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The Middle East is a transcontinental region centered on Western Asia, Turkey (both Asian and European), and Egypt (which is mostly in North Africa). The corresponding adjective is Middle Eastern and the derived noun is Middle Easterner. The term has come into wider usage as a replacement of the term Near East (as opposed to the Far East) beginning in the early 20th century.


Arabs, Turks, Persians, Kurds, and Azeris (excluding Azerbaijan) constitute the largest ethnic groups in the region by population. Minorities of the Middle East include Jews, Baloch, Greeks, Assyrians, and other Arameans, Berbers, Circassians (including Kabardians), Copts, Druze, Lurs, Mandaeans, Samaritans, Shabaks, Tats, and Zazas. In the Middle East, there is also a Romani community. European ethnic groups that form a diaspora in the region include Albanians, Bosniaks, Crimean Tatars, Franco-Levantines, and Italo-Levantines. Among other migrant populations are Bengalis as well as other Indians, Chinese, Filipinos, Indonesians, Pakistanis, and Sub-Saharan Africans.


The history of the Middle East dates back to ancient times, with the (geopolitical) importance of the region being recognized for millennia. Several major religions have their origins in the Middle East, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; the Baha'i faith, Mandaeism, Unitarian Druze, and numerous other belief systems were also established within the region.


The Middle East generally has a hot, arid climate, with several major rivers providing irrigation to support agriculture in limited areas such as the Nile Delta in Egypt, the Tigris and Euphrates watersheds of Mesopotamia, and most of what is known as the Fertile Crescent.


Most of the countries that border the Persian Gulf have vast reserves of crude oil, with monarchs of the Arabian Peninsula in particular benefiting economically from petroleum exports.

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Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, DMCC, said: "DMCC is excited to be the 'first to say SO/' by bringing the debut SO/ in the Middle East to our first super-tall tower in Uptown Dubai in partnership with AccorHotels. SO/ is a bold and innovative brand much like the spirit of Dubai and DMCC's ...
HEBDEN BRIDGE, UK, APRIL 19, 2018 - To continue increasing its reach in the Middle East, Calrec has partnered with Dubai-based GSL Professional to give extensive distribution across the region including the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. GSL is representing ...

The new defence strategy asserts that 'one of the defence objectives include maintaining favourable regional balances of power in the Indo-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and the Western Hemisphere'. While the same doctrine under the heading of Prioritise preparedness for war reaffirms that ...
In a significant and yet not entirely unexpected development, the Dubai International Film Festival has canceled its upcoming edition. As part of a "new strategy" the December festival announced that it will take place every two years in a different format. The new format and team behind it remains ...
"From day one," he said, the Trump administration, "has sent a message to our Middle East allies, particularly Israel and the Saudis," that there would be, "no raps on the knuckle, no tsk-tsking about restraint. Our allies are taking that directive and running with it." The U.S. group Human Rights Watch ...
The rocks and shoals that can wreck alliances in the Middle East are too numerous to count, and the "troika" is riven with contradictions and conflicting interests. But the war in Syria looks as if it's coming to some kind of resolution -- and at this point Iran, Russia, and Turkey seem to be the only actors ...

Seventy years after it established statehood in 1948, modern Israel is a country wrapped up in contradictions, a place where the same person who barges ahead of you in line will invite you over for dinner. And he'll mean it, and you'll go. ("Sabra," a prickly pear-like fruit, is a word often used to ...
That's why you look at the Middle East, there are a lot of great iconic buildings, a lot of unusual type of developments … So the Middle East represents a tremendous market potential for us," he said. He added that the Middle East and South Asia regions represent between 10 to 15 percent of his firm's ...
Now, after a $5m renovation lasting more than three years, the museum is reopening its Middle East galleries, having substantially expanded and completely reconceived them - with more than half of the nearly 1,200 objects on view to the public for the first time. "This is one of the most important ...
AccorHotels signed nine hotels in the first quarter 2018 to drive its expansion across the Middle East, according to Construction Week Online. The new signings allowed the group's portfolio to reach more than 300 hotels with 80,000 guestrooms across 30 countries in the MENA region. Through this new set ...
As President Trump plans to withdraw U.S. forces there, Presidents Putin of Russia, Rouhani of Iran, and Erdogan of Turkey wrapped up another summit, consolidating even more power and influence in the region at the expense of America's allies. The order of the Middle East is at stake, our country must ...
Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi-based contractor NPCC are among a growing number of companies in the Middle East making use of unmanned and autonomous offshore units. Saudi Aramco recently began using an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that can conduct offshore surveys for seabed ...
The Penn Museum's new exhibition, Middle East Galleries, will open to the public on April 21. To celebrate, the museum will conduct a two-day-long Opening Weekend Festival. The exhibit will feature over 1,200 objects from a period spanning 10,000 years, according to the Penn Museum website.
The US Air Force announced that the last squadrons of the legendary B-52 Stratofortress have concluded their operations against ISIS in the Middle East and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and have returned home to Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. "Following two years of B-52 squadrons employing nearly 12,000 ...
The information you need to start your day, from PaymentsSource and around the Web: Interac exports debit tech to the Middle East Interac, Canada's national debit network, has been shopping its digital payments technology outside of Canada, and won a contract with Mint, a payments technology ...
In keeping with several Singapore-based owners, subsea company Kreuz Subsea said it plans to continue to focus much of its attention on the market in the Middle East. Seeking utilisation, Singaporean owners have deployed larger numbers of vessels to the Middle East, a move that has aroused concern ...

