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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 oil industry

Caution for oil firms eyeing Iran investment Subscription Required

31 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Removal of sanctions impacting oil and gas likely to be a slow, complex process

Tunisia

Tunisia kills suspected terrorist leader Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Rally against terrorism attended by foreign heads of state

Power plant

Kuwait issues PPP regulations Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Stalled public private partnership projects to go ahead

Iran currency

Nuclear deal could ease Iran's bank restrictions Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Any easing of Iran trade rules needs support of workable banking system

US President Barack Obama

Hopes and fears for Iran nuclear deal Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

US President Barack Obama seeks to cement diplomatic legacy, but regional allies fear Tehran’s growing influence

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran and world powers meet for nuclear talks Subscription Required

30 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Two days of talks in Lausanne remain before deadline on nuclear agreement

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Arab states agree to form joint military force Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Egypt’s President makes announcement following Arab league meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

World leaders arrive in Lausanne for Iran nuclear talks Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Tehran and world powers aiming to reach nuclear agreement by 31 March

Clashes in Tikrit

US continues Tikrit air strikes Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Coalition forces assisting Baghdad to retake key northern city from Isis

Iranian oil could cause problems

Iranian oil could cause problems Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Major surge in supply could have catastrophic effect on producers

Stadium being constructed in Qatar

Qatar has rating affirmed by S&P Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Spending plans maintain Qatar’s rating at AA/A-1+

Governance in the Middle East

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

Iraq's Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari

Iraq economy falters as anti-Isis campaign unfolds Subscription Required

22 March 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The IMF said Iraq’s government should cut spending and change its banking policies to deal with a soaring budget deficit

Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar

Qatar to 2022 and beyond Subscription Required

19 March 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Fifa confirms the Qatar World Cup Finals are to be held in November 2022 to avoid the Gulf’s heat and humidity

Video graph

Strategic priorities shape Gulf projects spending Subscription Required

8 March 2015

The impact of low oil prices on project plans around the region

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Kirkuk dispute to intensify Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Erbil is determined to defend its control of the oil-rich province

Lebanon public debt

Economy grows on cheaper oil prices Subscription Required

23 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

On paper, the Lebanese economy seems to be performing well, due to a lower energy import bill. But instability continues to trouble the country

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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