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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

World Bank prepares $4bn boost for Tunisia

World Bank prepares $4bn boost for Tunisia Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

First-quarter data highlights need for investment reforms

Khadem al-Qubaisi

Ipic replaces managing director Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

UAE energy minister replaces Khadem al-Qubaisi after eight years leading the Abu Dhabi investment company

Saudi Arabia says the Yemen insurgency is being fuelled by Iran

Saudi Arabia-led coalition resume Yemen bombing Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Houthi rebels targeted hours after reports that forces had ended military operations

Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar

European lawmakers urge Fifa to hold Qatar re-vote Subscription Required

23 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Awarded process was “fundamentally undermined by illegality”, according to European parliamentary council

UAE Economy Minister, Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri

UAE focuses on boosting exports Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Government seeks a better balance with trading partners

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Saudi-led coalition ends Yemen airstrikes Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Riyadh to focus on finding political solution to Yemen crisis

Benghazi, Libya

Libya factions close to peace agreement Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

UN announcement comes amid increasing chaos  

US aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt

US sends aircraft carrier to Yemen Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Washington increases naval presence in the Arabian sea

Mohamed Mursi in jail

Mursi spared the death sentence

21 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

But a number of supporters sentenced to death

 Kuwait considers changing tax rates

Kuwait considers changing tax rates Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Ministry considering advice from international financial institutions

Egypt election delays cause uncertainty over gas law

Egypt looks to establish gas regulator by August Subscription Required

19 April 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Source says hitting the deadline is dependent on new legislation

Governance in the Middle East

Abdelmalek al-Houthi

Yemen crisis – main players Subscription Required

22 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

A guide to the major actors in the ongoing Yemen conflict

Sudan election: Only 30-35 per cent of the electorate is reported to have voted

Al-Bashir is losing credibility Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Richard Nield

The low turnout for Sudan’s recent presidential poll could signal the beginning of the end for the incumbent leader, who has failed to deliver promised reforms

Saudi Arabia says the Yemen insurgency is being fuelled by Iran

Regional powers collide in Yemen Subscription Required

21 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Fears of growing Iranian influence are behind Saudi Arabia’s military operation

Shinzo Abe's economic policies have started to improve Japan’s competitiveness in the Middle East

Depreciating yen lifts Japan's exports Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Japanese companies are gaining a greater foothold in Middle East markets

Talks: The ‘key parameters’ of a deal aimed at preventing Tehran from building a nuclear bomb have been agreed upon

The way forward for Tehran Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

The Lausanne agreement has left investors eagerly awaiting the lifting of sanctions

Saving Yemen: It is likely the Saudi-led coalition will feel a ground invasion is necessary

A litmus test for Saudi policy Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

King Salman’s strategy for Yemen has the potential to mark a major shift in the history of the region

Iran transport projects

Iran's transport sector in need of sanctions relief Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Islamic Republic will have better access to finance and international technical expertise if embargoes ease

Four-nation tour: South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye is fostering ties with the leaders of Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Seoul moves to strengthen ties Subscription Required

24 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

South Korea is looking to redress the trade disparity with GCC countries in the face of lower oil prices

Anti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz on 22 March. Houthi fighters opposed to Yemen's president took over the city in an escalation of a power struggle

A futile battle for power in Yemen Subscription Required

23 March 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

If the Houthis and Al-Hadi go to war, the outcome will only be one that leaves Yemen’s already impoverished economy moribund

The terrorist attack in March on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, which cost more than 20 lives, has thrown Tunisia’s fragile security situation into the international spotlight

Tightening security only way forward for Tunis Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Terror attacks such as the one on the Bardo Museum could send Tunisia spiralling into a vicious circle of deteriorating security, and the government must take preventive actions immediately

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

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

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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

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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