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    1. November 9, 2014

      Financial advisers plan to desert Gulf region

      More than one in three financial advisers intend to leave the Middle East because of soaring living costs and the impact of...

    2. October 27, 2014

      IMF urges Gulf states to restrain spending as oil price falls

      The International Monetary Fund has urged Middle Eastern oil producers to restrain spending and speed up economic reforms to...

    Special Reports

    1. Arab World: Banking and Finance

      The Arab world has been experiencing a period of buoyant financial activity. However, ...
    2. The Future of the Food Industry

      The global population is expected to increase by 2bn people by 2050. The prospect of f...
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    1. October 26, 2014

      Fall in oil prices is temporary, says Saudi petrochemicals chief

      The decline in oil prices may continue for a year or so but will prove temporary as population growth spurs higher...

    2. October 8, 2014

      Prescription to reform the world of Arab business

      Arab business is as notable for what it does not do as for what it does. The corporate sector has played little visible role...

    3. August 19, 2014

      The Arab world has to take on Isis in its own backyard

      The Middle East hosts a formidable array of air power. Between them, the six nations of the Gulf Co-operation Council...

    4. June 29, 2014

      Old ties between India and the Gulf are renewed

      With the US trying to disengage from intractable wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and the US economy rapidly...

    5. June 29, 2014

      Time to break down barriers to intra-Arab trade

      Like Arab unity, the ambition of boosting intra-Arab trade has been a litany of bright promises but dismal performance....

    6. June 29, 2014

      New Silk Road raises hopes for increased China-Arab trade

      With developed markets mired in slow growth, China is looking to the Arab world as a new market for its exports and a source...

    7. June 29, 2014

      Gulf states forge links with Asia as building boom drives imports

      At the crossroads of Eurasia and Africa, the Middle East has long been an important trading hub. But the emerging markets of...

    8. beyondbrics

      May 1, 2014

      Guest post: What Price Risk? Investing in the Middle East

      By Julie Dickson of Ashmore There was no shortage of concerns about emerging markets last year. Investors fretted about US...

    9. beyondbrics

      April 28, 2014

      Guest post: investing in MENA markets - why plain vanilla is not enough

      By Hashem Montasser of Frontlane Capital On a recent visit to the beach, my three year old son asked for some ice cream. I...

    10. April 18, 2014

      Gulf states forge deal to end spat over Doha backing for Brotherhood

      The Gulf states have forged an initial agreement aimed at ending a regional spat over Qatar’s support for the Islamist...

    11. beyondbrics

      April 7, 2014

      Arab youth turn from "Arab spring" to starting businesses

      Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and...

    12. March 26, 2014

      Saudi Arabia: A kingdom on guard

      The reaction was almost instant. On the same day that the Saudi government announced a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the...

    13. March 14, 2014

      Qatar prepares for sanctions if Brotherhood dispute escalates

      Qatar is preparing contingencies to ward off economic pressure threatened by its Gulf neighbours amid a continued diplomatic...

    14. March 7, 2014

      Qatar stands up to Gulf neighbours over Muslim Brotherhood backing

      When Qatar-based cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi – regarded by many as a spiritual guide of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group...

    15. March 5, 2014

      Diplomatic crisis as Gulf states withdraw ambassadors from Qatar

      Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from neighbouring Qatar, as frustration...

    16. beyondbrics

      February 25, 2014

      Are frontier markets overvalued?

      The fondness felt by investors towards frontier markets has not dissipated since turmoil struck their emerging market...

    17. January 12, 2014

      The Johnny-come-latelies of geopolitics

      Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf By Miriam Cooke (University of California Press, £19.95, $29.95) In...

    18. December 7, 2013

      Hagel seeks to ease Gulf security concerns

      Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary, has opened the door to more advanced weapons sales to the Gulf states as Washington seeks...

    19. November 26, 2013

      Fearful Saudis compare nuclear pact to 9/11

      Iran’s nuclear deal with global powers is “more dangerous than 9/11,” according to a commentator in the Saudi-owned Asharq...

    20. November 20, 2013

      Gulf states strive for food self-sufficiency

      The global food crisis of 2008 gave importers pause for thought, and few felt the shock more keenly than the water-scarce,...

    21. November 12, 2013

      IMF urges Gulf states to boost private sector jobs

      The Gulf states will face a 1m jobs gap by 2016 unless private sector job creation increases, the International Monetary...

    22. July 24, 2013

      Voice of Yemen’s hungry poor struggles to be heard in peace dialogue

      Fatima’s head, shrunken and wizened, lolls to one side as she struggles to draw breath, her tiny chest rising and falling...

    23. July 23, 2013

      Israel bypasses diplomatic freeze with Gulf ‘virtual embassy’

      Israel has opened a “virtual embassy” to reach out to the citizens of the Gulf, where clandestine business ties between the...

    24. July 21, 2013

      Middle East bonanza for fund managers

      Fund managers are expected to benefit from a bonanza of new money following the upgrade of Qatar and the United Arab...

    25. beyondbrics

      July 8, 2013

      Egypt: mixed signals from the markets

      Egypt’s turmoil has turned violent, with the 40-plus deaths of supporters of the deposed Islamic president. The Muslim...

    26. June 25, 2013

      Qatari abdication puts pressure on ageing Gulf monarchs

      The Qatari succession, in which the 61 year-old Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani handed power to his 33 year old son Sheikh...

    27. June 19, 2013

      A word of caution on Qatar and UAE status upgrade

      Last week’s upgrade of the Qatari and UAE stock markets to emerging market status by MSCI, the index provider, was a long...

    28. June 10, 2013

      Private wealth in Gulf states rises 7% in year

      Private wealth in the Gulf states has grown 7 per cent over the past year amid strong oil revenues and rebounding equity...

    29. May 27, 2013

      Lack of financial stimulus curbs Arab world’s growth, warns WEF

      Arab states have made little progress in tackling unemployment, consumer subsidies and other chronic problems that are...

    30. May 9, 2013

      Middle East: Regional push resumes following Arab spring

      The Turks wasted no time. A day after Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron made their first triumphant visit to Tripoli after...

    31. April 24, 2013

      Guest column: Consensus on the role of parliament remains elusive

      Kuwait, like its Gulf neighbours, has to contend with a fast-growing youthful population that has both ambitious political...

    32. April 3, 2013

      Arab-led investment plan for crucial jobs

      Two years on, the so-called Arab spring is now turning into a bleak winter. Governments have failed to deal effectively with...

    33. March 10, 2013

      Iran crisis is more stable than it seems

      The long-running crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme has met its moment of truth. This is the year when war or peace will...

    34. beyondbrics

      February 25, 2013

      Egypt: time for a sukuk

      Egypt’s continued political turmoil has made its life hard in international debt markets, but its government is hoping to...

    35. February 25, 2013

      Abu Dhabi pushes for homegrown defence

      Abu Dhabi is pressing hard to build a homegrown arms industry, part of a push by Gulf governments to use their status as...

    36. February 10, 2013

      Middle East ‘honey’ tempts asset managers

      Fund managers are swarming to the Middle East, and it is no great secret that the honey attracting them is the oil money...

    37. beyondbrics

      February 8, 2013

      Further reading: scrambling for Africa

      Friday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: equity investors scramble for Africa, while Africa’s rich start giving; China’s...

    38. February 6, 2013

      Kuwait considers bailout for consumer debt

      Kuwait is considering plans for a $6bn consumer debt write-off that would be the latest mass official bailout of Gulf...

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