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    1. beyondbrics

      May 4, 2016

      Muslim wealth funds stalk halal food acquisitions

      By Tomás Guerrero, IE Business School Nearly all muslim-majority countries currently import much of the food they...

    2. April 25, 2016

      IMF cuts Gulf states’ GDP growth forecast to 1.8%

      Economic growth in Gulf states is forecast to slow to 1.8 per cent this year as the oil-dependent region cuts spending...

    Special Reports

    1. New Trade Routes: Arab World

      There is economic and military turmoil across the Arab world with the global downturn,...
    2. Investing in the Arab World

      Advisers say companies hit by low oil prices are looking to sell non-core assets or re...
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    1. April 21, 2016

      Obama ‘concerned’ over Iraqi premier’s hold on power

      Barack Obama said on Thursday that he was “concerned” about whether Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi could hold on...

    2. April 18, 2016

      US to send Apache helicopters and further troops to Iraq

      The US is to send Apache helicopters and more troops to Iraq, the latest escalation of the military presence in the...

    3. April 15, 2016

      Kuwaiti currency basket yield benefits

      Kuwait’s abandonment of its strict dollar peg has reduced exchange rate volatility without pushing up inflation....

    4. beyondbrics

      April 11, 2016

      Oman: Iran's best friend in the Gulf

      The sultanate of Oman appears set to play a key role in Iran’s efforts to reintegrate into the regional and global...

    5. March 21, 2016

      Gulf states will be forced to tap debt markets, warns Moody’s

      Oil-rich Gulf governments will be forced to rely on debt markets as their fiscal deficits rise to $270bn amid an...

    6. March 8, 2016

      Saudi Arabia turns the screw on Lebanon’s economy

      Saudi Arabia is ratcheting up a campaign against Iran’s regional Lebanese proxy Hizbollah by squeezing Lebanon’s...

    7. February 24, 2016

      Gulf states to introduce sales tax

      The Gulf states are planning to introduce sales tax by 2018, a senior official said on Tuesday, as the decline in oil...

    8. January 14, 2016

      Gulf currency pegs: Oman, Bahrain seen as most under threat

      The dramatic slide in crude prices has led to a surge in speculation that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil...

    9. January 12, 2016

      Bahrain and Oman raise fuel prices to boost coffers

      Bahrain and Oman have increased fuel prices significantly as the Gulf states struggle to rein in budget deficits and...

    10. December 23, 2015

      Gloom descends on Gulf as oil price slump hits economy

      A caustic slogan is doing the rounds on social networks in the Gulf states this festive season: “All I want for...

    11. December 15, 2015

      Saudi Arabia and allies establish anti-terror military body

      Saudi Arabia has unveiled a “military alliance” of Muslim nations to fight “terrorism,” another sign of the...

    12. October 21, 2015

      IMF warns on Gulf states growth amid oil price fall and conflict

      Gulf states face slower economic growth as a “large and persistent” drop in oil prices increases the urgency for them...

    13. October 7, 2015

      Living with a lower oil price becomes the new normal

      When Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank failed to close a bond last month, Gulf financiers drew a worried breath. The...

    14. October 7, 2015

      Fiscal collaboration is vital for economic and social stability

      As net hydrocarbon exporters, the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have taken a hit from the falling oil...

    15. September 8, 2015

      Gulf states face ‘double whammy’ of lower oil prices and rate rise

      The Gulf states have enough depressing economic news to worry about without thinking about the impact of higher US...

    16. September 4, 2015

      Gulf states under pressure to take Syrian migrants

      As images of desperate Syrian migrants shock Europe, rights groups have called on the oil-rich Gulf states to take...

    17. August 3, 2015

      Kerry secures Gulf support for Iran deal

      Gulf Arab countries gave cautious backing on Monday to the nuclear deal with Iran, giving the White House an important...

    18. June 30, 2015

      Gulf nations show promise as source of outbound FDI

      Investment from wealthy Gulf countries is highly sought after but while government sovereign wealth funds from the...

    19. June 29, 2015

      Arab region expected to bounce back

      The worldwide slump in oil prices has had an immediate impact on the hydrocarbon-dependent economies of the Gulf. To...

    20. June 2, 2015

      Saudi Arabia to boost defence spending by 27% over five years

      Saudi Arabia is on track to become the world’s fifth-largest military spender by 2020 as it boosts its defence budget...

    21. FT Alphaville

      May 15, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Beware the success of quantitative easing . Mario Draghi warned that policy...

    22. May 15, 2015

      US offers Gulf allies help over Iran

      The US has offered its Gulf allies new military assistance to deal with potential missile attacks and cyber threats...

    23. May 10, 2015

      Middle East: The Iran conversation

      Syria’s misery shows no sign of ending; Libya is torn in half; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is making gains...

    24. May 8, 2015

      Saudi Arabia announces 5-day ceasefire in Yemen

      The US and the Saudi-led coalition announced a five-day ceasefire in Yemen beginning on May 12 as diplomatic efforts to...

    25. May 1, 2015

      Iran’s Gulf rivals seek US pledge on security

      Gulf states are looking for a US commitment to contain Iran in the aftermath of a nuclear accord as they press for...

    26. The Exchange

      April 28, 2015

      Saudis' stance on mediation undermines Muslim institutions

      The conflict in Yemen is a multi-sided civil war rather than a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and that needs...

    27. March 31, 2015

      Motivating the youth of the Gulf countries is vital for growth

      In recent years, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have faced huge youth unemployment. For those under 25, the...

    28. March 31, 2015

      Gulf Cooperation Council hit hard by failure to diversify

      For all the billions of dollars in wealth accumulated over the past decade, the six-country Gulf Cooperation Council...

    29. FT Alphaville

      March 23, 2015

      Protecting the message on petroleum

      Fresh out of Riyadh… Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Nuaimi Sunday proposed establishment of an association dedicated for...

    30. March 5, 2015

      John Kerry reassures nervous Gulf allies on Iran nuclear deal

      The US is not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, John Kerry, US secretary of state, said in Riyadh on Thursday as he...

    31. FT Alphaville

      February 5, 2015

      Unravelling the petrodollar liquidity enigma

      Whenever you mention the “petrodollar” issue, you get one of two responses. The first goes, “it’s really not an issue,...

    32. January 28, 2015

      Oil price fall leaves Gulf states with difficult reform choices

      Gulf states may have their political differences with Iran but they share a common taste for Persian bread, a staple...

    33. January 21, 2015

      IMF urges Gulf countries to reduce spending as oil price plunges

      The International Monetary Fund has sliced economic growth forecasts for the oil-exporting Gulf states by 1 percentage...

    34. December 23, 2014

      Qatar shuts Al Jazeera unit that angered Egypt

      Qatar has closed an affiliate of its Al Jazeera television network dedicated to covering Egypt, removing a big source...

    35. FT Alphaville

      December 22, 2014

      The upcoming petrodollar bifurcation risk?

      One of the still to be appreciated side-effects of falling oil prices is a reduction in so-called petrodollar recycling...

    36. December 21, 2014

      Egypt and Qatar inch towards detente after Saudi-brokered talks

      President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Egypt “looked forward to turning the page on past differences” with Qatar following...

    37. December 8, 2014

      Gulf oil producers feel the pinch of price slide

      Moody's on Monday issued warnings about oil-exporting Gulf states’ ability to withstand prolonged low hydrocarbon...

    38. November 30, 2014

      Gulf states launch joint command to counter Isis and Iran

      Bahrain’s foreign minister says Gulf states are launching a joint military command based in Saudi Arabia to counter...

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