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Crude control
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Crude control

Friday, 31 October 2014 2:34 AM

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

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait shared zone tensions underlie oilfield closure
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Saudi Arabia, Kuwait shared zone tensions underlie oilfield closure

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 5:12 PM

Crude output from jointly-run offshore Khafji oilfield has been halted temporarily to comply with environmental rules

The billion dollar war
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The billion dollar war

Friday, 10 October 2014 10:25 AM

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

End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace
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End of Gaza war doesn't translate into peace

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 4:27 PM

A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite for a return to US-sponsored peace

Is this the end of the Gulf’s Indian cash dash?
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Is this the end of the Gulf’s Indian cash dash?

Saturday, 9 August 2014 1:40 AM

From currency woes to taxation loopholes closing and a clampdown on money flows, the days of Indian investors topping the list of property buyers in the Gulf may soon be over

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Q&A with Dubai Chamber
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Q&A with Dubai Chamber

Sunday, 13 July 2014 2:32 PM

We spoke with Essa Al Zaabi of Dubai Chamber of Commerce to find out how it is helping start-ups survive and thrive

The politics of big data
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The politics of big data

Saturday, 21 June 2014 10:39 AM

The UAE may be one of the fastest adopters of e-government initiatives, but research carried out by the World Economic Forum suggests that there is still much work to be done

Iraqi Islamists' gains pose challenge to al Qaeda leader
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Iraqi Islamists' gains pose challenge to al Qaeda leader

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 6:02 PM

ISIL has captured swathes of territory in northwest and central Iraq, including the second city of Mosul

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Gulf's billions insulate economies, markets from Iraq turmoil
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Gulf's billions insulate economies, markets from Iraq turmoil

Monday, 16 June 2014 7:33 PM

Progress seen in building up financial resources on the back of high oil prices as a defence against regional instability

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Bahrain fights unrest, competition to remain business hub
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Bahrain fights unrest, competition to remain business hub

Monday, 16 June 2014 4:46 PM

Subsidies saga underlines the obstacles facing Bahrain as it seeks to move on from the events of 2011

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MidEast investors eye $180bn overseas spending
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MidEast investors eye $180bn overseas spending

Monday, 16 June 2014 2:36 PM

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

Branding Australia in the Gulf
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Branding Australia in the Gulf

Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:56 AM

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 waiting game
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The waiting game

Sunday, 11 May 2014 9:43 AM

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.

India decides: Behind the scenes on the world's biggest election
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India decides: Behind the scenes on the world's biggest election

Sunday, 11 May 2014 9:37 AM

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.

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Persistent Saudi-US differences hurt Syria strategy
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Persistent Saudi-US differences hurt Syria strategy

Monday, 5 May 2014 2:29 PM

Despite attempts to shore up their old alliance, disagreements may prove calamitous for Syrian rebels


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