The Gulf crisis: Why is India still neutral?

29/07/2017 (Arab News – KSA by Naser Al Tamimi*): The decision by four Arab states — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt — to cut ties with Qatar may have ramifications on India. For now, these will be mostly concentrated in the diplomatic sphere; however, pressure on New Delhi to pick sides is likely to grow as the Gulf crisis deepens. So far, India has been working hard to maintain a neutral stance over the Gulf crisis to avoid any political and economic risks and ensure the well-being of Indian citizens working or living in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Certainly, India is watching the situation very closely as it has even more reason to be concerned about the developments in the Gulf region. The Gulf states are among the most vital economic zones for India. Indeed, the GCC bloc was India’s largest trading partner in 2016. At the country level, the UAE and Saudi Arabia were among New Delhi’s Top 5 trading partners…

*Naser Al-Tamimi is a UK-based Middle East researcher, political analyst and commentator with interests in energy politics and Gulf-Asia relations.


It’s goodbye, Qatar!

Salman al-Dossary09/07/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Salman al-Dossary*): The only surprise that didn’t happen on Wednesday was a positive Qatari response to Kuwaiti emir’s mediation that could have ended the current crisis. The negative response was nothing new; it was expected just like all other reactions that came from Qatar after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt severed ties with it a month ago. All that is needed from Qatar is to stop its aggressive policies and attitudes and become a rational state. What is requested from it is already applied by other states, this is the best response to Qatar’s repeated statements that the demands violate its sovereignty. This is the truth said, a truth that is being manipulated by Doha to serve vanity. It is important to mention that when the four countries decided to take this decisive and bold step, they were fully aware that the road to ending Qatar’s rashness and aggressive attitude will be long and bumpy…

*Salman Aldosary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.


Trump administration and Qatar: What lies beneath?

30/06/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE  by Mashari Althaydi): The political aspirations of Qatar, the Brotherhood and their eventual allies, are counting on the fragmentation of the American position in favor of Doha. The news from Qatar’s direct and indirect platforms suggests that Washington is not pleased with the Saudi, Emirati, Bahraini and Egyptian stances against Qatar’s harmful policies. In fact, those who heard the statements of the head of the US administration, Donald Trump, will find that they are identical to those of the Arab countries that boycotted Qatar due to the latter’s support and funding for the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist groups. However, they might find that the statements of the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are ambiguous, and to a lesser extent those of the Pentagon…

*Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.”


Has journalism failed to reflect our harrowing, blood-soaked reality?

Ramzy Baroud17/06/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Ramzy Baroud*): Media coverage of any subject is as good as the people behind it. When those people are propagandists, sectarian and deliberately skew or drum up their own facts, then the outcome, predictably, becomes a gross mispresenting of reality. This becomes more urgent when the media coverage pertains to the Middle East, a region that is undergoing a massive upheaval, where violence has grown dramatically in degree and dimension, and where the parties – enemies and allies – are in constant flux.  Indeed, the conflicts inspiring this unprecedented violence are compound, and at times confusing even for those who are familiar with the region and its history…

*Ramzy Baroud  is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of


Qatar crisis and individuals who influence relations between countries

09/06/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran*): After God saved Moses and his followers from the Egyptian Pharaoh, they headed to Palestine. On their way, they saw people worshipping statues and not God. Moses’ followers then asked Moses to make them a statue so they worship it but he refused, and they continued their journey. Moses had asked his brother Aaron to look after everyone in Mount Tabor during his absence. A deceitful and cunning man named Samiri took gold from Moses’ followers, melted it and turned it into a golden calf that was making a lowing sound and deceived them into worshipping it. The Quranic Surah Ta Ha details this incident. Samiri misled and deceived Moses’ followers with his trick. We’ve seen people similar to Samiri throughout history. These characters are experts in sowing hatred among people…

*Fahad Shoqiran is a Saudi writer and researcher who also founded the Riyadh philosophers group.


