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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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Al-Sisi to meet Ethiopian premier over dam Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Grand Renaissance Dam will be discussed at African Union Summit

Spanish UN peacekeepers in Lebanon near the Israeli border on 28 January 2015

Hezbollah attacks Israeli patrol Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Tensions intensify as Hezbollah attacks an army patrol in the Shebaa farms area

Security forces surround Corinthia hotel after a car bomb in Tripoli on 27 January

Nine killed in Libya hotel attack Subscription Required

28 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Five foreigners among those killed as standoff is brought to an end

Egyptian currency

Weakened Egyptian pound to lure investors Subscription Required

28 January 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Pound falls once more to 7.43 against the dollar

The Corninthia Hotel in Tripoli

At least two killed in Tripoli hotel attack Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Car bomb strikes Libya’s capital

Libya

Libya’s Ansar al-Sharia confirms leader’s death Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Militant group vows to take revenge and “shake the seat of power”

Kuwait

Kuwait to launch expat crackdown Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Government plans to arrest more than 100,000 illegal residents

Tunisia's nominated prime minister Habib Essid (L) gives the list of the new government to President Beji Caid Essebsi

Tunisia appoints cabinet Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Prime Minister Essid says new government is “for all Tunisians”

Egyptian pound continues depreciation

Egyptian pound continues depreciation Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Fall could boost exports and attract investment

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman opens door to next generation

23 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

Deputy crown prince appointment paves way for succession to pass to grandsons of Saudi founder

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman becomes Saudi king as Abdullah dies

23 January 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Muqrin appointed as crown prince

Governance in the Middle East

Stability: King Salman's (extreme right) first priority was to establish a clear line of succession to the throne

Saudi Arabia's next generation emerges Subscription Required

27 January 2015

The many challenges facing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Military campaign: The Houthis consolidated control

Yemen on the precipice Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Peter Salisbury

The political vacuum in Yemen since President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi’s resignation has provided yet more uncertainty for the country’s future

The House of Saud

The house of Saud Subscription Required

27 January 2015

Take a look at the house of Saud’s family tree through MEED’s image gallery

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Obituary: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

23 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah deprives the Middle East of one of its most forceful political leaders of recent times

Ship: The Atwood Achiever began drilling in December

Drilling reignites territorial dispute Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Oil exploration activity in the Western Sahara could bring renewed violence to the North African disputed territory, with a billion barrels of oil potentially at stake

Dubai’s Salik road toll is contributing to revenue growth

Oil price fall reignites tax debate Subscription Required

18 January 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

GCC governments could resort to stealth taxes to prop up budgets in the face of declining crude prices

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

Tunisia’s transition success based on consensus Subscription Required

5 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Political and economic challenges still ahead

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

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

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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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