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    1. April 18, 2016

      Cheap oil trips up Gulf’s banks

      Late last year, tales of indebted managers closing down their businesses and fleeing the United Arab Emirates...

    2. April 16, 2016

      Oil producers’ Doha summit: what you need to know

      Some of the world’s biggest oil producers will meet in the Qatari capital of Doha this Sunday to thrash out a deal to...

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    1. Investing in the Arab World

      Advisers say companies hit by low oil prices are looking to sell non-core assets or re...
    2. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
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    1. 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....

    2. April 4, 2016

      Saudi Arabia acts to slow Iran’s oil exports

      Saudi Arabia has taken steps to slow Iran’s efforts at increasing oil exports, banning vessels that transport Iranian...

    3. April 3, 2016

      Gulf nations left to raid reserves

      Earlier this year, a sleepy, little-watched, financial gauge sprang to life. The moribund forwards market for the Saudi...

    4. 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...

    5. March 14, 2016

      Currency pegs in focus after Egypt devalues

      Egypt abandoned its longstanding struggle to hold the value of its currency against the dollar, a shift that could...

    6. Fast FT

      March 4, 2016

      Bahrain junked by Moody's, may face further cut

      Bahrain has been stripped of its investment grade credit rating by Moody’s thanks to the drop in crude oil prices....

    7. February 26, 2016

      Infantino elected as new Fifa president

      Fifa has elected Gianni Infantino, a top European football official, as its new president after world football’s...

    8. February 26, 2016

      Fifa poised to pick Blatter successor and agree crucial reforms

      The dramatic recent history of Fifa, world football’s governing body, has unfolded at venues across Zürich in the past...

    9. Fast FT

      February 25, 2016

      Germany and Bahrain boost National Express, but Spain a concern

      National Express has bumped up its dividend by 10 per cent after nearly doubling its pre-tax profit in 2015, although...

    10. February 23, 2016

      Bahrain reopens cancelled bond sale

      Bahrain has revived a cancelled sale of dollar-denominated debt as the tiny Gulf kingdom struggles to repair confidence...

    11. Fast FT

      February 23, 2016

      Bahrain revives cancelled bond sale

      Bahrain has revived a cancelled sale of dollar-denominated debt as the tiny Gulf kingdom struggles to repair confidence...

    12. February 17, 2016

      Oil exporting countries hit by downgrades

      Rising concerns over the fiscal and economic health of petrostates has led Standard & Poor’s to slash the credit...

    13. Fast FT

      February 17, 2016

      Bahrain junked by S&P

      Bahrain has been stripped of its investment grade credit rating by Standard & Poor’s amid the swoon in crude prices...

    14. February 11, 2016

      Gulf states’ spending splurge set to open door to private sector

      Bahrain and Saudi Arabia announced plans on Thursday to expand the King Fahd Causeway linking the two countries from 17...

    15. February 9, 2016

      Saudis make plans to deploy ground troops in Syria

      Saudi Arabia is discussing plans to deploy ground troops with regional allies, including Turkey, for a safe zone in...

    16. beyondbrics

      January 28, 2016

      Iran: old challenges take shine off new opportunities

      Iran’s Shah Mosque – a masterpiece of Persian and Islamic architecture – is renowned for the shimmer of its tilework....

    17. January 14, 2016

      Centrica joins race to strike €1bn-plus deal for Viridian

      Centrica, Britain’s biggest domestic energy supplier, is preparing a bid of more than €1bn for Viridian, Northern...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. MBA blog

      January 11, 2016

      First year versus second year at Wharton business school

      One of my favourite experiences so far in the second year of my MBA is being a leadership fellow for the first-year...

    21. January 6, 2016

      Sunni and Shia: explaining the divide

      What caused the schism in Islam? The schism that led Muslims to split into two main denominations, Sunni and Shia,...

    22. The Exchange

      January 5, 2016

      Saudi clash with Iran rashly complicates Mideast affairs

      Even before the rash decision to execute the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the Middle East was being riven by failed...

    23. January 4, 2016

      Iran-Saudi dispute threatens shockwaves across Middle East

      Since Saudi Arabia’s execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric, tensions between the Middle East’s two...

    24. January 4, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners seize on embassy attack anger to weaken Rouhani

      They took selfies and posted cheery photos on social media as if they found setting ablaze the Saudi embassy in Tehran...

    25. January 4, 2016

      Bahrain and Sudan sever diplomatic ties with Iran

      Bahrain and Sudan on Monday followed the lead of their Sunni ally Saudi Arabia and severed relations with Iran, as the...

    26. Fast FT

      January 4, 2016

      Sudan severs Iran ties over cleric execution

      Sudan on Monday followed Bahrain in severing ties with Iran and expelling the country’s ambassador to express...

    27. Fast FT

      January 4, 2016

      Bahrain severs diplomatic ties with Iran over cleric

      Bahrain has cut diplomatic ties with Iran, following the lead of its close ally Saudi Arabia as the diplomatic crisis...

    28. January 3, 2016

      Riyadh feels force of Shia anger

      Saudi Arabia’s shock decision to execute the dissident Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others convicted...

    29. January 3, 2016

      Shia cleric died defying Sunni elite

      Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the dissident cleric executed by the Saudi authorities, was an outspoken critic of discrimination...

    30. January 3, 2016

      Executions fuel Saudi-Iran regional rivalry

      Within hours of Iran’s threat of dire consequences for Saudi Arabia after it executed 47 “terrorists”, including a...

    31. 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...

    32. The Exchange

      December 3, 2015

      The Arab world must rejoin the fight against Isis in Syria

      The lack of reaction from the Arab and wider Muslim world after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut is both...

    33. November 19, 2015

      Saudi Arabia urges oil investment

      The world must continue to invest in oil projects in spite of lower prices to guarantee energy security and meet...

    34. FT Alphaville

      November 17, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - Should monetary policy respond to financial conditions? - Uber is not the future of work. -...

    35. The World

      October 9, 2015

      Tunisia's Nobel victory helps to keep hopes alive

      Tunisia is a small country with a population of just less than 11m. But it has played a big role in the upheavals that...

    36. August 20, 2015

      Ordnance Survey plots path into digital era

      To ramblers in the British countryside, the Ordnance Survey is the producer of difficult-to-fold pink and orange maps....

    37. July 20, 2015

      Increased Iran oil output puts other exporters under pressure

      The lifting of sanctions against Iran is likely to prompt an increase in the Islamic Republic’s oil output and heap...

    38. June 30, 2015

      US tries to reassure Middle East allies over Iran nuclear talks

      While diplomats seek a nuclear deal with Tehran, Washington is trying to reassure Middle East allies that it will not...

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