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Tehran's old marketplace is seen as the bellweather for popular unrest, and as sanctions start to hit, resentment is brewing.

Only Kashmiris may own property in Muslim-majority Kashmir, but a legal bid backed by a radical right-wing Hindu nationalist group threatens the region's special constitutional status, writes Aamir Ali Bhat.

Without Israel's blockade, Gaza would flourish

Muhammad Shehada

Without Israel's blockade, Gaza would flourish

Comment: Gaza is a resilient and vibrant community that is poised to flourish. It's time to lift the blockade, writes Muhammad Shehada.

China president due in UAE for high-profile visit

The New Arab

China president due in UAE for high-profile visit

China's president will visit the UAE on Thursday, with final preparations underway for the high-profile visit.

Sophia has more rights than Saudi Arabia's migrant workers

Amar Diwakar

Sophia has more rights than Saudi Arabia's migrant workers

Comment: Robot Sophia presents us with a future where robots are recognised as human, while migrants continue to toil with no basic rights, ...

Nael M. Shama

Riyalpolitik and black gold: The scourge of the petrodollar

Comment: Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is using the kingdom's vast wealth to back dictators, toy with the fates of other nations and ignite sectarianism, writes Nael Shama.

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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 ...

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Barzani's independence vote 'diverting attention from dire economic state'

In-depth: For Massoud Barzani, a 'yes' vote in the upcoming controversial Iraqi Kurdistan referendum is an attempt to divert attention from the ...

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Two 'cross dressing' Singaporeans to be deported from UAE

Two Singaporeans arrested for wearing women's clothes in an Abu Dhabi mall have had their prison sentences quashed and instead will be heavily ...

Qatar's resilient economy unfazed by harsh sanctions: analysts

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Qatar's resilient economy unfazed by harsh sanctions: analysts

More than two months into the Saudi-led blockade, Qatar remains largely unfazed and is expected to withstand years of sanctions, analysts say.

Laith Saud

The kings of irony: Saudi Arabia and Iran

Comment: Both countries have succeeded in adopting versions of Islam that marginalise the vast majority of Muslims, Sunni and Shia alike, writes ...

A Syrian reunion

Hadani Ditmars

A Syrian reunion

Blog: A family reunion wasn't the retreat Hadani Ditmars had been hoping for.

Saudi Arabia deficit plunges by nearly three-quarters after cuts

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia deficit plunges by nearly three-quarters after cuts

Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude exporter, has dropped its budget deficit by 71 percent after spending cuts and a rebound in oil revenues.

IS claims responsibility for Baghdad bomb that killed 4

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IS claims responsibility for Baghdad bomb that killed 4

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a bombing that targeted police station in Baghdad’s center Friday night, and Iraqi officials ...

Saudi <em>malls</em> to hire locals only: ministry

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Saudi malls to hire locals only: ministry

Saudi Arabia's labour ministry announced plans to prioritise Saudi citizens for job vacancies at malls across the kingdom on Thursday, ...

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Asian migrants 'exploited' looking for work in the Gulf

A Stern Centre for Business and Human Rights study found that Asian migrants workers face exploitation trying to get a job in the multi-billion dollar construction industry in Arab Gulf.

Antonia Zerbisias

US-Canada: The longest undefended border, but for how long?

Comment: Refugees fleeing President Trump's immigration bans are attempting to reach Canada. But crossing the border is increasingly ...

The New Arab & agencies

Amazon buys Arab e-retailer Souq.com despite $800 million counteroffer

Amazon buys the Middle East's biggest online retailer Souq.com for an undisclosed amount, a day after a counteroffer of $800 million from the ...

Hadani Ditmars

American Vertigo: Swimming through the promised-land in Palm Springs

Blog: A city of contradictions keeps drawing Hadani Ditmars back.

Can the sound of music drown Kurdish sorrows?

Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah

Can the sound of music drown Kurdish sorrows?

Blog: Against the backdrop of political uncertainty and economic stagnation, Kurd Idol offers an upbeat diversion for war-weary Kurds.

Sarah Al Derham

Khaleeji Social Media Influencers: the good, bad and botoxed

From Instagram to Snapchat and Youtube, bloggers influence has greatly increased, often with worrying emphasis on looks and impossible beauty ...

Dream Harbour: Dubai looks to make MENA's largest marina

The New Arab & agencies

Dream Harbour: Dubai looks to make MENA's largest marina

Dubai has announced plans to build the biggest harbour in the region featuring a cruise ship port and a terminal that can accommodate 6,000 ...

US issues new travel warning for Egypt and Jordan

The New Arab

US issues new travel warning for Egypt and Jordan

The US has issued new travel warnings for citizens travelling to Egypt and Jordan, citing 'threats from terrorist groups' in the two countries.

Iran resort hopes relaxed rules will attract tourists

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Iran resort hopes relaxed rules will attract tourists

Lax rules in Iran's Kish Island could lure wealthy expats just 120 miles away in Dubai, investors say.

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