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Edmund O'Sullivan

GCC headed for big 2018 recoverySubscription

16 May, 2016 By Edmund O'Sullivan

For those governments with the capacity to wait, 2018 is the year it will start getting better

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

Trends

Hospital technology

Big data is crucial to the future of healthcareSubscription

25 May, 2016 By Nino Giguashvili

Big data is essential for the digital transformation of healthcare industries in the Gulf states

Healthcare

Changes vital to boost safety in healthcare Subscription

25 May, 2016 By Tawfik AM Khoja

Moving from a culture of blame towards one of safety in the GCC medical sector involves change

Air pollution in Iran

A silent killer in the regionSubscription

23 May, 2016 By

Air pollution can result in premature death, reducing knowledge in the workforce and making families poorer

Egypt flags

Cairo to keep pushing for growthSubscription

22 May, 2016

Egypt will try to do whatever it takes to overcome the economic headwinds and move forward with its huge pipeline of projects

Cloud technology

How to digitally transform your companySubscription

22 May, 2016 By Emmanuel Durou, Joana Jaoude

The question of “How do I redesign my organisation to succeed in the new digital landscape?” is one many leaders must confront

Busy surgery room

Big prospects in medical sectorSubscription

22 May, 2016 By Sanjay Vig

The GCC healthcare market is forecast to double in size by 2020, despite the low oil price. However, the sector does have its challenges

Surgery room

Reform crucial for healthcareSubscription

22 May, 2016 By Sari Razzak

The biggest challenge in the GCC is striking a balance between improving healthcare services and the cost of those services

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Healthcare projects continue despite spending slowdownSubscription

19 May, 2016 By

Governments continue to prioritise hospital schemes

Doha Metro station

Must read: Qatar and Dubai move on projects and Riyadh shakes up governmentSubscription

12 May, 2016 By

Event-driven projects and government reforms are the main drivers of the market

Hospital

Private equity can shift to defensive sectorsSubscription

12 May, 2016 By

If private equity investors focus on more resilient sectors, they can continue to grow, says Gregory Garnier, partner at Bain & Company

The petrochemicals funnel

How petrochemicals can multiply GDPSubscription

28 April, 2016

The move downstream is increasing the economic contribution of the oil and gas industry

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

Special reports

Ancient ruins in Tunisia

Tunisia announces PPP projectSubscription

29 May, 2016 By

Tourism project to seek investors

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco appoints banks for debut sukukSubscription

26 May, 2016 By

World’s biggest oil exporter is working with a group of local and international banks

Qatar

Qatar launches $9bn triple-tranche bond dealSubscription

26 May, 2016 By

Gas-rich Gulf state may use funds to help finance growth and plug budget deficit

Healthcare

Changes vital to boost safety in healthcare Subscription

25 May, 2016 By Tawfik AM Khoja

Moving from a culture of blame towards one of safety in the GCC medical sector involves change

Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE

Companies law threatens UAE businesses with dissolution Subscription

24 May, 2016 By

Deadline for documents changes approaches

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE announces multi-billion dollar Saudi agreementsSubscription

24 May, 2016 By

Partnerships cover a wide range of sectors

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt approves $25bn loan from RussiaSubscription

23 May, 2016 By

The loan will cover 85 percent of the cost of the Dabaa nuclear power station

Shuaa Capital

Shuaa Capital cuts 15 per cent of its workforceSubscription

23 May, 2016 By

Government-controlled investment bank lays off staff ahead of a potential stake sale

Bahrain approves $3.5bn Alba expansion

Mumtalakat 2015 profit slumps 68.7 per centSubscription

23 May, 2016 By

Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund says income was impacted by impairment losses

Kuwait City

Kuwait signs agreement with South Koreans for housing schemeSubscription

22 May, 2016 By

The established company will be created in accordance to Kuwaiti law

EgyptAir

Egypt Air flight sent warnings before crashingSubscription

22 May, 2016 By

Egypt’s navy said it found human remains, wreckage and the personal belongings of passengers floating in the Mediterranean Sea

