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The Middle East Must Think Beyond the Barrel

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Sarah Elzeini

As the Gulf region experiences plunges in oil prices, new goods and services are needed to diversify the economy beyond hydrocarbon production. Now is the time for both government and corporate entrepreneurship responsibility.

Beware A Newly Confident Iran

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

Some recent media portrayals of Saudi Arabia as a reckless and foolish local player in the Middle East are not only misguided; they are also outdated.

Still More Evidence of the Damage from Gulf Airlines

Rob Britton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

Evidence continues to pile up to prove, beyond any doubt, that the hugely-subsidized Gulf airlines - Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways - are...

Canadian Salim Alaradi Faces Terror Charges In UAE

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.19.2016 | World

After spending 17 months behind bars in the United Arab Emirates, a Canadian-Libyan father of five has finally learned what crime he's accused of comm...

UAE To Prosecute Salim Alaradi After 17 Months Of Detention Without Charge

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.15.2016 | World

A Canadian man of Libyan origin who has been imprisoned without charge in the United Arab Emirates for over a year will finally have his day in court ...

Israel's Diplomatic Overture to the UAE

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Israel's extended olive branch to the UAE occurs within a complicated geopolitical context, in which some traditional alliances are strained, several states are exploring new partnerships and various actors are seizing upon newly generated opportunities in the region.

Why Dubai, Part Two

John Mariani | Posted 01.11.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

The photo above is not a model of the current city of Dubai. It is a model of the new city the ruling Al Maktoum family--with numerous investors--pla...

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

Muslim Scholars and Autocrats (Part I)

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Earlier this month, I wrote a long overdue post about the minority of prominent Muslim scholars who have been systematically co-opted as the religious face of autocracy since the beginning of the Arab Revolutions.

How Not to Disown 'Islamist' Terrorism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Usaama al-Azami

While ISIS' pedigree may owe more to Wahhabism than to other historic forms of Sunnism, Muslim scholars need to own up to the fact that their own so-called traditional representatives and institutions are complicit in the extreme repression and mass murder that has contributed to the meteoric rise of ISIS.

The Gulf Airline Trade Dispute: The Bad News Keeps on Coming

Rob Britton | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

United Airlines announced that in January it will end its nonstop Washington-Dubai flights. The news adds another proof point to the mass of evidence that the hugely-subsidized Gulf airlines are harming the U.S. aviation industry and violating the terms of the "Open Skies" agreements.

The Dubai Film Fest Diaries 2015: Zinzana, by the Arab Tarantino

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Ultimately Zinzana is everything I dream about for Arab cinema. A narrative that moves away from the Arab Spring, the social issues and the looming dangers on the other side of border and towards creativity and a universal appeal.

The Father Of A Muslim War Hero Has This To Say To Donald Trump

Vocativ | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Vocativ

Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States. Shortly after Donald Trump called for a ban on families like Khan's from coming to the U.S., his father talked to Vocativ about the Republican frontrunner's comments and how he remembers his son.

Arab Billionaire Says He 'Made A Mistake' Endorsing Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business

Donald Trump's hateful proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. has prompted one Arab billionaire to take back his endorsement of the celebr...

'Movies Should Add Value to the Community': A Chat with Dubai Film and TV Commission Chairman Jamal Al Sharif

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 12.07.2015 | Media
E. Nina Rothe

I caught up with Jamal Al Sharif at last year's Dubai International Film Festival, and as the festival gets ready to kick off its 12th edition in a couple of days, once again in partnership with DFTC and Dubai Studio City, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate its Chairman, who is also the Managing Director of DSC.

Soccer Unites China and UAE in Pursuing Global Ambitions

James Dorsey | Posted 12.03.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A $400 million sale by a senior member of the UAE ruling family of a 13 percent stake in Manchester City FC to China Media Capital (CMC), a subsidiary of China Media Group Corporation (CMG), a state-backed investment conglomerate, highlights the importance of soccer in the two countries' ambitions to project themselves on the international stage.

Oil-Rich Dubai Pledges To Put Solar Panels On Every Roof By 2030

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.02.2015 | World

As diplomats and delegates from 195 countries converge in Paris this week to help fight climate change, the oil-rich city of Dubai also wants to do it...

More Proof that the Three Big Gulf Airlines Get Massive Subsidies

Rob Britton | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

"Prove it" is a phrase we learn from an early age. For most of this year, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and seven aviation tra...

More Sisters Vanish into UAE Police Custody

Brian Dooley | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Washington's military and political support for him and for the UAE government enables the Gulf monarchy's repression. U.S. government officials should speak out publicly against the attack on the Alabdouli sisters in the UAE.

Dramatic, Negative Consequences if the Government Fails to Enforce Open Skies Agreements

Rob Britton | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Rob Britton

It's time for the Obama administration to act. Failure to act will put the U.S. airlines, their workers, communities across the country that rely on service and the entire American aviation industry in serious jeopardy.

Pentagon Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees To The United Arab Emirates

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Five detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were transferred to the government of the United Ar...

The Chef, the Designer, the Dish and the Setting: Finding the Meaning of Life, and Cooking in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.13.2015 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

The reason I love doing what I do so much is because I often get to the heart and soul behind film, food and fashion.

The Greatest Show on Earth: Le Théâtre Dior Hits Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.11.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I believe the timing for this traveling exhibition is perfect as well. The world is in upheaval but, at the risk of sounding like a modern-day Marie Antoinette of sorts, let us wear glamour!

The Chef, the Designer, the Dish and the Setting: The Red Velvet Side of Life in Dubai

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.10.2015 | Travel
E. Nina Rothe

I definitely did not anticipate that a red mesh dress by Singaporean designer Max.Tan would be turned into an edible study in deconstructing, and then re-assembling, the perfect red velvet cake.

UAE Chairman of Manchester City Pressures UK to Crack Down on Muslim Brothers

James Dorsey | Posted 11.07.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, chairman of Manchester City, has warned the UK that his country would block multi-billion dollar arms deals, halt investment in Britain and suspend intelligence cooperation if Prime Minister David Cameron failed to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood