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Iran-Saudi row threatens any OPEC deal, puts role in question
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Iran-Saudi row threatens any OPEC deal, puts role in question

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 2:21 PM

Less than six months after the lifting of Western sanctions, Iran is close to regaining normal oil export volumes

Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age
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Saudi Arabia's rulers adapt message for social media age

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 5:04 PM

Saudi Arabia's leaders have historically courted public opinion only via informal councils

What pushes Jordanian entrepreneurs to succeed?
StartUp»

What pushes Jordanian entrepreneurs to succeed?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 3:54 PM

Jordan, one of the middle east’s smallest markets, has produced the largest number of the region’s start-up success stories. Tamara Pupic takes a look at the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Amman.

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'Bachelor ban' in Qatar tests relations with migrant workers
Culture & Society»

'Bachelor ban' in Qatar tests relations with migrant workers

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 4:49 PM

Recent ramping up of family-only rules in Qatar is excluding the country's vast South Asian workforce

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Domestic focus may limit clout of new $2trn Saudi fund
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Domestic focus may limit clout of new $2trn Saudi fund

Monday, 16 May 2016 4:34 PM

Fund's growth abroad is likely to be slowed by its responsibility for aiding the economy at home

Revenue may be weak spot in Saudi economic reform plan
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Revenue may be weak spot in Saudi economic reform plan

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 7:09 PM

The cost of insuring Saudi Arabia's debt against default has risen since the kingdom announced a plan to wean itself off oil exports

Pyramid selling: Egypt's new tourism minister
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Pyramid selling: Egypt's new tourism minister

Saturday, 7 May 2016 12:05 AM

Foreign visitors to Egypt have plummeted 40 percent this year, as the once unrivalled destination battles ongoing security fears. Less than two months after being appointed as the country’s new tourism minister, Mohamed Yehia Rashed is adamant he can renew public confidence and draw back millions of people

Saudi prince makes bold challenges to kingdom's old ways
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Saudi prince makes bold challenges to kingdom's old ways

Thursday, 5 May 2016 8:38 AM

Plans, aimed at ending dependence on oil by 2030, require shaking up a bureaucracy that has stymied changes in the past

Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone
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Saudi riyal peg pressure eases, but not gone

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 7:10 PM

Volatile energy swings mean the currency remains vulnerable, especially if Riyadh fails to deliver fast on its reform plans

Saudi reform plans flirt with social change
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Saudi reform plans flirt with social change

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 10:57 AM

Ruling family has preferred gradual liberalisation * Saudi reform plan avoided overt social change * Prince's ideas point towards reforms

Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision reform plan: What we know so far
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Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Vision reform plan: What we know so far

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 9:41 AM

Details of what Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the government released in documents provided to the media

Entrepreneurship, innovation become economic growth drivers in Saudi Arabia
StartUp»

Entrepreneurship, innovation become economic growth drivers in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 24 April 2016 9:55 AM

Entrepreneurship and innovation have become the new economic growth engines of Saudi Arabia. Tamara Pupic analyses how encouraging new social attitudes toward the kingdom’s innovative youth is about to enact change for the better.

Saudi king's visit overshadowed by Egyptian islands row
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Saudi king's visit overshadowed by Egyptian islands row

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 3:42 PM

Outraged Egyptians accuse their once-popular president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, of giving up land to curry favour with the Saudis

The Gulf's sovereign dilemma
Banking & Finance»

The Gulf's sovereign dilemma

Saturday, 9 April 2016 12:15 AM

With oil prices still faltering around their lowest level in 11 years, many GCC governments are drawing down assets from their once swelling sovereign wealth funds to plug budget deficits. Yet this is having a knock-on impact on global markets

Saudi king sets aside frustrations with Egypt for state visit
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Saudi king sets aside frustrations with Egypt for state visit

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 2:21 PM

Rare foreign trip by Saudi ruler will counter media commentary of discord between the richest Arab state and the most populous


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