Hilton has set plans to triple its footprint across the Middle East to include more than 120 hotels in the next few years. The hotel group has signed 81 hotels with local partners and investors with a majority of these scheduled to open by 2023, expanding its portfolio of 41 hotels currently operating in the ...
France is pursuing an ambitious foreign policy under President Emmanuel Macron that seeks to restore Paris' clout and influence in the Middle East, analysts have told Al Jazeera. In what marked a new phase in Macron's presidency, France joined the United States and the UK on April 14 in dropping 105 ...
CNBC unveiled its new Middle East Headquarters in Abu Dhabi today. The hub, which is inside the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), will be the home of Capital Connection, which is co-anchored by Hadley Gamble in Abu Dhabi and Nancy Hungerford from the network's Asia Headquarters in Singapore.
German multinational Siemens is expanding its already sizeable Middle East presence by investing in the digital sphere, to the tune of $500 million over the next three years. The engineering and software giant announced over the weekend its plans to develop digital innovations in the region with two ...
The evening of Friday, April 13th, 2018, was John Bolton's debut crisis as President Trump's national-security adviser. Barely three days on the job and there he was, standing off-camera in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room, while his new boss delivered an address to the nation to explain why ...
Other related stories involve a regionally active and untrustworthy Turkish regime, Saudi displeasure at the shift of Qatar into Iran's orbit, and the possibility that Trump will use a Middle East conflict either to try to show he is tough with Russia or to distract attention from special counsel Robert Mueller's ...
Turkey does not stand with or against Syria, and its policy on the region differs from that of Iran, Russia and the United States, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday. Bozdag's comments were in response to a reporter's question about an earlier remark from French President Emmanuel ...
German software maker SAP expects to generate new business in the Middle East as a result of Saudi Arabia's "Vision 2030" plan, a senior executive at the company told CNBC. There is a big push toward cloud computing in Saudi Arabia, according to Luka Mucic, chief financial officer at SAP. "Companies ...
(Beirut, April 16, 2018) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists from Arabic-speaking countries in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social stigma, Human Rights Watch and the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) said in a video ...
The number of sheep squeezed onto export ships bound for the Middle East during the northern summer will be a key issue in a government-backed review. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the "short, sharp" review would investigate heat stress, ventilation, bedding and waste management.
Host Carol Castiel talks with Middle East analyst Ellen Laipson, Director of the Center for Security Policy Studies at George Mason University, former CEO of the Stimson Center, about the state of play in Syria after the chemical weapons attack; Iraq, the fate of the Iran nuclear deal and increasing tensions ...
Sadly, President Donald Trump must face Syrian atrocities without the world's trust, thanks to the inept policies of previous administrations. Sanctions against Iraq imposed by the U.S.-led U.N. Security Council in 1990 and maintained by Bill Clinton resulted in an estimated 500,000 deaths. George W.
A graduate of Beth-Center High School, Roule served for 34 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, managing several programs related to Iran and the Middle East. He served as National Intelligence Manager for Iran (NIM-I) at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for nine years, until his ...
Instead, Trump was intent on downplaying expectations and limiting U.S. engagement: “No amount of American blood or treasure can produce lasting peace and security in the Middle East. It's a troubled place,” he declared. Trump promised to “try to make it better,” but he repeated: “It is a troubled place.”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said a reported chemical attack in Syria was staged by foreign agents. The US and France say they have proof it took place and, alongside the UK, are considering military retaliation. Russia, which has military forces deployed in Syria in support of the ...
An international conference on the Middle East, featuring a keynote address by Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, will take place at Yale on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. Titled “Amalna: Paving the Road Ahead,” the conference will be held in Rm. 114 of ...
Oil prices have soared amid worries about fighting in the Middle East, but it is not yet clear whether elevated tensions will continue to support the recent rally, according to the latest monthly report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). "Political uncertainty in the Middle East has returned to the fore," the ...
