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Omar Hasan

Unemployment fuels unrest in Arab states: IMF

Violent protests have broken out in several Arab countries since early 2010 and turned into bloody civil wars in Syria, Yemen and Libya

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation if punished over missing critic

From tech tycoons to media giants, a host of Western companies are now distancing themselves from the Gulf state

Saudi polls, aid sweeteners not enough

Municipal polls, after a huge economic aid package, may not be enough to spare Saudi Arabia from the upheavals sweeping the Arab world.

First woman candidate breaks taboo in Kuwait

The first woman ever to contest elections in the conservative Persian Gulf state of Kuwait has launched her campaign by breaking a 44-year-old taboo in bringing male and female voters together. Hundreds of men and women attended the landmark event late on Tuesday which was held according to Kuwaiti tradition.

Kuwait’s sick emir ousted from office

Kuwait's Parliament on Tuesday voted ailing Emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah out of office after barely a week in power, ending one of the gravest political crises in the oil-rich state's history. Sheikh Saad's powers were transferred to the government on an interim basis after the unanimous vote.

Survival of the fittest in Gulf aviation market

A new airline will soon take to the skies in Kuwait but only the leanest of the Gulf's growing number of carriers will survive the cut-throat competition in the region's oil-rich market, analysts said on Wednesday. Most of the nine airlines owned by the six Gulf Arab states, which this year are forecast to boast -billion in windfall oil revenues, depend on government support and tax breaks.

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