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Solar reflects Morocco’s energy ambitions

©Getty Close to the sun: Ouarzazate is home to the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant When production officially began at the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant at Ouarzazate…

Tanger-Med port bridges gap to Europe

©Getty Grand designs: France’s president François Hollande and King Mohammed VI assess a model of the port Even on a cloudy winter day, the coast of southern Spain and the…

Less reliance on volatile farming

©Getty A vineyard in the Casablanca region The recent drought in Morocco has highlighted how vulnerable the country’s agriculture is to unpredictable weather patterns. In January King Mohammed VI called…

Erdogan needs reality check on Syria

©EPA Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president The bombing that murdered 28 Turkish soldiers on Wednesday in Ankara shows how deeply Turkey has slid into the vortex of the mayhem raging…

Harsh reality drives Saudi-Russia accord

©AFP Saudi Arabia and Russia are hardly the most obvious allies. The world’s two largest oil exporters have been locked in an increasingly fierce battle for market share. They are…

Saudi and Russian oil ministers to meet

©Reuters Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister Ali al-Naimi will meet his Russian, Qatari and Venezuelan counterparts in Doha on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter, as some…

Iran business hobbled by sanctions fallout

©Reuters An Iranian flag outside the Vienna nuclear talks last year Optimism that Iran’s economy would quickly open up to foreign trade and investment after the easing of international sanctions…

Pressure builds on Egypt to devalue pound

©Bloomberg Pressure for a currency devaluation is mounting in Egypt as foreign currency shortages are hitting local businesses that rely on imported inputs, say entrepreneurs and analysts. This week GM,…

Saudis heed call to share economic pain

©Getty The pressures on the Saudi economy are putting the social contract between the rulers and the ruled to the test Officials in Riyadh are heaving a sigh of relief…

Peugeot in deal to revive Iran alliance

©Reuters Iran Khodro plant west of Tehran PSA Peugeot Citroën is to contribute more than €400m-worth of compensation to Iran’s biggest carmaker for losses it incurred when the French carmaker…