Riyadh

Saudi Arabia invites proposals for potential bondSubscription

22 May, 2016 By

The move comes just weeks after the country raised $10bn in loan

Egypt flags

Cairo to keep pushing for growthSubscription

22 May, 2016

Egypt will try to do whatever it takes to overcome the economic headwinds and move forward with its huge pipeline of projects

Busy surgery room

Big prospects in medical sectorSubscription

22 May, 2016 By Sanjay Vig

The GCC healthcare market is forecast to double in size by 2020, despite the low oil price. However, the sector does have its challenges

Surgery room

Reform crucial for healthcareSubscription

22 May, 2016 By Sari Razzak

The biggest challenge in the GCC is striking a balance between improving healthcare services and the cost of those services

In the driver's seat

Testing times for Kuwait PPP bodySubscription

22 May, 2016 By

Tendering delays have raised concerns about Kuwait’s public-private partnership strategy, but recent decisions show promise

Kuwait

Reforms essential for sixth-largest oil exporterSubscription

22 May, 2016 By

While Kuwait’s fiscal position remains manageable, its leaders are aware of the need to reduce expenditure to counter the effects of reduced hydrocarbons revenues

Artist's rendition of South Al-Mutlaa city

Developing Kuwait's future citiesSubscription

22 May, 2016Updated: 22 May, 2016 By

Public Authority for Housing Welfare outlines its plans and timelines for the country’s future urban areas

Kuwait

Planning and communication key for Kuwait projectsSubscription

22 May, 2016Updated: 23 May, 2016 By

Clearer direction is needed to allow government departments to plan services effectively

Value of projects planned or under way in Kuwait

Kuwait databankSubscription

22 May, 2016Updated: 24 May, 2016

Infrastructure plans to continue despite budget deficit

Riyadh

IMF welcomes Saudi spending cutsSubscription

19 May, 2016 By

Riyadh has introduced reforms to adjust economy to drop in oil prices

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia mulls paying contractors in bond instrumentsSubscription

19 May, 2016 By

The government looking at issuing “I-owe-you’’ notes to contractors as method of payments

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

Healthcare projects continue despite spending slowdownSubscription

19 May, 2016 By

Governments continue to prioritise hospital schemes

Tunisia

World Bank agrees $5bn of loans to Tunisia Subscription

19 May, 2016 By

Development bank supports business reforms

Egyptair

Egypt Air flight from Paris goes missingSubscription

19 May, 2016 By

Authorities are searching for lost aircraft

Cairo

Egypt’s economy set to slowSubscription

19 May, 2016 By

Domestic demand is also expected to dampen, says a research note

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

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Ancient ruins in Tunisia

Tunisia announces PPP projectSubscription

29 May, 2016 By

Tourism project to seek investors

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco appoints banks for debut sukukSubscription

26 May, 2016 By

World’s biggest oil exporter is working with a group of local and international banks

Qatar

Qatar launches $9bn triple-tranche bond dealSubscription

26 May, 2016 By

Gas-rich Gulf state may use funds to help finance growth and plug budget deficit

Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE

Companies law threatens UAE businesses with dissolution Subscription

24 May, 2016 By

Deadline for documents changes approaches

US-based GE’s distributed power business finds promising markets in areas of volatility

GE announces multi-billion dollar Saudi agreementsSubscription

24 May, 2016 By

Partnerships cover a wide range of sectors

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt approves $25bn loan from RussiaSubscription

23 May, 2016 By

The loan will cover 85 percent of the cost of the Dabaa nuclear power station

Shuaa Capital

Shuaa Capital cuts 15 per cent of its workforceSubscription

23 May, 2016 By

Government-controlled investment bank lays off staff ahead of a potential stake sale

Bahrain approves $3.5bn Alba expansion

Mumtalakat 2015 profit slumps 68.7 per centSubscription

23 May, 2016 By

Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund says income was impacted by impairment losses

Kuwait City

Kuwait signs agreement with South Koreans for housing schemeSubscription

22 May, 2016 By

The established company will be created in accordance to Kuwaiti law

EgyptAir

Egypt Air flight sent warnings before crashingSubscription

22 May, 2016 By

Egypt’s navy said it found human remains, wreckage and the personal belongings of passengers floating in the Mediterranean Sea


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