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  1. August 19, 2014

    The Arab world has to take on Isis in its own backyard

    The Middle East hosts a formidable array of air power. Between them, the six nations of the Gulf Co-operation Council...

  2. June 29, 2014

    Old ties between India and the Gulf are renewed

    With the US trying to disengage from intractable wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and the US economy rapidly...

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  1. The Future of the Food Industry

    The global population is expected to increase by 2bn people by 2050. The prospect of f...
  2. Kuwait 2013

    The democratic sheen that many Kuwaitis have long pointed to with pride is being tarnished...
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  1. June 29, 2014

    Time to break down barriers to intra-Arab trade

    Like Arab unity, the ambition of boosting intra-Arab trade has been a litany of bright promises but dismal performance....

  2. June 29, 2014

    New Silk Road raises hopes for increased China-Arab trade

    With developed markets mired in slow growth, China is looking to the Arab world as a new market for its exports and a source...

  3. June 29, 2014

    Gulf states forge links with Asia as building boom drives imports

    At the crossroads of Eurasia and Africa, the Middle East has long been an important trading hub. But the emerging markets of...

  4. beyondbrics

    May 1, 2014

    Guest post: What Price Risk? Investing in the Middle East

    By Julie Dickson of Ashmore There was no shortage of concerns about emerging markets last year. Investors fretted about US...

  5. beyondbrics

    April 28, 2014

    Guest post: investing in MENA markets - why plain vanilla is not enough

    By Hashem Montasser of Frontlane Capital On a recent visit to the beach, my three year old son asked for some ice cream. I...

  6. April 18, 2014

    Gulf states forge deal to end spat over Doha backing for Brotherhood

    The Gulf states have forged an initial agreement aimed at ending a regional spat over Qatar’s support for the Islamist...

  7. beyondbrics

    April 7, 2014

    Arab youth turn from "Arab spring" to starting businesses

    Young Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on cushy public sector jobs in favour of working for private companies and...

  8. March 26, 2014

    Saudi Arabia: A kingdom on guard

    The reaction was almost instant. On the same day that the Saudi government announced a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, the...

  9. March 14, 2014

    Qatar prepares for sanctions if Brotherhood dispute escalates

    Qatar is preparing contingencies to ward off economic pressure threatened by its Gulf neighbours amid a continued diplomatic...

  10. March 7, 2014

    Qatar stands up to Gulf neighbours over Muslim Brotherhood backing

    When Qatar-based cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi – regarded by many as a spiritual guide of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group...

  11. March 5, 2014

    Diplomatic crisis as Gulf states withdraw ambassadors from Qatar

    Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have withdrawn their ambassadors from neighbouring Qatar, as frustration...

  12. beyondbrics

    February 25, 2014

    Are frontier markets overvalued?

    The fondness felt by investors towards frontier markets has not dissipated since turmoil struck their emerging market...

  13. January 12, 2014

    The Johnny-come-latelies of geopolitics

    Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf By Miriam Cooke (University of California Press, £19.95, $29.95) In...

  14. December 7, 2013

    Hagel seeks to ease Gulf security concerns

    Chuck Hagel, US defence secretary, has opened the door to more advanced weapons sales to the Gulf states as Washington seeks...

  15. November 26, 2013

    Fearful Saudis compare nuclear pact to 9/11

    Iran’s nuclear deal with global powers is “more dangerous than 9/11,” according to a commentator in the Saudi-owned Asharq...

  16. November 20, 2013

    Gulf states strive for food self-sufficiency

    The global food crisis of 2008 gave importers pause for thought, and few felt the shock more keenly than the water-scarce,...

  17. November 12, 2013

    IMF urges Gulf states to boost private sector jobs

    The Gulf states will face a 1m jobs gap by 2016 unless private sector job creation increases, the International Monetary...

  18. July 24, 2013

    Voice of Yemen’s hungry poor struggles to be heard in peace dialogue

    Fatima’s head, shrunken and wizened, lolls to one side as she struggles to draw breath, her tiny chest rising and falling...

  19. July 23, 2013

    Israel bypasses diplomatic freeze with Gulf ‘virtual embassy’

    Israel has opened a “virtual embassy” to reach out to the citizens of the Gulf, where clandestine business ties between the...

  20. July 21, 2013

    Middle East bonanza for fund managers

    Fund managers are expected to benefit from a bonanza of new money following the upgrade of Qatar and the United Arab...

  21. beyondbrics

    July 8, 2013

    Egypt: mixed signals from the markets

    Egypt’s turmoil has turned violent, with the 40-plus deaths of supporters of the deposed Islamic president. The Muslim...

  22. June 25, 2013

    Qatari abdication puts pressure on ageing Gulf monarchs

    The Qatari succession, in which the 61 year-old Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani handed power to his 33 year old son Sheikh...

  23. June 19, 2013

    A word of caution on Qatar and UAE status upgrade

    Last week’s upgrade of the Qatari and UAE stock markets to emerging market status by MSCI, the index provider, was a long...

  24. June 10, 2013

    Private wealth in Gulf states rises 7% in year

    Private wealth in the Gulf states has grown 7 per cent over the past year amid strong oil revenues and rebounding equity...

  25. May 27, 2013

    Lack of financial stimulus curbs Arab world’s growth, warns WEF

    Arab states have made little progress in tackling unemployment, consumer subsidies and other chronic problems that are...

  26. May 9, 2013

    Middle East: Regional push resumes following Arab spring

    The Turks wasted no time. A day after Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron made their first triumphant visit to Tripoli after...

  27. April 24, 2013

    Guest column: Consensus on the role of parliament remains elusive

    Kuwait, like its Gulf neighbours, has to contend with a fast-growing youthful population that has both ambitious political...

  28. April 3, 2013

    Arab-led investment plan for crucial jobs

    Two years on, the so-called Arab spring is now turning into a bleak winter. Governments have failed to deal effectively with...

  29. March 10, 2013

    Iran crisis is more stable than it seems

    The long-running crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme has met its moment of truth. This is the year when war or peace will...

  30. beyondbrics

    February 25, 2013

    Egypt: time for a sukuk

    Egypt’s continued political turmoil has made its life hard in international debt markets, but its government is hoping to...

  31. February 25, 2013

    Abu Dhabi pushes for homegrown defence

    Abu Dhabi is pressing hard to build a homegrown arms industry, part of a push by Gulf governments to use their status as...

  32. February 10, 2013

    Middle East ‘honey’ tempts asset managers

    Fund managers are swarming to the Middle East, and it is no great secret that the honey attracting them is the oil money...

  33. beyondbrics

    February 8, 2013

    Further reading: scrambling for Africa

    Friday’s picks from the beyondbrics team: equity investors scramble for Africa, while Africa’s rich start giving; China’s...

  34. February 6, 2013

    Kuwait considers bailout for consumer debt

    Kuwait is considering plans for a $6bn consumer debt write-off that would be the latest mass official bailout of Gulf...

  35. January 30, 2013

    Why the Middle East needs a single market

    The Middle East today may not seem to have much in common with an EU mired in financial crisis rather than revolution. Yet...

  36. January 16, 2013

    Renewables ease water-stress problems

    Gulf oil producers that are among the most water-stressed countries on the planet are prioritising plans to transform...

  37. December 16, 2012

    Movers & shakers: December 17

    ● ATP, the Danish pension fund, has appointed New York-based Carsten Stendevad as the new chief executive. Mr Stendevad was...

  38. December 12, 2012

    Gulf states held back by volatility

    For the past four decades, the Gulf Cooperation Council states have shown remarkable economic growth, yet they are still...

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