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UAE: Sharjah leads the way with 21st Century initiatives that follow the Majlis tradition

Pat Lancaster reports from Sharjah

The Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, has announced that the emirate will launch a…

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Editorial

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100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is nothing to celebrate.

 British involvement in Palestine is, for the most part, a stain on the UK’s history which is why any plans to celebrate the events of 2017, when…

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Current Affairs

Returned to power. President Rouhani wins another term of office

IRAN: Rouhani victory a blow for extremism

Moderate Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been returned to  power with 57% of the vote. Rouhani has said his re-election shows voters reject…

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Saudi Arabia will launch its own military industries company

The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has  announced the creation of a new, wholly government owned  national military industries company.…

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South African politicians throw their support behind Palestine hunger strikers

More than a dozen South African politicians and several anti-apartheid activists and public figures have completed a day-long fast to draw attention…

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TUNISIA: Protests threaten economic progress

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi ordered the military to protect the country’s oil and gas fields and other energy and phosphate facilities…

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Regional round-up

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EGYPT: UN predicts population problems ahead

The United Nations Population Fund has released a report on the population status in Egypt for 2016, in cooperation with the Egyptian Center for…

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Opportunities for Jordanian women do exist but they need to be opened up

JORDAN: narrowing the gender gap with EBRD support

The EBRD is providing a loan of up to $ 2 million in local currency to the Microfund for Women (MFW) for on-lending to female entrepreneurs in…

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Saudi Arabia signs $multi-billion deal with Trump

As part of its determined plan to diversify its economy away from oil, as laid out in its Vision 2030 programme, Saudi Arabia has signed a raft of…

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Business

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UAE: Top 10 banks

The GCC banking sector recorded lower returns in 2016, particularly due to increased provisioning and impairment charges as loan asset quality…

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OMAN: foreign ownership in MSM stock declines

Foreign investors are offloading shares on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM), which has resulted in a marginal dilution of non-Omani holdings on the…

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DUBAI: $1 billion e-commerce site launch imminent

Dubai businessman Mohamed Alabbar has confirmed that his new $1bn e-commerce site Noon is “on track” to begin operations in 2017 after delaying…

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News and Views

Mohamed Saleh has thrown his weight behind the campaign

EGYPT: brings out the stars to combat drug use

This month, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Fund for Drug Control & Treatment of Addiction (FDCTA), began running its latest anti-drug…

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US move to arm Syrian Kurds causes consternation

Ending years of a hands-off approach, the United States is stepping up its involvement in the deadly conflict in Syria by supplying heavy weapons to…

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President Rouhani has made light of the rumours but still they persist

IRAN: Khomeini’s grandson latest political heavyweight to back Rouhani

The  grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has publicly thrown his weight behind President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election bid, writes Rohollah…

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Turkey creates new city for Syrian orphans

Turkey has opened a huge centre dedicated to housing and educating orphans from war-torn Syria, the BBC reports. The complex, Orphans City, in the…

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SAUDI ARABIA: Migrant worker amnesty success

At least one million migrant workers are expected to leave Saudi Arabia under its amnesty campaign,  currently underway, according to…

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Book review – The Moors last stand

The Moors last stand
How seven centuries of Muslim rule in Spain came to an end
By Elizabeth Drayson
Published by Profile books
ISBN…

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Moving the Earth

By Sylvia Smith
 

The title of the international conference might not be one to get the pulse racing. In fact Islamic Archaeology in Global…

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Sword making in Bahrain

Sylvia Smith

Along with reciting poetry the love of the sword, the emotional pull of a handmade, highly decorated dress sword that has its own…

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