Articles from December 2017

UAE: remains region’s shining light


The UAE maintained its position as the most prosperous country in the Arab world and its residents have had the greatest improvement in living standards anywhere in the world over the past decade, according to the latest prosperity index by … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

Arabian Oryx numbers increase in the UAE


Some 200 kilometers away from the hustle and bustle of Abu Dhabi city, 14 Arabian Oryx have been given another chance at life in the wild. Once on the verge of extinction, the species will now be able to roam … Continue reading

Category: Mosaic, Travelog

Celestial Chocolate

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Sylvia Smith Photography by Richard Duebel Sublime, fantastic and celestial are adjectives often used to described the flavour of chocolate, but in the case of Mirzam celestial is a doubly significant. Stars in the night skies guided Arab sailors navigating … Continue reading

Category: Mosaic, Travelog Tagged ,

EGYPT: flaring reform moves forward


Egypt has announced  that it will be a signatory to the “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” initiative, a global effort to reduce gas flaring at oil production sites.  The “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030” initiative, introduced by the World Bank … Continue reading

Category: Business

E.U. warns Netanyahu: “You break, you buy”


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will pay what is being called an “unofficial visit” to the European Parliament next week. The visit to Brussels will include a breakfast, which is also classified as unofficial. On top of this, Netanyahu can also … Continue reading

Category: Current Affairs

Qatar strikes $8 billion jet deal with the UK


Qatar will buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets worth $8bn from the United Kingdom as the Gulf state continues to stock up on high-tech weaponry, according to reports from Al Jazeera. The deal, which represents the  biggest order for Typhoon fighters … Continue reading

Category: Interviews

Qatar strikes $8 billion jet deal with the UK

Category: Featured

Looking back over my shoulder

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With the Islamic State (ISIS) crushed on the battlefield and its caliphate broken up, security chiefs across the Middle East and much of the rest of the world are bracing for revenge terror attacks and the expected emergence of new jihadist … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

Saudis welcome the return of the silver screen


Saudi Arabia have lifted a 35-year-old ban on cinemas, prompting celebrations from film fans, directors and movie chains eyeing the last untapped mass market in the Middle East. The first theatres could start showing films as early as March, the … Continue reading

Category: News and Views

Mending fences and building bridges

President Putin (left) is welcomed to Egypt by Egypt's Sisi

On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin completed a diplomatic sprint, touring Syria, Egypt and Turkey in just one day. While the latter two visits were announced by the Kremlin beforehand, his detour to the Russian air base in Syria’s Khmeimim was … Continue reading

Category: Interviews