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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.

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.

Egypt revives plans for new desert capital

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Egypt revives plans for new desert capital

Plans for a new Egyptian capital were first announced in March 2015 and it has been touted as a solution to overcrowding, pollution and rising house prices in Cairo.

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Naveed Ahmad

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Comment: As Saudi Arabia and Iran's regional tension continues to build, the Gulf's appetite for western, Chinese and Japanese arms will only ...

#MeToo, say domestic workers in the Middle East

Rothna Begum

#MeToo, say domestic workers in the Middle East

Comment: While the #MeToo outcry is exposing sexual harassment mostly in the West, we must remember that abuse, often by employers, happens ...

The New Arab

Arab nations 'disappointed' after appearing on tax havens blacklist

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

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Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

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.

Fadi al-Qadi

Gulf migrant workers are being abused in complete silence

Comment: Migrant workers across the Gulf suffer abuse and inhumane conditions imposed by their employers in the absence of serious governmental ...

Robert Springborg

A role in search of a hero

Comment: The Arab world seems destined to continue to offer a leadership role in search of its hero, writes Robert Springborg.

Gold trader implicates Turkey's Erdogan in Iran sanctions trial

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Gold trader implicates Turkey's Erdogan in Iran sanctions trial

In the dock, Reza Zarrab implied that Erdogan knew how he and a Turkish banker, now on trial, circumvented US sanctions on Iran and laundered ...

Deena Dajani

Libya's sovereign wealth scandal: Taxpayers' billions squandered through incompetence

Part one of an exclusive investigation into the mismanagement of an opaque and secretive operation that mimics the country's divided politics.

UAE and Saudi oil ministers dodge oil production question

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UAE and Saudi oil ministers dodge oil production question

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and his Emirati counterpart, Suhail al-Mazrouei dismissed journalists who questioned them on oil ...

From a Palestinian refugee camp to international boutiques

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From a Palestinian refugee camp to international boutiques

From a small workshop in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jerash in Jordan, Halima al-Ankassuri embroiders traditional patterns destined for sale ...

Man executed for raping and murdering boy in <em>Dubai</em>

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Man executed for raping and murdering boy in Dubai

Jordanian citizen Nidal Eisa Abdullah has been executed for crimes he committed against a child he kidnapped in the emirate of Sharjah in May ...

Turbulent days ahead for Saudi Arabia, say Riyadh analysts

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Turbulent days ahead for Saudi Arabia, say Riyadh analysts

A conference challenging mainstream perceptions on Saudi Arabia was held in London on Saturday, where academics, journalists and analysts gave ...

Ben Jacobs

Levelling the playing field at 19000 feet

Long read: a team of women footballers from across the Middle East broke a world record when they played a game on top of Mount Kilimanjaro, writes Ben Jacobs.

The New Arab

Boeing 'will be in Middle East for next century'

"Saudi Arabia is a very important market" said Marc Allen, President of Boeing

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Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills 430

Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border ...

James M. Dorsey

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent political purge will place extra pressure on the country's media during a time of frenzied discussion over the ...

Emirates orders 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for $15.1 bn

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Emirates orders 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for $15.1 bn

Emirates Airlines said it will purchase 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners for $15.1 billion at list price on Sunday.

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Macron meets Saudi crown prince amid rising regional tensions

French premier Emmanuel Macron meets face to face with Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince on his first trip to the Middle East.

Raped in UAE cell, victim turns to Scotland Yard

David Haigh

Raped in UAE cell, victim turns to Scotland Yard

Comment: Former Leeds FC Managing Director David Haigh has turned to Scotland Yard's war crimes unit to bring his torturers to justice.

Houthis threaten to attack UAE and Saudi airports

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Houthis threaten to attack UAE and Saudi airports

Airports and ports in the UAE and Saudi Arabia could become targets of Houthi missiles, the Yemeni rebel group warned this week.

Gulf stock markets slump as Saudi-Iran tensions flare

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Gulf stock markets slump as Saudi-Iran tensions flare

Six Gulf bourses ended lower on Tuesday and the Saudi market was down 2.9 percent in the afternoon trade at levels last seen more than five ...

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