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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

Essebsi wins Tunisian presidential elections

Essebsi wins Tunisian presidential elections Subscription Required

23 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Nidaa Tounes leader gains 55.7 per cent of vote

Cyber security

Calls for pan-Arab talks on cybercrime Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

Lebanese minister calls for regional dialogue regarding internet governance and cyber security

Qatar and Egypt step closer to reconciliation

Qatar and Egypt step closer to reconciliation Subscription Required

21 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

It is hoped Saudi-arranged meeting will mend ties

Bahrain outlook revised to negative

Bahrain outlook revised to negative Subscription Required

21 December 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Downward revision by Fitch Ratings partly due to declining oil price

Tunisia presidential elections

Tunisia prepares for presidential run-off Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Tunisians abroad casting votes for 21 December elections

Dubai's Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices are likely to curb spending in 2016

Capital projects will suffer if oil stays at $65 Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Dubai’s Department of Economic Development says persistently low prices could curb spending in 2016

Mena power capacity 2012

Renewables industry not worried about oil price Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Priority concerns are subsidies and government commitment

Oman budget

Oman State Council approves draft budget Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Focus on corporate tax avoidance

Libya

UN condemns escalating violence in Libya Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

The North African country sees a third day of fighting over oil terminals

Construction projects

Fitch sees the GCC playing a bigger role in Egypt projects market Subscription Required

16 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

UAE and Saudi companies expected to be heavily involved in new infrastructure schemes

Libya has declared force majeure at the Ras Lanuf oil terminal

Libya declares force majeure at two oil terminals Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Battle continues between rival parliaments

Governance in the Middle East

Current account balance

A lifeline for oil importers Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Low oil prices will provide an economic boost for Middle East and North Africa

No deal: Sanctions against Iran will remain in place for at least another seven months

The stalemate continues for Tehran Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

The window of opportunity may be closing for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme

WEF Think Tank launch

World Economic Forum launches global think-tank Subscription Required

11 November 2014 | By Lara Golden

Think-tank communities becoming increasingly important element of global policymaking

Sucessful election: The country’s high standards of education could have contributed to its quick transition

Still springtime in Tunisia Subscription Required

6 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Tunisia’s fragile democratic transition proves democracy can follow revolution

Nidaa Tounis supporters celebrate the parties election victory

Secularists triumph in Tunisia’s landmark vote Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Another hurdle has been cleared in Tunisia’s journey to democracy, but the future is still uncertain

Lama Qussas

Nurturing Palestine’s young talent Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Richard Thompson

In response to high levels of youth unemployment and the growing influence of radical Islam, the Palestinian Authority wants to encourage innovation among young Palestinians

Complex: If Turkish troops push into Syria without UN backing, it will be a test of international law

Turkey joins coalition against Isis Subscription Required

10 October 2014 | By Dominic Dudley

There are risks in every direction for Ankara as it prepares to join the fight against Isis

Rallying support: Yemenis watch Abdelmalek al-Houthi give a speech in central Sanna on 23 September

Houthis make bold advance Subscription Required

7 October 2014 | By Peter Salisbury

The rebel group has extended its influence across the country, fearless of retribution from the state, and do not intend to withdraw any time soon

Strategy: Only a cut of about 1 million barrels a day from Opec will help stem the oil price decline

Hard realities test $100 oil Subscription Required

2 October 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

Barrel prices come under intense pressure from oversupply and a strong dollar

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

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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