House, Senate Vote to End U.S. Support of Yemen War, Setting Stage for Trump Veto

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution on Thursday that would end all U.S. involvement with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in the war in Yemen, Reuters reports.

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Oil Pricing

Saudi Arabia threatens to ditch dollar oil trades to stop ‘NOPEC’

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Careem’s Exit Is A Great Moment For MENA VC, But The Ecosystem Still Has Gaps

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Oil Prices

Why the oil rally is more about U.S. shale than Saudi Arabia’s output cuts

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War in Yemen

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Domestic Security

US-Saudi dual citizens among eight critics of regime detained

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Saudi logistics sector forecast to grow to $60bn market by 2024

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Saudi Economy

Jobs boom: Ajlan Abdulaziz Alajlan on capitalising on the country’s human and natural assets

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Halal Products

Saudi Arabia eager to tap into $2.1 trillion global market for halal products

Saudi Arabia is aiming to tap into a multi-trillion-dollar global market for halal food and related products. The Kingdom, along with other Middle Eastern countries, is ...


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China in the Region

U.S Middle East Policy Must Contend with the New Power on the Block

China had become the Great Demand Engine of global crude oil (not to mention just about every other major commodity on earth). It was inevitable, ...



Shifting economic trends drive M&A across the Gulf

GCC sovereigns are still reliant on oil which accounts for three-quarters of the six-nation bloc’s spending, the instability associated with oil prices, lower crude oil ...



The Success And Multiplier Effects That Careem’s Acquisition By Uber Will Have On The Middle East’s Startup Ecosystem

Once an exit happens, many entrepreneurs, and some of their key colleagues, end up investing in other startups. Some set up or join VC firms, ...


U.S. Arms Sales

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The total value of arms-export deals approved by the Trump administration declined from $82.2 billion in 2017 to $78.8 billion last year, according to a ...


Iran Floods

France to send aid to flood-hit Iran regions

Exceptionally heavy rains since March 19 have flooded some 1,900 cities and villages, killing 62 people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage ...



These are the biggest risks facing the Middle East and North Africa

Respondents to the 2018-2019 Global Risks Perception Survey expressed concern about the deteriorating international economic environment, with a large majority expecting increasing risks in 2019 ...


Environment Sentiment

Preference for Environment Over Economy Largest Since 2000

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Commercial Flights

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