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Kuwait emir appoints Essam al-Marzouq as new oil minister
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Kuwait emir appoints Essam al-Marzouq as new oil minister

Saturday, 10 December 2016 6:03 PM

Marzouq has previously served as head of the country's stock exchange and as a board member of Kuwait Petroleum Corp

Saudi private sector growth rebounds in November
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Saudi private sector growth rebounds in November

Saturday, 10 December 2016 12:31 PM

New survey shows recovery following back-to-back slowdown in September and October

UK's Johnson courts Gulf after Saudi comments draw PM putdown
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UK's Johnson courts Gulf after Saudi comments draw PM putdown

Saturday, 10 December 2016 12:26 PM

Foreign minister Boris Johnson says Britain's exit from the European Union will mean it can forge free trade deals with Gulf Arab allies

Dubai Wholesale City signs key trade, investment deal with China
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Dubai Wholesale City signs key trade, investment deal with China

Saturday, 10 December 2016 12:37 AM

$8.1bn mega project currently under construction in Dubai inks deal with the world's largest exporter of goods

Saudi unemployment rises 12% in Q3 to four-year high
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Saudi unemployment rises 12% in Q3 to four-year high

Saturday, 10 December 2016 12:37 AM

Jadwa Investment research also shows total net employment rises significantly to 892,000

Bangladesh unions join suit against FIFA over Qatar World Cup workers
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Bangladesh unions join suit against FIFA over Qatar World Cup workers

Friday, 9 December 2016 5:21 PM

Lawsuit calls on FIFA to force Qatar to adopt 'minimum labour standards' for migrant workers working on 2022 tournament

Washington to check if Russia-Qatar oil deal violates sanctions
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Washington to check if Russia-Qatar oil deal violates sanctions

Friday, 9 December 2016 10:50 AM

Kremlin has presented the $11.3bn deal as a major coup; demonstrates that for foreign investors the lure of Russia's oil sector outweighs the risks

Saudi Arabia could see sovereign credit rating slashed over deficit
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Saudi Arabia could see sovereign credit rating slashed over deficit

Friday, 9 December 2016 10:33 AM

Fisch Asset Management says austerity, privatisation and taxation measures not enough to reduce deficit enough

US Congress mulls Gulf military sales worth nearly $8bn
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US Congress mulls Gulf military sales worth nearly $8bn

Friday, 9 December 2016 10:30 AM

US State Department notifies Congress of possible deals to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar

Why the UK-GCC friendship is mutually beneficial
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Why the UK-GCC friendship is mutually beneficial

Friday, 9 December 2016 1:00 AM

Both need stronger security and new economic ties, says Courtney Trenwith

Why did I lose? Reflections of a former UK chancellor
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Why did I lose? Reflections of a former UK chancellor

Friday, 9 December 2016 12:59 AM

Former British chancellor and touted prime ministerial candidate, George Osborne is using his newfound time on the backbench to research why the ‘Remain’ campaign lost the Brexit vote amid a wave of populist nationalism

UAE retains title of Middle East's top country for enabling trade
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UAE retains title of Middle East's top country for enabling trade

Friday, 9 December 2016 12:53 AM

New World Economic Forum report ranks the UAE 23rd globally while Kuwait is named as region's most closed economy

Outlook remains negative for GCC banks, says Fitch
Banking & Finance»

Outlook remains negative for GCC banks, says Fitch

Thursday, 8 December 2016 2:29 PM

Ratings agency says continuing low oil prices to pressure bank liquidity and asset quality

British PM May slaps down foreign minister over Saudi comments
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British PM May slaps down foreign minister over Saudi comments

Thursday, 8 December 2016 1:54 PM

Boris Johnson said last week that the absence of real leadership in the Middle East had allowed people to twist religion and stoke proxy wars

Rights group says Doha News blockage 'sad and disappointing'
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Rights group says Doha News blockage 'sad and disappointing'

Thursday, 8 December 2016 1:54 PM

Human Rights Watch says move undermines Qatar’s attempts to present itself as a centre for media freedom


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