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Economy

Gulf States See E-Sports as Growth Sector

July 8, 2021

Much like many Gulf states made a foray into traditional sports like football a couple of decades ago, these same governments are investing in e-sport...

Economy

Gulf States Push for Smart Cities

June 7, 2021

In recent years, one of the biggest buzzwords at the crossroads of urban planning and technology has become the “smart city.” Across the globe, govern...

Economy

Saudi Arabia Seeks Rapprochement with Iran

May 4, 2021

For Middle East watchers, the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran seems to manifest itself in nearly every area. From proxy wars and blockades, dip...

Corporate citizenship

MBS Unveils Saudi Green Initiative

April 6, 2021

At the end of March, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman unveiled the Saudi Green Initiative, a plan that includes a number of ambitious projects t...

Economy

The Line – Saudi Arabia’s Urban Living Revolution or a Road to Nowhere?

March 3, 2021

A futuristic, sustainable city to house one million residents without cars, streets, or emissions and all built in a straight 170-kilometre line? It s...

Economy

Saudi Arabia Looks to Poach Multinationals from Dubai

February 8, 2021

It’s no secret that Saudi Arabia is making moves to diversify its economy away from a reliance on oil. Riyadh has heavily focused on tourism, but also...

Geopolitics

Saudi Arabia Reopens Relations, Border with Qatar

January 11, 2021

After nearly four years of a harsh blockade, a Saudi-led coalition lifted its blockade against Qatar, opening its air, land, and sea borders to Qatar....

Geopolitics

Morocco and Western Sahara Rebel Group Renew Fighting

December 4, 2020

On November 13, Morocco launched a military operation into the disputed Western Sahara region to quell protests in border regions. The Polisario ...

Geopolitics

Constitutional Referendum Victory Brings Little Certainty to Algeria

November 4, 2020

In a bid to placate over a year of widespread protest that began in February 2019, the Algerian government proposed a constitutional referendum that t...

Geopolitics

Turkey Takes the Lead in Azerbaijan-Armenia War

October 7, 2020

  In a whirlwind of global news, the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region has fallen out of the spotlight, if it was...

Economy

Pompeo Tours Middle East Seeking Deals

September 7, 2020

With a historic peace deal announced between the United Arab Emirates and Israel in mid-August, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo embarked on a whirlw...

Economy

Saudi Bid Fails to Purchase Newcastle United

August 5, 2020

A Saudi-led consortium’s bid to purchase Newcastle United failed after months of controversy surrounding the planned takeover. The biggest sticki...

Economy

Hopes for Tourism Boost after EU Declares Morocco a Safe Country

July 6, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent near worldwide shutdown of international travel has hit every economy, but those countries who rely on tourism...

Economy

Turkey Reopens Economy in Uncertain Times

June 11, 2020

In mid-April, Turkey was in the thick of the coronavirus crisis averaging over 4,000 new cases a day, but three weeks ago President Recep Tayyip Erdog...

Economy

Despite Pandemic, Conflict in Yemen Wages on

May 5, 2020

As the world comes to grips coping with the deadly spread of coronavirus, familiar conflicts and security issues have persisted in the Middle East. Wh...

Economy

Preliminary G20 Meetings Go Virtual Ahead of November Summit in Riyadh

April 3, 2020

With the world struggling to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, G20 countries met virtually to discuss the impacts on the globa...

Economy

How will COVID-19 Impact the Middle East?

March 4, 2020

COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus, has panicked global economic markets and precipitated a health crisis that is on the verge of going...

Geopolitics

Trump Peace Plan Divides Middle East

February 4, 2020

President Donald Trump announced his long-awaited peace plan between Israel and Palestine last week alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah...

Geopolitics

Repercussions from Soleimani Assassination to Reverberate for Decades

January 14, 2020

The United States and President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top military commander, on January 3 sent shockwaves t...

Economy

Iranian Government’s Response to Protests Plunges Country into Chaos

December 4, 2019

On 15 November, the Iranian government announced a 50% hike in petrol prices, and angry Iranians took to the streets to air their grievances.  Protest...