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  1. April 15, 2014

    Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief replaced

    Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief has stepped down after two years marked by perceived failure in Syria and souring...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Saudis pay over £1bn to enrol British further education expertise

    UK skills providers have won contracts worth more than £1bn to run 16 further education colleges in Saudi Arabia, helped by...

Special Reports

  1. Islamic finance 2011

    The cheap cost of funds and Islamic branding have put Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank amo...
  2. Arab World: Banking & Finance 2012

    Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
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  1. 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...

  2. Nick Butler

    April 7, 2014

    The risks of a nuclear Saudi Arabia

    Life in the Middle East never stands still. The inexorable progress of Iran towards some form of nuclear capability has not...

  3. April 4, 2014

    Kerry’s energetic diplomacy fails to disguise flaws in Mideast talks

    Who would want to be John Kerry’s pilot? Last Saturday, the US secretary of state’s plane was refuelling in Ireland on...

  4. April 3, 2014

    Cameron and the Muslim Brothers

    Since the September 11 attacks on the US in 2001, Britain, like other western governments, has from time to time banned...

  5. March 31, 2014

    M&S in Saudi Arabia shows attraction for big brands

    When Marks and Spencer, the UK-based retailer, decided to open its first stand­alone lingerie and beauty shop it did not...

  6. March 31, 2014

    Capital begins to return to Arab nations despite problems of political instability

    The world may be recovering from the financial crisis, but the Middle East’s attempts to lure investment have lagged behind...

  7. March 31, 2014

    Saudi red tape frustrates foreign investment

    For years, Saudi Arabia’s officials have talked of the need to diversify the petroleum-dependent economy to lessen the...

  8. March 30, 2014

    Algosaibis call meeting of creditors

    Saudi Arabia’s Algosaibi family has called a meeting of creditors as it seeks to break years of deadlock over debts...

  9. Nick Butler

    March 30, 2014

    After shale gas, now for tight oil

    Readers will be familiar with the issue of shale gas - its potential to change the world energy market and the controversies...

  10. March 28, 2014

    Barack Obama meets King Abdullah in drive to mend relations

    President Barack Obama met Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Friday in Riyadh in an effort to mend a relationship that has...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. March 17, 2014

    YouTube taps fast-growing Saudi Arabia interest

    Google has launched a campaign to develop online videos in the fast-growing market of Saudi Arabia, where residents watch...

  15. 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...

  16. March 14, 2014

    Lunch with the FT: Prince Turki al-Faisal

    I have been waiting 20 minutes before Prince Turki al-Faisal arrives, looking flustered. “My driver had to drop me off five...

  17. beyondbrics

    March 14, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Bourses hit by China and Ukraine fears | Asian markets lost momentum amid heightened uncertainty over...

  18. March 14, 2014

    Saudi Arabia gives financial aid to Pakistan

    Saudi Arabia has given $1.5bn to Pakistan to bolster the country’s falling foreign currency reserves and help cement...

  19. March 13, 2014

    Iran’s Hassan Rouhani seals gas deal during visit to Oman

    President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has concluded an official trip to Oman by signing a long-awaited deal to supply natural gas...

  20. beyondbrics

    March 11, 2014

    Investing in Iran: not such a far frontier

    Last week this blog looked at the investment case for Iraq under the headline: “A frontier too far?” So we were struck by a...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. The A-List

    March 5, 2014

    The Saudis and Pakistan’s strategic shift on Syria

    At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war –...

  25. 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...

  26. The A-List

    March 3, 2014

    Low growth – the new economic reality

    Until recently, the US was always the world’s “consumer of last resort”. Since the collapse of the Bretton Woods exchange...

  27. 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...

  28. February 24, 2014

    India becomes biggest foreign buyer of US weapons

    India imported $1.9bn of military kit from the US last year, making it the biggest foreign buyer of US weapons, according to...

  29. February 20, 2014

    BAE Systems leads losses for Europe’s stocks

    BAE Systems took a big hit on Thursday after announcing it expected this year’s annual profits would be down as much as 10...

  30. FT Alphaville

    February 19, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE UK drunkenness, tabulated The practicalities of EU QE More on Abenomics and the...

  31. February 19, 2014

    BAE Systems strikes Eurofighter jet deal with Saudi Arabia

    BAE Systems has secured a boost for British manufacturing and safeguarded 5,000 jobs after finally agreeing the price of a...

  32. February 17, 2014

    Indonesia taps $5.4bn Hajj fund for financial salvation

    Hit hard by global market jitters, Indonesia is looking to an unlikely source for funding as it tries to reduce its reliance...

  33. February 13, 2014

    West grows wary of Yemen’s Houthis as Shia group’s profile increases

    A scattered collection of rubble, clothes and books is all that remains of the Dar al-Hadith Institute, a Salafist madrassa...

  34. February 4, 2014

    Saudi Arabia cracks down on youths joining Syria jihadis

    Saudi Arabia will imprison citizens who fight in conflicts abroad as the kingdom seeks to minimise the flow of nationals...

  35. 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...

  36. February 3, 2014

    Saudi Arabia’s rulers face dilemma on economic reforms

    Jeddah-born Wael used to own a trading company in his home town and controlled a stock market portfolio that turned over...

  37. January 30, 2014

    Lone Survivor – film review

    Spoiler alert! The trouble is it’s the title of the movie. I almost feel, for readers who wish to stay virgin, that I should...

  38. January 29, 2014

    Saudi women defy tradition to enter workplace

    Debt collectors may be synonymous with burly men in leather jackets, but the rapid entry of Saudi women into the workplace...

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