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Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

Saudi Aramco’s debut international bond topped US$100 billion on Tuesday. After posting profits of US$111 billion last year, orders for Saudi Aramco’s debut international bond topped US$100 billion on Tuesday. Bloomberg points out that the bond sale raises money to finance Saudi Arabia’s economic development after an initial public offering (IPO) was postponed last year until at least 2021. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is using the state oil producer’s pristine balance sheet to finance his ambitions…

A team of investigators have “concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone.” Saudi Arabia has been implicated in an extortion scandal to defame Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over his affair with a TV news anchor, it has been claimed. Who hacked Bezos’s phone? After intimate text messages and images shared between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were leaked to The National Enquirer, the Amazon CEO ordered an investigation to discover who…

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will host a star-studded opening ceremony on Wednesday and the doors will open to the public on Thursday. The National Museum of Qatar is set to open this week. The museum – which took nearly ten years to complete at a cost of US$434 million – is built in the shape of a desert rose and is a stunning addition to Doha’s skyline. Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani…

Businesses have been hesitant to attach themselves to the kingdom ever since Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ambitions to develop Saudi Arabian Airlines, also known as Saudia, into an international carrier capable of rivaling Qatar Airways. But the world is not biting following a succession of controversies to engulf the kingdom and its ruler. According to CNN, the Saudis are planning an expansion of the airline…

Hassan Rohani has traveled to Iraq for the first time in five years. This visit happens as Iran faces US sanctions that have had a strong negative impact on Iran’s economy. Iraq has become Iran’s first trade partner, despite pressure from Washington. According to official reports, trades between the two countries have reached 10 billion dollars, attributable to imports of Iranian gasoline, electricity and services by Iraq. Most of these trades are imports of Iranian…

Qatar’s final position on the matter will be decided by its rulers, who may see political advantage in agreeing to include specific neighbouring nations. FIFA is considering plans to extend the 2022 World Cup to other Arab nations to increase the amount of teams taking part in the tournament. According to The New York Times, Qatar will still be the host nation, but in order to allow 48 teams to take part Kuwait and Oman…

Oil prices were looking for direction on Tuesday as investors are concerned about geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. North Sea Brent crude for April delivery was worth $64.89 on the London Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) at 11am GMT, down 78 cents from Monday’s close. In the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) electronic trading, a barrel of light sweet crude (WTI) for the March contract, he last day of trading, was 21 cents to 61.89 dollars.…

88 percent of Qataris said they see media in their country as credible, and 99 percent said they think their country is headed in the right direction. Despite the blockade imposed upon Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, the country continues to prosper not only in the GCC region but globally. The World Bank has predicted that Qatar’s economy will grow by 3 percent in both 2019 and 2020, and…

Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi. Despite managing to so far dodge the proverbial bullet over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is facing fresh claims that he was behind the assassination of the Saudi journalist. According to the New York Times, an intelligence report reveals that Prince Mohammed told a top aide in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi.…

According to UNICEF, at least 83 children, mostly Syrians, were killed during a “bloody” January in conflicts zones in the Middle East. They were killed in ongoing conflicts, suicide attacks, or frozen to death as they fled active warzones, UNICEF reports, blaming intensifying fighting in Syria. Since its start in March 2011, the civil war in Syria has claimed more than 400,000 lives and displaced 22 million people. International organizations have blamed all sides involved in…