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Government and policy

Government news and analysis, commentary and economic data.

Special Report


Oman: Uncertain times for sultanateSubscription

Muscat needs to make careful decisions about spending levels and which major infrastructure schemes get investment

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Balancing austerity with growthSubscription

The government must meet the need to develop the kingdom without indebting the future generation

Liquefied natural gas tankers

Qatar: Facing a gas export crunchSubscription

Cheaper gas prices and increased competition for market share are some of the future challenges for Doha

Sharjah city in the UAE

UAE: Northern emirates feel property pinchSubscription

There are concerns over the ability of the UAE’s smaller emirates to ride out the latest real estate slowdown

Egypt tourism

IFC to provide loan to support Egypt tourismSubscription

The details of the loan remain unclear until the signing ceremony, expected to take place on 19 November

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C)

Saudi deputy crown prince meets Kuwait prime ministerSubscription

Visit comes after Yemeni attack on Saudi border town

Houthis guard Yemen's central bank

Houthi rebels shell Saudi border townSubscription

Attack believed to be first on Saudi Arabia’s soil


Finance Minister says important changes for Saudi ArabiaSubscription

Institutional reforms will accelerate decision making in the kingdom

Iraq has revised down its budgeted oil price for 2015

IMF to agree $800m loan to IraqSubscription

IMF to clear $800m Iraq funding “in coming weeks” to help balance budget


Qatar signs $7bn contract to buy 24 Rafale jetsSubscription

Hollande and Sheikh Tamim sign deal in Doha

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Adel al-Jubeir, has been appointed the kingdom's foreign minister

Riyadh denies Iran talksSubscription

Stories stating that new foreign minister planned to fly to Tehran “fabricated”

Houthis guard Yemen's central bank

Coalition puts boots on the ground in YemenSubscription

Ground forces have been deployed against Houthis


Al-Assad faces fresh chemical attack accusationsSubscription

Allegations loom over Syrian regime again

Deputy Crown Prince

Saudi Aramco to be separated from oil ministrySubscription

Restructuring of national oil company Saudi Aramco is part of a wider energy sector shake up in the world’s biggest oil producing market


Private equity targets energy and industry Subscription

Egypt infrastructure push creates opportunities

Egypt: Library serversSubscription

Supply and erection of servers to implement parallel treatment operations for a library

Jordan: Social protection projectSubscription

Provision of consultancy services comprising undertaking a review of women’s and girls’ access to basic social services

Saudi Arabia: Transmission station O&MSubscription

Operation and maintenance (O&M) of transmission stations