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Token Olympians are no substitute for equality

After much suspense (and presumably some arm twisting), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on 12 July that Saudi Arabia was sending two women to participate in the London Olympic Games.

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Lon-Doha: Qatar is redrawing the British capital’s skyline

When Western Europe’s tallest building, a 310 metre (1,016ft) vertical city of offices, restaurants, apartments and luxury hotel rooms, is officially inaugurated on 5 July, Britons can expect a spectacle.

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What good an independent parliament if nothing ever gets done?

The announcement on 20 June that the February election in Kuwait was unconstitutional was an unexpected twist in a political drama already thick with confrontations, resignations and involuntary vacations.

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Gulf governments need a big public case to prove anti-corruption drive

Two thirds of business executives in the Middle East believe corruption is widespread, with backhanders, facilitation payments and bribes often used to win contracts, according to an April report by Ernst & Young.

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Ghosts of the British Empire linger on in Bahrain

It was on the occasion of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 that Rudyard Kipling penned his ‘Recessional’, a hymnic warning about the inevitable decline of the British Empire.

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Domestic instability and Eurozone crisis weigh heavy on region

With oil prices booming, 2011 should have been a year of high growth for many economies in the Gulf and wider Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

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Energised Islamists push for greater policing of ‘morality’ in Kuwait

Kuwait, like many Gulf states, has been grappling with how best to deal with social-networking sites such as Twitter, which have given wings to dissent that in the past would not have left the realms of private conversation.

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It is how weapons are used, not where they come from, that counts

Sweden’s defence minister quit last week after outcry at government plans to help Saudi Arabia build a weapons plant.

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Are Bashir’s visits to Qatar and Saudi Arabia a signal to Bashar?

It should come as no surprise that Sudan’s internationally wanted President Omar Al-Bashir visited Qatar and Saudi Arabia in early March, where he was welcomed with an open disregard for the arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Court (which the United Nations has urged even nonsignatory countries to co-operate with).

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Shifting Saudi policy goals may raise benchmark for crude markets

Markets seemed to like it when, some two years ago, King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz set an informal benchmark for global oil prices by suggesting a level of $70-80/bbl was “fair”.

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Bahrain's Economic Performance

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Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

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The Gulf region: economy and society

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

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Iraq works to rebuild GCC ties as Iranian balancing act gets harder

Rarely short of a timely quote, President Barham Salih told a recent interviewer that “Iraq is coming back to the...

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Iraq works to rebuild GCC ties as Iranian balancing act gets harder

Rarely short of a timely quote, President Barham Salih told a recent interviewer that “Iraq is coming back to the...

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Saudi Arabia: Fall-out over Khashoggi murder hits intelligence consultants

The continuing impact of the Jamal Khashoggi murder on Saudi relations with western countries shows little signs of abating....

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MENA Renewable Energy Forum 2019

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Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition (MEPEC)

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