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Palestinian novel wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction

A novel about Palestinian life in occupation and exile by Rabai al-Madhoun has won the ninth $50,000 International Prize for Arabic

Concerto of…

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Taking a risk on Europe

New EU dynamics could unsettle the world

Within the UK debate over whether Britain is better of in Europe or out of the EU alliance continues to rage. Journalist Mustapha Karkouti writes in…

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Current Affairs


Ditch America, save Aleppo

Nehad Ismail argues that – ‘Saudi Arabia and Turkey must ignore Obama and do the right thing in Syria

The United States is apparently working…

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Sisi warns against “forces of evil” at play

Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi (left),has urged citizens to defend the state and its institutions from what he called the “forces of evil”…

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Iran shows off its latest military hardware

Iran has displayed parts of its new Russian-made air defence system during its Army Day celebrations.

Pictures released by the semi-official ISNA…

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Assad: on his way out?

Yes, one can safely say that Syrian President Bashar Assad could unfortunately be winning the battle, but not necessarily the war. At best, he will…

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Regional round-up


UAE Tourism: a “significant” factor in the drive to diversify

By Rhona Wells in Dubai

The UAE’s Minister of Economy, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, has revealed that tourism contributed about AED134 billion…

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Spain’s Calatrava will design UAE’s Expo 2020 pavilion

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava (right) has won the design competition for the UAE pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020. Calatrava’s design, inspired…

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST ONLINE . . . Egypt Tourism: counting the cost of conflict

By Rhona Wells at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai
Egypt expects to attract 8.6 million tourists this year, down from 9.3 million in 2015,…

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EBRD invests in Turkey’s first euro covered bond

In a move to encourage a new source of funding for Turkish banks, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is investing €50…

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Falling oil price forces Abu Dhabi’s hand

Abu Dhabi expects to post a wider budget deficit of Dhs 36.9bn ($10.1bn) in 2016 because of low oil prices, and plans to cover the gap mainly with…

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Arabian Travel Market 2016 focuses on Responsible Tourism

By Rhona Wells

The 23rd Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will be held at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre from 25-28 April.…

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News and Views


By sparing Israel, Abbas deepens Palestinian split

The PNA leader seemingly lacks the wisdom or even the desire to understand the priority of uniting his people 
during a time of hardship, and rapid…

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Iran armed forces will aid Yemen

Iranian Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri has dropped a figurative bombshell regarding the conflict in Yemen. The deputy chief of staff of the armed…

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IRAQ: facing further catastrophe?

It is difficult to believe anything more catastrophic could befall Iraq with perhaps three million dead, between the strangulating 1990 onward…

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Turkey faces growing terrorist backlash

Istanbul’s historic peninsula, whose skyline is dotted with Ottoman and Byzantine architecture and which encompasses both the Blue Mosque and Hagia…

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Still picking up the pieces . . .

The Middle East is still rocking from first world war pacts made 100 years ago. The agreements that shaped the region may be forgotten in the West,…

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Sylvia Smith

The underlying theme of the British Museum’s Sicily: culture and conquest exhibition is that the island’s Italian identity is…

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Book review – Siwa Jewelry, Costume and life in an Egyptian oasis


Jewelry, Costume and life in an Egyptian Oasis
By Margaret M. Vale
Published by American University in Cairo Press
Price $29.95…

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Dubai: Art and Design Move Forward

Sylvia Smith

In a pile-up of Ds, Design Days Dubai dives Downtown for its fifth show presenting more than 750 limited edition works, many making…

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