• Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani
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    Qatar Vows to Honor Gas Deals with UAE Despite Diplomatic Crisis

    Rabat - Qatar said it will honor its agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG), despite the fact that the UAE severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf state on Monday. Speaking to Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatari foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, stressed Qatar’s intention...

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  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Aftermath of Gulf Crisis: Qatar’s Economy on Shaky Legs

    Rabat - On Monday morning, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates announced that they had cut all ties with Qatar (Kuwait and Oman have not taken a public stance). Yemen, the Maldives and one of the ruling factions in Libya later followed the movement. The rupture will not only create a wave...

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  • Morocco 2nd Most Attractive African Country for Investment
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    3rd Morocco-GCC Meeting Focuses on Intensifying Economic Cooperation

    Rabat - The 3rd meeting of the working group in charge of economic cooperation between Morocco and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries opened, on Tuesday in Rabat. With the aim of examining means in favor of intensifying coordination related to economic and trade cooperation through the follow-up of the implementation of the joint action...

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  • Value of Egyptian Pound Drops to an Unprecedented Level
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    Value of Egyptian Pound Drops to an Unprecedented Level

    Casablanca - The Egyptian pound recorded an unprecedented drop while the US dollar continues to rise, reaching 20 pounds per dollar on Wednesday, December 21. Since Egypt officially began floating the Egyptian pound last November, the value of the pound continued to drop gradually, reaching 20.05 pounds per US dollar on the black market. Meanwhile,...

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  • Live ‘Meat Factory’ to Go into Full Production at Gulfood Manufacturing
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    Live ‘Meat Factory’ to Go into Full Production at Gulfood Manufacturing

    Dubai - Gulfood Manufacturing, the Middle East’s biggest food manufacturing, processing and packaging, logistics and materials handling exhibition, will feature a ‘live’ meat factory when it opens its doors at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) for a three-day run from 7 November, 2016. Germany’s United Food Technology Equipment (UFT) will build, equip and operate the ‘meat factory’...

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  • Automation Transforming Middle East’s Packaging Industry
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    Automation Transforming Middle East’s Packaging Industry

    Dubai - The Middle East’s packaging industry is undergoing rapid transformation with increasing demand for sophisticated automated solutions, according to exhibitors at Gulfood Manufacturing which will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on 7-9 November, 2016. UAE-based Al Thika Packaging - one of the leading domestic exhibitors participating in ProPack Middle East, the...

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    Saudi Arabia to Borrow Money from International Market

    Rabat - Saudi Arabia has begun talks with potential investors to launch a deposit of international bonds based on the U.S. dollar in order to borrow money from the international market for the first time in its history. The news came from the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA), which explained that the Ministry of Finance...

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    Saudi Aramco officially Stops Petroleum Aid to Egypt

    Casablanca - Amid a dire economic situation in Egypt that threatens to reduce to the value of the Egyptian pound, the Saudi national oil company Aramco informed the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation that it would stop supplying it with petroleum. In a phone call with Reuters, an anonymous Egyptian government official said that the state-controlled Saudi...

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    Private Sector, Key Driver for Growth in the MENA Region

    London - The private sector can be an important driver for growth and rising prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) if effective policies are put in place to address key challenges across the region, according to a report from three leading international development and financial institutions. The report from the European Bank...

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  • International Symposium in London on MENA Economics
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    International Symposium in London on MENA Economics

    Rabat - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is the topic of a two-day research symposium being held by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Economics of Transition journal on 2-3 June. The event will take a stand-back look at some of the...

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  • Dubai among Most Affordable Global Cities for Accommodating Employees
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    Dubai among Most Affordable Global Cities for Accommodating Employees

    By Azam Mahmood Butt Dubai - If you were thinking that Dubai was a tourist haven where wealthy businessmen go merely to savour some sweet luxuries not found elsewhere, let me correct you a bit here. All those high net worth individuals aren’t just travelling to the Middle Eastern emirate just to have a holiday. Dubai’s...

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    Why Russians love to invest in Dubai’s realty sector

    Rabat - Dubai has long lived up to its reputation of attracting international investment and it comes as no surprise that the emirate has an ardent fan-base in Russia as well. Russia is the world’s largest producer of crude oil and second largest producer of natural gas, which adds up to more than half of...

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    Egypt Seeks to Attract Moroccan Tourists

    Rabat - As European vacationers  are switching their regular Egypt holidays for other destinations in the wake of the Russian passenger plane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula, the Egyptian Embassy in Rabat seeks to attract more tourists from Morocco. The Egyptian Embassy in Morocco has invited leading Moroccan travel operators to a dedicated tourism meeting...

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  • Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, and his Moroccan counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar
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    Morocco-UAE's Joint Communique Hails Bilateral Relations

    Rabat - Morocco and the UAE reiterated on Tuesday their commitment and determination to sustain the momentum of their bilateral relationships and strengthen them to achieve a high level that will lead to a strategic partnership in various fields. According to the Gulf News, the decision came in “a joint communique that was issued after...

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    Qatar Airways Wants to Buy Stakes in Royal Air Maroc

    Rabat - After signing a new partnership deal with Morocco’s national career Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Qatar Airways (QA) is now considering buying a stake in the Moroccan company. On Thursday, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said QA is evaluating the case for buying a stake in the Moroccan career to help it...

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    Royal Air Maroc Starts Direct Flights from Casablanca to Doha

    Rabat - Moroccan national airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) started on Wednesday to operate direct flights from Casablanca to Doha, in attempt to link Africa to Asia. The new route was officially launched this Wednesday by an official delegation headed by Minister of Transportation and Equipment Aziz Rabbah and Head of RAM, Idris Benhima. RAM’s maiden...

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    ISESCO Slams International Community’s Failure to Stop Israeli Crimes in Gaza

    Rabat - The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) on Thursday condemned the inability of the international community, with all its institutions, to stop the latest heinous crimes Israeli forces have been perpetrating in the Gaza Strip for more than 25 days now. “Such a feeble stand by major powers and international organizations, along with...

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    First Moroccan-Saudi Investment Forum slated for June 4-6 in Casablanca

    Casablanca - The first Moroccan-Saudi Investment Forum will be held on June 4-6 in Casablanca. This forum is held within the framework of the recommendations of the 12th Moroccan-Saudi Joint Commission, held in Jeddah in August 2013, a statement of the General Confederation of Moroccan Businesses (CGEM) on Tuesday. Organized by the Moroccan-Saudi Business Council...

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Opinions

  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...