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Power to the people in Saudi Arabia
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Power to the people in Saudi Arabia

Friday, 2 December 2016 1:04 AM

As Saudi Arabia fights to control surging electricity demand, the government is increasingly turning to the private sector. With an 80-year history in the kingdom, General Electric’s recent $1bn of investment is starting to pay off

RAK to the future: Forging a reputation on the global business stage
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RAK to the future: Forging a reputation on the global business stage

Saturday, 19 November 2016 10:46 AM

Ras Al Khaimah, the UAE’s second-smallest emirate, is quietly boosting its tourism, free zones and real estate.

Anxious times as Middle East awaits clarity on Trump's policies
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Anxious times as Middle East awaits clarity on Trump's policies

Saturday, 12 November 2016 2:40 PM

Donald Trump’s surprise presidential win is expected to rattle financial markets globally for some time to come, with the Middle East particularly watching to see how the contradictory, unpredictable Republican will lead the world’s most powerful country.

Saudis could raise oil output again as sparring with Iran returns-sources
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Saudis could raise oil output again as sparring with Iran returns-sources

Saturday, 5 November 2016 10:47 AM

Saudi comments at meeting surprise other OPEC delegates

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Pyramid selling: Egypt's rollercoaster economy
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Pyramid selling: Egypt's rollercoaster economy

Friday, 4 November 2016 1:19 AM

Egypt has been walking a tightrope since 2011, with two revolutions and continued security concerns testing what was once a stalwart economy. Fed up, Egyptians are again becoming restless as they await the impact of an imminent $12bn loan from the IMF

America decides: Gulf view on Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton
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America decides: Gulf view on Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton

Friday, 4 November 2016 1:17 AM

How will this week’s US presidential election affect politics in the GCC region?

Banking on reforms in Kuwait
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Banking on reforms in Kuwait

Saturday, 22 October 2016 2:05 AM

As Kuwait stares down its first deficit in 20 years, the Gulf state is relying on its financial sector to help navigate choppy fiscal waters. Delayed plans to privatise the Kuwait Stock Exchange are finally on the home stretch and could prove vital to the country’s recovery

Saudis face dilemma between size and pricing in debut bond sale
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Saudis face dilemma between size and pricing in debut bond sale

Monday, 17 October 2016 2:03 PM

Riyadh is under pressure to maximise the size of its international issue with a 2016 state budget that envisages an $87bn deficit

How technology is changing the UAE
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How technology is changing the UAE

Friday, 14 October 2016 12:36 AM

Free wifi in public spaces and remotely monitoring utility use are no longer an indicator of an advanced city. Arabian Business looks at how technology is evolving just about every part of daily life – and how the UAE is leading the way.

Saudis cut wage, benefit bill in delicate pursuit of austerity
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Saudis cut wage, benefit bill in delicate pursuit of austerity

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 7:33 PM

Some Saudis appear prepared to accept austerity following the signal that ministers would share the pain

Cash crunch at Saudi firm casts shadow over Lebanon's Hariris
Construction»

Cash crunch at Saudi firm casts shadow over Lebanon's Hariris

Monday, 5 September 2016 8:03 PM

The troubles at Saudi Oger have led to a cash crunch and layoffs in Lebanon's Future Movement

Fly economy class, share an office: Qatar's new reality
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Fly economy class, share an office: Qatar's new reality

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 5:29 PM

Gov't employees are being asked to make savings as low energy prices force austerity even among the world's wealthiest citizens

Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay
Construction»

Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay

Thursday, 18 August 2016 7:25 PM

Plight of workers has alarmed their home countries and drawn unwelcome attention to the conditions

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How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar
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How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar

Monday, 18 July 2016 6:56 PM

Many of the foreign workers who make up the bulk of the 2.5m-strong population have been affected by lay offs

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights
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At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights

Monday, 18 July 2016 10:36 AM

Rebel F-16s harassed Erdogan's jet mid-flight as President "evaded death by minutes" according to an official


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