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UAE: Sharjah leads the way with 21st Century initiatives that follow the Majlis tradition

Pat Lancaster reports from Sharjah

The Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, has announced that the emirate will launch a…

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100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is nothing to celebrate.

 British involvement in Palestine is, for the most part, a stain on the UK’s history which is why any plans to celebrate the events of 2017, when…

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Current Affairs


Airline laptop ban set to hit regional carriers hard

While the Middle East airlines are still trying to assess the extent of financial hit they may have to take owing to the sudden gadget ban on US and…

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Syrian children suffer the horrors of savagery

Children in Syria are suffering from “toxic stress”, a severe form of psychological trauma that can cause life-long damage, according to a study…

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UAE: New military base boosts regional security

The United Arab Emirates plans to establish a mili­tary base in Somaliland, underlining the growing military and economic influence of the Gulf…

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TURKEY: ISIL raids see hundreds detained

Turkish police have detained hundreds of suspected ISIL members in nationwide raids, according to state media, in the biggest roundup to target the…

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Regional round-up

President Trump with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed

Trump welcomes Saudi Crown Prince to Washington

The White House pulled out all the stops for visit­ing Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz to drive home the message that…

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Making up for lost time, Iran has ordered

Iran Air takes delivery of new A330

An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran in mid-March, the second of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting…

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Ari Rath

Ari Rath 1925 – 2017

William Morris , the Secretary General of the Next Century for Peace pays a personal tribute to his friend Ari Rath, former Editor and Managing…

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EGYPT: goes greener with European help

Three international development banks have teamed up with the European Union (EU) to promote green investments in Egypt, supporting projects to boost…

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Huge new gas discovery in Egyptian waters

The discovery of a huge natural gas deposit in Egyptian waters has boosted hopes of other such finds in the Eastern Mediterranean that could help…

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Is a merger between Etihad & Emirates on the cards?

Speaking to The Middle East Online today an industry spokesman confirmed that rumours of a merger between the UAE’s world class aviation giants,…

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News and Views


UAE: Sharjah prepares for take-off

Omran Properties, the Sharjah-based real estate joint venture backed by Mohamed Alabbar’s Emmar and Eagle Hills, has announced three new projects…

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Water shortages put the region at severe risk

New evidence supports scientific fears that the Middle East and North Africa region is at risk of becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as…

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EGYPT: Who will save the Copts?

The latest string of attacks in northern Sinai’s El Arish against Coptic Christians were indirect attempts by armed groups to undermine the…

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Arab League faces cash flow crisis

The Arab League is in the midst of a financial crisis that is making it difficult for the 22-member organisa­tion to maintain humani­tarian…

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King Mohammed of Morocco

MOROCCO: rejoins the African Union

The African Union has, at last, agreed to readmit Morocco 33 years after it quit the bloc, following a difficult debate over the status of Western…

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Book review- A State built on sand

A State built on Sand
How opium undermined Afghanistan
By David Mansfield
Published by Hurst & Co
ISBN 9781849045681
Price £25.00…

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Frankincense Pieces

Omani frankincense season boosts tourism

As the harvest season for Salalah’s famed frankincense groves begin, the Dhofar region in the south of the Sultanate sees a significant increase in…

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Long lost statue of Ramses II discovered in the Cairo mud

Archaeologists from Egypt and Germany have found an eight-metre (26ft) statue submerged in groundwater in a Cairo slum that they say probably…

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