Businesses focus on Iraq despite violence

Lured by the country’s vast oil wealth and strong growth, operations are being launched or expanded in finance, agriculture and construction as well as energy

Trade and tourism fuel new boom in Dubai

Four years after it crashed in a sovereign debt crisis, the emirate is once again booming but critics say regulatory and legal issues remain a challenge

Energy deal tightens Russia ties to Assad

Soyuzneftegaz and Syria sign agreement for the exploration and drilling, and development and production of oil and gas off the Syrian coast

UK to host Saudi arbitration centre

A confidential court, which will promote commercial arbitration, is seen as a counter to investor concerns about the oil-rich nation’s legal system

Bahrain minister intervened in UK trial

Jury told Bahrain minister wrote to SFO and UK attorney-general to say payments made by businessman had been approved by Alba’s board

Analysis: Old age pensions

The landscape of the state pension system continues to change as some people will have to work even longer before receiving their entitlement.