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The Arab Uprisings

In scenes reminiscent of Eastern Europe during the fall of Communism 20 years ago, people are taking to the streets across the Arab world following the toppling of Tunisia's Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. MEED follows the action across the region.

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Political News from MEED

Yemen bomb blast

US tells Americans in Yemen to leave country Subscription Required

22 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

State Department warns of possible attacks on businesses and perceived Western interests

Iran met uranium targets, says UN nuclear watchdog

Iran met uranium targets, says UN nuclear watchdog Subscription Required

21 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Tehran had successfully converted controversial 20 per cent-enriched stock in line with Geneva deal

Tunisia soldiers

Tunisia launches anti-terror operations Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Government cracks down on mosques linked to hardline Islamists in the run-up to crucial elections

Four-month extension on Iran nuclear deal deadline agreed Subscription Required

20 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Tehran to receive $2.8bn in assets frozen abroad in exchange for continuing to converting uranium stocks to fuel

UN Security Council to debate Libya clashes Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

All international flights to and from the country cancelled amid fierce fighting

New report suggests hiring guidelines in Qatar Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Austyn Allison

Qatar Foundation calls for reform in recruitment of workers building 2022 World Cup infrastructure

Gaza death toll passes 200 Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Israel said it is also considering a ground invasion into Gaza

IMF says Tunisia reforms are 'on track' Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Organisation agrees on continuing reforms and says elections will bolster confidence in the Tunisian economy

Al-Assad sworn in for third term Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Syria’s president secures another seven-year term in disputed election

UAE aims to land on Mars by 2021 Subscription Required

16 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

UAE to set up new space agency to coordinate unmanned space probe programme

Libya mulls request for military assistance as fighting worsens Subscription Required

15 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Tripoli airport is bombarded by GRAD rockets in a second night of violence

Governance in the Middle East

Stalemate: Iran and the P5+1 countries seem unlikely to reach a quick resolution

Outlook for doing business with Iran improves Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

While a quick resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive, many countries in the region are strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic

Rescue: Aramco took over the development of Jizan Economic City to prevent its failure

Saudi Aramco’s mission creep Subscription Required

17 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The oil major’s influence is spreading as it proves itself to be a reliable client for Riyadh

Iran nuclear talks 14 July 2014

Business world eyeing Iran opportunities as nuclear talks come to a head Subscription Required

14 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

GCC stands to gain by boosting ties with a more open Iran after years of strained relations

Observers: Qatar sent a 140-strong delegation to Brazil to learn from its World Cup successes and mistakes

What Qatar can learn from Brazil World Cup Subscription Required

10 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

Brazil’s World Cup experiences can teach Qatar valuable lessons on how to host its event in 2022

Getting ready: Qatar is preparing to host the 2022 World Cup by airing this year's games in specially built fan zones

Qatar experiments ahead of hosting World Cup Subscription Required

9 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

The biggest challenge in hosting the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar could be catering to thousands of football fans used to a less restrictive environment

Dubai Multi-Commodities Centre

DMCC fuels commodity flows through Dubai Subscription Required

8 July 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Dubai’s diamond and gold trade soars

Al-Mahmoudi: Relationship with Dubai very important

Regional market key to Sharjah's economic growth Subscription Required

3 July 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Hussain Mohamed al-Mahmoudi, the director-general of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, highlights the role trade plays in Sharjah’s economic growth

Iraq

Iraq violence is about money not religion

25 June 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The struggle for mastery of Iraq’s $20tn oil and gas reserves

Rouhani: Tehran willing to work with Washington on Iraq

Sectarian shadow falls across region Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By James Gavin

Tehran’s emergence as a key player in the Iraq conflict is causing considerable anxiety in Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia, which fear this could undermine their influence in the region

Resort: Baghdad has employed the help of Shia civilians, unable to stop the advance of militants by itself

Iraq's fundamental flaws Subscription Required

19 June 2014 | By James Gavin

The growing sectarian division in Iraq has meant the partition of the country could become a reality

Vision 2020: MEED Special Edition

The Middle East in the coming decade

While political reform, technology and China will be important factors shaping the region in 2020, the push to establish a sustainable, diversified economy will remain key to growth in the next 10 years

Vision 2020

Market Risk Report

The outlook for business in the Middle East

In the few weeks since the uprisings began, economists have been forced to revise their growth projections for the region

Read the full report

Country Profiles

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Bahrain Country Profile Subscription Required

22 February 2011

Bahrain is a small island in the Gulf sea, located off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The country’s name means Two Seas in Arabic. It was the first of the GCC states to discover oil in 1932 and since then the kingdom of Bahrain has frequently led the region in economic development

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Tunisia country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

Located on the coast of North Africa, almost half of Tunisia’s border is with the Mediterranean

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Libya country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

Libya is located on the northern coast of Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea

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Algeria country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

The second largest country in Africa, the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is bordered by Tunisia in the northeast, Libya in the east, Niger in the southeast, Mali in the southwest, Mauritania and the Western Sahara in the west and Morocco in the northwest

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Egypt country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

The Arab Republic of Egypt is located in North Africa and oversees the Suez Canal, which is a vital trade route in Middle East connecting the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea

Yemen flag

Yemen country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

Yemen was unified in 1990, precipitating a four-year struggle for power between the old parties of the north and south

Jordan - flag

Jordan Country Profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was founded by King Abdullah I after First World War It was ruled by his grandson, the late King Hussein, for 46 years until his death in 1999, when his son King Abdullah II assumed the throne

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Oman country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

Oman is the oldest independent state in the Arab world, and is regarded as strategically important due to its position at the entrance to the Gulf

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Syria country profile Subscription Required

14 November 2007

Syria is made up of a diverse range of religious and ethnic groups, the majority being Arab Sunni Muslims, but with minorities including Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians and Kurds.

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