Joint Gulf Shield 1 drills conclude in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Region

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Joint Gulf Shield 1 Drills have concluded in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia with the participation of 24 countries in addition to Saudi troops from all military sectors. The drills aimed to raise the competencies of participating forces to confront challenges and threats within a joint operation environment to achieve the concept of the joint action whereas participants in the exercises include military forces of high levels of training and professionalism, using many modern and ...

Qatar takes one step forward, two steps back

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The Gulf will never allow Qatar to be ripped from it, regardless of its behavior and how astray it goes. The Gulf will always embrace Qatar. The shortest way to get somewhere is through a direct route. My advice is to seize the opportunity and not further complicate the matter for itself. Qatar has recently acknowledged that it shelters 20 terrorists and 8 terrorist entities on its territories. Then it said that this list is nothing new but publishing it is! When did Qatar ever say that ...

Sawsan Al Shaer

Kuwait plans $6.6 bln industrial city

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Kuwait’s Public Authority for Industry (PAI) plans to set up a multi-purpose industrial city in the Gulf Arab state with total expected investments of $6.6 billion, an official said on Wednesday.PAI Acting General Manager Abdulkareem Taqi told Reuters that the government would put in place the infrastructure for the city at an estimated cost of $600 million and would target around $6 billion in investments from the private sector to develop the bulk of the project.The industrial city, to ...

Italian researcher sheds light on Christianity’s past, present in the Gulf

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The book “Christians in the Gulf” by Italian researcher Francesco Strazzari is one of the few studies shedding light on Christians in the Arab Gulf. Strazzari, who is interested in security-related issues and co-existence between Muslims and Christians, said that Christianity in the Arab Gulf must be dealt with via a different logic as it did not originally exist there but later arrived via migration, noting that it’s a must to understand this in order not to categorize ...

Kuwait reinstates ban on Bangladeshi workers

Monday, 5 March 2018

Kuwait’s interior ministry reinstated a ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers after months of allowing them to work in the country under tight restrictions.According to the Kuwait Times, workers from Bangladesh could work in the country under certain rules, including having to work for an employer who owns a house.The decision came after a study last week showed that the number of Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait reached over 200,000, the newspaper reported.The decision was made by ...

Shashi Tharoor: India strengthening security cooperation with Gulf countries

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Interviewing Dr. Shashi Tharoor becomes easy because the tough part is over by then. When I sat down with him at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai on Saturday (March 3), I thought his mind would be occupied with the session he had to address soon after. Instead, Tharoor was busy checking the latest cricket scores and even talked about a couple of Indian cricketers who, according to him, retired too early. Once the interview began, there was no stopping him. Inglorious empire I ...

Policymakers beware – It’s all about the narrative in the message

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Central bank governors and OPEC chiefs have the same predicament – how to put out their message or narrative out without giving too much way and yet try to steer markets in the direction they want without spooking traders. If the new US. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell wanted the markets to take his maiden Semi-Annual testimony before the House Financial Services Committee yesterday as a first foray towards four rate hikes this year, he got what he was looking for, and then some. ...

Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady

What the Middle East expects from Russia’s Putin

Thursday, 1 March 2018

On March 18, Russians will go through the process of (re)electing their president Vladimir Putin for a fourth term as recent polls forecast. This foreseeable victory is not only affecting Russia but rather the world including the Middle East region which is close geographically to Russia.Russian-Arab relations are one of the most important pillars of the Kremlin’s foreign policy which hinges on political, economic and military instruments. The Middle East has become the base from which the ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

ANALYSIS: Focus on convergence as India welcomes Jordan’s king Abdullah

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The King of Jordan, Abdullah II lands in the Indian capital on February 27 on a state visit here that underlines the new nuances of India’s relationship with the Middle East. Barely two weeks back, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had travelled to Ramallah, the de facto capital of Palestine, in the Royal choppers provided by the Jordanian King himself. Modi’s visit to Ramallah was made possible because of the generous support extended by Jordan. Abdullah II had received Modi ...

Growing unrest in Ethiopia and what it means for Gulf food security

Monday, 26 February 2018

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s resignation announcement on Feb. 14 may risk food security across the GCC. Ethiopia is one of the main exporters of meat products to Gulf countries and investments in billions have been made by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait in agriculture development. Desalegn’s resignation came after continuous protests by two of the largest ethnic groups in the country, the Oromos and the Amharas. According to Economics and Country Risk ...

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