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Abu Dhabi, capital city of the UAE

UAE: Abu Dhabi adopts more assertive foreign policy

10 September 2014

Rapid development over the past 20 years has turned the UAE into an economic powerhouse in the Middle East

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    Yemen's President Abdrabbu Mansour al-Hadi (C, blue tie) signed an UN-brokered peace agreement on 21 September, in an effort to end protests. However, fighting continues unabated in Sanaa

    Yemen fails to enforce peace deal Subscription Required

    22 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Fighting continues in Sanaa in wake of agreement with rebels

    Moncef Marzouki

    Tunisia’s president stands for re-election Subscription Required

    21 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Moncef Marzouki registers to run in November poll

    Tunisia's interim Prime Minster Mehdi Jomaa

    Tunisia’s Prime Minister will not run for presidency Subscription Required

    18 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Announcement quashes speculation Mehdi Jomaa would stand as a consensus candidate


    Riyadh's reserves offset risk from falling oil prices

    16 September 2014 | By Richard Thompson

    NCB chief economist Said al-Shaikh says Saudi Arabia is better placed than in the past to manage the risk from oil price drops

    A previous air strike hit Tripoli airport and was said to be carried out by the UAE, according to US officials

    New round of air strikes target Libya militias Subscription Required

    16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Former army general Khalifa Haftar claims responsibility for attack

    Libya's prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, has accused Qatar of arming Islamist militias

    Libya accuses Qatar of arming Islamists Subscription Required

    16 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni says planes delivered weapons to militias


    Qatar ejects senior Muslim Brotherhood members Subscription Required

    14 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Brotherhood leaders say they are looking for a new base for the group’s international operations

    Obama said the US will send 475 military personnel to assist in the crackdown on Isis

    Obama prepared to target Isis in Syria Subscription Required

    11 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

    Washington outlines strategy for tackling terrorist group


    Rebels call for government to stand down in Sanaa Subscription Required

    11 September 2014 | By Wil Crisp

    Violence sparks fears of ongoing conflict in Yemen’s capital

    A Saudi border guard stands next to a fence on Saudi Arabia's northern borderline with Iraq

    Riyadh plans Iraq security fence Subscription Required

    9 September 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

    Saudi Arabia to secure its border with northern neighbour


    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

    With Isis headquartered in Syria, collaboration with Al-Assad may be crucial to containing the group

    Can the world work with Al-Assad to combat Isis? Subscription Required

    4 September 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

    Whereas a year ago collaboration with Al-Assad would have seemed unthinkable, a greater threat has emerged

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin with Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

    Russia looks to the Middle East Subscription Required

    21 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

    As sanctions imposed by the West begin to bite, Russia faces a potential funding gap and is looking to form new alliances in the Middle East and North Africa

    Oil production

    Saudi oil revenues expected to top $300bn Subscription Required

    11 August 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

    Strong oil prices coupled with sustained high production leads to upwards revision in forecast

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi

    The GCC’s growing art spend Subscription Required

    24 July 2014 | By Austyn Allison

    Qatar and Abu Dhabi are among the states muscling in on the international art market

    Stalemate: Iran and the P5+1 countries seem unlikely to reach a quick resolution

    Outlook for doing business with Iran improves Subscription Required

    17 July 2014 | By Mark Watts

    While a quick resolution on Iran’s nuclear programme remains elusive, many countries in the region are strengthening ties with the Islamic Republic

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