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Arabs are a major panethnic group whose native language is Arabic, comprising the majority of the Arab world. They primarily inhabit Western Asia, North Africa, and parts of the Horn of Africa. Before the spread of Islam, Arab referred to any of the largely nomadic Semitic tribes inhabiting the Arabian Peninsula. In modern usage Arabic-speaking populations are a highly heterogeneous collection of peoples, with diverse ancestral origins and identities. The ties that bind the Arab people are common linguistic, cultural, and political traditions. As such, Arab identity is based on one or more of genealogical, linguistic or cultural grounds, although with competing identities often taking a more prominent role, based on considerations including regional, national, clan, kin, sect, and tribe affiliations and relationships. If the Arab panethnicity is regarded as a single population, then it constitutes one of the world's largest groups after Han Chinese and Indo-Aryan Indians.


The Arabian Peninsula itself was not entirely originally Arabic. Arabization occurred in some parts of the Arabian Peninsula. For example, the language shift to Arabic displaced the Indigenous South Semitic Old South Arabian languages of modern-day Yemen and southern Oman. These were the languages spoken in the civilizations of Sheba, Ubar, Magan, Dilmun, and Meluhha— whose origin is debated; Lionel Bender (1997) suggesting an origin in Ethiopia, while others suggest the southern portion of the Arabian peninsula. A recent (2009) study based on a Bayesian model to estimate language change concluded that the latter viewpoint is more probable.

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Arab businesspeople account for at least 40 percent of foreign investment in Bosnia, according to Burcu Uygur, owner of Bosnia-based Turkish real-estate group DIDO. Bosnia has become a favored destination not only for Arab tourists but for investors as well, Uygur said, speaking on the sidelines of Expo ...
Dish has filed suit against two over-the-top video providers, SPider-TV and Tiger Star, it says are pirating Arabic channels for unauthorized distribution. Dish says it has sent over 100 notices to both and their ISPs asking that they stop transmitting the content, to which Dish has the rights, including streaming, ...

For more than 30 months now, an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting Al Houthi militias in Yemen that overthrew the legitimate and internationally recognised government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi. That coalition is acting on resolutions from the United Nations Security ...
Instead, the only signs that the IPO will take place have been domestic: last week, the Saudi Arabian stock exchange, the Tadawul, announced a series of measures to ease foreign investors' access and to widen the range of foreign institutional investors that are eligible to invest there. And at the beginning ...
The U.S. is well-placed to overtake the likes of Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's leading energy producer over the next 12 months, according to the latest monthly report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). "This year promises to be a record-setting one for the U.S.," the IEA said in its ...
... Arabian film, Frame, that emphasizes "female empowerment." Lohan, who considers herself somewhat of a Muslim-in-training, will reportedly play an American photographer named Anabelle, who travels to Saudi Arabia to become a teacher at a women-only university, questioning "her views on women, ...

Despite the fact that the move was never recognised by the international community, Israel has executed systematic plans to erase the Arab character and identity of the city. Arabic street signs have been replaced with Hebrew ones while Jews habitually raid Al Haram al Sharif to perform Jewish rituals ...
Dish has filed suit against two over-the-top video providers, SPider-TV and Tiger Star, it says are pirating Arabic channels for unauthorized distribution. Dish says it has sent over 100 notices to both and their ISPs asking that they stop transmitting the content, to which Dish has the rights, including streaming, ...
In some cases, he added, they even end up harming the boycotters, as in the case of Arab boycotts on American companies that harmed the livelihood of Arabs workers or franchise holders. He noted that the importance of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa for the Arabs and Muslims cannot be overstated, but a ...
Saudi Arabia will deposit $2 billion into Yemen's central bank in an effort to support the war-torn country's economic crisis, the kingdom's state news agency reported Wednesday. The cash injection -- ordered by Saudi Arabia's King Salman -- comes one day after Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed bin Daghr ...
Everybody needs oil. Saudi Arabia has a lot of oil. So the country has had an endless supply of money. Then, things started changing. The U.S. started producing more oil, which means Saudi Arabia can't control world oil prices like they used to. Also, it's become clear that the world isn't going to run on oil ...
Saudi Arabian authorities must release a prominent reformist cleric who has been held in solitary confinement for five months without charge or trial, Amnesty International said today amid growing fears for his health. Sheikh Salman al-Awda's family learnt yesterday that he has been hospitalized in the city ...
"Regional governments that are cooperating with the United States and the Zionist regime to fight against Muslims are certainly committing treason. That is what Saudi Arabia is doing," Khamenei said, according to his official website. Iran, the leading Shi'ite Muslim power, and Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, ...
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered a $2 billion transfer to the Yemeni central bank, CNN reports, as a wave to stave off further economic turmoil in war-torn Yemen. Why it matters: The Saudi Ministry of culture and Information said in a statement that the money is meant to boost ...
Project launched to transport female teachers across Saudi Arabia. Arab NEWS | Published -- Monday 15 January 2018. AddThis Sharing Buttons. Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to Google+ Share to WhatsApp Share to Reddit Share to email. The project serves teachers who work in schools 150-250 km away ...
According to reports, the Saudi-led coalition launched several airstrikes on Houthi positions across war-affected Yemen after Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile at Riyadh that was intercepted near the Saudi Arabian capital ...
Therefore it seems passing strange--no, make that positively bizarre--that the United States, during the "America First" presidency of Donald Trump, should side with Saudi Arabia against Iran in what is a Muslim version of the "Great Game," pitting Arab against Persian and Sunni against Shia. In the eyes ...

