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United against ISIS… or is it ISIL or the Islamic State?
Global Arab Network - Chris Doyle
Opinion
Sunday, 05 July 2015 11:47

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Of all the fraudulent fictions and fantasies of the ‘war on terror’, the “we are united against a common enemy” mantra seemed the most hollow, the most disingenuous.

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Bahrain raises game to attract foreign students
Economics
Monday, 15 June 2015 19:33

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With the aim of creating a niche for itself as a top student destination in the Gulf, Bahrain hopes international students will fill up to 35% of all university places over the next decade, according to projections from the national education plan.

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Tourism set for growth in Ras Al Khaimah
Travel
Monday, 15 June 2015 19:30

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Ras Al Khaimah saw its tourism industry hit a high note in 2014, with revenues surpassing Dh1bn ($242.9m), bolstered by the addition of new rooms and a rise in the number of hotel nights spent by visitors in the emirate.

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Dubai considers electric car solutions
Economics
Monday, 15 June 2015 19:22

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Electric vehicles may be set to become a more familiar sight on the streets of Dubai. The emirate has one of the world’s highest car ownership ratios and the authorities are expanding the infrastructure for battery-run cars and introducing new incentives to encourage people to switch to more environmentally-friendly options.

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Saudi Arabia rail project progresses
Economics
Monday, 15 June 2015 19:19

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Further progress has been made in plans to build the Gulf region’s rail network, with Saudi Arabia looking to closely align the project with its economic and social priorities.

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Kuwait homes in on property market
Real Estate
Monday, 15 June 2015 19:13

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Last year saw a record high in real estate sales, which surged 18.5% year-on-year (y-o-y) to KD4.3bn ($14.3bn). Sales in the investment segment rose 30% to a value of KD1.8bn ($6.0bn), while residential sales increased 5% to KD1.9bn ($6.3bn).

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Double-edged sword for Omani industry
Industry
Monday, 15 June 2015 19:07

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From the start of this year, Oman has doubled gas tariffs for industrial producers, with the move expected to squeeze margins for operators. However, the higher prices may spur a move towards greater efficiency, which could benefit the sector over the long-term.

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Bahrain introduces measures to spur property growth
Real Estate
Monday, 15 June 2015 19:05

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With gains in the Bahraini real estate market demonstrating a gradual return of investor and developer confidence, a drive to restart work on long-delayed residential developments is likely to give further impetus to the recovery.

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Oman moves to broaden health care base
Science & Health
Sunday, 07 June 2015 20:48

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The opening of a multimillion-dollar cardiac centre outside of Muscat in May marked the latest milestone in Oman’s drive to broaden the scope of its health care sector.

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New oil finds in Kuwait underscore expansion plans
Economics
Sunday, 07 June 2015 20:41

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The discovery of four new oil fields has drawn fresh attention to Kuwait’s long list of expansion projects, as the country aims to raise output by nearly one-third by 2020.

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Despite worries, Ramadan is special month in the Arab world
Culture
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:33

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Despite challenges, Ramadan has a special meaning to world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, of whom one-third are Arabs.
For children across the Arab world, the holy fasting month of Ramadan means lit crescents, decorations, lanterns and sweets. For adults, it’s time for worship, charity and family gathering to break a day-long fast at sundown.

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Urban farming a solution for Gulf countries
Economics
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:21

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It becomes increasingly clear that harnessing new technologies and research related to climatic and soil conditions will become critical fac­tors in achieving food security.

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Saudi Arabia targets Hezbollah operatives with sanctions
Saudi Politics
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:10

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According to analysts, new round of sanctions will have marginal effects on Lebanese Islamist militia.
In a move in line with its new assertive foreign policy, Saudi Arabia designated two high-ranking Hezbollah officials as terrorists, accusing the mem­bers of the Lebanese Islamist militia of spreading chaos and instability in the Middle East.

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Turkish-Saudi alliance empowers Syrian rebels
Syria Politics
Friday, 05 June 2015 14:08

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In agreeing to a joint role as security guaran­tors for a new Syrian state, Turkey and Saudi Arabia will prove to be linchpin for defeat­ing ISIS.

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