihadist group Isis

The Pentagon in the US

UAE cuts out the middle man in Libya Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

By bombing Libya, the UAE and Egypt open the door to backlash from both allies and enemies

Burj al-Arab, Dubai

Dubai opens door for more African business Subscription

28 August 2014 | By

International governments see Dubai as ideal springboard for Sub-Saharan Africa

Libya

Recovery in Libyan oil exports Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

The country is further than ever from being able to form a unified military force to resist the militias

Kurdistan

Isis threatens Kurdish hopes Subscription

21 August 2014 | By

Erbil faces difficult questions about its quest for independence

Iraq: Fighting has displaced 170,000 people in Sinjar

Erbil could face unilateral battle Subscription

7 August 2014

The Kurds’ dispute with Baghdad could affect their chances of getting international help against Isis

Regional: Interest in contemporary art is growing

Art investors grow cautious Subscription

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 Subscription

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

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Special reports

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

Egypt’s spending on fuel subsidies has dropped by 29 per cent in the wake of reforms that hiked up prices for consumers

Egypt fuel subsidy spending drops by 29 per cent Subscription

18 November 2014 | By

Government spends $3bn in first quarter of fiscal year

The Qatar ruler's administrative office

Gulf ambassadors to return to Qatar Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE say the new agreement will help to unify the GCC

Qatar says it will introduce more legal protection for migrant workers by early 2015

Doha promises to reform labour laws Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Qatar says it will introduce more legal protection for migrant workers by early 2015

Iraq annual expenditure

Once more a war economy Subscription

13 November 2014 | By James Gavin

The cost of the fight against Isis, coupled with falling global oil prices, means Baghdad faces a widening deficit and depleting foreign exchange reserves

KRG spending

Closing the rift with Baghdad Subscription

13 November 2014 | By James Gavin

The Kurdistan Regional Government needs to broker an oil revenue-sharing deal with Baghdad to help stabilise its economy in the wake of Isis’ advance

Consumers prefer local products

Survey finds 80 per cent of UAE consumers prefer local products Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Lack of information and awareness about local products

Shoring up: Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) is working hard with the US on regional security

Emerging from Al-Maliki’s shadow Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

To narrow the sectarian divide and combat Isis, Iraq’s new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, will have to throw off the influence of his predecessor and be his own man

Education

Education: Region needs inspirational teachers

12 November 2014

In its 2008 report, The Road Not Travelled, the Washington-based World Bank stated that the Middle East and North Africa region had outgrown its education model

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

Kuwait

Kuwait to release foreign investment regulations Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

Council of Ministers debating negative list of sectors excluded from the law

Sultan Qaboos bin Said, ruler of Oman

Sultan Qaboos broadcasts address for Omani National Day Subscription

9 November 2014 | By

The 73-year-old leader is receiving medical treatment in Germany and is unable to attend celebrations

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) shake hands as Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Allawi (2nd R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton watch in Muscat on 9 November

Iran nuclear talks take place in Muscat Subscription

9 November 2014 | By

Final 24 November deadline approaches but major issues remain unresolved

Nassef Sawiris, CEO of Orascom Construction Industries

Orascom to list construction business in Egypt and UAE Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Construction arm to build power plant with Abu Dhabi support

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

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

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

Diplomacy: Oman has had frequent contacts with the Obama administration in recent months

Muscat goes it alone Subscription

6 November 2014 | By James Gavin

Oman’s abstention from the US coalition against Isis underlines its determination to remain a mediator in the region and pursue a discrete foreign policy

The sultanate has carved a niche for itself in which difficult terrain and a lack of infrastructure are made to work to its advantage, as in the case of the Alila Jabal Akhdar, which has literally been fashioned from the Al-Hajar mountains

Spotlight falls on tourism in Oman Subscription

6 November 2014 | By Richard Nield

The government is planning to develop infrastructure across the sultanate and also bolster Oman’s status as a luxury destination with several five-star hotel projects under way

Egypt human rights record

Egypt comes under fire for human rights record Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Country faces criticism at UN meeting

Daman Corporate Health Awards winners 2014

UAE's best employers revealed at Daman Corporate Health Awards

6 November 2014 | By

Companies, campaigns and individuals recognised for outstanding achievements in promoting healthy workplace lifetyle and wellness

Abu Dhabi is looking at ways to reform its extensive power and water subsidies to cut back on budgetary spending

Abu Dhabi eyeing power and water subsidies reform, says IMF Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Emirate looking to cut back on budgetary spending

Civil society groups have criticised parliament's decision to extend its mandate as undemocratic and preventing accountability

Lebanese parliament votes to extend mandate Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Second extension postpones elections until 2017

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2014

Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2015 Subscription

5 November 2014

Over a decade of defining the hotel investment landscape

Omar al-Hassi, prime minister of the Libya's unelected parliament, the General National Congress

Rebel prime minister calls for elections in Libya Subscription

4 November 2014 | By

Demand comes as fighting escalates in Libya’s east

Qatar special report synopsis

3 November 2014

Qatar plans to spend more than $125bn between 2011 and 2016 on construction and energy projects, as it looks to accelerate non-oil economic growth and prepares to host the Fifa 2022 World Cup

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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

The number of passengers travelling to and from the Middle East is growing strongly despite the global slowdown in aviation travel

Middle East air routes buck global slowdown Subscription

19 November 2014 | By

Regional economic growth underpins increase in passenger numbers

Egypt’s spending on fuel subsidies has dropped by 29 per cent in the wake of reforms that hiked up prices for consumers

Egypt fuel subsidy spending drops by 29 per cent Subscription

18 November 2014 | By

Government spends $3bn in first quarter of fiscal year

The Qatar ruler's administrative office

Gulf ambassadors to return to Qatar Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE say the new agreement will help to unify the GCC

Qatar says it will introduce more legal protection for migrant workers by early 2015

Doha promises to reform labour laws Subscription

17 November 2014 | By

Qatar says it will introduce more legal protection for migrant workers by early 2015

Consumers prefer local products

Survey finds 80 per cent of UAE consumers prefer local products Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

Lack of information and awareness about local products

Oil prices

Opec head tells oil industry not to panic ahead of meeting Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

El-Badri warns that some high-cost projects will be out of the market at current prices

Kuwait

Kuwait to release foreign investment regulations Subscription

10 November 2014 | By

Council of Ministers debating negative list of sectors excluded from the law

Sultan Qaboos bin Said, ruler of Oman

Sultan Qaboos broadcasts address for Omani National Day Subscription

9 November 2014 | By

The 73-year-old leader is receiving medical treatment in Germany and is unable to attend celebrations

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) shake hands as Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Allawi (2nd R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton watch in Muscat on 9 November

Iran nuclear talks take place in Muscat Subscription

9 November 2014 | By

Final 24 November deadline approaches but major issues remain unresolved

Nassef Sawiris, CEO of Orascom Construction Industries

Orascom to list construction business in Egypt and UAE Subscription

6 November 2014 | By

Construction arm to build power plant with Abu Dhabi support

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