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Qatar's landmark law will grant foreigners permanent residency and new freedoms, marking a significant step towards change in Gulf societies.

Comment: Qatar's modern renaissance was the result of the vision of both its men and women, including Sheikha Moza, argues Maryam al-Khater

Saudi Arabia unemployment continues to rise, testing reform plans

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Saudi Arabia unemployment continues to rise, testing reform plans

Saudi Arabia's unemployment rate is a full percentage point above where it stood last year when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced his Vision 2030 economic reform plan.

Low economic growth tests Saudi reform plans

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Low economic growth tests Saudi reform plans

Saudi Arabia's economy is due to stall this year due to lower oil revenue, with growth 'close to zero' according to the International Monetary ...

#GloriousTamim: Qatar phone carriers broadcast 'signal of patriotism'

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#GloriousTamim: Qatar phone carriers broadcast 'signal of patriotism'

Qatar's telecom providers have changed their network names to "Tamim al-Majd" [Glorious Tamim] to show support for the country's Emir amid an ...

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Tax axe falls on foreigners in Saudi Arabia

Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia started to contribute for their dependants, as expatriates pay taxes for the first time in many years.

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Roadside bomb kills Egyptian police officer in Cairo suburb

A roadside bomb killed an Egyptian policeman and wounded four others on a highway on the southern outskirts of Cairo on Sunday, the interior ...

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Qataris cancel TV network subscription after al-Jazeera block

Qatari viewers and social media users are cancelling their OSN subscription after the Saudi-owned TV network blocked the Doha-based al-Jazeera ...

Mona Alami

Assad turns to Iran to help 'stabilise' battered economy

Comment: Syria's economic situation remains in dire straits, but relative 'stability' in regime-held areas has seen Assad turn to Iran for new ...

Gunman kills man and child in eastern Saudi Arabia

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Gunman kills man and child in eastern Saudi Arabia

The interior ministry has launched an operation to track down assailants who 'attempted to block a building project' in an area known to be a ...

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Emirates airline sees huge drop in profits in 2016-17

One of the world's biggest airline, Emirates, reported shocking drop in profits over the past year, as the Dubai-based airline struggled to cope ...

'Sack all foreigners by 2020,' says Saudi government

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'Sack all foreigners by 2020,' says Saudi government

Saudi Arabia's government has instructed ministry officials to end the employment of foreign workers within the next three years, affecting ...

Saudi court orders Mecca crane deaths trial to proceed

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Saudi court orders Mecca crane deaths trial to proceed

A Saudi appeals court ordered around a dozen people accused of negligence in a deadly 2015 crane collapse in Mecca to stand trial again, ...

Saudi malls 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, in the ...

Omani banker becomes Indian superstar after winning reality show

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Omani banker becomes Indian superstar after winning reality show

An Omani singer has won top prize in a Hindi-language singing competition in India, winning him millions of fans on both sides of the Indian ...

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Kuwait lawyer looks to ban expatriate drivers

Expatriates in Kuwait could potentially be banned from driving, after a lawyer has taken up the idea as a case, after complains from Kuwaiti clients tired of traffic jams.

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Arab cities top survey on quality of African life

Cities in Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia top a new survey ranking the quality of urban life in Africa.

Yousef Khalil

Arab autocrats and Trump: Cut from the same cloth

Comment: Of course some Gulf monarchies support Trump's ban, they stand side-by-side with him against the aspirations of the Arab Spring, writes ...

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Trump's Muslim ban is old news in Kuwait

Sources have told The New Arab that in 2011, an unofficial ban was put in place affecting citizens of five Muslim countries; Iraq, Iran, ...

'Ban Americans' call as Trump threatens delicate Iraq-US ties

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'Ban Americans' call as Trump threatens delicate Iraq-US ties

An Iraqi parliamentary committee has called for Americans to be banned from entering the country in response to Trump's travel ban, as a leaked ...

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Lebanese president aims at patching relations with Saudi Arabia

President Michel Aoun has made a shuttle stop visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, in an attempt to repair ties with Lebanon's regional partners.

Bodies of Indians 'piling up' in Saudi morgues

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Bodies of Indians 'piling up' in Saudi morgues

Dozens of Indian expatriates who have died in Saudi Arabia have been left in morgues as families fight to have their bodies repatriated ...

Kuwait looks to ban expats from public sector jobs

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Kuwait looks to ban expats from public sector jobs

The tiny emirate is considering the measure in a bid to rebalance its population, of which almost two thirds are foreign workers.

Egypt closes consulates, withdraws 40 diplomats to save money

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Egypt closes consulates, withdraws 40 diplomats to save money

Egypt's deficit-driven austerity plan sees cutbacks in diplomatic staff and missions across Africa, as authorities slash external representation ...

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