Middle East
Militant conflict to constrain Libya's oil resurgence
10 January 2019
The oil recovery will continue, if the civil war and political spats allow it
Reaping the rewards of Egypt's reforms
7 January 2019
Soaring natural gas production and a tourism revival paint a positive economic picture for Egypt
Israel mulls future gas strategy
4 January 2019
Supply and demand scenarios underpin recommendations on the fate of as-yet-undiscovered gasfields
Iraqi Kurdistan begins its recovery after a difficult year
3 January 2019
A resurgent energy sector and likely better relations with Baghdad make for a brighter KRI future
Iran sanctions cycle set to repeat
18 December 2018
The country is no stranger to its energy industry blowing in the political wind
Getting Saudi Arabia back on track
18 December 2018
Saudis want the world in 2019 to refocus on economic investment, after unwelcome and distracting publicity
Iran's upstream sector battens down for survival
14 December 2018
Sanctions scrape the remaining shine off tarnishing sector
Middle East tensions rumbled on in 2018
13 December 2018
Oil prices recovered, but old conflicts remained unresolved
Qatar’s Opec exit a sign of rising intra-Gulf tensions
5 December 2018
The Gulf state’s departure will not damage Opec’s operations, but will cement intra-Gulf divisions
Saudi Arabia focuses on picking up the pieces
29 November 2018
Saudi Arabia needs to restore its image and keeping its economic reforms on track
Middle East burying head in the sand on decommissioning
20 November 2018
The Middle East is yet to fully plan for its decommissioning future
Gulf economy planners face 2019 challenges
16 November 2018
Uncertainty over oil prices is creating problems for GCC states as they prepare budgets for the year ahead
UAE aims to become oasis of stability in the Middle East
15 November 2018
The UAE’s energy plans are well-braced to help sustain investor confidence in the face of political and economic winds
Iraq wrestles with water supply dilemma
13 November 2018
Iraq’s goal of increasing southern crude oil output could be stymied by a shortage of water—a critical issue for the country as a whole
Bartering is Iran's best hope to bypass sanctions
5 November 2018
With oil exports in freefall, the country is hoping that a new EU-backed plan to help companies continue trading will work. But optimism is low
Iran sanctions: Tehran is no stranger to oil's upheavals
25 October 2018
US sanctions will target Iran’s energy industry from November. But the country where the first Middle Eastern oil discovery was made has faced many past vagaries in oil fortunes
Saudi Arabia hoping 'business as usual' strategy holds
24 October 2018
Although some prominent figures stayed away from a major investment conference in Riyadh, the meeting went ahead with many global firms represented
One step forward, two back in Libya
5 October 2018
An IS attack on the Tripoli HQ of Libya’s battered oil industry has presented the sector with its sternest test yet
Tight could prove right for Bahrain
19 September 2018
The recent discovery of offshore shale oil and gas deposits could be a welcome energy boost for Bahrain—or remain tantalisingly beyond reach
Iran seeks energy allies as sanctions bite
18 September 2018
Trump’s Iran sanctions target oil. But will all be lost or will Iran find investors in Russia and China?
Pompeo backs Saudi moves in Yemen
14 September 2018
As government forces make progress in fighting around the port city of Hodeidah, the US has indicated that it will continue backing Saudi Arabia and its allies
Planned Aramco IPO on hold
23 August 2018
Saudi Arabia has denied reports that the partial privatisation of Aramco has been cancelled—but hasn’t said when it will happen
US-Gulf summit hangs in the balance
23 August 2018
President Trump said in April that a postponed meeting with Gulf leaders would go ahead in September. But will it happen?
More energy reforms needed, IMF tells Egypt
20 August 2018
The Egyptian economy continued to improve in 2018, according to the organisation, but further measures are needed
Book Review: Unraveling Syria's struggles
16 August 2018
Diana Darke paints a broad picture of Syria, past and present, identifying the nation’s complex character and its remarkable endurance capacity
OMV provides faint light in Yemen gloom
13 August 2018
Austria's OMV, the first IOC to return to Yemen since the war started, has resumed limited exports