Tag Archives: UAE

This Week in Egypt: Week 13-2019 ( March 25-31)

Top Headlines Trump to host Egypt’s El-Sisi on April 9 Contrary to earlier rumors, Sisi participates in 30th Arab League Summit in Tunisia Egypt’s Sisi receives UAE’s crown prince in Alexandria Egypt’sSisi raises minimum wage by 67 percent Egyptian activist … Continue reading

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What after the Pope’s visit to the UAE?

  Pope Francis and A-Azhar Grand Imam in UAE “Your family could not find an Arabic name for you?” My teacher looked at me with disdain as he was trying to prnounce my “foreign” name, “Nervana.” Moving to a public … Continue reading

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Syria and the Arab Return

  By the end of 2018, the Syrian–Arab relations witnessed a new beginning. The UAE announced the re-opening of its embassy in Damascus, while Bahrain said its diplomatic mission in Syria had been operating “without interruption.” Other sources also expect … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 32 ( August 6-12)

Top Headlines Egypt’s security forces thwarted a suicide bomb attack on a church outside Cairo Egypt’s Sisi receives Abu_Dhabi Crown Prince in Cairo Egypt rated ‘B’ by global credit agency, with ‘positive outlook’ Egypt’s annual core inflation down to 8.5% Egypt’s Suez … Continue reading

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The myth of “the deal of the century”

Here is an English version of my latest Arabic piece in Al-Hurra on how imaginative plots have been weaponised and used to demonise certain Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.   Photo from latest protests in Jordan- via … Continue reading

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Why the Qatar crisis will not end soon

Here an English version of my last for Al-Hurra     It has been a year since the start of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, when the Saudi-led coalition imposed a trade embargo on the country.  For Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, … Continue reading

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Qatar crisis: Why Qatar is obsessed with the UAE

Here is an English version of my latest for Al-Hurra, you can read it in Arabic here It has become increasingly clear that Qatar’s diplomatic crisis with its neighbours will not be solved anytime soon. When the dispute began in June 2017, … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and UAE: A Collaborative Trio

  Photo via Reuters Here is an English version of my latest piece for Al-Hurra  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has embarked on his first overseas tour. This tour will attract attention to Saudi Arabia and its new leadership. Importantly, … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 11-2018 ( March 12-18)

Top Headlines  High voter turnout noted in Egypt presidential polls in the diaspora Egypt and UAE: Quartet stands firm on 13 demands for Qatar Egypt sees tourism rebound ahead of vote Egypt’s top prosecutor announces hotlines to combat ‘false news’ … Continue reading

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Competing Authoritarianism: Sisi versus Erdoğan

  This month, Egyptians head to the polls to elect their president. On paper, the only challenger to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the relatively unknown Egyptian politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa. The real challenger to Sisi, however, is not from … Continue reading

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