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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

Mongi Hamdi, foreign minister, Tunisia

Tunisia threatens to close Libya border Subscription Required

31 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Foreign minister says refugee influx may destabilise the country ahead of key elections

Members of Kuwait's opposition have accused top judges of being implicated in the embezzlement of tens of billions of dollars, causing mass protests against the government

Kuwait opposition accuses government of illegal crackdown Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Former parliamentarians say the government is using “unconstitutional” methods to cover up corruption

People look at the wreckage of a government war plane, which crashed during fighting on 29 July in Benghazi

Islamists claim major victory in Benghazi Subscription Required

30 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Ansar al-Sharia and its allies overrun key military base in eastern Libya

Fouad Masoum elected as Iraq president

Fouad Masoum elected as Iraq president Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | Updated: 28 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Vote marks significant step forward for country

Black plumes of smoke are seen after clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Libya

US evacuates embassy in Libya Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Staff driven to Tunisia with military escort as fighting escalates in Tripoli

World Bank approves $300m programme for Tunisia

World Bank approves Tunisia programme Subscription Required

27 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

$300m scheme comes ahead of elections and will focus on performance and governance of municipalities

Cairo streets

World Bank approves $500m gas loan to Cairo Subscription Required

25 July 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Project aims to connect 1.5 million Egyptian households to national gas grid

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Israel's President Shimon Peres

International community pushes for ceasefire in Gaza Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

US and UN representatives travel to region to press for an an end to hostilities in Gaza

Nuri Abu Sahmain, GNC president

Libya's General National Congress sets handover date Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Fighting continues as nation prepares to move parliament to Benghazi

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

Governance in the Middle East

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

The GCC’s growing art spend Subscription Required

24 July 2014 | By Austyn Allison

Qatar and Abu Dhabi are among the states muscling in on the international art market

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 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

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

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

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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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