Features

ADVERTORIAL: Sobha Hartland, Your Luxury Destination

Sobha Group is a multinational, multi-product group with developments and investments in U.A.E., Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Brunei and India. Founded in 1976 by a first generation Omani entrepreneur, PNC Menon as an interior decoration firm under the name of Services and Trade Company in Muscat, Oman, the group has grown into one of

[ Read More ]

Lebanon: The Guessing Game

The Levant holds its breath awaiting Donald Trump’s next move By Marlene Khalife There are two main priorities, which Lebanon expects the U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to tackle: eliminating Daesh, and freezing U.S. attempts to dismantle regimes in favor of creating a new map for this region; a process which his contender, Hillary Clinton, was

[ Read More ]

The Dubai Effect

The emirate leads regional hospitality and tourism sectors with new attractions and innovative products By Yahia Idris With the latest opening of the Dubai Water Canal and the developments surrounding it, the emirate has once again proved to the world that a leadership with a vision will continue to set top-tier achievements and create breathtaking

[ Read More ]

IN PHOTOS: The Race for Presidency

By Leila Hatoum THE RACE FOR THE PRESIDENCY   — THE SIDEKICKS   — LA FAMILIA PRESIDENCIAL!   — THE SPOUSES — THE DEBATES — FOREIGN RELATIONS — THE SLOGANS Social Streams

[ Read More ]

From GCC, With Love: A Letter to Donald Trump

The U.S. mustn’t discard its ties with the Arab Gulf states in favor of unpredictable alliances. BY Omar Al Busaidy “O Captain! My Captain!” is an extended metaphor poem written in 1865 by Walt Whitman about the death of American President Abraham Lincoln. This poem was written after the U.S. Civil war in the 19th

[ Read More ]

Popular Pressures and Policy Options Awaiting Donald Trump

By Rami G. Khouri When Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were competing over the American vote, intense speculation over how either candidate’s foreign policy would impact the many tensions and wars in Middle East dominated the news. But in the end, it is just that — speculation that is likely to be overtaken by events the

[ Read More ]

Why the U.S. Voting System is Among the Worst

No voting scheme can ever be entirely fair. But the system in the U.S. is among the worst By Paul Raeburn From time to time during this turbulent election season, it has seemed that the Republican standard-bearer might tell his staff they’re fired and return to New York real estate. It’s a world Donald Trump

[ Read More ]

GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

[ Read More ]