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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

Israel has been demolishing the homes of Palestinians involved in the attacks

Tensions escalate in Jerusalem Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Palestinians fear status of Al-Aqsa Mosque will be changed

Baiji refinery

Iraq forces break siege at Baiji refinery Subscription Required

19 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Baghdad claims strategic victory as army regains ground from Islamist militants

The number of passengers travelling to and from the Middle East is growing strongly despite the global slowdown in aviation travel

Middle East air routes buck global slowdown Subscription Required

19 November 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Regional economic growth underpins increase in passenger numbers

Iraq Oil Minister Adel al-Mahdi says oil revenue agreement has been reached between Erbil and Baghdad

Erbil and Baghdad reach agreement on oil revenues Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Kurdish government agrees to place some exports under federal control in exchange for payments, says Iraq oil minister

Egypt’s spending on fuel subsidies has dropped by 29 per cent in the wake of reforms that hiked up prices for consumers

Egypt fuel subsidy spending drops by 29 per cent Subscription Required

18 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Government spends $3bn in first quarter of fiscal year

The Qatar ruler's administrative office

Gulf ambassadors to return to Qatar Subscription Required

17 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE say the new agreement will help to unify the GCC

Qatar says it will introduce more legal protection for migrant workers by early 2015

Doha promises to reform labour laws Subscription Required

17 November 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Qatar says it will introduce more legal protection for migrant workers by early 2015

UAE designates 83 groups as terrorist organisations

UAE designates 83 groups as terrorist organisations Subscription Required

16 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

Muslim Brotherhood and Isis included in long list

Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup

Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Report did not find enough evidence of corruption to justify revote

Consumers prefer local products

Survey finds 80 per cent of UAE consumers prefer local products Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lack of information and awareness about local products

Abu Dhabi revises tariffs for electricity and water

Abu Dhabi revises tariffs for electricity and water Subscription Required

13 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Emiratis living in the capital will be required to pay for water for the first time

Governance in the Middle East

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

New strategy: Washington and its allies plan to wipe out Isis targets wherever they are, including Syria

Washington takes the initiative Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Air strikes by a US-led coalition are key to the pushback against Isis

Under the leadership of CEO Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, Mumtalakat has managed to turn its business around

Interview with Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji, CEO, Mumtalakat Subscription Required

11 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Having steered Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund back to profitability, Mahmood Hashim al-Kooheji is now aiming to take Mumtalakat international

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

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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

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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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