He added market participants had been "laughed out the room" when they projected crude futures to reach either $60 or $70 a barrel six months ago. But heightened tensions in the Middle East had since brought about the prospect of oil prices soaring to more than $100 a barrel later this year, he added.
Although President Trump generally seems to oppose any attempt to confront Russia—with the exception of a tweet this week in which he warned the Kremlin to “ get ready”—it's worth considering how a more strategically minded administration might do so, particularly in the Middle East, where Moscow ...
For years, Iran and Israel have been engaged in a clandestine cold war, involving assassinations, sabotage and acts of terrorism carried out by secret agents or their proxies in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. They fought over Iran's nuclear programme, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and ...
The average daily expenditure of visitors from the Middle East, which varies from RM1,185 (US$303) for Kuwait to RM1,046 for the UAE and RM943 for Saudi Arabia, is notably higher than RM720 for Singaporeans, who contribute close to half of total arrivals to Malaysia and stay an average of four nights.
Data from hedge fund analytical tool Kensho that examined patterns coinciding with U.S. military actions in the Middle East dating back to the 1990s show that in the day, week and month after a Mideast strike, oil has underperformed other assets, and the energy sector has been one of the worst in the S&P ...
Oil futures on Wednesday marked their highest finish since late 2014, as rising tensions in the Middle East continued to feed concerns over potential supply disruptions in the region. News reports that Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile over Riyadh prompted a steeper rise in prices shortly after a U.S. ...
It is was punishing day for equity markets as smouldering Middle East embers look set to ignite into raging geopolitical firestorms after President Trump warned Russia "get ready" for missiles being launched at Syria. War drums, tweets and the FOMC minutes made for a chaotic session with the Syrian ...
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was around 0.1 percent higher during early morning deals, with sectors and major bourses pointing in opposite directions. British gambling technology firm Playtech announced Thursday it had agreed to buy a 70.6 percent stake in Italian betting and gaming firm Snaitech for ...
The Middle East has seen a considerable expansion of cultural infrastructure over the past decade. There's the flat-out commercialism of Dubai, the rediscovery and exposure of Iranian Modern art, and, most recently, the surprisingly dynamic cultural renaissance in Saudi Arabia. Trying to get up to speed ...
Global stock markets rise as Middle East tensions ease - as it happened. Stocks venture into positive territory after Donald Trump tweets a .... European stock markets have ventured into positive territory, as tensions eased in the Middle East. Donald Trump sent a new tweet, saying a military strike against ...
Although President Trump generally seems to oppose any attempt to confront Russia—with the exception of a tweet this morning in which he warned the Kremlin to “get ready”—it's worth considering how a more strategically minded administration might do so, particularly in the Middle East, where Moscow ...
The S&P 500 aerospace sub-industry returned an average of 1.5 percent to investors a month after U.S. action in the Middle East, according to CNBC analysis using Kensho. In turn, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average returned just under 1 percent to investors in such instances.
Oil futures on Wednesday marked their highest finish since late 2014, as rising tensions in the Middle East continued to feed concerns over potential supply disruptions in the region. News reports that Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile over Riyadh prompted a steeper rise in prices shortly after a U.S. ...
If this mess in the Middle East gets any worse, it could be just the beginning. Small energy stocks could be a Russia/Syria/Saudi/Iran crisis play, and might even hedge your portfolio if things go really sour. (This is subject, naturally, to the usual caveat: All stock market predictions are guaranteed at time of ...
NEW YORK (Bloomberg) -- Crude in London and New York are at the highest levels since 2014 after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia to “get ready” for U.S. missiles to be fired at Syria and Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile over Riyadh. Meanwhile, an Energy Information Administration report ...
Oil prices jumped to their highest level since 2014 Wednesday, as worries about fighting in the Middle East spooked markets. The day began with President Donald Trump tweeting to threaten a missile attack on Syria in response to reports of a chemical attack by government forces there earlier this week.


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