UAE. Dubai expects two of its main companies to refinance debt this year without government help as economic growth accelerates. "I'm very confident they will manage to sort out these issues on their own," Mohammed Al Shaibani, director general of the Dubai ruler's court, said.
INTERNATIONAL. Oman's plan to build a US$1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbours into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.