Aleppo traders push to adopt Turkish lira

Advocates say change is practical and will hurt Assad regime

Saudi Arabia plans $27bn in bond issues

Low oil prices put strain on kingdom’s finances

Egypt: New foundations

More than half of Egyptians live in unregulated, poor housing but a new initiative could change that

Money can buy Iran’s restraint in the Gulf

Neighbouring states should use their wealth to tempt nation to pull in its regional horns

Houthi forces battle to retake Aden

Ousted president had earlier claimed victory over rebel fighters

Blast kills up to 30 in south Turkey

Attack on Kurdish centre comes days after Turks arrest Isis suspects

Saudi finances slip as FX reserves slide

Riyadh likely to report budget deficit of 17.5% of GDP this year

Gasfield fight exposes Israel faultlines

Critics say proposed deal on Leviathan project smacks of cronyism

Arab region expected to bounce back

Oil prices are set to rise and infrastructure investment could help forge new trade links


Saudi stock market opens to foreigners

Gradualist approach to financial reform continues

Saudi bourse will have limited appeal

‘Stringent’ limits will bar entry to global indices

Modern vision of Iran’s tech start-ups

A rising class of entrepreneurs believe their projects will win over clerics, says Stephan Chambers

Turkish problems are relative

Worth reflecting how much worse nation's woes were in recent past

Middle East sovereign funds fear decline

After years of ever-increasing allocations, regional managers eye era of lower oil prices

Drill deeper than oil for Saudi prosperity

Important reforms centre on energy, which kingdom uses wastefully

Saudi group improves deal for creditors

Ahab agrees plan with leading parties including StanChart and BNP Paribas over $6.4bn debt

Cairo suspends 10% capital gains tax

Decision welcomed as regional rivals test Egyptian competitiveness

Chinese investment in Israel rises

Technology and agribusiness draw interest and funds

Saudis claim oil price strategy success

World’s largest crude exporter seeks to douse US shale surge

US shale rebound will limit oil recovery

Output from the ‘swing producer’ has changed the equilibrium