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British PM Heads to Bahrain to Cement Gulf Ties Before Brexit

LONDON, Dec 5 – Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Bahrain this week for a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council that she hopes will cement stronger ties with Middle Eastern countries as Britain leaves the European Union. May, who was appointed prime minister shortly after Britain voted to leave the EU at a

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The Borrowing Spree

Arab Gulf oil exporters to issue more debt in 2017 By Martin Dokoupil  Arab Gulf oil exporters are likely to continue borrowing heavily from international markets over the coming years as fiscal gaps in most countries are expected to remain large with a marked recovery in oil prices not on the cards for the foreseeable future. But

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Iran has Shipped “Surplus” Heavy Water to Oman

DUBAI, Nov 21 – Iran has sent some “surplus” heavy water to Oman, an Iranian nuclear spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, after a U.N. atomic watchdog said Tehran was over a soft limit set under its nuclear deal with major powers. “In view of the progress of talks with several foreign firms and

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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

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UAE Announces “Historic Agreement” with Hyperloop Technology

By Arfa Shahid/Abdullah Ahmed DUBAI – Nov 8 – Dubai is set to significantly reduce traffic congestion in the emirate via Hyperloop One technology. The country’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a “historic agreement” with Hyperloop One, a mobility company, and the two parties have agreed to jointly explore routes for a transport

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Iran Steps Up Weapons Supply to Yemen’s Houthis via Oman – Officials

By Yara Bayoumy and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Oct 20 – Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials tell Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war. The increased pace of transfers in recent months, which officials

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Kidnapped Red Cross Worker Freed in Yemen and Taken to Oman

DUBAI, Oct 4 – A Red Cross worker kidnapped 10 months ago in Yemen was freed on Monday and taken to neighbouring Oman, Omani state news agency ONA and the ICRC said. French-Tunisian, Nourane Houas, a staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Sanaa, had been kidnapped along with a

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Oman Court Jails Journalists, Closes Down Newspaper

MUSCAT, Sept 26  – A court in Oman on Monday ordered the permanent closure of a newspaper which had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary, and jailed three of its journalists on charges that included undermining the prestige of the state. Witnesses at the court said Ibrahim al-Mamari, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Azamn

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MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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Human Rights Watch Says Abuse of Maids in Oman Verges on Slavery

MUSCAT, July 13 – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Oman of not doing enough to tackle widespread abuse of foreign maids, which it says sometimes verges on slavery. The group said it had documented physical and sexual abuse, confiscation of passports, excessive working hours and at least one case in which a maid was

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