How will Egypt fare following the resignation of the governor of the CBE?

Have negotiations with the IMF toppled the Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt? Ahmed Abdul-Rahman explains. The Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), Tarek Amer, left his post after President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi accepted his resignation. He has now assumed the role of advisor to the president on Wednesday, August 17, according to an offi...
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The tourism industry in the Middle East is expected to recover quickly

The World Tourism Organization shows that  international tourism to the region increased by 157 per cent in the first five months of 2022. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman explains. The flow of tourism to the Middle East may recover 70 per cent of its pre-Covid pandemic levels by the end of this year, if new global economic and geopolitical crises do n...
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Salman Rushdie sheds his blood in an assassination attempt in New York

The ghost of the past still haunts the writer who refuses to label himself a "geopolitical entity" writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. Salman Rushdie is a multi-talented writer, novelist, speaker and performer. He is mobile of heart, as he has been married four times and has two sons. But what he is most known for dates back to 1989, five months after the p...
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The tourism industry is expected to recover in the Middle East

The World Tourism Organization, shows that the flow of international tourism to the region increased by 157 per cent in the first five months of 2022. Amad Abdul-Rahman writes. The flow of tourism to the Middle East may recover 70 percent of its pre-Corona levels by the end of this year, if global economic and geopolitical crises enter do not enter...
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USD 20.9 billion of remittances from Egyptians working in the GCC last year

​ ​ Ahmad Abdul-Rahman writes about the importance of foreign remittances to Egypt and explains the figures.​ Egypt is reliant on remittances for foreign exchange and remittances from Egyptians working abroad continue to be one of the most important sources of foreign exchange resources for Egypt. These have witnessed steady growth in recent years,...
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Egypt set to increase its exports to Africa

Egypt plans to increase its exports to Africa and targets USD10 billion by 2025, writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. Egypt plans to to enhance trade with Africa, especially the countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The plan, which will be implemented by Egypt's Ministry of Industry and Trade, in cooperation with all minist...
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The killing of Al-Qaeda leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri

Who was Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian eye surgeon and the leader of Al-Qaeda, who wanted to rule the world ? Ahmad Abdul-Rahman explains. The killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the terrorist al-Qaeda organisation in Afghanistan, in an operation carried out by the US in Afghanistan, marked the end of a stage in the history of this organis...
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Egypt aims to strengthen its international relationships

Egypt goes beyond the scope of its traditional emphasis on regional relations to expanding its relations internationally, writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. Egypt has expanded its diplomatic ties in recent years, based on mutual cooperation. The tripartite cooperation agreement signed with Greece and Cyprus is one such deal. This was achieved through what ...
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The Tehran Summit revealed Russian weaknesses

Since the Ukrainian war, Moscow is inventing new ways to please Tehran and Ankara. Last February, the 15th round of the Astana negotiations was held in the Russian city of Sochi, which took place with the participation of delegations from the United Nations and the guarantor countries Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the delegations of the Syrian governme...
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Iran gets tougher on women's dress code

The dress code for Muslim women in the Middle East - namely the hijab and the abaya- are often seen as symbols of oppression by women in the West. The oppressiveness of women in Iran is often compared with the oppressiveness of those in Saudi Arabia. One regime is not more oppressive than the other, however. I found it difficult in Saudi Arabia, es...
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The Jeddah Summit confirms the Arab-American consensus

The Jeddah summit reflects an Arab-American consensus on curbing the Iranian nuclear programme, writes Ahmad Abdel-Rahman. On July 16, the Jeddah Summit for Security and Development concluded in Saudi Arabia. The US President Joe Biden participated in the summit on the last leg of his Middle East tour, his first since taking office. Several other A...
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What is Iran's plan to confront the global bread crisis?

Ahmad Abdul-Rahman explains what the Iranian government is doing to help the country manage the shortage of wheat and grain. To overcome the current wheat crisis, and prevent a large amount of food being wasted, Iran, which is subject to Western sanctions, has changed the way in which its currency is allocated to producers and consumers. The govern...
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How the Ukrainian crisis has affected inflation rates in the Gulf States

Ahmad Abdul-Rahman writes why the Gulf countries are experiencing higher inflation as a result of the war in Ukraine. Although oil, whose prices have witnessed record highs during the past few months, constitutes a main source of income for the economies of the Gulf States, it has not saved them from inflation. Foodstuffs have been at the forefront...
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Middle East and North Africa have a big gender pay gap to close

The gender pay gap around the world remains wide. Unfortunately, the Middle East and North Africa has one of the widest gaps. With an average population-weighted score of 63.4%, Middle East and North Africa has the second-largest gender gap yet to close, after South Asia, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). "The region's progress remains s...
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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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