How the Egyptian economy is diversifying

Egypt's huge projects has ensured the country's economic growth, despite global economic turmoil, writes Ahmad Abdel-Rahman. Mega projects, bold legislation, and raising the efficiency of infrastructure in Egypt has helped to ensure positive growth during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Positive growth continued despite the uncertainty th...
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Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the Middle East

How the Middle East deals with climate change varies from country to country. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman gives an update of what is happening in the region. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) issued a report on climate change in 2021, which showed a clear and dangerous deterioration in a number of important indicators used in assessing the global ...
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MENA countries do not want democratic regimes

I was interested to read the recent survey which told of the reluctance of the Arab world (excluding the GCC States) to embrace democracy. Perhaps that is not surprising in light of the fact that democracy in some of the wealthy economies, such as the US and the UK, has proved to be ineffective. But was the so-called Arab Spring been totally unsucc...
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Will Egypt resort to desalinating seawater to avoid the negative effects of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam?

What is the ability of desalinated water to compensate for the potential shortfall that will result because of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam?  Ahmad Abdul-Rahman investigates. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, on the issue of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, mentions water reuse and seawater desalination projects with every talk he gives,...
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Biden's visit to the Middle East and the likelihood of reviving the nuclear deal

US president, Joe Biden's visit to the Middle East is against a backdrop of the failure to revive the nuclear agreement with Iran. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman writes. Despite renewed nuclear talks in Vienna that started taking place more than a year ago, a return to the nuclear deal is no longer in sight. The Iranian regime has increased the frequency of it...
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Protests continue in Iran

Popular protests about human rights violations and sanctions continue in Iran, writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman In recent months, waves of popular protests have escalated in Iran. Some protests are related to the harsh economic conditions, principally as a result of sanctions, and are directed against the Iranian regime. Other protests are linked to human...
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How the Gulf States have preserved their Arabic heritage

The Gulf States have succeeded in preserving their Arabic heritage, while moving towards modernity, prosperity, and diversifying their economies , writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. The Arabian Gulf is a region that extends south from the Indian Ocean to the borders of Turkey and northern Iran.  The population of the Gulf States comprises well-known A...
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The US, Russia and China are vying for a greater say in Iraq. Who will win?

The US, China and Russia are vying for more control in Iraq. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains how they are going about it. When former US President Donald Trump announced the US's withdrawal from northeastern Syria, he abandoned the Kurdish forces that had fought alongside the US against the Islamic State for Turkey. He also paved the way for the possib...
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The World bank praises Egypt

The World Bank praises the reforms implemented in Egypt since 2016, writes regular correspondent Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, minister of International Cooperation, and Tarek Amer, president of the Central Bank of Egypt and governor of Egypt at the World Bank (WB), held an extensive meeting with members of the delegation of executive di...
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Open Banking and Business Prospects for MENA

In this article Ahmad Abdel-Rahman looks at the outlook for Open Banking in MENA. At the beginning of 2021, fintech quickly grew in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). "The region is no stranger to this sector", says Shaimaa Al-Nazer, a researcher at the College of Computing and Information Technology at Taif University in Saudi Arabia. The wo...
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Iranian terror threat in Turkey: Israelis told to leave.

Israel and Iran are getting closer, with greater co-operation between the two countries. Turkey, at the behest of Israel, is stopping terrorists in the country – but not enough to stop a threatened attack on Israeli tourists there. Turkey is a favourite holiday destination for many Israelis. At the same time, the shortage of grain and wheat is hitt...
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The importance of geopolitics in the Maghreb

The Maghreb is important strategically to Europe and to North America, Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains the role of the region and its strategic importance. Theorists of international relations differ about the importance and role of geography in shaping foreign policy. However, they all agree that space plays an influential and decisive role. This is t...
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Water desalination in the UAE: does the economics make sense?

I read this article on desalination in the UAE with a great deal of interest. That's because it was a huge problem when I lived and worked there. The economics of water did not make sense then; it still doesn't. It seemed that locals enjoyed the benefits of highly subsidised water, while foreigners had to pay much higher prices. My bill from the Du...
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The impact of geopolitical changes on international relations in the Middle East

The Middle East could form new alliances in the coming months, writes Ahmad Abdel-Rahman. The Middle East is going through structural transformations that will impact the direction of how the region interacts with other countries, said Mahmoud Fahmy, vice president of the National Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Political Sc...
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Will Libya's political stalemate continue?

Political stalemate threatens to deepen the division and prolong the conflict in Libya, says Ahmad Abdel-Rahman. Libya is not making progress politically and is in a state of political stalemate. With the election of Fathi Bashagha as second prime minister alongside Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, the country appears to be going back to the past. But it needs...
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The UN is unable to end the Syrian tragedy

The United Nations is unable to find a solution to the tragedy in Syria, writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. In a desperate attempt to resolve the complex Syrian situation, in October last year the United Nations dispatched its Special Envoy Geir Pedersen to Syria to revive the so-called Constitutional Committee from its two-year slumber. The Committee, whi...
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The challenges facing the Egyptian economy

Ahmad Abdul-Rahman writes about the challenges facing the Egyptian economy and the prospects for sustainable growth. All economic sectors in Egypt are growing strongly, reducing the unemployment rate. However, many weaknesses such as high prices and high debt, along with many obstacles facing facing the private sector, are creating great challenges...
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What is keeping Egypt afloat?

Ahmad Abd u l-Rahman writes about the challenges facing the Egyptian economy and the prospects for sustainable growth this year.  All economic sectors in Egypt are growing strongly, reducing the unemployment rate. However, many weaknesses such as high price sand high debt, along with many obstacles facing the private sector create great challe...
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Are the Arab Gulf States disillusioned with the US?

Will the estrangement between the US and Saudi Arabia push it to settle with Iran ?  Ahmed Abdul-Rahman investigates. As the Gulf Arab states lose faith in the US commitment to their security, they are trying to solve their problems with Tehran, Iran's capital, on their own, as shown by talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. On Monday, April 25,...
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The Egyptian economy expected to continue to perform strongly

International financial institutions confirm the soundness of the Egyptian economy and praise the government's handling of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman writes. The Egyptian Cabinet's Media Center published a report that included data confirming the soundness of its economy. The report stated that the country has strengthened the...
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