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United against ISIS… or is it ISIL or the Islamic State?
Global Arab Network - Chris Doyle
Opinion

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Jordan’s tourism industry feels impact of regional volatility
Travel

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A concerted drive is under way in Jordan to reinvigorate the important tourism sector that has been curtailed by regional instability.

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Bahrain introduces measures to spur property growth
Real Estate

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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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New oil finds in Kuwait underscore expansion plans
Economics

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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

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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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ISIS, Kurds deprive Syrian state of revenues
Economics

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Syria’s oil and gas wealth is being shared by ISIS and Kurdish armed groups, which heavily rely on it to finance war efforts.

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Urban farming a solution for Gulf countries
Economics

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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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Assad forced to ‘strategic retreat’
Syria Politics

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Regime and its core followers from Alawite minority sect do not seem to be­lieve anymore in a full victory.

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Syria’s torture house in the desert
Syria Politics

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Tadmur jail was known for its harsh conditions, extensive human rights abuses, torture and summary executions under rule of Hafez Assad.

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