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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    Special Reports

    1. New Trade Routes: Arab World

      Despite widespread unrest in the region, countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt are ...
    2. Investing in the Arab World

      Political upheaval and the sharp fall in oil prices in the region — including Saudi Ar...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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,...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. November 26, 2014

      Gulf states to reform contracts of domestic workers

      Domestic workers in oil-rich Gulf states are hoping that long hours, poor working conditions and potential abuse could...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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....

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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