Russia has long-term ambitions in the Middle East

d about the deepening disconnect between Russia’s aims in the Middle East and its own goals, according to a senior Israeli official who held high-level meetings in Moscow last week.

Avi Dichter, chairman of Israel’s foreign affairs and defense committee and the former head of the Shin Bet intelligence agency, said Russia’s views on Iran, […]

Igenomix Becomes the First Private Genetic Laboratory in Middle East to be Accredited by College of American Pathologists

Igenomix has recently been rewarded accreditation by College of American Pathologists (CAP) in Dubai (UAE), given its state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge products in the space of advanced reproductive genetics.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own […]

Middle East and North Africa Defense Spends on Navigational Instruments

Strategic Defense Intelligence in its report “Middle East and North Africa Defense Spends on Navigational Instruments: 2016 to 2023” provides quantitative top-level view of projected spends on Navigational Instruments. According to Strategic Defense Intelligence, navigation device is a device that accurately calculates geographical location by receiving information from GPS satellites. The report provides spend forecasts […]

More Asian investors buying Middle East bonds

The proportion of Middle East bond issues going to Asian investors has roughly doubled to 30 percent in the past six to nine months, say Standard Chartered executives, evidence of growing investment links between the two regions.

“We are seeing on everything from public bond issues to bank placements, up to 30 percent of the […]

Europe, Middle East and Africa Enterprise Communications and Collaboration

As IDC’s flagship enterprise communications offering, the Europe, Middle East and Africa Enterprise Communications and Collaboration service, not only provides market analysis and forecasting but also focuses on actionable, strategic advice to vendors, service providers, and systems integrators in a shifting market shaped by cloud, competitive and margin pressures, and new and innovative competitors.

Markets […]

The end of the Islamic State will make the Middle East worse

In 2014, it would have been difficult to overstate the anxiety and confusion in the Middle East, as Islamic militants hordes swept through Iraq and Syria.

Across the region, people were asking: Where did the Islamic State come from, and where would it stop? For a while, agitated talk of fading borders and new maps […]

Qatar increases defence links with Pakistan

Qatar has announced its willingness to purchase defence equipment from Pakistan and has highlighted the potential for future co-operation between the two countries. Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiyah expressed to Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain the Gulf state’s keenness to purchase defence equipment and hardware from Pakistan.

Hussain then called upon Qatar to […]

Middle East, North Africa Region Urged to Stay on Course with Reforms

Low oil prices, ongoing conflicts weigh on region’s outlook Oil exporters should continue to adjust to lower oil prices, diversify their economies Oil importers need structural reforms to create jobs and inclusive growth The slump in oil prices and ongoing conflicts continue to weigh on growth prospects of the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and […]

Middle East oil exporters face low growth

Oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa are expected to show lackluster economic growth because of lower oil prices, the World Bank said. “This year appears to be one of the toughest for the region in a while,” Shanta Devarajan, the bank’s chief regional economist, said in a statement.

Growth prospects for the […]

Does cutting oil production mean jobs for Texans?

For the first time eight years, oil output has been slashed in the Middle East. Over the past two months, KHOU 11 News has been talking to industry experts alluding to an industry rebound here in Texas – but will it happen?

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) includes countries like Iraq, Kuwait, […]

Central Florida real estate pros see more Middle Eastern prospects

Real estate professionals report increased interest in Central Florida properties among Middle Eastern investors since Emirates Airline launched direct flights between Dubai and Orlando almost six months ago. James Schumaker, who runs international sales for a vacation home development in Reunion for Encore Capital Management, told the Orlando Sentinel that, as a result of the […]

Watering the Middle East

The United Nations World Water Development Report confirms what many already know: hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – especially in Algeria, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – have faced the worst water shortages in decades in 2016. This is the last thing the region […]

Middle East Keeps Pumping Crude as Oil Glut Widens

Oil prices settled down more than 1 percent on Monday, snapping two consecutive days of gains, on caution over galloping Middle East crude output and a firmer dollar boosted by speculation of a U.S. rate hike by year-end.

 

A pledge by Nigerian rebels to end hostilities against their oil industry also appeared to pave […]

Moinian Professorship in Pre-Modern Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Columbia University, is seeking a full-time tenured or tenure-track teacher-scholar for the Moinian Professorship in Pre-modern Middle Eastern Cultures and Civilizations, starting September 1, 2017. Rank open with strong preference for candidates with an established record of teaching and research and a mastery of […]

Sand from the Middle East may be a key player in India’s summer monsoons

A recent study involving research completed at UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences concluded that the more efficiently sand particles in the Middle East absorb heat, the stronger the Indian summer monsoons will be. The results of this study can be used to develop more accurate monsoon prediction models, which could save money and lives.

Qinjian […]

Middle East Returns to Oil Production Dominance

The Middle East is back as the world’s dominant oil-producing region, a report said Wednesday, churning out its biggest chunk of global output since the 1970s and giving OPEC an edge in its fight for market share.

The rise of American oil production from shale formations had reduced consumer reliance on Middle East crude in […]

IEA Sees Record Middle East Oil Supply as U.S. Output Slumps

Oil production from the Middle East has climbed to a record while U.S. output slumps, the International Energy Agency said, in a sign that OPEC’s strategy of defending market share is succeeding.

Middle Eastern output exceeded 31 million barrels a day for a third month in June amid near-record supply from Saudi Arabia, while U.S. […]

Brexit’s Roots in the Middle East

Those looking to explain the roots of the Brexit campaign should look beyond distressed economies of Northumberland and Norfolk. They need to look toward Aleppo and Homs as well. The prospect is not as farfetched as it sounds.

 

The rise of parochial nationalists in Europe and the triumph of the “Leave” vote in Britain […]

Boston Market to open more than 25 restaurants in the Middle East

Boston Market is back in expansion mode, planning to open as many as 30 restaurants in the Middle East, the Golden-based chain announced Monday.

 

A development agreement with Al-Ghunaim Trading Co. Ltd., which will bring Boston Market restaurants specializing in rotisserie chicken to Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The first […]

Middle East Luxury Sales Fading as Oil Falls and Tourism Slows

At first glance, it might not seem like wallets are tight inside Riyadh’s Centria Mall. On a weekday afternoon, women with covered faces stroll the halls, drifting in and out of Dior and Burberry outlets.

But they’re not buying like they did last year, says Mohammed Fahmawi, a manager at the Saudi Arabian mall’s Gucci […]

Time For The Middle East To Invest In Youth And Innovation

I am a big fan of Chappatte, the Lebanese-Swiss cartoonist who often draws for the New York Times. I find a lot of wisdom in his drawings. When I saw this recent comic above, I thought it illustrated a moonshot opportunity for the Middle East. Current oil prices have put all Arab countries on an […]