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Banking: Loan books continue steady expansion

9 December 2014

Strong economic growth and high levels of government spending are driving demand for credit across the GCC


Smart societies are becoming a reality

8 December 2014 | By Bernadette Ballantyne

Cities in the Gulf are realising the benefits of embracing the multitude of technologies that enable smarter and more responsive infrastructure and experiences. Government bodies in the UAE, in particular, are moving from individual initiatives and silo thinking to strategic planning and coordination. In Dubai, for example, there are about 1,000 projects in the smart city programme being managed by an inter-agency government task force. Initiatives include programmes covering smart ...


A guide to doing business for SMEs

7 December 2014

SMEs: The backbone of the economy

The Burj al-Arab, in Dubai

UAE: Funding Dubai's new building boom

4 December 2014

Economic diversification is essential to the future of the UAE


Retail: GCC sees biggest per capita spend in region

3 December 2014

Growth across the region is expected to remain robust


Qatar banking: State spending boosts banking sector

27 November 2014

Qatar’s financial services sector is finally feeling the benefit of Doha’s acceleration in infrastructure spending as it prepares to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022.


Saudi project activity stays strong amid oil price volatility

26 November 2014 | By James Gavin

The lower oil price may lead to uncertainty among stakeholders, but Riyadh’s willingness to maintain spending will continue to provide momentum for schemes


Construction: Metro drives tunnelling boom

20 November 2014

It is estimated there are about $245bn-worth of projects with a tunnelling element planned or under way in the Middle East

Haider al-Abadi

Iraq: Economic fallout from jihadist advance

13 November 2014

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has taken on the leadership of Iraq at a critical time


Education: Region needs inspirational teachers

12 November 2014

In its 2008 report, The Road Not Travelled, the Washington-based World Bank stated that the Middle East and North Africa region had outgrown its education model

Qatar energy

Qatar Energy 2014

9 November 2014 | By

Qatar Petroleum looks likely to uphold its moratorium on gas production when it comes under review in 2015

Muscat in Oman

Oman: The importance of diversifying the economy

6 November 2014

It is essential Muscat continues to move forward with its development plans


Defence: Middle East steps up military spending

5 November 2014

Military spending among the Gulf states has been climbing steadily over the past decade or so in response to changing geopolitical threats

Oil and gas

Oil & Gas: GCC steps up spending on research

30 October 2014

New technologies changing the realities of research and development

The dinner

Construction summit to reward project excellence

30 October 2014

The MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2015 in association with Mashreq is now open for entries. Companies have until 17 December to nominate their projects for recognition


HSBC Middle East Infrastructure Guide

28 October 2014 | By

Governments embrace window of opportunity

Power and water

Power & Water: GCC developer rankings

23 October 2014

The next 12 months promises to be more active


Insurance: Takaful market sees signs of rebound

22 October 2014

Recession slowed the expansion of the industry

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