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Prince Alwaleed released

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the kingdom’s leading international business personalities, has been released from…

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Current Affairs

Oman's Sultan Qaboos is the longest ruling monarch in the Gulf region. His wisdom and statesmanship could help pour oil on troubled waters

Can Oman help pour oil on the troubled waters of the Gulf?

The Saudi interior minister has arrived in Oman on a two-day visit which is is expected to include discussions on the Yemen conflict, the Qatar…

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The Ritz Carlton in Riyadh. However luxurious the hotel may be, it still constitutes a prison to those who do not wish to remain there

Some Saudi detainees slip back into public life


Saudi authorities’ anti-cor­ruption drive appears to be closing as individuals, including a former govern­ment minister and mem­bers…

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Will Iran heed the lessons from history?

The ongoing protests in Iran began in Mashhad not Tehran, which is a highly significant factor when considering the nature of the protests;  their…

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E.U. warns Netanyahu: “You break, you buy”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay what is being called an “unofficial visit” to the European Parliament next week.

The visit to…

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Regional round-up


U.S. freeze assets of five companies it accuses of aiding Iran missile programme

The US has imposed sanctions on five Iranian companies it says are contributing to the country’s ballistic missile programme. The sanctions freeze…

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Egypt progressives push for reform

In the weeks before elections are expected to take place in Egypt, a  group of liberal and leftist  political parties and public figures have…

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Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

Iran: anti-government protests spread

Anti-government demonstrations that began in Mashhad in the north east of Iran  have now spread to several major cities. Large numbers reportedly…

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EBRD loan boosts Egypt-China cooperation

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has thrown its weight behind Egypt in its efforts to attract much-needed foreign direct…

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The move is intended to encourage to seek out Omani workers rather than turning immediately to the expatriate workforce

Oman bans ex-pat workers from 10 economic sectors

In a bid to get more Omanis into the Labour Force Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has taken the unusual step of banning the recruitment of foreign…

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Apple & Amazon poised to enter Saudi market

Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, according to reports from Reuters quoted in the local media.…

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News and Views


Amr Moussa’s Regional Round-Up

As we enter a new year Amr Moussa (right),   a former Arab League Secretary General and former Foreign Minister of Egypt, shared some of this…

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Saudis welcome the return of the silver screen

Saudi Arabia have lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped…

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Looking back over my shoulder

With the Islamic State (ISIS) crushed on the battlefield and its caliphate broken up, security chiefs across the Middle East and much of the rest of…

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Iran: On closer examination of “the deal”

U.S. President Trump has issued a broadside to the Iranian regime, warning that Washington’s patience is running out. He has garnered some support…

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Turkish energy sector gets a boost

The EBRD has invested 100 million Turkish lira (€24 million) in an inflation–linked bond issued by Turkey’s largest utility group Enerjisa…

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By Sylvia Smith

The connection between the Louvre Abu Dhabi and  Charles I, monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland…

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Celestial Chocolate

Sylvia Smith

Photography by Richard Duebel

Sublime, fantastic and celestial are adjectives often used to described the flavour of chocolate,…

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Arabian Oryx numbers increase in the UAE

Some 200 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi city, 14 Arabian Oryx have been given another chance at life in the wild.

Once on…

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