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Government and policy

Government news and analysis, commentary and economic data.

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (left) meets Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on an official visit to the North African country

Optimism grows in EgyptSubscription

Cairo remains upbeat about its future, but has grown more realistic about timelines for change


Qatar: Doha finds that with adversity comes opportunitySubscription

The country’s preparations for the Fifa World Cup and diversifying away from its reliance on the oil industry may actually empower the economy 


Doha seeks to keep spending on projectsSubscription

With the 2022 Fifa World Cup only six years away, Qatar cannot afford to take time off


UAE: Economic diversification has become criticalSubscription

The fall in oil prices has left governments rethinking spending plans. Abu Dhabi in particular will have no choice but to diversify

Qatar National Bank headquarters

Banks advised to do more to avoid cyber attacksSubscription

 Hacker gained access to QNB database in mid-2015


Dubai denies penalty for negative comments on economy Subscription

Government says no entity can penalise expression of opinion

Saudi construction

Saudi Binladin says it paid workersSubscription

Kingdom’s biggest contractor says it will honour commitments if further job cuts are made

Oil sector

Taqa mulls offloading foreign assets to a state entitySubscription

The company has an agreement with a related party which would buy all its oil and gas assets

Al-Khor stadium

Qatar appoints PPP advisersSubscription

PPP model may be used to deliver World Cup stadiums

Khalid al-Falih, chairman of Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco’s IPO structure yet to be decidedSubscription

Complications in the share sale mean the final form of the IPO could be delayed

Oman has received bids from at least five companies to build a refined products pipeline linking Muscat with Sohar

Oman to spend $400m on crude storage terminalSubscription

First phase of Ras Markaz facility will have storage capacity of between 6-10 million barrels

Saudi Binladin Group

Saudi Binladin Group lays off 50,000 workersSubscription

Firm has terminated employment contracts of foreign workers and has asked them to leave the kingdom


Egypt still waiting for return of Russian flights Subscription

Egypt’s tourism minister admits he is not sure when Russian flights will return

3D printing technology in construction

Dubai ramps up innovation driveSubscription

A quarter of journeys in the emirate will be driverless by 2030

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud

Board Report: May 2016

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

Manufacturing is not the key to economic diversification, says one analyst


Riyadh announces sweeping reforms with Vision 2030 planSubscription

Full details of economic roadmap due in 30-45 days

Ahmed Ismail, MAF Ventures

Majid al-Futtaim adapts growth plansSubscription

Interview: Ahmed Ismail, CEO, Majid Al Futtaim Ventures

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi

GCC diversification – the bigger pictureSubscription

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

Every year, hundreds of great businesses are denied access to growth capital from mainstream sources


Surprising growth in Dubai's retail sectorSubscription

Interview: Hamad Buamim, president and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Anas al-Saleh, deputy prime minister of Kuwait

Kuwait infrastructure spending at "full throttle"Subscription

Exclusive interview: Anas al-Saleh, deputy prime minister of Kuwait

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