An urgent need for affordable housing is putting pressure on the government as it grapples with the economic impact of low oil prices and Covid-19.
Arab Digest · The trouble with normal (is it always gets worse)
The establishment of diplomatic relations with the UAE and Bahrain, coupled with further Israeli encroachments in the West Bank signal that the ‘deal of the century’ will prevail.
A deal that would see Iraqi oil sent via pipeline to Jordan and Egypt has lots of upsides and one very big downside.
Bahrain’s decision to follow the UAE in normalising relations with Israel may be another “stab in the back” for the Palestinians; but it is also a timely reelection boost for Donald Trump.
Arab Digest · Macron In MENA
In hosting Afghan peace talks and supporting Gaza in its battle with Covid-19, Qatar is scoring points with the US and Israel.
Summary: The postponement of Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative is a sign that all is not well with the kingdom’s efforts to attract FDI.
In the run up to the election, President Trump and Jared Kushner anticipated a big win with the normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel but they have overhyped and overplayed their hand.
War weariness and growing Saudi frustration may finally drive Yemen’s many warring factions onto a path toward peace.