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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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

28 August 2014 | By

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

Libya

Recovery in Libyan oil exports

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

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

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

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

Dubai must grow for world’s biggest malls Subscription

6 July 2014 | By

Almost every major shopping centre in the emirate is being expanded

Blockade

Libyan rebels end oil port blockade Subscription

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 Subscription

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 Subscription

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 Subscription

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 Subscription

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

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Special reports

Dubai Financial Market DFM at night

Ghana’s RLG Communications considers listing in Dubai Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Dual listing in Ghana and Dubai possible within four years

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

Strategy: With Saudi Arabia part of the anti-Isis coalition, it may have a better chance to shape US decision-making

Riyadh tackles multiple threats Subscription

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

While the atrocities being committed by Isis have propelled the group to the top of the kingdom’s watch list, Riyadh is aware it has several other enemies who could prove much more dangerous in the long term

Saudi budgeted expenditure 2014

Non-oil spending drives projects growth in Saudi Arabia Subscription

1 October 2014 | By

Riyadh is looking to award more than $20bn of non-oil and gas projects in 2014, with particular focus on transport, housing, health and education

Representatives from Libya’s two rival parliaments have agreed to call for an immediate nationwide ceasefire and have pledged to resolve their differences through dialogue, after a UN-backed meeting in the town of Ghadames

Libya’s rival parliaments attend UN-backed talks Subscription

30 September 2014 | By

Both parties agree to nationwide ceasefire

Air strikes on Libya’s commercial port in Benghazi on 24 September have been claimed by Operation Dignity

New Benghazi air attack claimed by Operation Dignity Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

Warplanes target commercial port

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.

Tensions: Qatar’s support for the Brotherhood has put it at odds with its GCC neighbours

Doha makes a gesture of unity Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

The departure of several prominent Brotherhood figures in September shows Qatar is keen for a united front in the face of Isis’ advance. But the diplomatic rift is far from healed

Destination Dubai 2020

Destination Dubai 2020

24 September 2014 | Updated: 24 September 2014

Detailing the very latest investment & development opportunities attached to the emirate delivering Expo 2020 and other key strategic initiatives

Qatar trade balance 2010-2013

Doha looks to diversify exports Subscription

24 September 2014 | By James Gavin

Qatar’s trade surplus as a proportion of GDP is forecast to continue to decline in the coming years. The government is looking to reverse this trend with a stronger focus on non-oil exports and bilateral trade

Qatar private schools students

Schools offer lucrative opportunities Subscription

24 September 2014 | By Paul Melly

Demand for public and private education is steadily rising in Qatar, bolstered by an influx of expatriate workers involved in the 2022 World Cup infrastructure building programme

Libya's elected parliament has approved a new cabinet amid escalating political tensions and fears of descent into civil war

Libya approves new cabinet Subscription

23 September 2014 | By

National Oil Corporation to take responsibility for oil sector

Nabil Ibrahim

Nabil Ibrahim Subscription

22 September 2014

Nabil Ibrahim

Valerie Lindsay

Valerie Lindsay Subscription

22 September 2014

Valerie Lindsay is dean of faculty of business, University of Wollongong in Dubai

Yemen's President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi (C, blue tie) signed an UN-brokered peace agreement on 21 September, in an effort to end protests. However, fighting continues unabated in Sanaa

Yemen fails to enforce peace deal Subscription

22 September 2014 | By

Fighting continues in Sanaa in wake of agreement with rebels

Christopher Abraham

Christopher Abraham Subscription

22 September 2014

Christopher Abraham is head of Dubai campus, senior vice-president of institutional development, S P Jain School of Global Management

cover

Executive Education Guide 2014

22 September 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Demand for flexible programmes grows

Moncef Marzouki

Tunisia’s president stands for re-election Subscription

21 September 2014 | By

Moncef Marzouki registers to run in November poll

Tunisia's interim Prime Minster Mehdi Jomaa

Tunisia’s Prime Minister will not run for presidency Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

Announcement quashes speculation Mehdi Jomaa would stand as a consensus candidate

Security forces supporting anti-government Huthis protesters in Yemen

Yemen cannot trade present for future promise

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

State is in danger of being ripped apart

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

Yemen refinery

Yemen oil revenues drop by 30 per cent Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

Decline in oil revenues comes after repeated attacks on oil infrastructure from armed groups

Riyadh is investing in developing centres of excellence such as King Abdullah University for Science & Technology

Riyadh puts people at heart of economic development Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

Economy & Planning Minister calls for international business to provide training and knowledge transfer

Saudi training

Saudi Arabia to open 27 vocational training centres Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

New facilities will offer advanced training to locals looking to enter the construction sector

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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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Dubai Financial Market DFM at night

Ghana’s RLG Communications considers listing in Dubai Subscription

2 October 2014 | By

Dual listing in Ghana and Dubai possible within four years

Representatives from Libya’s two rival parliaments have agreed to call for an immediate nationwide ceasefire and have pledged to resolve their differences through dialogue, after a UN-backed meeting in the town of Ghadames

Libya’s rival parliaments attend UN-backed talks Subscription

30 September 2014 | By

Both parties agree to nationwide ceasefire

Air strikes on Libya’s commercial port in Benghazi on 24 September have been claimed by Operation Dignity

New Benghazi air attack claimed by Operation Dignity Subscription

25 September 2014 | By

Warplanes target commercial port

Libya's elected parliament has approved a new cabinet amid escalating political tensions and fears of descent into civil war

Libya approves new cabinet Subscription

23 September 2014 | By

National Oil Corporation to take responsibility for oil sector

Yemen's President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi (C, blue tie) signed an UN-brokered peace agreement on 21 September, in an effort to end protests. However, fighting continues unabated in Sanaa

Yemen fails to enforce peace deal Subscription

22 September 2014 | By

Fighting continues in Sanaa in wake of agreement with rebels

Moncef Marzouki

Tunisia’s president stands for re-election Subscription

21 September 2014 | By

Moncef Marzouki registers to run in November poll

Tunisia's interim Prime Minster Mehdi Jomaa

Tunisia’s Prime Minister will not run for presidency Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

Announcement quashes speculation Mehdi Jomaa would stand as a consensus candidate

Yemen refinery

Yemen oil revenues drop by 30 per cent Subscription

18 September 2014 | By

Decline in oil revenues comes after repeated attacks on oil infrastructure from armed groups

Riyadh is investing in developing centres of excellence such as King Abdullah University for Science & Technology

Riyadh puts people at heart of economic development Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

Economy & Planning Minister calls for international business to provide training and knowledge transfer

Saudi training

Saudi Arabia to open 27 vocational training centres Subscription

17 September 2014 | By

New facilities will offer advanced training to locals looking to enter the construction sector

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