Saudi Arabia’s new foreign policy doctrine

Friday, 15 December 2017

King Salman’s 2015 accession to the throne and the subsequent appointment of Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) as Crown Prince ushered in a period of unprecedented change in Saudi Arabia. This “tsunami” provoked polarized reactions, confounding many foreign observers while delighting, if not occasionally overwhelming, Saudis themselves.The myriad challenges associated with restructuring the monarchy while simultaneously tackling extraordinary socioeconomic reforms and urgent foreign ...

Ali al-Shihabi

Egypt’s Al Ahly club invites six GCC players to play friendly against Atletico

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Egyptian giant football club, Al Ahly, has invited six GCC players to join its team during the friendly against Atletico Madrid, which would take place on December 30. The club’s president the African legend Mahmoud al-Khatib sent official invitation to Fahad Al Mouwalled (Ettihad, Saudi Arabia), Ahmed Khalil (Al Jazeera, UAE), Omar Abdulrahman (Al Ain, UAE), Ismaeel Matar (Al Wehda, UAE), Sayed Zia (Al Rifaa, Bahrain) and Ismaeel Abdulatif (Mharraq, Bahrain) to become part of the squad. ...

PICTURES: Wives of Real Madrid players visit Sheikh Zayed mosque, wear abayas

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

On the sidelines of Real Madrid’s participation in the Club World Cup, which is currently taking place in the UAE, some of the Spanish stars’ wives decided to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. They wore Gulf abayas during the visit and published pictures on their Instagram accounts.  UAE renames Abu Dhabi mosque after Mary, mother of Jesus          

Iran: From human rights violations to dangerous meddling

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

From day one the regime of Iran has been based on the pillars of domestic crackdown, and exporting terrorism and a reactionary, religious mentality.As we speak, spreading extremism and Islamic fundamentalism remains a cornerstone policy of Iran’s state-run strategy, all hacked into this regime’s constitution.The real imageEarlier this year Amnesty International’s 94-page report, “Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack,” ...

Hariri: We won’t accept Hezbollah’s positions that affect our Arab brothers

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Saturday that he will not accept Iran-backed Hezbollah's positions that "affect our Arab brothers or targets the security and stability of their countries", a statement from his press office said. Hariri had announced his resignation from his post on Nov. 4 but revoked it after returning to Lebanon late last week. Following his announcement, made on Lebanon’s independence day, hundreds of Hariri supporters packed the streets near his ...

Is SAP executive resignation linked to Iran dealings?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

SAP is investigating sales practices in its Gulf region after executives in charge of its dealings in the region had resigned or been put on administrative leave, the German business software giant said on Wednesday. SAP operates in more than 180 countries, selling business planning software that many of the world’s top multinationals rely on to manage their far-flung business operations. It is a big supplier of corporate compliance software. A source familiar with the matter said the ...

Gargash: Arab consensus needed to confront Iran’s influence

Friday, 17 November 2017

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has voiced the importance of Arab consensus to confront sectarian projects concealed as resistance plans and said Arab consensus is actually the solution to confront Iranian influence. “The Arabs’ options are clear in this regards. We either bet on an Arab consensus that rejects regional domination and sectarianism or promote regional tutelages and (depict) them as resistance,” Gargash said via Twitter.   He ...

Al-Arabiya to air documentary on Qatar’s power struggle and secret operations

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Al-Arabiya news channel will air a documentary about Qatar that consists of two parts entitled “Qatar’s history, a power struggle” and “the nest of secret operations.” “Qatar’s history, a power struggle” will consist of three episodes which will be aired on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 16:00 GMT. The rerun is scheduled for 22:00 GMT and 10:00 GMT the next day. It will address how former Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa seized power ...

Saudi anti-corruption drive, a decisive storm to restore hope

Friday, 10 November 2017

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, with an ambitious program, has started an “internal operation decisive storm” against corruption and extremism with an “operation to restore hope” among Saudi young people who pin high hopes on his as a young king to lead the country. Mohammad bin Salman plans to modernise the country amid the young Saudi generation viewing him as a “reformer and hardliner”. Some Saudi youngsters, mainly females, even consider him as the J.F. ...

Shehab Al-Makahleh

IMF: Gulf States still committed to VAT but dates will vary

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

All six countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council remain committed to introducing value-added tax, though they will do so at different speeds, a senior International Monetary Fund official said. “My feeling, through my interaction with the authorities, is that they are still committed and they are still preparing implementation,” Jihad Azour, head of the IMF’s Middle East department, said in an interview. Seeking to close budget deficits caused by low ...

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