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Sheikh Zayed Mosque


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, and is considered to be the key site for…

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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz

Our 50 Most Influential Arabs 2017

The events of 2011 and  the so-called Arab Spring shook the Middle East to its core. Six years on, we have many changes to contemplate. While some…

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Current Affairs

King Hamed of Bahrain

Bahrain draws closer to Israel

The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is said to have catagorically denounced the Arab boycott of Israel and opened the way for his subjects…

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JUNE 22, 2107 FILE PHOTO FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump is not known for plunging into the details of complex policy issues, and health care is no exception. Since his campaign days, Trump has addressed health care in broad, aspirational strokes. Nonetheless he made some clear promises along the way. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump’s intervention fails to mend GCC’s broken fences

An attempt by President Trump to break the stalemate that has divided the wealthiest countries in the Middle East ended in failure, when leaders from…

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Relations between Doha and Manama splinter further

Tensions between Bahrain and Qatar have escalated sharply and the antipathy between the two states shows no sign of abating

In August, Bahrain’s…

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Will President Rouhani deliver on his election promises?

Will Rouhani backtrack on the long road to reform?

Now Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has formally endorsed Hassan Rouhani as president for a second term, following  a landslide…

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Regional round-up


Iran names street after Rachel Corrie

Tehran city council has named a street after an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in…

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Iran’s EU visa “mafia” turns the screw

Iranians who wish to travel to European Union nations  face myriad challenges, in particular obtaining visas. Indeed, the state of political…

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Thanks to the support of Oman and the work of an innovative team from Amsterdam, the beauty of the Koran will be available throughout the world

First interactive electronic Koran launched in Muscat


The first interactive electronic Koran has been unveiled in the Omani capital of Muscat. The device marks a global breakthrough for Muslims…

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EBRD puts down roots in Lebanon

The EBRD, established in 1991 with the goal of supporting market economies and promoting the private sector, is to begin investing in Lebanon after…

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Oman uses Chinese funds to help balance the books

The government of Oman has raised $3.55bn through a loan from a group of Chinese financial institutions, the latest fundraising by the sultanate…

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GCC Economies: Must try harder

The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries need to step up efforts to boost non-oil revenues amid expectations of less than 1 per cent GDP…

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News and Views


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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LEBANON: Justice demands answers now


Lebanese authorities should conduct an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation into the deaths of Syrians in military…

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EBRD unveils its latest Green Economy initiative

Ahead of the Paris accord, the EBRD unveiled its Green Economy Transition (GET) approach, under which it aims to dedicate 40 per cent of its annual…

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Mohamed Saleh has thrown his weight behind the campaign

EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

This month, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control & Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), began running its latest anti-drug…

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US move to arm Syrian Kurds causes consternation

Ending years of a hands-off approach, the United States is stepping up its involvement in the deadly conflict in Syria by supplying heavy weapons to…

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Destroying a nation

Book review:Destroying a nation

Destroying a nation       
The civil war in Syria
By Nikolaos Van dam
Published by I.B.Tauris
ISBN 9781784537975
Price £8.99…

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a history of stabilty

Book review : A history of stability and change in Lebanon

A history of stability and change in Lebanon
Foreign Interventions and International Relations
By Joseph Bayeh
Published by I.B.Tauris

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Religious Tolerance and Cultural Dynamics in Oman

By Frédéric Jarry     

In mid-June 2017, the Mus’haf Muscat, the electronic version of the Koran, was presented to Muslim scholars and…

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