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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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Iraq oil

Leadership change at Iraq’s North Oil Company Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Director-general is removed amid a corruption investigation

Oil, banking and automotive could be biggest winners from Iran deal

France invites Iranian president to Paris Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

French foreign minister completed a visit to Tehran on 29 July

State-owned upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company has launched a new prequalification round

Kuwait orders probe into oil ministry leak Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Leaked letter is likely to increase tensions between key oil sector officials

Turkish soldiers position an anti-aircraft gun

Turkey oil pipeline attacked Subscription Required

30 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

War in Syria continues to spill over into Turkey

Tunisia recapitalises banks

Tunisia recapitalises banks Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Two state-owned banks get support

Petrol pumps

Fuel price increase following deregulation Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

The first of a monthly fuel price review has been revealed

Members of Libyan pro-government forces, which is backed by the locals, look on in an army camp, in Benghazi on 1 February. Violent clashes between Libyan pro-government forces and the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of former anti-Ga

Gaddafi’s son sentenced to death Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Son of former Libyan leader sentenced to death in absentia

Bahrain

Bahrain bomb blast kills two Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Attack targetted police officers in a Shia area

Egypt’s spending on fuel subsidies has dropped by 29 per cent in the wake of reforms that hiked up prices for consumers

UAE will save $1.85bn on subsidy cuts Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Overall spending will be reduced by $5.5bn

Mursi

Mursi’s final trial deferred to October Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Former president and 24 others face charges of insulting the judiciary

Istanbul

Turkey calls Nato meeting on Syria Subscription Required

27 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Instability spills over Syrian border

Governance in the Middle East

Landmark agreement: US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

Iran's next challenge Subscription Required

29 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

The removal of sanctions will open up Iran to foreign investment, but there are still hurdles to cross

UAE fuel subsidies 2013 and 2015

UAE takes long-term view with subsidy cuts Subscription Required

28 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Deregulation of fuel prices will ease pressure on state budget

Sum of GCC contract awards and Brent crude oil price

Saudi Arabia project awards resilient amid GCC decline Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

GCC first-half contract awards fall by almost a third amid low oil prices

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi

Riyadh’s oil options Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Riyadh has been criticised for maintaining high oil production levels of oil as prices have fallen. But it has few better options

Tunisia shooting

Sousse attack to impact Tunisia's political transition Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sousse attack threatens entire economy, while the international community stands by

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Buying Formula One may prove a costly mistake for Qatar

Buying Formula One may prove a costly mistake for Qatar Subscription Required

25 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Gulf state is unlikely to be able to handle the increased scrutiny a deal will bring

Negotiators of Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers at a recent meeting in Vienna

Iran looks to nuclear deal for economic resurgence Subscription Required

24 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Lifting of sanctions will enable Tehran to increase exports, help control inflation and boost economic growth

The Saudi-led coalition forces trying to repel the Shia Houthi rebels and militia loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh have carried out scores of raids into Yemen since late March

No solution in sight for Yemen Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says the situation in Yemen is a ticking time bomb

The US will have its work cut out to convince its allies in Riyadh that Iran has not been given an easy ride

Riyadh concerned by Iran nuclear deal Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

As the 30 June deadline draws closer, the Saudi leadership is growing increasingly worried about the potential reemergence of Iran on to the global stage

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

Bahrain flag

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

Tunisia flag

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

New Libya flag

Libya country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011

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

Algeria flag

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

Egypt flag

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

Oman flag

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

Syria flag

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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