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Omani frankincense season boosts tourism

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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 tourist numbers. Close to 1,000 visitors come to the city every March. The prime areas of … Continue reading

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Water shortages put the region at severe risk

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New evidence supports scientific fears that the Middle East and North Africa region is at risk of becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years, writes Baher Kamal. This sharp … Continue reading

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EGYPT: Who will save the Copts?

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The latest string of attacks in northern Sinai’s El Arish against Coptic Christians were indirect attempts by armed groups to undermine the government, according to Egyptian experts and analysts, quoted by Al Jazeera. Hundreds of Copts fled their homes last … Continue reading

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Arab League faces cash flow crisis

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Arab League cash crisis. The Middle East magazine & the Arab League Continue reading

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MOROCCO: rejoins the African Union

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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 Sahara. Continue reading

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KUWAIT’S welfare system “unsustainable”, says PM

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Kuwait’s prime minister has called the oil producing nation’s welfare system unsustainable; Kuwaiti change; Sheikh Jaber Al Sabah Continue reading

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SAUDI ARABIA: multi billion $ scheme will boost renewables

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SAUDI ARABIA: multi billion $ scheme will boost energy renewables Continue reading

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LEBANON: An unlikely alliance that could avert conflict

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The election of Michel Aoun (below right), as president of Lebanon and his ap­pointment of long-time rival Saad Hariri (below left), as prime minister after two-and-a-half years of crippling political gridlock have drawn a regional sigh of relief. It has probably … Continue reading

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Jordan stretched to breaking point

The continuing influx of Syrian refugees has stretched the infrastructure of Amman to breaking point

A group of international donors have agreed to participate in a financial package to help support Jordan as the continuing influx of refugees from Syria puts an increasingly massive strain on the country’s resources. A €102 million loan from the … Continue reading

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QATAR will restrict alcohol during WORLD CUP 2020

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The official in charge of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup plans has said football fans will not be able to buy or consume alcohol on the streets or public places, according to reports. Secretary general of the Supreme Committee for Delivery … Continue reading

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