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Sarah Markiewicz unravels the beloved diversity of learning Arabic, its regional varieties, and how recent events in the region have thrust technology into the heart of its pedagogical application.

The MCB has elected its first female leader in a move that is being praised by Brits.

Egyptian official 'experienced fever' during Chinese Covid vaccine trial

The New Arab Staff

Egyptian official 'experienced fever' during Chinese Covid vaccine trial

Hala Zayed said she experienced side effects upon receiving both doses of the Chinese-made vaccine being tested on Egyptian volunteers, but said the 'symptoms' were nothing out of the ordinary.

Arab regimes are falsifying Palestinian history to enable normalisation

Ali Adam

Arab regimes are falsifying Palestinian history to enable normalisation

Comment: A Saudi-Emirati effort is underway to discredit Palestinian narratives of the conflict in favour of Israeli ones in order to pave the ...

MBC's Shahid faces backlash over series on Beirut explosion

The New Arab Staff

MBC's Shahid faces backlash over series on Beirut explosion

Lebanese social media users accused MBC-owned Shahid of attempting to profit off the Beirut port explosion tragedy, saying the series ...

The New Arab Staff

Lawrence of Arabia’s home restored as tourist attraction

TE Lawrence's Red Sea home is being renovated and turned into a tourist attraction.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Ramadan TV drama criticised for pro-Israel content

Another Ramadan TV drama from Saudi Arabia has invited scrutiny

The New Arab & agencies

Billionaire Saudi banking tycoon dead at 79, family says

Saleh Abdullah Kamel, founder of the banking and real estate conglomerate Dallah Albaraka Group, died in a hospital at age 79.

The New Arab

Iraqis protest MBC broadcast calling slain PMF leader 'terrorist'

Angry protesters broke into the Baghdad office of Saudi-owned MBC television, after one of its broadcasts called Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, ...

Bahrain intervenes to halt pro-Palestine discussion on Israel normalisation

The New Arab

Bahrain intervenes to halt pro-Palestine discussion on Israel normalisation

Bahraini authorities have been criticised after abruptly intervening to stop an anti-Israel normalisation discussion online, amid warming ties ...

Muhammad Shehada

Palestinians are next on Saudi Arabia's hit list

Comment: Despite its domestic woes, Saudi Arabia has not let up on its media campaign to manufacture pro-normalisation and anti-Palestinian ...

Saudi Arabia affirms 'Palestinian support' following Israel normalisation backlash

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia affirms 'Palestinian support' following Israel normalisation backlash

Saudi Arabia reiterated its support for the Palestinian cause as Israel verges on annexing the West Bank, following criticism over Riyadh's ...

Popular Saudi Ramadan series 'defends homosexuality'

The New Arab

Popular Saudi Ramadan series 'defends homosexuality'

Saudi Twitter users were left outraged this week after a popular Ramadan drama series 'defended homosexuality'.

Calls to cancel Egyptian Ramadan show after 'torture' prank

The New Arab

Calls to cancel Egyptian Ramadan show after 'torture' prank

Popular prank show 'Ramez Magnoun Rasmy' has come under fire after a 'psychological torture' skit.

Popular Saudi soap attacks 'ungrateful' Palestinians, normalises Israel relations

The New Arab

Popular Saudi soap attacks 'ungrateful' Palestinians, normalises Israel relations

A popular Saudi series being broadcast during the peak Ramadan period has promoted relations with Israel and attacked 'ungrateful' Palestinians.

David Powell

Is the coronavirus pandemic encouraging authoritarianism?

Comment: As China uses the Covid-19 pandemic to try to repair its international reputation, other nations look to increase the remit of their state powers, writes David Powell.

The New Arab & agencies

Cut! Coronavirus pegs back Ramadan soaps

Many countries in the Middle East have imposed tough restrictions to curb the spread of the pandemic, forcing studios to shut down temporarily ...

The New Arab

Saudi media giant MBC to move HQ to Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's Media City will build new headquarters for MBC Group.

The New Arab

Egypt bribes counter-protesters to fill out 100,000-strong pro-Sisi rally

Free meals, bonus pay and a star-studded ceremony: how Sisi's regime plans to attract 100,000 Egyptians to a pro-regime rally while putting ...

Egyptians stockpile food as 'Palacegate' protests rage on

The New Arab

Egyptians stockpile food as 'Palacegate' protests rage on

Egyptians are queuing outside shops and supermarkets to buy as many necessities as possible.

The New Arab

Egypt admits to detaining 1,000 people over 'Palacegate' protests

The Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights has documented more than 2,000 arrests since Friday.

Egypt broadcasts tourists' 'confessions' to taking part in protests

Florence Dixon

Egypt broadcasts tourists' 'confessions' to taking part in protests

Egyptian state TV broadcast "confessions" from five foreign tourists swept up in the mass campaign of arrests following anti-corruption ...

Eight British Muslims cycle 4,000 miles to perform Hajj

The New Arab

Eight British Muslims cycle 4,000 miles to perform Hajj

Eight British Muslims travelled to Hajj, not by air and not by sea, but by land, undertaking a 4,000 mile cycle journey through 17 countries.

Egypt blackface sketch spotlights Middle East racism

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt blackface sketch spotlights Middle East racism

An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a ...

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