In this report

Advisers say companies hit by low oil prices are looking to sell non-core assets or restructure their finances as the slump continues

Cheap oil trips up Gulf’s banks

Corporate and national balance sheets are tipping into the red as oil’s historic low price bites deep

Saudi housing crisis proves taxing

A homes shortage necessitates state intervention

Aerial view over Business Bay district in Dubai

Dubai offices battle chaotic system

Buildings in the state can have multiple owners, which leads to multiple problems

The Jumaa Mosque in Doha, designed by John McAslan + Partners

Western architects’ modern mosques

Arab nations look to European design for places of worship

Egypt puts hopes in a ‘supergiant’

The Mediterranean’s largest gasfield will be a source of power and money

illustration by James Ferguson for Investing in the Arab World March 2015 special report
©James Ferguson

Political turmoil and economic slowdown end boom years

The plunge in the oil price and a deteriorating security situation in the region have radically altered the fiscal landscape

Failure to diversify hurts long-term growth

The fall in the price of crude is set to pose challenges

A Moroccan engineer cycles past the solar panels of the solar power station of Ain Beni Mathar near Oujda on May 31, 2011
©Abdelhak Senna/Getty

Falling cost of solar offers solace after halving of oil price in the Gulf region

Harnessing the sun’s rays is playing an important role in the push to develop cheaper power sources

Armand Phares

Rules of engagement for doing business

Readapt, retool and reassess to succeed

Security concerns make business difficult

Exporters struggle to adjust to cheaper oil but importing countries enjoy some benefits

Egypt expects building boom

Developers resolve legal disputes and form partnerships with government

Comment: Motivation goes a long way

Employers need to provide opportunities for career development to develop perseverance and hardiness