Iran’s energy sector: No boom ahead?

03/06/2017 (Arab News – KSA by Naser Al Tamimi*): Iran might be boasting the world’s fourth-largest proven oil reserves and the second-largest natural gas deposits but its energy sector, hampered by years of mismanagement, sanctions and lack of advanced technology, is in dire need of new international investments. To be sure, Iran has not been able to make its Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) quota since 2005, not to mention the return to the shah’s period of 6 million barrels per day (bpd). Importantly, Western companies with the technology needed to develop Iran’s energy sector are worried that US President Donald Trump will tighten the secondary sanctions that may leave them vulnerable to punitive measures…

*Dr. Naser Al-Tamimi is a UK-based Middle East researcher, political analyst and commentator


Has Trump brought a peace deal any closer?

28/05/2017 (Arab News – KSA by Yossi Mekelberg*): In tenuous Israeli-Palestinian relations, the only thing worse than not reaching a peace deal is prompting false expectations of bringing about a peaceful end to this never-ending conflict. Palestinians and Israelis are so accustomed to failures in peace efforts that they are almost immune to expectations. At best they are ready to be nicely surprised, while resigning themselves to the fact that in the absence of courageous and capable leadership or genuine drive by the international community, Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and blockade of Gaza will continue. Enter US President Donald Trump, and the confusion is reaching epic proportions. Before he took office, it was anticipated that the Israeli-Palestinian issue would be low on his agenda. After all, what would convince him that he could succeed where so many before him failed miserably? But for whatever reason, in his unique and over-simplistic way, he convinces himself that his alleged business acumen of deal-making can do the trick on this occasion too…

*Yossi Mekelberg is professor of international relations at Regent’s University London


Dubai Brings Strong Business Events Presence

20/05/2017 (Emirates 24/7 – UAE): Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau and a division of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), has been showcasing Dubai’s dynamic business events offering at IMEX, which has been taking place this week in Frankfurt. DBE has brought a total of 27 stakeholders and partners to the global events industry exhibition, which has been running 16-18 May, including Emirates, Dubai World Trade Centre and Jumeirah Hotels. Expo 2020 Dubai has been co-exhibiting with DBE for the first time, introducing planners to the mega-event and explaining the opportunities it will afford them. Along with its co-exhibitors, DBE has been showcasing significant developments in Dubai’s business events offerings, further reinforcing the city’s status as a major business events destination. Emphasis also remains on the growing role that business events are playing in transforming Dubai into a global knowledge hub, as well as the emirate’s state-of-the-art facilities, world-class infrastructure and renowned hospitality sector that support the industry…


Trump in Riyadh and some lessons from Obama

20/05/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Abdulrahman al-Rashed*): The visit of US president Donald Trump to Riyadh, which is his first international foray, has caused great concerns for Iran and all those who are on its side. In this context, nine senior officials from the administration of former President Obama participated in writing an article that was published on Politico’s website. In the article that was directed to President Trump before his visit to Riyadh, the nine officials warned him that his visit to Saudi Arabia and its consequences would harm the nuclear deal JCPOA and about the US involvement in Yemen, to satisfy the Saudis and Emiratis…

*Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.


Identities that imprison us from birth to death

13/05/2017 (Al Arabiya News – UAE by Mamdouh AlMuhaini *): Commentators and intellectuals routinely offer solutions to the problems we experience. Some say that economic stagnation is the reason we are still an undeveloped country. Others say that political reform is going to save us. A third opinion asserts that a return to the past will save us from suffering and bring blessings. Fourth, a future full of technology is the only solution that will save our slowly drowning boat. Perhaps all these solutions are part of the answer to the big question, but we forget an important point that may be bigger than all the above. In my opinion, the solution is to deepen the sense or humanism in the minds and hearts of people; everything without it will definitely fail and ruin…

*Mamdouh AlMuhaini is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya News Channel’s digital platforms.