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Exclusive to The Middle East Online . . . Oman prepares for change


One of the Middle East’s longest serving and best loved leaders is in failing health, leading to much speculation that, at the very least, Sultan Qaboos is preparing to relinquish some of his extensive responsibilities. By Ed Blanche As Saudi … Continue reading

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Kuwait cracks down on cyber activists


Kuwait authorities have detained several online activists for comments deemed offensive to Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah, activists said on Thursday. Secret police arrested online activist Mohammad Al Ajmi on Wednesday outside his home for “unknown reasons”, the National Committee … Continue reading

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Oman oil minister slams OPEC policy on prices, market share

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  Oman’s oil minister Mohammad bin Hamad Al Rumhy (above) sharply criticised OPEC’s production policy on 21/01/15, saying it was creating volatility in the market without benefiting oil producers and that his country was suffering. In November, OPEC decided to … Continue reading

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Sukuk market set to remain solid in 2015

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The global sukuk market is heading into another solid year in 2015, even though some emerging headwinds could slow its progress compared to 2014, said Standard & Poor’s in “For Sukuk Issuance, Emerging Headwinds May Cause Turbulence in 2015″ report … Continue reading

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Regional mergers and acquisitions soared in 2014 reports The Times of Oman


Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals has confirmed that Middle Eastern Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) touched $50.3 billion in 2014, an increase of 23% compared to 2013 of announced transactions in the region, the Middle … Continue reading

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Exclusive to The Middle East Online


Kingdom reinforces its stance re: OPEC Saudi Arabia’s decision not to cut development spending in its 2015 budget, despite a sharp fall in oil revenue, indicates that the kingdom will resist pressure from other oil producers to reduce output in … Continue reading

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Lebanon attempts to redress the environmental balance


The Middle East Online has reported on how Lebanon’s environmental catastrophe has resulted in widespread health problems and caused friction between the indigenous Lebanese population and, what is now, well over a million Syrian refugees.  Here, Federica Marsi outlines how tentative beginnings … Continue reading

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EBRD, EIB & EU aid Egypt


The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), alongside the European Investment Bank and the European Union’s Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) will help improve the living standards of around 500,000 Egyptians with a €55 million loan for the expansion of wastewater … Continue reading

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Inspiration of the Orientalists and the Alhambra


  Inspired by the work of the famous 19th century Orientalists David Roberts and Frederick Lewis, as well as the Moorish architecture of his Andalucian hometown of Malaga, Jose Gonzalez Bueno is currently among Europe’s leading contemporary Orientalist painters.   … Continue reading

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Film Review – The President


By Beverly Andrews   Moshen Makmalbaf is one of Iran’s most celebrated artists and among the world’s most intriguing film makers. Under his influence, his family, including his wife, two daughters and one son, have all become filmmakers in their … Continue reading

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