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Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

11 December, 2017

Saudis have flooded social media to celebrate the government's decision to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

11 December, 2017

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, however, could be screened at home.

Palestinian protesters block Bahrain faith group's visit to Gaza

11 December, 2017

Palestinian protesters have prevented a Bahraini interfaith group from visiting the Gaza Strip amid widespread outcry over the fate of Jerusalem.

Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

11 December, 2017

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease Saudi youth stifled by ultra-conservative restrictions.

Bahraini Shia cleric Isa Qassim returns home after surgery

10 December, 2017

Bahrain's leading Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim -, a key opposition figure - has returned home after undergoing surgery, his supporters say.

FIFA commends Qatar for transferring Gulf Cup to Kuwait

10 December, 2017

FIFA has commended Qatar for agreeing to move the 2017 Gulf Cup to Kuwait following a last-minute decision by football's governing body to lift a ban on the country.

Bahrain sends first official delegation to Israel amid tensions

10 December, 2017

A Bahraini interfaith delegation has visited Israel amid widespread demonstrations and condemnation over Washington's controversial policy shift on Jerusalem.

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

08 December, 2017

Comment: The tobacco industry's hold over Arab smokers may finally be cracking, writes Faisal Abualhassan.

Arab nations 'disappointed' after appearing on tax havens blacklist

07 December, 2017

The United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and Bahrain showed up on a EU list of 17 tax havens around the world this week.

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

07 December, 2017

Hiba Tawaji, who rose to fame on France's version of The Voice, performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural Centre.

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