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The new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

Smoke & Mirrors in the Gulf


The discord in the GCC region continues. Thirteen demands have recently been issued by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt,…

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Current Affairs

Al Jazeera must go, according to the demands issued to Doha

Finally, demands to end GCC crisis issued to Qatar

Finally, four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands, including closing Al Jazeera…

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QATAR: storm clouds gather over Doha

The rift between the GCC states has intensified into what has been described as its most “severe crisis” in the history of the 35-year-old…

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Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

IRAN: Rouhani victory a blow for extremism

Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been returned to  power with 57% of the vote. Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject…

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Saudi Arabia will launch its own military industries company

The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has  announced the creation of a new, wholly government owned  national military industries company.…

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Regional round-up


Bahrain: Waad under fire

A Bahraini court has ordered the dissolution of the country’s main secular opposition group, as the Gulf state continues a crackdown on dissent. The…

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EGYPT: UN predicts population problems ahead

The United Nations Population Fund has released a report on the population status in Egypt for 2016, in cooperation with the Egyptian Center for…

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Opportunities for Jordanian women do exist but they need to be opened up

JORDAN: narrowing the gender gap with EBRD support

The EBRD is providing a loan of up to $ 2 million in local currency to the Microfund for Women (MFW) for on-lending to female entrepreneurs in…

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EBRD funding will help Egypt replace some of its ageing rolling stock

EGYPT: $290 million rail network upgrade

Millions of commuters across Egypt are set to benefit from a €290 million financing provided by the EBRD to support the Egyptian National Railways…

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UAE: Top 10 banks

The GCC banking sector recorded lower returns in 2016, particularly due to increased provisioning and impairment charges as loan asset quality…

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OMAN: foreign ownership in MSM stock declines

Foreign investors are offloading shares on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM), which has resulted in a marginal dilution of non-Omani holdings on the…

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EBRD unveils its latest Green Economy initiative

Ahead of the Paris accord, the EBRD unveiled its Green Economy Transition (GET) approach, under which it aims to dedicate 40 per cent of its annual…

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Miami home of iconic Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid for sale at $10m

The three-bedroom home of the late, great, Baghdad-born, award winning  architect Zaha Hadid, has been put on the market in Miami for $10 million,…

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Mohamed Saleh has thrown his weight behind the campaign

EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

This month, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control & Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), began running its latest anti-drug…

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US move to arm Syrian Kurds causes consternation

Ending years of a hands-off approach, the United States is stepping up its involvement in the deadly conflict in Syria by supplying heavy weapons to…

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President Rouhani has made light of the rumours but still they persist

IRAN: Khomeini’s grandson latest political heavyweight to back Rouhani

The  grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has publicly thrown his weight behind President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election bid, writes Rohollah…

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Iraq, together with UNESCO, has concluded a comprehensive aerial survey of Iraqi heritage destroyed by the Islamic State (IS), paving the way for…

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the Moors last stand

Book review – The Moors last stand

The Moors last stand
How seven centuries of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end
By Elizabeth Drayson
Published by Profile books

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THUMBNAIL Bahrain, Archaeologist c.Richard Duebel

Moving the Earth

By Sylvia Smith

The title of the international conference might not be one to get the pulse racing. In fact Islamic Archaeology in Global…

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