Arab Digest

Events in the Middle East and North Africa are highly complex and fast-moving. Taking business decisions in such an environment requires high-quality information, a discerning news filter and expert analysis. Arab Digest is a private members club offering expert political analysis about the region. It is made up of a few hundred elite people worldwide, including decision-makers in business and politics, people in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and other foreign ministries, as well as others in the media, the academic world, energy industry and more. To keep pace with events as they unfold, Arab Digest members receive a daily newsletter about the region containing a mix of material drawn from a very wide range of published sources, together with original input from the editor and Arab Digest’s high-level network. Arab Digest ltd a UK-registered limited company with offices in Egypt and the UK. It is the sister company of Al Shafie Miles, a business intelligence consultancy specializing in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sultans of the Gulf

Jun 21, 2021

In this episode of the “Arab Digest Podcast,” Christopher Davidson talks about two crown princes in the Arabian Peninsula.

UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

Jun 15, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s major gold trading hubs. In 2019, it was the fifth-biggest importer and fourth-biggest exporter globally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, international demand has surged. But as Reuters reported in 2019, much of this gold is smuggled from West Africa and produced by artisanal and small-scale gold mining, a...

Arrest of Migrant Activist Puts Qatar in the Spotlight

May 31, 2021

Amnesty International recently called for the authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Malcolm Bidali, a Kenyan national who worked as a security guard in Qatar. According to Amnesty, he was “forcibly disappeared since 4 May, when he was taken from his labour accommodation for questioning by the state security service.” Saudi...

The Mohammed bin Zayed Pivot

May 26, 2021

In this episode of the “Arab Digest Podcast,” Andreas Krieg examines the UAE’s relationship with Israel in light of the Gaza conflict.

Jerusalem Is a Shared Gift

May 20, 2021

In this episode of the "Arab Digest Podcast," His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.