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    1. March 26, 2015

      Decades of deadly conflict will spread across the Middle East

      The modern Middle East is like 17th-century Europe, enmeshed in violent and costly, political and religious struggles within...

    2. February 20, 2015

      Bahrain pulls plug on Saudi media tycoon’s TV station

      Bahrain has moved to shut down permanently the recently launched satellite TV station set up by Prince Alwaleed, the Saudi...

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    1. Arab World: Banking & Finance 2012

      Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
    2. Year in the Arab World

      The past year will be remembered as one of the Middle East’s most tumultuous, a time o...
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    1. February 1, 2015

      Bahrain strips dissidents of nationality

      Bahrain has stripped 72 citizens of their nationality, including pro-democracy Shia dissidents and militant Sunnis fighting...

    2. January 28, 2015

      Oil price fall leaves Gulf states with difficult reform choices

      Gulf states may have their political differences with Iran but they share a common taste for Persian bread, a staple through...

    3. January 16, 2015

      Protests grow as Bahrain cracks down on opposition

      Demonstrations were held across Bahrain on Friday to protest a government crackdown on al-Wefaq, the country’s main...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      January 9, 2015

      Molotov explosion in Sitra

      A Molotov cocktail which was thrown by protesters explodes on a riot police armoured personnel carrier at a highway in the...

    5. January 4, 2015

      Women in Business — Ebtesam Al-Alawi, PhD student

      Ebtesam Al-Alawi is a PhD student on the joint programme created by Brunel Business School in the UK and Ahlia University in...

    6. December 10, 2014

      Bahrain land deals highlight alchemy of making money from sand

      Rising out from the sea on the Manama shore is a new Four Seasons hotel, a 68 storey skyscraper on an exclusive private...

    7. December 10, 2014

      Disputed land development boosts wealth of Bahrain royals

      Bahrain’s royal family has built up vast private wealth, including a $900m portfolio of UK real estate, after embarking on...

    8. December 8, 2014

      Gulf oil producers feel the pinch of price slide

      Moody's on Monday issued warnings about oil-exporting Gulf states’ ability to withstand prolonged low hydrocarbon prices as...

    9. December 6, 2014

      Bahrain naval base will give UK stronger Gulf presence

      The rising threat from extremist group Isis, a deteriorating civil war in Syria, and the possibility of a nuclear Iran are...

    10. November 30, 2014

      Gulf states launch joint command to counter Isis and Iran

      Bahrain’s foreign minister says Gulf states are launching a joint military command based in Saudi Arabia to counter threats...

    11. beyondbrics

      November 25, 2014

      EM oil producers risk ratings downgrade on low crude price

      Bahrain, Angola, Ecuador and Venezuela rank as the emerging markets (EM) most vulnerable to a downgrade in their sovereign...

    12. November 21, 2014

      Bahrain set for first election since 2011 uprising

      Bahrain goes to the polls on Saturday in the island state’s first general election since a youth-led uprising in 2011 led to...

    13. November 17, 2014

      Gulf states send envoys back to Qatar

      Gulf states took a step towards repairing a damaging internal spat as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain...

    14. November 13, 2014

      ‘Womenomics’ is starting to transform the Muslim world

      The first convert to Islam was a businesswoman. She was a wealthy trader who inherited her father’s business and later...

    15. November 9, 2014

      Financial advisers plan to desert Gulf region

      More than one in three financial advisers intend to leave the Middle East because of soaring living costs and the impact of...

    16. October 28, 2014

      Oman considers cutting energy subsidies

      A sharp fall in crude prices is putting further pressure on Oman to consider sensitive economic reforms such as cutting...

    17. October 7, 2014

      Court overturns Bahraini prince’s immunity from prosecution

      The High Court in London has quashed a decision by the director of public prosecutions that the son of the king of Bahrain...

    18. September 24, 2014

      Air strikes on Isis launch battle for Gulf hearts and minds

      No sooner had the first sorties ended in the US-led military campaign against jihadis in Syria than the battle for hearts...

    19. September 23, 2014

      US says attacks on Isis could last years

      US and allies strike at Isis Air strikes launched by the US and Arab allies against Islamists in Syria were the “beginnings...

    20. September 19, 2014

      Bahrain reforms to try to break impasse receive lukewarm response

      Bahrain’s crown prince has proposed a series of reforms seeking to break a damaging political impasse in the Gulf kingdom...

    21. beyondbrics

      September 12, 2014

      EM set for worst week in 10 months, but frontier markets soar

      Barring a late turnaround, emerging markets look set for their worst week in 10 months, as nervousness over the dollar’s...

    22. MBA blog

      July 28, 2014

      Time to move again!

      The shortest I have lived in a city is six days and the maximum is five years. I was only six days old before my parents...

    23. July 22, 2014

      Former Alba chief executive admits receiving £2.9m of corrupt payments

      A businessman who was a star prosecution witness in the aborted trial of Canadian-British billionaire Victor Dahdaleh has...

    24. July 16, 2014

      Former Major aide rises through ranks of politics and public relations

      ● Before he was a peer, Jonathan Hill worked briefly for the Tories in the mid-1980s and was then employed as a special...

    25. The A-List

      July 15, 2014

      Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq are a worry but the west needs to rethink the role of Saudi Arabia and Iran

      The most strident debate among western intelligence agencies is whether the reported thousands of foreign fighters involved...

    26. beyondbrics

      July 14, 2014

      The LIA and Libya's struggle to move on

      News that Abdulmagid Breish has been removed from his position as chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority brings yet...

    27. July 7, 2014

      Bahrain orders US diplomat to leave

      Bahrain demanded on Monday that a senior US diplomat leave the country, after it accused him of interfering in its affairs...

    28. 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...

    29. The A-List

      June 17, 2014

      Unite to stop the Isis crisis engulfing the Muslim world

      The meltdown of the Iraqi state, resulting from the military successes of renegade Sunni extremist group Islamic State of...

    30. May 25, 2014

      Islamic finance: By the book

      This spring, a clutch of politicians, civil service mandarins, bankers and overseas dignitaries gathered in the gilded halls...

    31. May 22, 2014

      UAE stops using former British officers as military trainers

      The United Arab Emirates has stopped using dozens of British nationals serving as trainers in its armed forces as the Gulf...

    32. beyondbrics

      May 16, 2014

      Guest post: Serbia’s privatisation may not run smooth

      By Adam Ereli, US ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain A political earthquake shook Serbia on March 16, 2014. The Serbian...

    33. May 12, 2014

      English court reviews immunity of Bahrain prince over ‘torture’

      The prosecution service of England and Wales is facing a legal challenge in London over whether the son of Bahrain’s king is...

    34. April 27, 2014

      Lessons that help to keep the business in the family

      In the 1970s, Khalid Rashid Al Zayani watched as the trading establishment set up by his father, uncle and pearl merchant...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      April 23, 2014

      Aiming for the police

      Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters An anti-government protester takes aim at riot police with his slingshot during clashes after the...

    36. 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...

    37. April 14, 2014

      Sense of gender lacking in business school programmes

      MBAs and business education programmes in general still lack a real sense of gender, specifically the differences in how men...

    38. 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...

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