This year the Middle East Architect power list is in two parts – the top 10 international figures who have a huge influence on the region and the 40 who have a continued presence in the GCC and show a commitment to this part of the world.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), founded in 1981, comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The unexplained closure of Alarab TV, 24 hours after its launch, has reignited concerns over press freedom.
Going, going, gone. First it was the Royal Bank of Scotland, then Lloyds, Barclays and Standard Chartered. Foreign banks have been increasingly pulling out or trimming down their services in the UAE, leaving open opportunities that have been eagerly snapped up by prominent local banks.
Getting the right balance between expatriate workers and the local minority has long been a struggle for many Gulf governments. Investment in education will make locals more competitive, says Craig Fletcher, partner at recruitment firm Mackenzie Jones.
The Muslim Council of Elders – a newly set up independent international body that aims to promote peace in Muslim societies, has urged wise men of the Islamic Ummah and Muslim enthusiasts and zealots to join hands in order to stop the profuse flow of bloodbaths in some Muslim countries without any deterrence from religion…
A court in Egypt has overturned death sentences given to 36 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, including its spiritual leader Mohammad Badie. They were among 183 people condemned in connection with a 2013 attack on a police station in the central province of Minya that left two policemen dead.
The US, UK and France are closing their embassies in Yemen due to the deteriorating security situation and political crisis in the country. The US and UK governments have withdrawn diplomatic staff from Sanaa and urged their citizens to leave. France’s embassy in the capital has announced that it will close on Friday.