The startling fall in the oil price has renewed questions about some Gulf countries’ budgetary policies. An OPEC meeting later this month and Saudi Arabia’s 2015 budget will offer clues as to how some of the world’s biggest exporters plan to tackle the issue
As US president Barack Obama seeks to slash the Pentagon’s budget even further in order to balance the books, the latest fight against ISIL adds more pressure on stretched resources, with the annual bill likely to hit $22bn if ground forces are required
Arab institutional investors have been buying up swathes of European cities, with London the firm favourite. As new research estimates that $180bn will be invested by Middle East funds outside their home market in the next decade, we look at the factors and trends influencing this massive cash trail
A free trade agreement with the Gulf, more exports to the Middle East and potential investment Down Under are all on the table as Australia undertakes its biggest ever promotional trade campaign in the region
The BJP is the favourite of India’s big industrialists, and local stock markets have factored in the right-wing party’s expected success in the election. But at a challenging time for the Indian economy, the victor will need to tread carefully in its first budget.
The most dramatic and divisive Indian election for decades is finally drawing to a close. Narendra Modi may be the favourite to win the poll, but ordinary Indians have cast doubt over the ability of any party to bring the country’s problems truly under control.