February 18, 2012

As Bashar al Assad follows in father's footsteps (the late Haafez al Assad had blood on his hands from Hama '82), keeping a deathly watch over his people as they are slaughtered, we ask what became of his Hippocratic oath. Assad Junior trained to save lives & sight as an eye doctor: medical care not military devastation was his calling.
22:31 GMT

Firmly into 2012, how are the Arab revolutions developing? We check in with some of the Arab protest pictures to gauge to what extent they have reached revolution saturation, or on the contrary are just getting started.

December 25, 2011

Dubai does it biggest and brightest! While not yet a public holiday in the UAE, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in a festive Christmas conforming country if the malls were anything to go by. Here a tree placed to stand proud near the soaring Burj al Arab.
03:01 GMT

Christmas is observed in some Middle Eastern countries, by local peoples as well as by expatriates. How do these some 10 million Christian 'Arabs' living in the Middle East mark Christmas, with most living in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine? Christmas visits smaller Arab Christian populations in Jordan, Iraq, and even some of the Gulf states.

December 14, 2011

Sheikh Jaber
12:59 GMT

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Wednesday swore in the new cabinet

December 13, 2011

Iran & KSA: The last century felt exacerbated tensions between the 2 countries, with distinct detente, 
alternating with rapprochement, periods. Tension comes of Sunni & Shia clerics from both camps respectively deeming the other's 
religious beliefs incorrect. Iran's hardliner Ahmadinejad, is unlikely to bridge the gulf between Persia & Arabia.
13:37 GMT

The relationship of Arab and Persian can be summarized as one of antagonistic alternating bouts of best of friends with worst of neighbors!

November 28, 2011

Kuwait PM
15:19 GMT

Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers on Monday said the government has submitted its resignation amid a growing crisis over corruption accusations.

November 16, 2011

Oil industry
07:20 GMT

According to Kuwaiti analyst, Mohamed Al-Shatti, oil prices will not drop below $100 per barrel in the coming period

October 18, 2011

Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah
13:34 GMT

Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sabah, a senior member of the ruling family, has stepped down, local reports said Tuesday.

September 13, 2011

12:49 GMT

Despite the bustling gold souks, dry statistics show that the people and the governments of the Gulf have shunned gold in recent years.

August 18, 2011

Kuwaiti Emir
07:48 GMT

The Kuwaiti Emir emphasized that economic security is the backbone of any country.

July 19, 2011

Kuwait's benchmark SE Price Index declined 1.6 percent to 5,973.1, the lowest since September 2004, at the 12:30 p.m. close in Kuwait City
14:29 GMT

Kuwaiti shares tumbled, sending the benchmark index to the lowest level since 2004.

July 5, 2011

Today, thousands of new university graduates are preparing to join the workforce in Kuwait (Photo credit: injaz-kuwait.org)
09:02 GMT

As a new batch of university graduates prepares to join the job market, the option for Kuwaitis of choosing between government vs. private sector jobs seems to be resurfacing with a new vigor.

June 30, 2011

Juhayman Al Otaibi was a tribal Wahhabi--a form of Salafism in Arabia--who led the siege of the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, in 1979. He was part of a small group who took Salafism's frugal interpretation of Islam to heart and wanted to overthrow his own government to bring this to life.
11:13 GMT

Salafi Islam is a disparate, ill-defined notion which describes many millions of puritanical Muslims, most of whom are not violent.

Kuwait is suffering from “imported inflation” (In this photo: Kuwait City's famous towers. Credit: TrekEarth.com)
06:55 GMT

The Central Bank Governor, Sheikh Salem Abdul Aziz Al-Sabah, recently announced that the increase in inflation ratings in Kuwait is mostly due to external sources, or “imported inflation”.

June 29, 2011

Kuwait towers from below, Kuwait City
09:06 GMT

Kuwait may seek private investors to help build its largest oil refinery after a government council revived the $14.5 billion project, which stalled two years ago amid political opposition.

June 27, 2011

Iranian First Vice President, Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, and Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah, during al-Sabah's visit to Tehran in 2009
11:32 GMT

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Kuwait has conveyed that Iranians are contributing to the capital of 1,378 companies in Kuwait.