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    1. June 30, 2015

      US tries to reassure Middle East allies over Iran nuclear talks

      While diplomats seek a nuclear deal with Tehran, Washington is trying to reassure Middle East allies that it will not let...

    2. June 30, 2015

      Gulf nations show promise as source of outbound FDI

      Investment from wealthy Gulf countries is highly sought after but while government sovereign wealth funds from the region...

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    1. Investing in the Arab World

      Political upheaval and the sharp fall in oil prices in the region — including Saudi Ar...
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      Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
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    1. June 16, 2015

      Bahrain’s main Shia opposition leader jailed for 4 years

      A court in Bahrain has sentenced the country’s main Shia opposition leader to four years in jail, the latest example of the...

    2. May 31, 2015

      Saudi Shia mobilise self-defence groups as Isis threat grows

      Members of Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority are forming civil defence groups after twin suicide bombings over the past two...

    3. May 10, 2015

      Middle East: The Iran conversation

      Syria’s misery shows no sign of ending; Libya is torn in half; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is making gains in...

    4. FT Alphaville

      May 5, 2015

      The strange case of Ashazi: Wirecard in Bahrain, via Singapore

      Ashazi Services, a Bahrain-based electronic payments company, moved from place to place in the Gulf Kingdom. For a time it...

    5. April 27, 2015

      Gulf states feeling the pinch as oil prices remain low

      Gulf states are beginning to feel the pinch from the slump in crude prices. The region’s governments, cushioned by large...

    6. MBA blog

      April 5, 2015

      Spring break

      Last week marked the start of the spring break after a grueling winter quarter. At Anderson our year is divided into three...

    7. March 31, 2015

      Islamic bond trial over $650m launches in London

      A $650m legal dispute has been launched in London’s High Court that will offer a rare glimpse into the Islamic bond market,...

    8. March 31, 2015

      Middle East economies: Balancing the books proves difficult

      Foreign direct investment fell by 4 per cent in the Middle East between 2013 and 2014, the sixth consecutive year-on-year...

    9. March 31, 2015

      Instability and oil price plunge in the Arab world end boom years

      The dual challenges of rising terrorism and falling oil prices hover over the Middle East and north Africa, dashing hopes of...

    10. 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...

    11. The World

      March 26, 2015

      Saudi - Iran power struggle lays the region to waste

        As Saudi jets launched bombing raids against Yemeni rebel targets, escalating another war in the Middle East, the Sunni...

    12. The Exchange

      March 26, 2015

      The Middle East Takes Another Turn for the Worse

      It was nearly a year ago when I first compared the modern Middle East to 17th-century Europe, saying that the region was...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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