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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

Moncef Marzouki

Tunisia’s president stands for re-election Subscription Required

21 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Moncef Marzouki registers to run in November poll

Tunisia's interim Prime Minster Mehdi Jomaa

Tunisia’s Prime Minister will not run for presidency Subscription Required

18 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Announcement quashes speculation Mehdi Jomaa would stand as a consensus candidate


Riyadh's reserves offset risk from falling oil prices

16 September 2014 | By Richard Thompson

NCB chief economist Said al-Shaikh says Saudi Arabia is better placed than in the past to manage the risk from oil price drops

A previous air strike hit Tripoli airport and was said to be carried out by the UAE, according to US officials

New round of air strikes target Libya militias Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Former army general Khalifa Haftar claims responsibility for attack

Libya's prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, has accused Qatar of arming Islamist militias

Libya accuses Qatar of arming Islamists Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says planes delivered weapons to militias


Qatar ejects senior Muslim Brotherhood members Subscription Required

14 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Brotherhood leaders say they are looking for a new base for the group’s international operations

Obama said the US will send 475 military personnel to assist in the crackdown on Isis

Obama prepared to target Isis in Syria Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Washington outlines strategy for tackling terrorist group


Rebels call for government to stand down in Sanaa Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Violence sparks fears of ongoing conflict in Yemen’s capital

A Saudi border guard stands next to a fence on Saudi Arabia's northern borderline with Iraq

Riyadh plans Iraq security fence Subscription Required

9 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia to secure its border with northern neighbour

Hazem Galal, PwC

Middle East governments must shape smart cities standards

9 September 2014 | By Robert Jones

Get involved or accept other countries’ standards, regional governments told


Learn to leave the car at home, says Atkins CEO

9 September 2014 | By Austyn Allison

GCC has special drivers for smart city initiatives, but a cultural shift to public transport is needed

Governance in the Middle East

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

Oil production

Saudi oil revenues expected to top $300bn Subscription Required

11 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Strong oil prices coupled with sustained high production leads to upwards revision in forecast

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

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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