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Saudi Arabia's Yemen gamble may define its regional role for years
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Saudi Arabia's Yemen gamble may define its regional role for years

Sunday, 29 March 2015 2:19 PM

Success in Yemen would establish Riyadh as de facto leader of the region's Sunni states

Events that moved the markets
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Events that moved the markets

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:23 AM

What, if anything, have we learnt from past crises that have shaken the global financial markets?

A country on hold: Oman's next step?
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A country on hold: Oman's next step?

Friday, 6 March 2015 10:01 AM

The Gulf state has been relatively stable under the rule of one man for 45 years, but the indefinite absence of an ailing Sultan Qaboos and deteriorating economic conditions are causing angst in a country that can ill afford stagnation. With no public succession plan, just what will the next era in Oman hold?

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Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team
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Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

Tuesday, 3 March 2015 2:26 PM

King is clearly laying the ground for a generational shift in how Riyadh develops its energy and economic strategies

Should the Gulf introduce VAT?
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Should the Gulf introduce VAT?

Friday, 27 February 2015 2:02 AM

The GCC’s plans to bring in value-added tax were withdrawn as a result of the global financial crisis. However, lower oil prices mean that the contentious topic is now back on the agenda

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Focus: Libya's decline and fall
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Focus: Libya's decline and fall

Friday, 13 February 2015 2:23 AM

Despite promises of a new future after the ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s spiral into civil war is seemingly endless. Foreign investors who are waiting on the sidelines say there is no hope of a change for the better soon

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Saudi Arabia: Smooth succession but a bumpy road ahead
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Saudi Arabia: Smooth succession but a bumpy road ahead

Sunday, 1 February 2015 10:53 AM

Saudi Arabia’s new ruler King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud takes over as the ultimate authority in a kingdom that faces long-term domestic challenges compounded by the dramatic fall in oil prices in recent months.

Yemen crisis is first big test for Saudi Arabia's King Salman
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Yemen crisis is first big test for Saudi Arabia's King Salman

Monday, 26 January 2015 2:14 PM

Yemen is at risk of breaking up with the ascent of the Houthi movement

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Profile: Saudi's new Crown Prince Muqrin
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Profile: Saudi's new Crown Prince Muqrin

Friday, 23 January 2015 7:08 PM

Heir to Saudi Arabia's throne is a former fighter pilot who was educated at a Western university

Profile: New Saudi Deputy Crown Prince marks generational shift
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Profile: New Saudi Deputy Crown Prince marks generational shift

Friday, 23 January 2015 2:52 PM

Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants

Profile: New Saudi ruler King Salman bin Abdulaziz
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Profile: New Saudi ruler King Salman bin Abdulaziz

Friday, 23 January 2015 9:17 AM

Salman will have the final say on social and economic reforms started under Abdullah

Legacy: Saudi King Abdullah was a cautious reformer
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Legacy: Saudi King Abdullah was a cautious reformer

Friday, 23 January 2015 9:10 AM

How Saudi Arabia's ruler left a modernising legacy of cautious social and economic reform

Saudi Arabia's new Yemen strategy: get behind a fence
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Saudi Arabia's new Yemen strategy: get behind a fence

Thursday, 22 January 2015 8:21 PM

Saudi Arabia is increasingly taking a security-first approach after Houthi rebels have all but seized power

The power of Qatar
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The power of Qatar

Friday, 9 January 2015 2:06 AM

As the oil price slides and regional bourses suffer, Qatar is by far the best-placed Gulf economy in the medium term, analysts argue

The Big Debate: Can Gulf governments reduce their dependency on expats?
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The Big Debate: Can Gulf governments reduce their dependency on expats?

Sunday, 4 January 2015 10:00 AM

GCC states have launched many initiatives to reduce the gap between foreign and local workers, but can the region survive without overseas workers and only local talent alone?

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