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MONDAY Alwaleed top 50

Our top fifty Arabs

Our Top 50 most influential Arabs

 With a business empire that has at one time or another involved banking, finance, real estate, the world’s…

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Multi-million dollar Saudi companies pledge to pay impoverished workers soon

The Saudi Arabian Binladin Construction Group has started repaying pending salaries to its workers, the kingdom’s Labour and Social Development…

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Current Affairs

Carnage where minutes earlier wedding guests had been dancing in the street

Turkey wedding  bomber: ‘child aged 12-14’

A suicide bombing which killed 51 people in the Turkish city of Gaziantep was carried out by a 12 to 14-year-old, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has…

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epa05343565 French President Francois Hollande (first row C), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (first row C-L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (first row C-R) and officials pose for a group photo prior to an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, France, 03 June 2016. France is hosting talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that have received a chilly response from Washington, but diplomats say merely swinging the spotlight back onto the stalemate is a victory. Instead representatives of some 25 countries, as well as the United Nations, European Union and Arab League, will try and lay the ground for a fully-fledged peace conference to be held by the end of the year.  EPA/KAMIL ZIHNIOGLU / POOL MAXPPP OUT 
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PALESTINE: EU Ministers back on the bandwagon

The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, comprising the 28 foreign ministers of the EU’s member countries, has adopted a resolution backing…

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U.S. back peddles on arms sales to the Gulf

Kuwait recently signed a contract with the Eu­rofighter consortium for 28 advanced Typhoon strike jets worth $8.7 bil­lion as part of a major drive…

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Erdogan is angry that Turkey is being left to shoulder the lion's share of the financial burden

Ankara conference cites skinflints & aid dodgers

Pat Lancaster in Kuwait City

The Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Sabah hit out at the “Conflicts and natural disasters that have left many…

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Regional round-up

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Our 50 Top Arabs 2016


The research for our annual 50 Top Arabs Report is always an interesting time for us at The Middle East magazine.


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IRAN: still waiting for the post sanctions bonanza

The United States and Iran had little trust in one another when it came to negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Yet, Iran…

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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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Modern Saudi Arabia money, banknotes close up background photo texture

Saudi Arabia: domestic bond sell-off gains pace

The Saudi Arabian government is raising up to SAR20bn ($5.3bn) from banks in this month’s sale of domestic bonds, financial website Maaal…

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green energy

Turkey’s Afken boosts renewables portfolio with international investment

Akfen Holding, a leading infrastructure group in Turkey, is set to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 1,000 MW with support from the European…

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QATAR: 3 years of budget deficits predicted

Qatar’s government expects to run a budget deficit for at least three years as low natural gas and oil prices weigh on its revenues, the Ministry…

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News and Views


EGYPT: Economic crisis deepens

The Egyptian Central Bank’s failure to manage foreign currency reserves and the government’s in­ability to control inflation or offer innovative…

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JORDAN: Standing Strong


Jordan has survived some tough times in the last five years. It has stoically endured the stresses and strains of regional upheavals…

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President Hassan Rouhani

IRAN: Can Rouhani survive for a second term?



As the faction most opposed to the government, Iran’s hard-liners have made it their goal to make Hassan Rouhani the first…

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LIBYA: Leaked tapes suggest Western support for Haftar

A multinational military operation involving forces from the United States, France and Britain is coordinating air support for a Libyan general…

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While Palestinians live without water

Dying of thirst: Israelis launch their water weapon on Palestinians

 The Palestinian city of Salfit sits atop an underground wealth of water, but the city’s residents are forbidden from accessing it – and they are…

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Book review – Native

By Sayed Kashua
Published by Saqi Books
ISBN 9780863561962
Price £12.99 paperback

Native gathers together for the first time a…

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Algerian refugee goes from rags to riches

Daniele Henkel decided she had to flee Algeria because she felt her children were no longer safe.
“Islamists were starting to attack girls in the…

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Coming up for Air

Sylvia Smith

The British Museum has a knack for displaying forgotten treasures, but its current, atmospheric exhibition, devoted to the underwater…

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