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  1. April 11, 2014

    New auction record for Chinese art

    Christie’s former chief executive Edward Dolman, after three years at the head of Sheikha Mayassa’s personal office in...

  2. 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...

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  1. Qatar 2011

    The task of turning Qatar into a well-functioning diversified economy has only just begun...
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    The cheap cost of funds and Islamic branding have put Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank amo...
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  1. April 6, 2014

    France braced for football broadcasting rights battle

    Al Jazeera and Canal Plus are set to go head-to-head in a battle for Champions League football in France underlining the...

  2. March 28, 2014

    Can Paris Saint-Germain become the world’s richest sports club?

    Paris never was a football city, and has only one serious club. Soon after moving here, in 2002, I went to my first Paris...

  3. beyondbrics

    March 27, 2014

    China smog a boon for EM suppliers of LNG

    The thick smog that blankets many Chinese cities represents a vast commercial opportunity for emerging market suppliers of...

  4. March 24, 2014

    Crossrail seeks Gulf investment for art plan

    Crossrail, the biggest construction project in Europe, is seeking Gulf investment for the £14.8bn rail network’s public art...

  5. March 23, 2014

    Time for frank US talk with Saudis

    When President Barack Obama meets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia this week, there are likely to be sharp exchanges behind the...

  6. March 21, 2014

    Betrayal and disarray behind Syrian rebel rout in Yabroud

    A Syrian fighter wrapped in bandages rocks himself on a tattered mattress as visitors shoot rapid-fire questions, then looks...

  7. March 21, 2014

    Another outbreak of Blair Disease

    At a reception recently I met the former president of a small post-communist country. I know that’s what he was because he...

  8. March 18, 2014

    Qatar’s World Cup award hit by payments claims

    Fifa came under renewed pressure over the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after claims that nearly $2m was paid by a Qatari company...

  9. 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...

  10. March 9, 2014

    Emir of Qatar faces his first test

    Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani was supposed to be a more flexible, consensual leader – or so thought his Gulf...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. March 4, 2014

    Oil prices: the world is flat

    A flat world sounds like something from the dark ages. Indeed, a world of flat oil prices could, for some, be a very...

  14. 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...

  15. February 23, 2014

    Energy security: The price of diversity

    Lithuanians are relying on South Korean shipbuilders to live up to their reputation for beating deadlines. To the Baltic...

  16. Material World

    February 20, 2014

    London Fashion Week still the best place for new talent?

    On Wednesday, sitting on the benches beside the Alberta Ferretti catwalk as one does, I got to chatting to my neighbour...

  17. February 17, 2014

    Qatar stocks: IQ test

    Half a percentage point does not, on its own, sound like very much. But it is how many investors will look at Qatar’s stock...

  18. February 10, 2014

    QKR buys African gold mine for $110m

    One of the private financing vehicles set up to buy mining assets as the industry’s largest companies retrench has struck...

  19. February 5, 2014

    Rio seeks Chinese and Middle East partners for Guinea project

    Rio Tinto is in talks with potential partners from the Middle East and China to seek finance for a $18bn mine project in...

  20. The World

    February 5, 2014

    UN quietly documents Syria's war against children

    The Syrian armed forces that took control of the Homs province town of Deir Balbi in 2012 wanted to show the locals they...

  21. beyondbrics

    February 4, 2014

    Dubai: alive to the financial competition

    The competitition to attract financial business in the Gulf is hotting up. Dubai’s financial centre says it will slash...

  22. February 3, 2014

    Pakistan nears gas deal with Qatar to power electricity needs

    Electricity-starved Pakistan is close to signing a deal with Qatar worth as much as $2.5bn a year for the supply of...

  23. February 2, 2014

    UAE clashes with Qatar over Brotherhood leader

    The United Arab Emirates has fired an unprecedented diplomatic broadside against Qatar as the two Gulf states clash over the...

  24. January 27, 2014

    UAE looking to invest in US and Canada gas projects

    The United Arab Emirates is considering investing in US and Canadian gas projects to take advantage of low prices created by...

  25. The World

    January 21, 2014

    The Syrian regime's killing machine

    Anyone who thought references to the Assads’ “killing machine” in Syria’s civil war was hyperbolic metaphor should read a...

  26. January 16, 2014

    Candy brothers have settled with One Hyde Park resident

    A bitterly fought London lawsuit between millionaire property developers the Candy brothers, their associated companies and...

  27. January 14, 2014

    Qatar film industry focuses on home talent

    Qatar’s nascent film industry is paring back its global ambitions as the gas-rich Gulf state’s new emir seeks to promote...

  28. 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...

  29. January 8, 2014

    Fifa chief favours winter World Cup in Qatar

    Fifa has for the first time put a date on when the 2022 world cup in Qatar could be rescheduled after its most senior...

  30. beyondbrics

    January 8, 2014

    UAE: Sharjah gets new credit rating - bond up next?

    Socially-conservative Sharjah, the third largest economy in the United Arab Emirates, is showing a bit of leg – financially...

  31. beyondbrics

    January 2, 2014

    beyondbrics quiz of 2013: the answers

    Time’s up, pencils down, calculators away please – here are the answers to the beyondbrics quiz of the year. #1 Who said of...

  32. December 30, 2013

    Counting the cost of sporting glory

    In 1964 the Tokyo Olympics established the idea that staging a leading international sporting event is a fantastic way for a...

  33. December 16, 2013

    Affluent Gulf craves more financial advice

    Investors across the Middle East would benefit greatly from an association that promotes financial advice in the region,...

  34. December 12, 2013

    Icelandic bank pair jailed for five years

    The former chief executive and chairman of Kaupthing, the failed Icelandic bank, have both been sentenced to at least five...

  35. December 8, 2013

    Bali breathes life into global trade

    After more than a decade, the Doha round of global trade talks finally produced a deal. The package agreed in Bali on...

  36. December 8, 2013

    Emirates: In a sweet spot

    To understand the sheer might of Emirates Airline, you have to go to its Dubai hub at midnight. Between 10pm and 1am,...

  37. December 4, 2013

    Italian state fund puts in highest offer for Versace stake

    Italy’s state-backed investment fund has tabled the highest bid for a minority stake in Versace, with an offer that values...

  38. December 1, 2013

    Italian state fund is frontrunner to buy 20% stake in Versace

    Versace family cuts cloth to suit needs Italy’s state private equity fund, which last year struck a deal with Qatar to...

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