By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

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.

Stay up-to-date on the latest developments by signing up for MEED's Hot Topics newsletter - The Call for Change.

Political News from MEED

Britain's ambassador to Libya, Michael Aron

UN cracks down on Libya fighting Subscription Required

28 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Security Council unanimously approves sanctions for entities and individuals involved in violence

Egypt parliament

Egyptian electricity officials sacked Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

All the eight sacked officials reportedly had links to the Muslim Brotherhood

Tripoli International airport following air strikes

US claims UAE and Egypt responsible for airstrikes on Libya Subscription Required

26 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Anonymous US officials tell news agencies that the UAE and Egypt secretly bombed Libyan militias

Tripoli International airport taken over

Tripoli international airport seized by Misrata-led militias Subscription Required

25 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp , Hassan Morajea

Airport changes hands in move that is likely to escalate conflict


Libya stripped of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Subscription Required

25 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Continuing violence means tournament is now looking for new host

Ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos

Sultan Qaboos remains in Germany after medical tests Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Oman’s ruler has been in Germany since 10 July

Omar Shakmak

Libya’s acting oil minister stands down Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Omar Shakmak says acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni asked him to stand down

Seoul, South Korea

Dubai’s sovereign wealth fund signs deal with South Korea Subscription Required

21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investment Corporation of Dubai to work with the Export-Import Bank of Korea

Gerd Mueller, German development aid minister

German minister accuses Qatar of financing Isis Subscription Required

20 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Gerd Mueller says Qatar is assisting the extremist group that has seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq

Suez Canal

Ascom wins excavation work on the Suez Canal project Subscription Required

20 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Qalaa Holdings’ company is one of several selected firms

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria supporter in Syria

Kuwait complies with UN crackdown on terror funding Subscription Required

18 August 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Two Kuwaitis to see travel ban and asset freeze after allegations of financing jihadists in Syria

Governance in the Middle East

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

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

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

Bahrain flag

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

Tunisia flag

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

Oman flag

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.

Newsletter Sign-up

More sector and country newsletters

Subscribe to MEED to receive your choice of premium newsletters

Find out more

Follow MEED on

Linkedin     Twitter     RSS Newsletter