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Why Saudi Arabia will struggle to kick its addiction to oil
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Why Saudi Arabia will struggle to kick its addiction to oil

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 5:08 PM

Transforming the economy is an enormously ambitious undertaking fraught with considerable risks, says Reuters analyst John Kemp

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Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran
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Saudi Arabia turns oil weapon on Iran

Monday, 18 April 2016 7:57 PM

Gulf kingdom's decision to scupper negotiations on a coordinated oil output freeze is significant shift in policy, says Reuters analyst John Kemp

Arab Youth Survey: A generation in transition
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Arab Youth Survey: A generation in transition

Sunday, 17 April 2016 10:30 AM

Amidst fears of unemployment, ongoing conflicts, the re-emergence of Iran and the new desire for stability over democracy, Arab youth are finding glimpses of optimism.

Why Saudi Arabia's new transparency is a breath of fresh air
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Why Saudi Arabia's new transparency is a breath of fresh air

Friday, 8 April 2016 12:17 AM

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's announcement of his plans to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil has left questions as well as answers, says Ed Attwood

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A new world
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A new world

Sunday, 27 March 2016 11:35 AM

Today’s generation of Arab youth are just as likely to be known for their creativity and humanity as their power or wealth.

Gulf migrant workers will be biggest victims of oil shock
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Gulf migrant workers will be biggest victims of oil shock

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 7:25 PM

Reuters analyst John Kemp says impact of cheap oil will reverberate to poor countries across the Middle East and South Asia

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Dubai's private sector faces short-term challenges but long-term opportunities
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Dubai's private sector faces short-term challenges but long-term opportunities

Friday, 11 March 2016 1:05 AM

The decline in operating conditions in February may be a concern, but there are reasons to be positive about the economy in general, says Ed Attwood

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GCC private firms are excluding women at their own peril
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GCC private firms are excluding women at their own peril

Friday, 4 March 2016 1:24 AM

Governments, usually trailing behind social advancement, are leading the way for gender parity in the Gulf, says Courtney Trenwith

Why VAT is just one step on the road to economic reform
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Why VAT is just one step on the road to economic reform

Friday, 26 February 2016 1:15 AM

While consumer goods are the best tax target, GCC states must also improve their own inefficiencies, says Courtney Trenwith

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Oil production freeze is only the first step: Kemp
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Oil production freeze is only the first step: Kemp

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 3:49 PM

Reuters analyst John Kemp says deal could be seen as a stepping stone towards a more ambitious and comprehensive agreement in a few months' time

Why trading with India is so valuable
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Why trading with India is so valuable

Saturday, 13 February 2016 11:18 AM

The current emphasis on UAE-India bilateral trade and investment puts the Gulf state in an enviable position.

Why Bahrain's politicians must face the new reality
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Why Bahrain's politicians must face the new reality

Friday, 22 January 2016 10:31 AM

Repeated parliamentary protests against petrol subsidy cuts are irresponsible and fail to recognise the country’s serious economic predicament, says Courtney Trenwith

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Fahd Al Rasheed, Group CEO of King Abdullah Economic City: Saudi Arabia’s major shift to tourism and leisure
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Fahd Al Rasheed, Group CEO of King Abdullah Economic City: Saudi Arabia’s major shift to tourism and leisure

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:52 AM

The kingdom is already the 19th most visited country on the planet – but this is only the beginning.

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Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Dubai has everything it needs
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Hamad Buamim, President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Dubai has everything it needs

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:52 AM

Despite a slower global economy and low oil prices, the emirate is well placed for a buoyant 2016.

Sunil John, CEO of ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller: High time for moderate Muslims to raise their voice in 2016
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Sunil John, CEO of ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller: High time for moderate Muslims to raise their voice in 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:52 AM

The Muslim world must seize the narrative and create a unified voice that promotes a moderate Islam

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