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Qatar: Focus returns to stadium programme

16 April 2014, 10:13 GMT

It is a frustrating time for Doha

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    Algeria holds presidential election Subscription Required

    17 April 2014, 7:59 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

    Polls opened on 17 April in what is being called a foregone conclusion for Algeria incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika

    Saudi Arabia's security chief resigns Subscription Required

    16 April 2014, 13:59 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan steps down as the kingdom’s intelligence chief after long illness

    Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood members from elections Subscription Required

    16 April 2014, 12:58 GMT | By Jeff Florian

    Islamic movement the Muslim Brotherhood is now blacklisted as a terrorist group

    Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya Subscription Required

    16 April 2014, 11:59 GMT | By Jeff Florian

    Kidnappers demand release of Islamist militant from a Jordanian jail

    Sheikh Mohammed to visit Iran

    15 April 2014, 19:58 GMT | By Colin Foreman

    UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed accepts invitation from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    Algerians apathetic to forthcoming presidential elections Subscription Required

    15 April 2014, 13:17 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

    Fourth term for Algeria’s incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika seen by many as a foregone conclusion

    Oman extends ban on hiring expatriate labourers Subscription Required

    15 April 2014, 6:51 GMT | By Jeff Florian

    Government aims to create more jobs for Omani nationals

    Trial of Al-Jazeera journalists resumes in Egypt Subscription Required

    10 April 2014, 9:13 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

    Concern grows surrounding freedom of expression in country

    Economic reform essential for region, warns IMF Subscription Required

    10 April 2014, 8:26 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

    Washington-headquartered IMF says regional economic growth was ‘tepid’ in 2013

    Car bombs kill 25 people in Syria

    10 April 2014, 8:25 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

    Explosions went off in a commercial street in Homs

    Analysis

    Power: Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin’s appointment was announced on state television

    Riyadh presents a united front Subscription Required

    3 April 2014, 15:00 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

    The appointment of a deputy crown prince shows King Abdullah wants to end speculation about the Al-Saud family’s succession plans

    Strained ties: Obama’s meeting with King Abdullah seems to have produced only modest results

    US influence on the Middle East waning Subscription Required

    3 April 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Recent foreign policy initiatives have put Washington at odds with key allies in the GCC

    Qatar banking sector

    Qatar’s banks primed to support infrastructure growth Subscription Required

    2 April 2014, 7:08 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

    Qatar’s Finance Ministry recently announced a spike in spending

    The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

    UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription Required

    26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By Colin Foreman , Rebecca Spong

    Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

    Gulf leaders have gathered in Kuwait for the Arab League summit being held on 25-26 March

    GCC’s future hangs in the balance Subscription Required

    25 March 2014, 8:46 GMT | By James Gavin

    The withdrawal of ambassadors from Qatar earlier this month by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE will further set back long-delayed GCC joint initiatives

    Switch: Prince Mohammed has taken over the leadership of Riyadh's strategy towards Syria

    Riyadh tightens foreign policy Subscription Required

    13 March 2014, 15:15 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

    The kingdom has adopted a more forceful approach to diplomacy in a move to align its domestic and external policies aimed at fighting terrorism and extremism

    Justice: Federalism should help redress some of Yemen’s economic imbalances, says a local party member

    Unity through division in Yemen Subscription Required

    6 March 2014, 9:43 GMT | By Peter Salisbury

    Federalism could hold the key to maintaining political and economic stability in Yemen

    Kuwait

    Kuwait’s year of progress Subscription Required

    20 February 2014, 14:45 GMT | By Adal Mirza

    A new parliament has meant several high-profile contracts have now been awarded in the country

    Data

    Ease of doing business, 2013-2014 Subscription Required

    3 November 2013, 7:41 GMT

    The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa

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