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Government and policy

Government news and analysis, commentary and economic data.

Special Report

The Saudi flag

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh willing to make unpopular decisionsSubscription

The reduction of fuel subsidies shows the kingdom’s new leadership is serious about reforming the economy


Cairo must focus on implementation this yearSubscription

While Al-Sisi’s government has made progress in setting the foundations required to boost the economy, it needs to implement fiscal and investment policies

Kuwait City

Kuwait: On course for a record year for projects awardsSubscription

Kuwait’s push to revitalise its projects sector despite a market downturn across the region is giving new hope to contractors 

Construction workers

Qatar: Talent shortage could impede Doha's ambitionsSubscription

Any shortage of workers in the country introduces the risk of World Cup developments falling behind schedule

Crude oil prices

Kuwait expects a budget deficit of $40bnSubscription

Estimate is based on an average oil price of $25 a barrel


Kuwait 2016-17 budget deficit to widen Subscription

 $25-a-barrel oil forecast to trigger $40bn deficit

Qatar must diversify projects pipeline

Qatar considers Olympic bidSubscription

Sporting facilities would already be in place

Car factory

General Motors halts Egypt operationsSubscription

Import industries have been under pressure in Egypt since 2011

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s reserves dropped $116bn in 2015Subscription

Reserves fell 3 per cent in December

UAE retail operator faces third loss in three quarters

Dubai economy shows vulnerability Subscription

Falling oil prices and global uncertainty activated brakes on new business growth

Al-Zadjali: Omani banks capitalised above Basel III

Oman considers EurobondSubscription

Muscat to borrow up to $10bn

Cairo, Egypt streets

Egypt World Bank loan delayedSubscription

Cairo’s hesitation stems from government’s reluctance to impose value-added tax amid rising living costs


Egypt cancels wheat tenderSubscription

Country is the world’s largest importer of wheat

Dubai International Financial Centre

Barclays cuts 150 jobs in UAE corporate banking armSubscription

British bank the latest lender to reduce staff in the country amid economic slowdown

Iran records major rise in US exports

Concerns remain amid Iran's post-sanctions gold rush Subscription

Rouhani oversees $40bn of contracts on tour of Italy and France

Business planning

How Mena family businesses create their legaciesSubscription

Ensuring the long-term future of a family business is a challenge, especially when passing the torch to the next generation

Iran flag

A guide to sanctions still in place on IranSubscription

What the partial lifting of sanctions against Iran means for business

Oil rig

Board Report: February 2016Subscription

Region begins economic overhaul in response to low oil prices

Skyline of Cairo as seen from the Cairo Tower in Egypt

How the population surge can help governmentsSubscription

To accelerate economic growth, Middle East and North African countries can harness the talent of a growing population and free up the way for the private sector, says the IMF’s Masood Ahmed

Growing expectations: population infographic

The Middle East's growing expectationsSubscription

Job creation, rising healthcare costs, housing and education all major issues that the Middle East must tackle

Crowded roads in Egypt

The population challenges ahead for Egypt and IranSubscription

Egypt and Iran have the largest populations in the Middle East, but both countries face very different challenges

Youth bulge

Harnessing the youth bulgeSubscription

The increasing proportion of young people in the region means governments can achieve rapid economic growth through prudent job creation

Value of projects planned and under way in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia data bankSubscription

Riyadh must target non-oil growth to counter the effects of low oil prices