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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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Amman set to join global climate leadership group

Amman set to join global climate leadership group Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Robert Jones

Jordan’s capital expected to become member of C40 group of major world cities

Egypt and Sudan have agreed to support Libya's military as the nation’s parliament struggles to retake control of the country’s two biggest cities

Egypt and Sudan agree to support Libya’s military Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

About 65 have died so far in battle to take control of Benghazi

Egypt’s outlook has been upgraded from negative to stable by US ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service

Moody's upgrades Egypt outlook to stable Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Increased political stability drives decision by ratings agency

Qatar Investment Authority has purchased a stake in Hong Kong-based department store operator Lifestyle International Holdings

Qatar Investment Authority makes Hong Kong investment Subscription Required

20 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Asia markets hold potential for sovereign wealth fund

In addition to air strikes, the US and its allies have implemented new sanctions targeting the economic bases of the Al-Assad’s regime and Isis

New sanctions against Al-Assad and Isis Subscription Required

19 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Further US economic measures target extremist groups and Syrian regime


Egypt targets 6 per cent growth in new development plan Subscription Required

19 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Finance ministry calls for more private sector investment

Iraq has completed the formation of its unity government by appointing new defence and interior ministers

Iraq completes unity government Subscription Required

19 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Prime minister appoints Sunni defence minister as Baghdad unites against Isis

A burnt truck is seen in the aftermath of clashes between pro-government forces and rebels on 18 October in Benghazi

Libya prime minister sets sights on Tripoli Subscription Required

19 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Al-Thani says pro-government forces will attempt to take control of capital


Bahrain advances with multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan Subscription Required

15 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Government aims to attract international investors


IMF to decide on further loans to Jordan Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Programme performance is “on track”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice-president and prime minister, UAE; Ruler, Dubai

UAE plans 6.3 per cent increase in federal budget for 2015 Subscription Required

13 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Central government drafts AED49.1bn budget to focus on health, education and social services

Governance in the Middle East

Lama Qussas

Nurturing Palestine’s young talent Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Richard Thompson

In response to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing influence of radical Islam, the Palestinian Authority wants to encourage innovation among young Palestinians

Complex: If Turkish troops push into Syria without UN backing, it will be a test of international law

Turkey joins coalition against Isis Subscription Required

10 October 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

There are risks in every direction for Ankara as it prepares to join the fight against Isis

Rallying support: Yemenis watch Abdelmalek al-Houthi give a speech in central Sanna on 23 September

Houthis make bold advance Subscription Required

7 October 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

The rebel group has extended its influence across the country, fearless of retribution from the state, and do not intend to withdraw any time soon

Strategy: Only a cut of about 1 million barrels a day from Opec will help stem the oil price decline

Hard realities test $100 oil Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Barrel prices come under intense pressure from oversupply and a strong dollar

Fervour: Houthi supporters line a street in Sanaa, calling for a greater say in the make-up of the new government

Yemen's ticking time bomb Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

Escalating protests by Houthi supporters and increasing activity by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula mean Yemen is facing the greatest threat to its stability since the 2011 uprising

New strategy: Washington and its allies plan to wipe out Isis targets wherever they are, including Syria

Washington takes the initiative Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Air strikes by a US-led coalition are key to the pushback against Isis

Under the leadership of CEO Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, Mumtalakat has managed to turn its business around

Interview with Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Having steered Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund back to profitability, Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji is now aiming to take Mumtalakat international

With Isis headquartered in Syria, collaboration with Al-Assad may be crucial to containing the group

Can the world work with Al-Assad to combat Isis? Subscription Required

4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Whereas a year ago collaboration with Al-Assad would have seemed unthinkable, a greater threat has emerged

Russia's President Vladimir Putin with Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Russia looks to the Middle East Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

As sanctions imposed by the West begin to bite, Russia faces a potential funding gap and is looking to form new alliances in the Middle East and North Africa

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

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

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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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