Inside Cover

A New Age Is Upon Us

Governments are on a mission to adapt to a fast-paced world By Rabih Abouchakra and Michel Khoury The New Context We’re operating in a new world. We’ve moved from connected to ultra-connected. If a prototype is created in Manama, we can print it out in 3D a moment later in Abu Dhabi. With this remarkable

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GCC: The Free Visa Problem

The GCC’s labor markets must tackle visa-trading By Omar Al Ubaydli Open borders and economic freedom, had, after all, paved the way for the United States’ rise to prominence, and today, the relatively open borders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) have contributed to the development of

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Beyond Iran: Time To Focus on the Economy

By Dr. Habib Al Mulla Iran is not unique among the diverse nation states of the Middle East in terms of the pressures influencing its actions on the global stage. However, it is a particularly dramatic example of just how compelling those pressures can be. One can argue that based on past actions, such as

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Pakistan’s Polio Crisis

Children pay the price as ignorance and doubt help polio thrive in Pakistan  BY Mishaal Khan Pakistan is one of two countries in the world where polio remains endemic, the other being its neighbor Afghanistan. Last year, Somalia became polio-free, and the World Health Organization (WHO) removed Nigeria from the polio-endemic list, thanks to government-led

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Big, Bigger, Best

Mega GCC airport developments key to global aviation growth By Ghassan Amhaz With more than 3.7 billion passengers expected to traverse the skies across the world in 2016, airport expansion becomes imperative. The Middle East, namely Gulf Cooperation Council member states, have been ramping up their spending on development projects including ambitious aviation-related plans. Spending on

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Venturing Out

Gulf joint ventures in North East Asia: Will past investments bear fruit? By Omar Alubaydli Competition to supply the energy-hungry countries of East Asia is definitely heating up. In a market that is traditionally dominated by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE— Russia has recently entered the

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Israel’s “Infiltrators”: African Refugees At Risk

Israel’s treatment of Africans is nothing short of criminal By Gideon Levy Haftom Zarhum, a 29-year-old Eritrean, needed to renew his work visa. As an asylum seeker who had come to Israel through Egypt from his home country, he was one of the more fortunate of his compatriots as he had a job in Israel.

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The Ongoing Fight For Al-Aqsa

A bitter conflict between Palestinians and Israelis BY Maher Abukhater JERUSALEM— A group of people clad in traditional Jewish religious attire slowly made its way across Al-Aqsa mosque’s courtyard escorted by armed police forces and tens of anxious Palestinian worshippers’ eyes. Behind calm masks lay anticipation. In Jerusalem, there’s really no telling when the existing

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