December 31, 2012
As the the UAE's travel ban on its citizens heading to Lebanon for a holiday takes hold, hurting the once-thriving tourism industry, is there more than meets the eye in the advice not to visit?
Media plays an ever increasing role in society, educating, informing and entertaining, but is Egyptian media up to the job in presenting a fair and balanced view or is it merely recreating the polarised division on the streets?
Coal will nearly overtake oil as the dominant energy source by 2017, and only a drop in world gas prices could curb the use of the dirtier fossil fuel in the absence of high carbon prices, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.
The UAE economy is expected to grow at a rate between 3.25 to 5 per cent in 2013 in a world still grappling with economic and financial challenges.
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said on Sunday that Egypt wants to resume talks with the International Monetary Fund in January on a $4.8-billion loan frozen this month because of political tensions and unrest.
Dana Gas, the Middle East's first and largest regional private sector natural gas company, has made two new onshore gas discoveries in the Nile Delta Basin of Egypt.
December 30, 2012
Jordan is gearing up for parliamentary elections on January 23 in the usual fashion of having posters for candidates hanging from every conceivable place and campaign tents dotted across the city dishing out sweet kunafa to the electorate, but suppliers are warning of a lower spending in this round of elections.
Beirut is throwing off the shackles of history and forging a new 'Beta' version of itself for the 21st Century, but is all the digital development good for the Cedar city or is it just gentrification by any other name?
Over 40 international oil companies are expected to take part in the first gas tender in Lebanon in February 2013 amid indications that the country’s untapped reserves could be larger than early indications.
Yemen's construction industry is one of the most important sectors of the economy, comprising of two-thirds of national output, but the problems that it faces eloquently highlight the issues that Yemen needs to overcome.
Oman's oil sector is well known for being highly lucrative, but new research shows the marketing of so-called "black-gold" in the Sultanate is expected to witness strong growth in 2013 due to growing consumer demand.
Iraq jumped two places to No. 2 in Opec's rankings this year, cementing its position among the world's leading oil producers. Neighbouring Iran dropped three spots to fifth as international sanctions took hold.
December 27, 2012
The GCC held another meeting this week, but like other supranational institutions, it is struggling to find its role in the 21st Century, what is the future for the Riyadh-based grouping of Gulf states?
As the Syrian conflict continues to hurt the Lebanese economy, demand for agricultural goods from the the Cedar land is booming in the Gulf region.
Although a culture of shame still prevents many Jordanians from working as cleaners, waiters or in other “lowly” occupations, a civil society organisation in east Amman is helping some young people support their families by bucking these societal norms.