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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

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

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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

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 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

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

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Special reports

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

Oman fishing industry

Fishing sector to contribute $1.9bn to Oman’s GDP by 2020

29 October 2014 | By

Sultanate is currently developing one of the largest fishing port facilities in the Gulf

Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of Nidaa Tounes

Islamists concede defeat in Tunisia election Subscription

28 October 2014 | By

Secular party Nidaa Tunis wins 83 seats, according to preliminary results

The proliferation of utilising 3D modelling in science, design and engineering has meant the region’s hydrocarbons industry now values candidates with experience in innovation and technology

Attracting the brightest minds Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

The use of cutting-edge information technology in the region’s hydrocarbons sector means oil companies are looking to hire candidates with expertise in information technology

Hamood Sangour al-Zadjali, executive president at the Central Bank of Oman

Non-oil sector to play bigger role in Oman’s economy

27 October 2014

Economic diversification remains a key goal of Muscat’s financial institutions, says central bank’s executive president

Oil

Oman may turn to debt market as oil prices drop

27 October 2014 | By

Drop in oil prices is putting increasing pressure on fiscal position

High turnout for Tunisia ballot

High turnout in Tunisia election Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

An estimated 60 per cent of registered voters cast a ballot

Sinai attack

Al-Sisi says militant Islam threatens Egypt’s existence Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Egyptian president’s warning comes after at least 31 soldiers were killed in a bomb attack

Tunisia polls 26 October 2014

Polls open in Tunisian election Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Voting under way to elect a 217-member assembly

Kuwait City

Kuwait warns of spending cuts Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Weak oil prices will drive reforms in Gulf says finance minister

Syria

Isis oil production estimated to be worth $2m a day Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

US intelligence group IHS estimates Islamist group is able to produce up to 60,000 barrels a day  

Amman set to join global climate leadership group

Amman set to join global climate leadership group Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Jordan’s capital expected to become member of C40 group of major world cities

Egypt and Sudan have agreed to support Libya's military as the nation’s parliament struggles to retake control of the country’s two biggest cities

Egypt and Sudan agree to support Libya’s military Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

About 65 have died so far in battle to take control of Benghazi

Egypt’s outlook has been upgraded from negative to stable by US ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service

Moody's upgrades Egypt outlook to stable Subscription

21 October 2014 | By

Increased political stability drives decision by ratings agency

Qatar Investment Authority has purchased a stake in Hong Kong-based department store operator Lifestyle International Holdings

Qatar Investment Authority makes Hong Kong investment Subscription

20 October 2014 | By

Asia markets hold potential for sovereign wealth fund

Dubai Pearl project

Dubai Pearl Subscription

19 October 2014

The Dubai Pearl is a mixed-use development set over 20 million square feet

Suez

Egypt targets 6 per cent growth in new development plan Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Finance ministry calls for more private sector investment

A burnt truck is seen in the aftermath of clashes between pro-government forces and rebels on 18 October in Benghazi

Libya prime minister sets sights on Tripoli Subscription

19 October 2014 | By

Al-Thani says pro-government forces will attempt to take control of capital

Muscat, Oman

Oman Projects 2014

19 October 2014

Oman’s projects sector to see increased activity

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

Mending ties: Qatar’s emir (L), Kuwait’s emir (C) and the Saudi crown prince at the March Arab League summit

Kuwait stays in the background Subscription

16 October 2014 | By Richard Nield

While most of its GCC neighbours pursue military strategies against terrorist groups, Kuwait prefers to continue in its role as a mediator, keeping firmly to the middle ground

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

Dubai Expo

Dubai Expo 2020 shares plans Subscription

16 October 2014 | By

Second stage of registration to hold World Expo

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

Bahrain

Bahrain advances with multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan Subscription

15 October 2014 | By

Government aims to attract international investors

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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

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

Proposed entry from Dubai Metro for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai

Dubai to appoint Expo programme manager Subscription

29 October 2014 | By

Award for 2020 World Expo programme manager is due by the end of this year

Oman fishing industry

Fishing sector to contribute $1.9bn to Oman’s GDP by 2020

29 October 2014 | By

Sultanate is currently developing one of the largest fishing port facilities in the Gulf

Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of Nidaa Tounes

Islamists concede defeat in Tunisia election Subscription

28 October 2014 | By

Secular party Nidaa Tunis wins 83 seats, according to preliminary results

Hamood Sangour al-Zadjali, executive president at the Central Bank of Oman

Non-oil sector to play bigger role in Oman’s economy

27 October 2014

Economic diversification remains a key goal of Muscat’s financial institutions, says central bank’s executive president

Oil

Oman may turn to debt market as oil prices drop

27 October 2014 | By

Drop in oil prices is putting increasing pressure on fiscal position

High turnout for Tunisia ballot

High turnout in Tunisia election Subscription

27 October 2014 | By

An estimated 60 per cent of registered voters cast a ballot

Sinai attack

Al-Sisi says militant Islam threatens Egypt’s existence Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Egyptian president’s warning comes after at least 31 soldiers were killed in a bomb attack

Tunisia polls 26 October 2014

Polls open in Tunisian election Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Voting under way to elect a 217-member assembly

Kuwait City

Kuwait warns of spending cuts Subscription

26 October 2014 | By

Weak oil prices will drive reforms in Gulf says finance minister

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