The Arab world is on the way up and is playing a prominent role internationally

The influence of the Arab world is on the rise globally. In this article Ahmad Abdel-Rahman discusses some of the issues that must be considered. At the international level, Arabia is becoming more important. This started with Egypt's hosting of the Climate Conference (COP-27), where there were painstaking negotiations between the countries of the ...
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The dilemma facing Arab countries

Arab countries must decide whether to continue to produce oil and gas or fight climate change. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman writes. The Arab world possesses more than 57 per cent of the global reserves of crude oil, and more than 26 per cent of the global reserves of natural gas, according to statistics from the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Count...
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Skyrocketing prices exhaust the budget of Egyptians

The Egyptian pound has lost more than 68 per cent of its value since the end of March 2022 and there are four reasons behind the price increases. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains. Despite the intensive moves taken by the Egyptian government, in cooperation with the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE), to contain the wave of price hikes, the recent increases hav...
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Egypt's industrial sector sees significant growth

The Egyptian industrial sector made significant achievements in 2022. Exports reached USD 27 billion in nine months and are expected to reach USD 33 billion by the end of 2023. The industrial sector contributes 11.7 per cent to GDP and absorbs 28.2 per cent of the total workforce. Ahmed Abdel-Rahman explains. Since the industrial sector, contribute...
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The Iranian Uprising and the crisis of the Opposition

The gap between the Iranian government's performance and that of its political opponents is widening. The recent protests highlight the major differences between the two groups, writes Ahmad Abdel-Rahman. The Iranian regime asserts that it has been able to control the popular protests in the street, or what it calls, riots. The protesters have soug...
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The importance of Arab-Chinese relations

The Arab-Chinese summit reflects the importance of greater cooperation between the two regions. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman reports. For decades, the interactions and transformations in politics and economics continued, especially with the end of the Cold War. China was ascending as an industrial and commercial economic power, opening markets at a time when...
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Changing Iran's behaviour is unlikely

The West seems afraid of confronting Tehran by force. Yet it seems incapable of diplomacy, writes Ahmad Abdel-Rahman. The West is infected with an incurable disease in dealing with Iran. It is an addiction to weakness and feigning naivety. The Russian-Ukraine war has brought back the "politics of force". Rafael Grossi, director of the International...
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Egypt has high external debt but it's within safe limits, the Ministry of Finance says

Are Egyptian debts affected by the significant losses of the country's pound against the US dollar? Ahmad Abdel Rahman explains. Analysts have said that the successive losses of the Egyptian pound against the US dollar does not affect Egyptian debts. This is because these debts are denominated in hard currency, rather than in local currency. While ...
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Emerging technologies disrupting the financial sector in Asia

by BlogWriters.in Asia is the world's consumer growth engine; if you ignore Asia, you risk missing half of the global picture, a USD 10 trillion consumption growth opportunity over the next decade, according to global management consultants, McKinsey and Company. However, Asia's consumer markets are changing dynamically, with new development angles...
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Human rights violations stain the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

The "Correspondent's Guide" report sheds light on the most prominent issues of workers' rights and the necessary reforms. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman explains. Human Rights Watch said that the "FIFA World Cup 2022" comes after years of gross violations of the rights of migrant workers and human rights in Qatar. This coincides with the publication of the "Co...
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Technology and the Middle East

In this article, Farhaa Abdelhaq, from Saudi Arabia, looks at how emerging technologies are impacting the Middle East. T he technology landscape in the Middle East region is constantly changing. As governments in the region are preparing to regulate emerging technologies, financial organisations in the Middle East are deploying these technologies a...
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What "associations" mean for the Egyptian economy

Financial "associations",  sometimes known as Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCAs), are common in Egyptian society so that households can meet their household expenses. Some analysts see them as harmful to the national economy. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains. Many Egyptians are suffering from a cost-of-living crisis and cannot s...
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Why has America withdrawn from Iraq and Lebanon?

Ahmad Abdel-Rahman looks at the changing relationship the US has with Iraq and Lebanon.  Iraq has been a target and a focus of American attention for decades. America chased and besieged Iraq when it invaded Kuwait, then destroyed its regime in 2003 and appointed a military ruler before it established a local authority there that was controlle...
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The successful march of the Egyptian economy

Egypt has adopted a reform programme to accelerate growth and protect the poor. The projects aim to improve the lives of 60 million citizens, provide 900,000 jobs annually, and create new cities to accommodate 10 million people. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains. Over the past eight years, Egypt has adopted a national programme for economic reform with t...
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Enormous Egyptian efforts in the field of green economy development

Key trends in Egypt that were highlighted at COP27 included international partnerships, a circular economy and green finance. Projects included renewable energy, transportation, the Suez Canal, irrigation and drainage, writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. Egypt has made great efforts in the field of green economy development over the past few years. Egypt fi...
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How will the Middle East break the “circle of conflict”?

The Middle East is controlled by "circles of conflict". Much peacemaking diplomacy will have to occur. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman explains. The Middle East region has not been free of conflicts for decades, whether the conflict is between the countries of the region, or within them. There are many reasons for these conflicts. Most of these are to do with i...
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How the Arab world suffers with regards to technology transfer

The Arab world is rich in money but poor in technology, writes Ahmad Abdul-Rahman. So far, no Arab country has been able to transfer high technology and establish an industry based on innovation, despite the enormous wealth of some Arab countries. Why this technological poverty in the Arab world despite the availability of individual competencies a...
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Egypt is praised for its important role hosting COP27

An American think tank praises Egypt's leadership in climate change. Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains why . Egypt's Arab-African identity makes it a representative of the south, and the Sharm El-Sheikh summit is an opportunity to refine Egypt's regional and international position. The US Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said that Egypt, by hos...
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S&P praises the Egyptian government for its handling of the economy

Standard & Poor's maintains Egypt's credit rating at "B" with a stable outlook.Ahmad Abdel-Rahman explains what this is about. Mohamed Maait, minister of finance, praised the decision of Standard & Poor's (S&P's) to keep Egypt's credit rating at "B" for a second time  while maintaining a stable outlook. The decision was made on Oct...
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America is losing its friends and influence in the world

Obama's and Biden's approach to foreign policy pushed the Middle East and the American security system into the abyss, writes Ahmad Abdel-Rahman. A few days ago, White House National Security Affairs spokesman John Kirby announced that president Joe Biden would re-evaluate the relationship with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the "OPEC +" announcement ...
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