News Analysis: Is Oman the new luxury destination in the Middle East?

News Analysis: Is Oman the new luxury destination in the Middle East?

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara 2018 has been the year of luxury openings in Oman. The country has seen the Ritz-Carlton Al Bustan Palace reopen its doors and the debut of the luxury Kempinski brand. It will soon see the launch of the first W-branded hotel in the country on February 1, 2019 and […]

Khashoggi's fiancee calls for worldwide funeral prayers on Friday

Khashoggi's fiancee calls for worldwide funeral prayers on Friday

Cengiz had waited for Khashoggi outside the Istanbul consulate which he had entered to obtain papers necessary to marry her (Reuters) Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz called on Sunday for Muslims across the world to say funeral prayers for the murdered journalist in all mosques this Friday. Cengiz especially called for the Janazah prayer to […]

Cartier honors its historical ties to Middle East

Cartier honors its historical ties to Middle East

Cartier hosted an exclusive evening on Thursday specially tailored for its clients who flew in from around the region to attend the Cartier Mirage, a one-of-a-kind event inspired by the maison’s long-standing relationship with the Middle East. In 1912, one of the sons of the maison’s founder, Jacques Cartier, journeyed to the Gulf, which at […]

Book explores mobile media disruption in Middle East

Book explores mobile media disruption in Middle East

How mobile media are changing the communication landscape in the Middle East is explored in a new book published under a research grant at Northwestern University in Qatar ( NU-Q). The book, Mobile Disruptions in the Middle East, co-authored by John V Pavlik, Everette E Dennis, Rachel Davis Mersey and Justin Gengler and published by […]

Hope is found in hip-hop for Middle East rappers MC Gaza and Chyno

Hope is found in hip-hop for Middle East rappers MC Gaza and Chyno

Hip-hop may not be synonymous with the Middle East, but for the region’s rap ­artists, it is a musical genre that brings joy to the soul and hope for a better tomorrow. Eight years after it was credited with playing a prominent part in sparking the Arab uprising, rap has continued to blossom across the […]

UFC Gym counting on Khabib for more Middle East growth

UFC Gym counting on Khabib for more Middle East growth

“There’s no doubt Khabib has made a huge difference and created more attention,” added Mastrov. “It doesn’t hurt at all. We’ve been here a long time before, and he and others like him will continue to emerge because there are amazing athletes in this region. They’ll be like Khabib and will inspire many others to […]

Boys' Own adventures in the war-torn Middle East

Boys' Own adventures in the war-torn Middle East

Ask most people whether they fancy a four-month, 5,000-mile trek across the Middle East and they might conclude you need your head seen to. With civil war raging in Syria, Iraq mired in internecine conflict while mopping up the remnants of Daesh, al-Qa’eda running amok in southern Yemen and simmering strife between Israelis and Palestinians, […]

Iconic Palestinian protester shot by Israel says he was deliberately targeted

Iconic Palestinian protester shot by Israel says he was deliberately targeted

Aed Abu Amro carried away on a stretcher after being shot by Israeli live ammunition on Monday (MEE) A young Palestinian who recently became a symbol of his peoples’ resistance to Israeli occupation remains defiant after being shot by Israeli forces earlier this week. Aed Abu Amro, 21, is a young Palestinian from the Zaytoun […]

United States imposes second round of sanctions on Iran

United States imposes second round of sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON/DUBAI – The United States announced a new raft of sanctions on Iran on Monday and threatened further action to pressure its old adversary, steps the Islamic Republic condemned as “economic war” and vowed to defy. The move is part of a wider effort by US President Donald Trump to curb Tehran’s missile and […]

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