Middle East unrest: The Iran factor

Middle East unrest: The Iran factor

Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, speaks in an interview with The Associated Press at the headquarters of Iran’s atomic energy agency, in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Salehi told the AP he hopes the atomic deal between Tehran and world powers survives, but warns the program will be in a stronger position than […]

Middle East wars fade in the fog of Washington

Middle East wars fade in the fog of Washington

By Georgie Anne Geyer Last week, while the specter of The New York Times’ “anonymous” editorial haunted the White House, and this week as we again mourned our losses 17 years ago on 9/11, I have been deep into watching the old documentary about Robert McNamara and how he led us to our national disaster […]

Club Middle East: The Region's Super-rich Are On The Rise

Club Middle East: The Region's Super-rich Are On The Rise

More Middle Easterners are joining the ranks of the ultra-rich in sectors beyond the traditionally lucrative ones of gas and oil When wealth and the Middle East are uttered in the same breath, many of us immediately think of oil. Indeed, petroleum or crude oil, also known as black gold, has traditionally been the source […]

Thursday's letters: Gun safety, the Middle East and more

Thursday's letters: Gun safety, the Middle East and more

US is in bad company on gun-related deaths The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s latest report on “Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors” did not place America first. In numbers of gun-related deaths, Brazil was ahead of the United States, using numbers from 2016. But we are grouped with […]

Where Is The Best Place To Do Business In The Middle East?

Where Is The Best Place To Do Business In The Middle East?

One constant in the sometimes turbulent business environment of the Middle East is the endless competition between fast-growing cities that are desperate be crowned the region’s commercial capital. In the past the likes of Beirut and Bahrain have staked their claim to the title, but they have long since been superseded by a newer generation […]

ANALYSIS: 9/11 lawsuit looms over Saudi Arabia's ambitions

ANALYSIS: 9/11 lawsuit looms over Saudi Arabia's ambitions

9/11 Commission report appears to clear the Saudi government of direct involvement in the attacks (AFP) A lawsuit alleging Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attack is overshadowing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic and political plans. Saudi Arabia is rebranding itself, attempting to move its economy away from dependence on oil, to deconstruct its image […]

Accorhotels appoints Mark Willis as new CEO for Middle East and Africa region

Accorhotels appoints Mark Willis as new CEO for Middle East and Africa region

AccorHotels has appointed Mark Willis as its new chief executive officer for the Middle East and Africa region. He replaces outgoing CEO Olivier Granet who topped Hotelier Middle East’s Power 50 rankings for 2018.  Granet leaves his role to embark on a new project in Africa with AccorHotels.  Based in Dubai, Willis will be responsible for overseeing […]

A bold bid in the Middle East to rewrite the diplomatic rulebook

A bold bid in the Middle East to rewrite the diplomatic rulebook

The details have not been announced. But the thrust of the Trump Administration’s Middle East plan to secure Israeli-Palestinian peace seems clear: Rewrite the diplomatic rulebook. That has meant targeting major Palestinian demands: sovereignty over East Jerusalem and the “right of return.” The US president says he seeks to take those issues “off the table.” And […]

Hotelier Middle East Great GM Debate 2018 is now underway in Dubai

Hotelier Middle East Great GM Debate 2018 is now underway in Dubai

The ninth edition of the Hotelier Middle East: Great GM Debate has now kicked off in Dubai, at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre. As with every year, the conference includes a series of panel discussions and presentations, where top hoteliers are set to debate industry opportunities and challenges, which will discuss a range […]

Pro-government offensive continues in Syria's Idlib province

Pro-government offensive continues in Syria's Idlib province

Smoke billows following Syrian government forces’ bombardment near the town of Habeet in Idlib province (AFP) Russian and Syrian jets have resumed intensive strikes in Idlib and Hama for a second day, killing at least one child, residents and rescuers have said. Damascus stepped up its assault on the rebels’ last major stronghold after a […]