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Joining the Club: New Trends in Gulf Social Media

The new app Clubhouse is providing a much-needed space for contesting views and continuing debates that have been suspended for years in the Gulf.

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Pandemic Stalls, But Won't Ground, Gulf Airlines

After a disastrous year for airlines worldwide, Gulf Arab carriers – both symbols and drivers of the air travel revolution of the past decade – must be agile to survive and thrive in a highly uncertain environment.

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Event Report – UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2020, “Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies,” held December 15-17, 2020 virtually.

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Popular Omani Novel Joins Others Exploring Gulf States’ Shift to Modernity

In the year that saw the passing of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, an award-winning Omani novel catches fire in book clubs as it explores the tensions and hopes beneath the surface of the extraordinary changes that the sultan brought to the country.

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101: Stimulating the UAE’s Grassroots Art Scene

During the coronavirus lockdown, young Emiratis set up a platform to support emerging local artists and engage with a wider audience to inspire curiosity and raise awareness about the local art scene.

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Saudi Arabia Champions “Moderate Islam,” Underpinning Reform Efforts

Moderate Islam can be seen as a comprehensive strategy to tackle the kingdom’s regional and domestic concerns while at the same time reshaping the religious and social scene in line with the leadership’s new sociopolitical objectives.

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Kuwaitis Vote for Change

Kuwait’s elections resulted in a nearly two-thirds turnover in the National Assembly. Still any reform program hinges on the selection of the leadership of Parliament and new government and their ability to forge a common national agenda.

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Upcoming Election Offers Little Hope to a Dispirited Iranian Electorate

The economic mismanagement and resistance to change over the past four decades by a succession of regimes has demoralized supporters of conservatives, reformists, and pragmatists alike.

Mudhawi’s List: Advocating for Kuwaiti Women in Politics

Kuwaiti women have played a significant role on the political stage in recent years, but they have yet to reach equal representation in the National Assembly. Mudhawi’s List aims to support women to achieve a more promising future in politics.

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