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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

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif (extreme right) at the talks in Vienna

Iran nuclear talks set to overrun deadline Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Iran’s foreign minister returns to Vienna for crunch negotiations

Egypt attacks continue to spare projects market

Egypt attacks continue to spare projects market Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Development schemes remain relatively safe as attacks continue to target government officials

Qatar says final draft of labour law will be ready this year

Qatar says final draft of labour law will be ready this year Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Government Communications Office issues statement saying progress is being made

Bernardino Leon, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for Libya

UN sees progress in Libya peace talks Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Special representative says parties are moving towards a deal

Qatar 2022 football World Cup faces its first legal challenge

Qatar World Cup faces legal challenge from Spain Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Spanish football league says winter tournament will cost it $72m

Bahrain to receive military aid from Washington following four-year freeze

US set to resume aid to Bahrain Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Bahrain to receive military aid from Washington following four-year freeze

Al-Reem Island in Abu Dhabi_

Reem Island killer gets death penalty Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Emirati woman sentenced under terrorism laws

A view shows burnt cars at the site of a car bomb that attacked the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo on 29 June

Egyptian prosecutor assassinated Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Anti-Islamist figure dies of injuries after bomb attack

Kuwait boosts security for oil sector

Kuwait to upgrade defence data centre Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

State’s security infrastructure needs to be modernised in the wake of mosque attack

Tunisia assault

Tunisia makes beach attack arrests Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Unidentified number of people accused of providing support to gunman

Qatar invests in $6bn project dubbed Australia’s Canary Wharf

Qatar invests in $6bn project dubbed Australia’s Canary Wharf Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Australian developer Lend Lease announces deal with Qatar Investment Authority

Governance in the Middle East

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

A policeman carries out an inspection after a car exploded near a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia's Dammam province on 29 May

Saudi security outlook deteriorates Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Elizabeth Bains

Isis is just one of several challenges facing Riyadh, as threats grow from potential Houthi and Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on domestic soil

The threat to peace is instead being drawn along sectarian lines with two attacks on Saudi Arabia's Shia community in the Eastern Province by terrorists affiliated to Isis in late May and early June

The rising threat from domestic terrorism Subscription Required

17 June 2015

Riyadh is taking the necessary steps to ensure Isis does not get a foothold in the kingdom

The main casualty in Saudi Arabia will be large-scale downstream projects such as petrochemicals facilities and new oil refineries

Saudi defence spending rises while oil income drops Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Even though low oil prices mean Riyadh will earn less hydrocarbons revenue, the authorities are still focused on increasing defence investment and maintaining social spending

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

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

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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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