How Dubai and Abu Dhabi See the World Cup

July 15, 2021

With the Euros over, attention outside the UK is turning to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The focus in Britain, quite rightly, remains on the racist abuse directed at black members of the English football team and the extent to which the prime minister and the home secretary contribute to...

Why Is Dubai So Rich?

July 22, 2019

Home to the tallest building in the world, Dubai has made a name for itself globally as a business, finance and tourism hub. CNBC looks at how it became so rich.

UAE Attracts AI Investment Due to Flexibility

June 18, 2019

As the AI industry develops, it is without a doubt that the United Arab Emirates will continue to make tech headlines. Pragmatic countries eying long-term economic sustainability know they must invest in technology amid an expected explosion of artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report...

Defining Casablanca’s Modern City Brand

June 13, 2016

The economic powerhouse of Morocco's Casablanca is light years away from the image created in a Hollywood studio 70 years ago. Our story starts in 1942 with Europe in the midst of war. We find ourselves in the dusty North African outpost of Casablanca, where a motley assortment of refugees,...

How the UAE’s Past Informs Its Future

April 08, 2016

The World Government Summit in Dubai showcased the tremendous growth of the UAE, the challenges it currently faces, and its plans to recapture its legacy of innovation in the sciences that goes back to the Islamic Golden Age. This year, Dubai played host to the 2016 World Government Summit,...

What Does “Finding Center” Mean?

Is Dubai the Next Silicon Valley of the Middle East?

February 06, 2016

Dubai Holds Powerful Lessons For Nigeria

March 19, 2015

With Dubai’s example in mind, Nigeria must diversify its economy so its people see the benefits. As Nigerians prepare for a presidential election amid a Boko Haram insurgency, the question remains: What about the economy? With falling oil prices, a depreciating foreign reserve and a plunge in...

The Kurdish Cause: Pragmatism and New Opportunities

January 12, 2014

Inner-Kurdish relations are complex and have the potential to damage the overall Kurdish cause.  The civil war in Syria has opened new windows of opportunity for the Kurdish cause. After decades of nationalist struggle in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, the Syrian conflict may redistribute the...

The Gulf: Foreign Workers’ Rights

January 02, 2014

Despite the spotlight on Qatar, foreign workers' conditions in the UAE are equally harsh. Gulf states are lining up as targets for criticism by international trade unions and human rights groups for their treatment of foreign workers. Qatar, long in the firing line after its winning bid to...

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