INTERNATIONAL. Ever since Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi's death from self-immolation in January, the world's attention has been drawn to the spreading unrest in the Middle East.
Bouazizi's dramatic suicide and the ensuing turmoil served as a wake-up call to policymakers, who didn't foresee such an abrupt end to the status quo. In hindsight, it's clear that many Middle Eastern societies were resting atop massive fault lines. While the unrest in these countries stemmed partly from political repression, unsustainable economic issues, such as high youth unemployment, were also sim
Posted: May 16, 2013
TUNISIA. The programme aims to improve the entrepreneurship skills of young Tunisians in the southern governorates of Gafsa, Kasserine, Medenine, and Tataouine, to enable them to create and grow their own small businesses.
Posted: May 10, 2013
TUNISIA. Agreements, amounting to 22.9 million euros, relating to the North Gafsa integrated development project (PDAI) and to the support and establishment of the e-government and open-government.
Posted: April 25, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. In the case of the Middle East, do not conflate chaos with democracy. Democracy itself implies an unequal, hierarchal order, albeit one determined by voters. What we have in many places in the Middle East is the weakening of central authority with no new hierarchy to adequately replace it.
Posted: April 22, 2013
QATAR. London's celebration of contemporary culture from across the Arab world was first launched in 2011.
Posted: April 20, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. US defense cooperation should focus on promoting civilian control and defense modernization, according to new Atlantic Council report.
Posted: April 11, 2013
TUNISIA. The African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Bank convened a workshop with representatives of Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia to review and upgrade the region's path-breaking regional Investment Plan for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), with funding from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).
Posted: April 9, 2013
UAE. Oil-rich Gulf Arab countries, led by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, are widening the wealth gap with the region's energy importers as political turmoil from Egypt to Lebanon stifles economic growth.
Posted: April 7, 2013
UAE. Survey results based on face-to-face interviews with 3,000 Arab youth between the ages of 18 to 24 in 15 Arab nations.
Posted: April 6, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. These destinations are booming for both leisure and business travellers, thanks to continued investment and added attractions.
Posted: April 1, 2013
TUNISIA. Aims to shield the economy from Europe's debt crisis and political turmoil at home that's hindering the transition to democracy.
Posted: March 18, 2013
UAE. 55% of MENA residents believe business conditions will also become better, according to the latest MENA Consumer Confidence Index Survey conducted by Bayt.com and YouGov.
Posted: March 15, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Arab States could reap a major "demographic dividend" if they can convert their advances in education into employment opportunities for youth, says the 2013 Human Development Report.
Posted: March 7, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. Region pursues economic and political stability in aftermath of historic uprising; Comprehensive political, social, and financial reform critical to economic success; Middle-class aspirations to boost inclusive growth.
Posted: March 4, 2013
UAE. World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Accenture, releases report on countries' energy systems; "Significant renewable energy projects in the GCC are expected to see the Middle East's rankings rise in future reports."
Posted: February 25, 2013
UAE. 43% of respondents report an increase in business travel budgets during 2012; KSA and UAE most popular business travel destinations among respondents in 2012; 29% of business travelers surveyed flew in a premium class in 2012.
date:Posted: May 20, 2013
SAUDI ARABIA. In mid-April, an unusual exhibition was held in London, highlighting the role Muslims played in saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust. At the exhibition, people saw love and harmony between people of different faiths.