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QATAR and possibly the world’s largest ever recorded ransom

The BBC, Britain’s state radio and television news provider, has recently published an article which questions whether or not, Qatar has paid the…

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EXCLUSIVE TO THE MIDDLE EAST Transformer or just another autocrat?

By Guest Columnist Mona Al Ghussein.
In a series of breath taking actions Mohammad bin Salman bin Abulaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has…

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Current Affairs


Saudi defence official arrested on bribery charge

Saudi Arabia has arrested a defence ministry official on charges of receiving a SAR1m ($267,000) bribe and abusing his position, the SPA state news…

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YEMEN: “Human catastrophe” imminent

Saudi-backed government forces have begun an assault on the key Yemeni port of Hudaydah, which is held by rebels, according to reports from the…

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Gulf bail out for Jordan

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to provide an economic aid package worth $2.5 billion for Jordan, which is facing an…

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Can President Sisi make good on his promises?

EGYPT: Can Sisi keep his promises?

Despite presidential promises for a more open and transparent society, fears for the future of democracy in Egypt were further exacerbated when a…

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Regional round-up

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UAE urges Arab nations to enter space race

The Middle East and North Africa region is catching up with the global race to space, thanks to the leadership of the UAE. As the recent Global…

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IRAN: Currency tumbles as ‘nuclear deal’ become increasingly wobbly


Iran is experiencing a financial crisis as its currency, the rial, has dropped to unprecedented levels over in recent months.

Over the…

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The squabbles of sheikhs threaten the peace of future generations in the Horn of Africa

Gulf debacle threatens stability of Horn of Africa

The political crisis between some countries in the Gulf has had an unexpected consequence – a rush to build ports all down the Somali coast and some…

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Dubai visitor figures record minimal in first half 2018

Dubai saw relatively little growth in overnight international tourist visitors in the first half of the year, according to figures from the…

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European funding supports Cairo metro upgrade

Egypt’s notoriously congested capital city, Cairo, which is estimated to cause economic losses of as much $8 billion annually, is set to benefit…

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Morocco gas industry supported by EBRD

The EBRD is supporting SDX Energy Morocco with a loan of up to €10 million to finance the enhancement of upstream gas production and related gas…

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News and Views

Erdogan has warned the US president

Erdogan warns off Trump

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that US that sanctions would not force Ankara to “step back” after Donald Trump threatened to punish…

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Al-Qaeda targets foreign firms in Sahel states

Terrorist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), currently operating in the Sahel and Sahara, have started to issue new…

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UAE’s nuclear start up delayed

The start-up of the Arab world’s first nuclear reactor – in the UAE – has been delayed and operations are now scheduled to begin between the…

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Qatar 2020: Typhoon fighter jets on call

Typhoon fighter jets purchased from Britain last year by Qatar will be delivered in time to help provide security for the 2022 World Cup, the UK’s…

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Further penalties look certain for Kuwait's largely unappreciated foreign workforce

KUWAIT: Turning the screw on foreign workers?

A parliamentary committee in Kuwait has approved a draft law to tax foreign remittances despite warnings from the country’s central bank.


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Arab poet imprisoned as Israeli authorities continue crackdown

An Arab poet has been jailed for inciting violence and supporting a group banned as a terrorist organisation based on her online posts. Dareen…

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Book Review: Oman: Politics and Society in the Qaboos State

Politics and Society in the Qaboos State
By Marc Valeri
Published by Hurst & Co
ISBN 9781849044851
Price £18.99 Paperback
When Sultan…

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God Save the Queen v2

Same tragedy, different perspective

By Karen Dabrowska
The Pop Art Exodus in The P21 Gallery, an independent London-based charitable trust established to promote contemporary Middle…

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