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WARNING: oil price lows here to stay?


Gulf states that depend heavily on energy exports for most of their revenues should brace for a long period of low oil prices and subdued economic growth, experts have warned. Signs of an “economic war” between the United States and … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor, Uncategorized

Iraqi leadership selection process in chaos


The process of naming the Iraq’s parliamentary speaker, as well as the country’s president and the prime minister, has been marred by disputes,  accusations and U-turns, since the May elections. Iraqi members of parliament elected a speaker on September 15, more … Continue reading

Category: News and Views, Uncategorized

Abbass calls for Arab action at UN

Mahmoud Abbass

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has invited Middle East envoys, foreign ministers and Security Council diplomats to a meeting in New York next week to discuss prospects for peace. The meeting, to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs, Uncategorized

Abu Dhabi’s Ghadan 21 initiative receives Dh50bn boost

al Nayhan

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced more details of a Dhs50bn ($13.61bn) stimulus plan announced earlier this year.  The initiative, known as Tomorrow 21 (Ghadan 21), would see Dhs50bn spent over the next three … Continue reading

Category: Business, Uncategorized

Erdogan warns off Trump

Erdogan has warned the US president

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that US that sanctions would not force Ankara to “step back” after Donald Trump threatened to punish Turkey if a US pastor was not freed from house arrest in Izmir. “You cannot make Turkey … Continue reading

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

Oman book

Oman Politics and Society in the Qaboos State By Marc Valeri Published by Hurst & Co ISBN 9781849044851 Price £18.99 Paperback When Sultan Qaboos overthrew his father as ruler of the Persian Gulf state of Oman in 1970, with the … Continue reading

Category: Travelog, Uncategorized

Misk appears in Paris


Sylvia Smith One of the world’s greatest sponsors of contemporary art is the Riyadh-based foundation, Misk. Its very first European show took place in Paris at its annual art fair, Art Paris Art Fair. Along with exhibiting works from 9 … Continue reading

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SHEROES: Arab artists make their voices heard at London exhibition

The Skirt A tribute to women in the line of defence against fear and terror

Three Arab artists participated in the Sheroes Exhibition held in East London last month, which aimed to give a voice to under represented female artists in the art world. By Karen Dabrowska The organisers, Lon-art, displayed their mission statement at … Continue reading

Category: Mosaic, Travelog, Uncategorized



By Sylvia Smith The connection between the Louvre Abu Dhabi and  Charles I, monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649, might seem rather tenuous – but the link … Continue reading

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Tunisia: €160 million cash boost for domestic rail network

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Tunisian railways sees international investment Continue reading

Category: Business, Uncategorized