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

Algeria holds presidential election Subscription Required

17 April 2014, 7:59 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Polls opened on 17 April in what is being called a foregone conclusion for Algeria incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Saudi Arabia's security chief resigns Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 13:59 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Prince Bandar bin Sultan steps down as the kingdom’s intelligence chief after long illness

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood members from elections Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 12:58 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Islamic movement the Muslim Brotherhood is now blacklisted as a terrorist group

Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya Subscription Required

16 April 2014, 11:59 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Kidnappers demand release of Islamist militant from a Jordanian jail

Sheikh Mohammed to visit Iran

15 April 2014, 19:58 GMT | By Colin Foreman

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed accepts invitation from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Algerians apathetic to forthcoming presidential elections Subscription Required

15 April 2014, 13:17 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

Fourth term for Algeria’s incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika seen by many as a foregone conclusion

Oman extends ban on hiring expatriate labourers Subscription Required

15 April 2014, 6:51 GMT | By Jeff Florian

Government aims to create more jobs for Omani nationals

Trial of Al-Jazeera journalists resumes in Egypt Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 9:13 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Concern grows surrounding freedom of expression in country

Economic reform essential for region, warns IMF Subscription Required

10 April 2014, 8:26 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Washington-headquartered IMF says regional economic growth was ‘tepid’ in 2013

Car bombs kill 25 people in Syria

10 April 2014, 8:25 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Explosions went off in a commercial street in Homs

Egypt in need of structural reform, warns IMF Subscription Required

9 April 2014, 10:02 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Latest report forecasts 2.3 per cent GDP growth in 2014

Governance in the Middle East

Power: Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin’s appointment was announced on state television

Riyadh presents a united front Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 15:00 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The appointment of a deputy crown prince shows King Abdullah wants to end speculation about the Al-Saud family’s succession plans

Strained ties: Obama’s meeting with King Abdullah seems to have produced only modest results

US influence on the Middle East waning Subscription Required

3 April 2014, 14:18 GMT

Recent foreign policy initiatives have put Washington at odds with key allies in the GCC

Qatar banking sector

Qatar’s banks primed to support infrastructure growth Subscription Required

2 April 2014, 7:08 GMT | By Rebecca Spong

Qatar’s Finance Ministry recently announced a spike in spending

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription Required

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By Colin Foreman , Rebecca Spong

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Gulf leaders have gathered in Kuwait for the Arab League summit being held on 25-26 March

GCC’s future hangs in the balance Subscription Required

25 March 2014, 8:46 GMT | By James Gavin

The withdrawal of ambassadors from Qatar earlier this month by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE will further set back long-delayed GCC joint initiatives

Switch: Prince Mohammed has taken over the leadership of Riyadh's strategy towards Syria

Riyadh tightens foreign policy Subscription Required

13 March 2014, 15:15 GMT | By Kevin Baxter

The kingdom has adopted a more forceful approach to diplomacy in a move to align its domestic and external policies aimed at fighting terrorism and extremism

Justice: Federalism should help redress some of Yemen’s economic imbalances, says a local party member

Unity through division in Yemen Subscription Required

6 March 2014, 9:43 GMT | By Peter Salisbury

Federalism could hold the key to maintaining political and economic stability in Yemen


Gulf economies face testing times Subscription Required

24 February 2014, 8:19 GMT | By Dominic Dudley

Although fiscal deficits loom over Gulf economies, their low levels of debt should help them through


Kuwait’s year of progress Subscription Required

20 February 2014, 14:45 GMT | By Adal Mirza

A new parliament has meant several high-profile contracts have now been awarded in the country


Lebanon’s new government ends 10-month political stalemate Subscription Required

20 February 2014, 5:48 GMT | By Melissa Song Loong

Cabinet is split equally between the country’s two main factions

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, 7:17 GMT

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, 19:00 GMT

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, 18:26 GMT

Libya is located on the northern coast of Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea

Algeria flag

Algeria country profile Subscription Required

3 January 2011, 18:04 GMT

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, 17:51 GMT

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, 13:03 GMT

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, 11:44 GMT

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, 11:00 GMT

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, 11:57 GMT

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