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Egypt growth outlook buoyed by reform drive

Egypt’s growth rate could more than double thanks to Gulf investments and the launch of serious reforms, according to Renaissance Capital.

Bond issue could pave way for Bahrain comeback

Bahrain is emerging from its lethargy, but political issues continue to weigh on economic ambitions.

Saudi Arabia seen curbing spending in 2015/2016

Saudi Arabia is expected to reduce capital spending as the impact of lower oil prices trickles down to the economy, according to analysts.

Egypt c.bank to return USD2.5bln to Qatar in Q4 2014

Egypt’s central bank will repay Qatar USD 500 million in October and USD 2 billion in November, the governor said.

China energy appetite fueling MENA growth

The Asian giant and the oil-producing region are expanding bilateral business ties beyond energy commodities.

Diversification key to building, growing MENA assets

Despite recent setbacks, the region still holds promise, writes Swatick Majumdar of Digital Entertainment Ventures.

Egypt urban-rural divide stunts job creation

Lack of transportation infrastructure between rural and urban Egypt has taken its toll on the domestic labor market.

GCC economic unity efforts hang in the balance

Political divisions threaten to dissolve plans to create one of the world's strongest economic unions, experts say.

Economic freedom key to MENA job creation

Economic liberty has a huge potential to increase human prosperity in crisis-hit countries across the region.

Kuwait, UAE have highest Arab food security

Food security in the Arab world has improved but more work is needed to improve quality and safety standards, a report said.