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Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. It cannot afford otherwise, analysts say, as the virus shakes the foundations of the city-state’s economy

Iraq has granted $20 billion worth of construction projects to a consortium of Chinese companies, according to local media reports.

Pakistan repays $1 billion to Saudi Arabia: officials

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Pakistan repays $1 billion to Saudi Arabia: officials

A Pakistani official was quoted as saying that 'China has come to our rescue'.

China bails-out Pakistan to return $2 billion Saudi debt

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China bails-out Pakistan to return $2 billion Saudi debt

Pakistan reportedly returned $1 billion to Saudi Arabia on Monday, and plans to pay the remaining $1 billion to be paid in January.

China, Iraq set to ink multi-billion dollar <em>bailout</em> deal

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China, Iraq set to ink multi-billion dollar bailout deal

The contract will run for five years, with the successful bidder paying up-front for the first year's supply of oil.

Antonino Occhiuto and Leonardo Jacopo Maria Mazzucco

Behind Bahrain's gamble on normalisation with Israel

Analysis: Despite the risk of exacerbating Bahrain's already volatile domestic politics, normalisation with Israel confirms the importance of ensuring continued US support.

Nizar Hassan

Hariri's return: the fruit of a counterrevolution

Comment: By returning Hariri to the premiership, Lebanon's ruling class has completed a counterrevolutionary cycle that started with his ...

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Italy's premier urges Lebanon to form cabinet, start reforms

Giuseppe Conte is the latest senior foreign official to visit Lebanon after the August 4 blast in Beirut's port that killed 192 people, wounded ...

Macron's neo-colonial theatrics throw lifeline to Lebanon's corrupt elite

Nizar Hassan

Macron's neo-colonial theatrics throw lifeline to Lebanon's corrupt elite

Comment: The 'new contract' Macron proposes for Lebanon will allow corrupt elites to remain in power, while selling the country out to French ...

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France presents Lebanon with reforms 'roadmap' to unlock aid

Emmanuel Macron demands a central bank audit, a new government, and early elections in Lebanon in order for it to access the foreign aid it has ...

China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

Austin Bodetti

China's changing oil strategy in the Middle East

Chinese oil purchases offered Beijing a sphere of influence in the Middle East, but Covid-19 has upended this once-promising strategy.

US envoy David Hale arrives in Beirut for talks

Narjas Zatat

US envoy David Hale arrives in Beirut for talks

US envoy David Hale arrived in Beirut to discuss the reformation of the government, which resigned following criticism for the way it handled ...

US says sending $15 million in aid to Lebanon

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US says sending $15 million in aid to Lebanon

The United States said it would be sending an immediate $15 million worth of humanitarian assistance to Lebanon.

Macron visits Lebanon after deadly mega-blast

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Macron visits Lebanon after deadly mega-blast

Macron's visit was the first by a foreign head of state since Tuesday's unprecedented tragedy.

Austin Bodetti

Islam and eco-theology: The future of environmentalism

Eco-theology has the potential to reshape environmental protection in the Middle East.

The New Arab Staff

Lebanese FM Nassif Hitti resigns amid economic crisis

Dissatisfied with the government's performance, Lebanon's foreign minister handed in his resignation amid an economic crisis.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Often on brink, Lebanon headed toward collapse

Lebanon is hurtling toward a tipping point at an alarming speed, driven by financial ruin, collapsing institutions, hyperinflation and rapidly ...

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Lebanese party leader blames Hezbollah, allies for crisis

Samir Geagea warned the alliance between of Hezbollah and Aoun's party had "brought Lebanon to where it is".

Mohammed bin Zayed's preferences regarding UAE foreign policy

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Mohammed bin Zayed's preferences regarding UAE foreign policy

Comment: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen takes a deep dive into what's driving bin Zayed's aggressive foreign policy agenda, the risks involved, and ...

Nizar Hassan

Oligarchs crashed the economy, Lebanese are paying the price

Comment: Lebanon's oligarchs have avoided taking necessary action, sabotaged IMF negotiations, and are now seeking an impossible solution. All ...

Sudan's premier appoints civilians as provincial governors

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Sudan's premier appoints civilians as provincial governors

The appointment of the governors forms part of a power-sharing agreement, singed last August between the military and protesters.

US 'pressuring Arab states to shun Beirut': Lebanese minister

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US 'pressuring Arab states to shun Beirut': Lebanese minister

Amid a worsening economic crisis, Lebanon's government is struggling to find support among its Arab allies.

As Israel virus cases surge, government weighs new lockdown

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As Israel virus cases surge, government weighs new lockdown

The growing coronavirus outbreak, coupled with a struggling economy, have marked a dramatic turnaround for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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