Total this week consolidated its position as the dominant IOC in the UAE and is set to emerge as the largest in the Mena region. The firm parted with $1.45bn for stakes in two of the three successors to Abu Dhabi’s Adma offshore concession.

Total’s latest Abu Dhabi deals (MEES, 23 March) reinforce the centrality of the emirate and the wider Mena region to its strategy. Mena is on track to provide more than 30% of Total’s liquids output for the second consecutive year in...