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China’s “New Deal”

Beijing is reinventing globalization and the Gulf is taking note BY Mohamed Khashoggi “I would say to every nation on earth, by treaty, your people shall trade freely with us, and ours with you,” U.S. President Thomas Jefferson once said, as he set out a new vision for his nation. In the United States, a

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Saudi Arabia Says War Games Will Boost Military Ties With Muslim Allies

RIYADH, Feb 22  – The Middle East’s largest ever war games are now underway and will boost military cooperation between the 20 Muslim nations taking part, host country Saudi Arabia said on Monday, as it seeks to check the growing influence of arch rival Iran. The Northern Thunder exercises, which began on Feb. 14 and

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Gulf Arabs Race to Release Youth Potential in Age of Cheap Oil

By Noah Browning DUBAI, Feb 18 – Like the prototype drone of Emirati student Talib Alhinai, the ambitions of young people across the Gulf Arab states need to soar if they – and their economies – are to prosper in the age of cheap oil. The 23-year-old now researching for his Ph.D is just the

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Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 10 Recruits at Yemeni Army Camp

By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, Feb 17 – A suicide bomber killed at least 13 recruits at a Yemeni army camp run by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government in the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday, medical sources and a security official said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series

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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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Russia Says Improved Iran-Saudi Ties Would Help Oil Prices

MOSCOW, Feb 15 – Russia wants to see improved relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia at a time when joint action is needed to influence global oil prices, the RIA news agency on Monday quoted Zamir Kabulov, a senior official at Russia’s Foreign Ministry, as saying. Russia, one of the world’s top oil producers, has

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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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Somewhere They Belong

A lack of civic justice places bidoons at the bottom of Kuwait’s social ladder By ABDULLAH AL ELYAN Ali, not his real name, wakes up every day at dawn to pray and rush to the wholesale marketplace. He buy fresh produce with the little money he has, before touring the streets of Kuwait to sell them

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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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