The Middle East

A monthly magazine of current events, trends, and news from the Middle East region. Articles cover economics, politics, and the relationship between the two in the region.

Articles from No. 421, April

A Farewell to Arms? the Frenzy of Fury Sweeping the Arab World That Has Already Dislodged Two US Allies from Power and Threatens Others Could Have a Major Impact on the Multi-Billion-Dollar Arms Market in the Middle East
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was, to say the least, a bizarre moment: western defence companies touting their deadly wares at the Middle East's biggest arms exhibition in Abu Dhabi, while in nearby Bahrain the ruling dynasty was using American and...
Algeria's Economic Promise: Will It Be Enough?
WHILE THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT ALGERIA'S population of 36 million faces many of the same problems as in Egypt, the North African country has far greater resources of oil and gas, which could be used to ameliorate the escalating cost of living and...
Fawzi Ahmed Kanoo: Deputy Chairman of the Kanoo Group (YBAK)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Established in 1890 by Haji Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo, the YBAK Group is one of the most successful and important family-owned businesses in the GCC, with joint ventures and related businesses spanning the globe. The family is...
Focus on Private Equity
PRIVATE EQUITY, WHERE COMPANIES raise funds from investors and buy stakes in private companies which they later sell, is fast becoming one of the Middle East and North Africa's most important regional industries. Figures for 2010 show it is recovering...
For Israel, a Nightmare Scenario: Amid Fears That with Hosni Mubarak Gone, the 1979 Peace Treaty with Egypt Is in Jeopardy, Israelis Brace Themselves for Confrontation with the Neighbours
ISRAEL IS WATCHING THE TURMOIL ENGULFING THE ARAB world with alarm and trepidation, fearing in particular the possible disintegration of its historic peace treaty with Egypt, which most Egyptians have abhorred since it was signed on 26 March 1979....
From Lebanon to Oman: Arab Fashion Designers Are Capturing the Imagination of the World
MIDDLE EASTERN FASHION DESIGN HAS LONG BEEN associated with Lebanese designers, such as Elie Saab, who came to world attention in 2002 when one of his dresses was worn by Halle Berry when she became the first African-American actress ever to win Best...
How to Create Jobs and a Civil Society
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The demographic timebomb of more than 50% of Arab youths under the age of 24, along with the dramatic eruption of widescale political protest, has once again focused the minds of policy makers, businessmen and bankers, academics,...
Industry Forges Ahead despite Civil Disruption
The world's aviation industry suffered greatly amid the global recession, but airlines in the Middle East bucked that trend somewhat. However, the recent instability in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is a threat to the region's airlines...
Microphone
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In film history there can be few films that could be said to so accurately tap into the collective pulse of a country as has the small Egyptian independent Microphone. Set in Egypt's second-largest city Alexandria and shot...
Oman Building on Firm Foundations: The Sultanate of Oman Was Able to Weather the Worst Effects of the Global Downturn and Now with an Ambitious Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), Sets the Seal on a Programme of Determined Growth and Development
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] OMAN DID NOT ESCAPE THE TIDAL wave of protests sweeping across the Middle East region but no country handled the calls for reform more positively or decisively. Following demonstrations in Salalah...
Oman Ferries Make Waves: There Is an Ongoing Study for an International Route That Would Connect Khasab Port with Bandar Abbas Port in Iran
WITH ITS VARIED AND FREQUENTLY HOSTILE terrain, Oman has spent billions of dollars making all areas of the country accessible by road. However, when speed is of the essence, the only alternative to a long road trip has been air travel--until now. By...
Region's Road Hogs Chalk Up Record Results
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] UNREALISTICALLY HIGH NUMBERS ARE killed daily on Middle Eastern roads, making it the second most dangerous territory in the world for road fatalities after Africa. The majority of fatal accidents involve teenage drivers....
Syrian Authorities Go Creative
SYRIANS WOKE UP IN FEBRUARY TO discover that the five-year ban on Facebook and YouTube had been officially lifted. Many had heard rumours of a repeal but such stories are common currency on the streets of Damascus and Aleppo and have been for years,...
The Oman Experience
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FROM WADIS TO MOUNTAIN TOPS, fossils to turtles, roses to frankincense, Oman is truly a feast for all the senses, and although now might not be considered the best time for planning a trip to an Arab country, Oman has largely...
The 'Real Deal' Revolutions
DESPITE PERSISTENT SCAREMONGERING, in recent North Africa revolutions Islamist groups were notable by their relative absence. While western powers continue to worry about Islamist rule in the Middle East, Eamonn Gearon reports from Cairo on the role...
Treasure of the Tyrants: Amid the Avalanche of Anger That Is Starting to Sweep Away the Old Order in the Arab World, the Hunt Is on to Recover the Billions of Dollars Dictators and Their Cronies Have Plundered from Their People
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT'S NOT CLEAR, EVEN NOW, HOW MUCH TREASURE BEN ALI, but in particular his wife and her avaricious, Mafia-like family, the Trabelsis, catapulted into riches beyond their wildest dreams when Leila married the president in 1992,...