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How Kuwait is oiling the wheels of national reform
Politics & Economics»

How Kuwait is oiling the wheels of national reform

Saturday, 6 February 2016 1:20 AM

Kuwait has for years sat on the sidelines while its neighbours rapidly modernised and harnessed geographical economic advantages. But the country is turning a corner, with a raft of new regulations and investor incentives

Rising from the ashes? The UAE's insolvency dilemma
Banking & Finance»

Rising from the ashes? The UAE's insolvency dilemma

Saturday, 6 February 2016 1:04 AM

The UAE is close to finalising a modern insolvency law that would allow struggling businesses to rise from the ashes, but entrenched cultural attitudes towards corporate failings and a host of other challenges look set to defeat it

Saudi currency devaluation would carry major political risk
Politics & Economics»

Saudi currency devaluation would carry major political risk

Thursday, 4 February 2016 11:13 PM

Currency traders have been betting against the Saudi peg, and those of other regional oil producers, in the wake of oil's price collapse

New global oil deal could draw lessons from 1998
Energy»

New global oil deal could draw lessons from 1998

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 2:56 PM

With oil prices touching their lowest level since 2003, OPEC officials and deal brokers are asking whether a behind-the-scenes deal can be struck

New era for Saudi Arabia's aviation sector
Transport»

New era for Saudi Arabia's aviation sector

Saturday, 30 January 2016 12:56 AM

Saudi Arabia’s aviation market has been one of the most highly regulated in the world for seven decades, but recent public appearances by two new airlines indicate a new era is imminent. Neil Halligan reports

Injaz Al Arab: cultivating a generation of entrepreneurs
StartUp»

Injaz Al Arab: cultivating a generation of entrepreneurs

Saturday, 30 January 2016 12:56 AM

Protests across the Middle East in recent year have highlighted the potentially catastrophic consequences of Arab youth unemployment. One programme has been working to give hundreds of thousands of young people each year the courage and skills needed to create their own economic prosperity

Oman: where to now?
Politics & Economics»

Oman: where to now?

Friday, 29 January 2016 10:47 AM

It is a catch-22 situation: Oman’s reliance on hydrocarbons for about 80 percent of its state revenues amid a ‘new normal’ of low oil prices means diversification is its top priority. But small fiscal reserves are making the task significantly harder

Ambitious Saudi reforms may not avert looming economic slump
Politics & Economics»

Ambitious Saudi reforms may not avert looming economic slump

Thursday, 28 January 2016 4:06 PM

Cheap oil continues to put pressure on Saudi currency; opens up record state budget deficit of around $100bn

Al Jazeera America closure marks a quieter Qatar
Media»

Al Jazeera America closure marks a quieter Qatar

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 7:32 PM

Al Jazeera America launched in 2013 in a bid by Qatar to infiltrate the US media market was plagued by low ratings

Revealed: Diagnosis for keeping the Gulf healthy
Healthcare»

Revealed: Diagnosis for keeping the Gulf healthy

Saturday, 23 January 2016 1:18 AM

Gulf states have largely footed the bill for healthcare for decades, but as revenue-hit governments move away from welfare state models, the private sector is snapping up opportunities in one of the fastest growing sectors in the world

Fanning the flames: the cost of implementing the UAE's fire code
Culture & Society»

Fanning the flames: the cost of implementing the UAE's fire code

Friday, 22 January 2016 10:29 AM

The recent spate of building fires in the UAE, including New Year's The Address Downtown blaze, has exposed significant concerns that could cost developers, owners and contractors millions of dollars. Authorities have moved to enforce potentially life-saving new regulations, but who will pay?

No sign Saudi Arabia will ride to oil market rescue
Energy»

No sign Saudi Arabia will ride to oil market rescue

Thursday, 21 January 2016 8:28 PM

Gulf kingdom has few options beyond sticking with a strategy to defend its market share - no matter how low prices sink

What has caused the renaissance of a can-do attitude among Egyptian entrepreneurs?
StartUp»

What has caused the renaissance of a can-do attitude among Egyptian entrepreneurs?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 3:19 PM

In the midst of terror attacks and economic upheaval, Egypt is on the rise and many young start-ups are confident about the future

Saudi Arabia alarmed, in private, at Iran's sanctions relief
Politics & Economics»

Saudi Arabia alarmed, in private, at Iran's sanctions relief

Monday, 18 January 2016 5:42 PM

Saudi-Iranian political rivalry has aggravated tumult across the Middle East for years, but has escalated in recent months

Entrepreneurship is flourishing in the Middle East, says study
StartUp»

Entrepreneurship is flourishing in the Middle East, says study

Monday, 18 January 2016 4:01 PM

Research by London Business School says the UAE is emphatic about growth, with 81.5% saying growth is steady, fast or very fast.


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