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Iran: Nuclear deal critical for economy

6 January 2015

The lifting of sanctions has become all the more urgent for the Islamic Republic in the wake of falling oil prices

Doha stadium

GCC states maintain high spending

6 January 2015 | By

Most countries in the bloc are continuing to spend to further the diversification of their economies


MEED Yearbook 2015

24 December 2014

Spending will continue despite uncertainty

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt: Major challenges ahead for Al-Sisi

23 December 2014

Egypt’s president needs to appease local and international sentiments to ensure the stability his government is projecting

Governments must take the initiative

Sustainable business: Governments must take the initiative

22 December 2014

It is the responsibility of the authorities to encourage the private sector to venture further into the green building sector


Saudi Arabia: Riyadh must maintain spending momentum

17 December 2014

The kingdom should plough ahead with plans to invest in social infrastructure despite falling oil prices

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

GCC healthcare is transforming into a free market

Healthcare: The GCC is transforming into a free market

10 December 2014

More states are rolling out universal insurance, which will ensure high demand


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

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