Arab Digest · UAE foreign policy: time to hit the reset button
The United Arab Emirates’ reputation as a powerhouse in the Arab world and an explorer of outer space takes a battering over a princess detained and a mercenary revealed.
Arab Digest · Biden brings US diplomacy back to the Middle East
The authenticity of the world’s most expensive painting has been heavily questioned but experts have decided that Leonardo Da Vinci was the artist after all, at least for most of the painting.
The GCC may be dealing with the pandemic but COVID-19 hasn’t altered the economic challenges facing the Gulf, rather it has reaffirmed them.
Fast moving post-Covid infrastructure developments in the region are threatening Egypt’s soft power and revenue; a proposed new global internet traffic corridor would bypass Egypt altogether. Cairo has to move quickly to head off the competition.
The Gulf city-state of Dubai thought it had put the Covid pandemic back in a box; the virus thought otherwise.
Arab Digest · Libya: Time for Europe to step up
The Biden administration offers some hope that Yemen’s long running war may be steered on a path towards peace but as the suffering of the Yemeni people continues huge obstacles remain in place.
A shift in China’s global economic approach hasn’t affected the Gulf states for now but there is no guarantee the status quo will stay in place.