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It’s crunch time for reform measures as Kuwaiti oil workers strike

Providing secure and lucrative public sector employment has been an important means of wealth distribution and social control...

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Signs of strain in UAE reflected in Abu Dhabi-RAK tensions

Reports are emerging of potentially serious strains in the UAE federation, linked to realignments in the domestic political...

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Iranian reformists re-emerge riding electoral winds of change

The results released so far of elections on 26 February to the Majles-e Showra-ye Eslami (Islamic Consultative Assembly or...

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GCC downgrades point to rising pressure on Opec economies

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) on 17 February downgraded Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain, which the ratings agency said...

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Gas-guzzlers adopt a green agenda to promote ‘energy transition’

The region’s more enlightened leaders and corporate players knew radical change was coming to the global energy industry...

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Iran realities weigh heavy on Rouhani and reformist ambitions

There were broad smiles around the Majles-e Showra-ye Eslami (Islamic Consultative Assembly or parliament) chamber as...

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With an expedient whimper, the UK unveils Brotherhood report

A truncated version of the UK government’s long-awaited report into Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood or MB),...

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Oman goes to polls for a Majlis that could be more assertive

Critics have plenty of ammunition when they complain that Oman’s 85-member Majlis Al-Shura (Consultative Council) lacks...

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Kuwait offers projects and processes as it reaches out to investors

Kuwait is not going to change decades-old habits overnight, but that doesn’t mean it cannot enact positive change –...

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Kuwait offers projects and processes as it reaches out to investors

Kuwait is not going to change decades-old habits overnight, but that doesn’t mean it cannot enact positive change –...

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Bahrain's Economic Performance

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Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

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The Gulf region: economy and society

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

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More stable oil prices could reduce budget problems in 2019

The oil price remains volatile, but ministries of finance may take comfort in the views of their hydrocarbons sector...

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Weak Saudi investment flows point to economic trouble ahead

Away from the spin and razzmatazz of last month’s Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, analysts are...

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Consultants face scrutiny but are locked into their Saudi business

As Turkey drags out the aftermath of the Jamal Khashoggi affair and Saudi Arabia responds by seeking culprits higher up the...

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Events

28-29 January

Middle East and North Africa Energy 2019

Chatham House, London

5 February

GCC Energy Strategy Forum

JW Marriott Hotel, Kuwait City

19-20 February

The Solar Show MENA

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt

5-7 March

Middle East Electricity

Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

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