ME Witnesses E-Commerce Boom

Online shopping is surging in the Middle East as local buyers get comfortable using credit cards over the internet.

Kingdom Budget Surplus

Saudi Arabia almost doubles income forecast, announcing a budget surplus of $81.6 billion for 2011.

Saudi, Spain Sign $8.2bn Rail Deal

The Spanish consortium won the bid to build the second phase of the HHR.

Qatar Acquires Two Raffles Hotels

Qatar Nationals Hotels Company took over properties in Paris and Singapore.

Bearish 2011 For UAE Stock Markets

The value of shares traded reached its lowest level since 2004.

$2bn Boost For Oman’s Solar Power

Swiss and German investment funds are undertaking the project.

Spearheading The Space Agenda

As Abu Dhabi presses ahead with its aerospace programme, Gulf Business talks to the firm at the forefront of the capital’s bold plans.

Google Growing In MENA

Gulf Business attends Google’s groupie day in Dubai and chats with managing director, Ari Kesisoglu.

GCC Railways On Track?

Billion-dollar railway projects are finally gaining momentum in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.

MENA CIOs Enter Boardrooms

Gulf techies are way ahead of their global peers says IBM, as the MENA region pushes for fast growth.

SMEs Fight for Funding

As the UAE climbs into steady recovery, is it any easier for small businesses to access bank lending?

Gulf Banks Shut Out US Clients

Obama’s intrusive regulations are simply too much trouble.

Shariah Carbon Credits Planned

Islam could hold the key to turning around the Gulf’s dismal environmental record.

GCC Flinches At Debt Crisis

The region’s deepest insecurities have once again been exposed by another crisis to emerge from the US and eurozone economies.

GCC Animation Industry Booms

The Middle East is home to a rising entrepreneurial animation movement, fuelled by comic book series, The 99.

Drake & Scull Pushes Into Asia

Amid the Dubai real estate meltdown, UAE contractor Drake & Scull International is chasing growth in Saudi Arabia and Asia.

Private Jet Usage Soars

The Arab Spring boosted private jet travel as diplomats and business leaders engaged in peace talks.

The Demise of Independent Islamic Scholars?

After years of pressure, Islamic scholars in the Gulf are finally modernising their operations, much to the delight of Western financial organisations

Qatar’s Global Rise

The richest place in the world, the region’s most peaceful country, and winner of the World Cup bid, the stars have never been more aligned for the tiny Gulf state.

Emirates Flying High

As many airlines focus on cutting losses and battling through a probable downturn, one Gulf carrier has loftier ambitions.

After the property crash

Brick by brick, Dubai hopes to lift itself out of the three-year property slump.

Home Truths

Kuwait’s housing slump will need more than a billion dollar government injection and structural issues must also be addressed.

Calling For Growth

Regional telcos are throwing cash at data investments and looking further afield as high penetration levels squeeze profits.

MENA Healthcare Soars

The regional pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is set to boom with a new $125 billion investment injection.

Power Struggle

Jordan and Saudi Arabia are set to join the UAE in the race to build nuclear energy plants to offset stressed domestic grids.

An End To Saudi’s Housing Woes?

With only around 10 per cent of Saudi’s currently owning their home, the new mortgage laws could be set to boost real estate firms, banks and society overall.

Masdar Struggles To Invest Locally

Governments worldwide are earmarking more funds for the clean energy sector as part of economic recovery.

IPO No Go

Low liquidity and weak confidence continue to dampen the Gulf’s IPO pipeline. Stringent local market guidelines must be relaxed to improve cashflow.

What’s The West’s Problem?

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, speaks out on his detractors and his record order book.

Gold Rush

As the global economy reels from fresh Euro and US woes, the gold price is set for a dizzying ascent.