For, once in Barkas and Yerrakunta suburbs, one is greeted by exotic signage in Arabic on restaurants like Mataam al Arabi, Al Saud Bait al Mandi and Al Khaleej serving the Arabian delicacy Mandi . And the business is booming. The connection is clear. The two neighbourhoods are home to those who ...
The event will also highlight the growth of Arabic content and its role in the region. Speakers on the topic will include top executives from Cartoon Network Studios Arabia, Arab Format Lab, and CBC Egypt. "Arabic content is in increasingly high demand, and we have seen more and more exhibitors attend ...
During an appearance on American talk show The Wendy Williams Show on Friday, Lindsay Lohan announced that she has plans to shoot a film in Saudi Arabia soon, and that she's also looking into designing an island in Dubai. She said that the movie will be called Frame and will follow the story of an ...
... ones die needlessly from treatable illnesses because they do not have access to medical care," International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said in a statement. Since the Saudi-led war which started in 2015, the U.S. and U.K. has supplied nearly US$5 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah: The United Arab Emirates denied Sunday claims that a prominent member of the Qatari royal family has been held in the country against his will. ... Earlier, Al Thani took a step toward a peace process with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and called on the Qatari people to reconcile with the gulf house, ...
The Miss Arab USA pageant, according to the nonprofit that produces it, began in 2010 as a charitable event meant to highlight women of Arabic descent. Billed as a nonpolitical event that celebrates the heritage of its contestants, Miss Arab USA eschews some of the typical pageant fare -- there's no ...
For, once in Barkas and Yerrakunta suburbs, one is greeted by exotic signage in Arabic on restaurants like Mataam al Arabi, Al Saud Bait al Mandi and Al Khaleej serving the Arabian delicacy Mandi. And the business is booming. The connection is clear. The two neighbourhoods are home to those who ...
The United Nations is calling for the permanent re-opening of all of Yemen's sea ports to allow vital, life-saving humanitarian and commercial cargo to enter. The Saudi-led coalition partially lifted its blockade of Yemen's sea ports on December 20. Since then, the U.N. reports 13 vessels have delivered food ...
Meanwhile, as Turkey, together with Qatar, kept on championing and giving logistical support to Hamas, an Iranian satellite, Saudi Arabia and Egypt ... taught children how treacherous Arab tribes stabbed their Ottoman ancestors in the back during the First World War, and even how Arabs collaborated with ...
Saudi Arabia's billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior official in the oil rich kingdom said. Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by ...
Saudi Arabia has for the first time allowed women to spectate at a football match, part of an easing of strict rules on gender separation by the ultra-conservative Muslim country. Women fans filed into a stadium in the city of Jeddah on Friday, through family gates into family seating. But even segregated as ...
While not all Arabs are Muslim, Quranic interpretation of homosexuality can impact the broader Arab view. Experts in Middle Eastern studies ... Men and women, they said, have engaged in same-sex eroticism throughout the Muslim world, as evidenced by Arabic poetry. Colonial interactions might have ...
In Arab countries, we seem to stress learning a foreign language at the expense of our mother tongue. Many young Arabs speak English or French much better than Arabic. Proficiency in a foreign language is a necessity in our globalised world, but it should be accompanied by eloquence in the native ...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed a statement issued by Arab foreign ministers, who were meeting in Jordan to discuss the repercussions of the US decision to recognize ... Saudi Arabia's statement came after a Cabinet meeting presided over by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh.
Amnesty International launches a campaign today to mark the three year anniversary of the public flogging of Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi. He received the first 50 out of 1000 lashes on 9 January 2015 for setting up a website focused on social and political debate. In the wake of his flogging, which ...
Pakistan condemns missile attack on Saudi Arabian city Narjan ... "Pakistan commends the government of Saudi Arabia for destroying the missile before it caused any civilian casualties," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry statement said, adding that "it is however concerned at reports that there was some damage ...
An Egyptian poet and the host of the popular radio programme Our Beautiful Language (لغتنا الجميلة in Arabic), Farouk Shousha (فاروق شوشة in Arabic) would have been 82 on Tuesday, January 9. In his honour, Google is changing its logo to a doodle in nine countries across the Middle East. This is ...
U.S. oil production will average 10.8 million barrels a day in 2019, according to the Energy Information Administration, a level that will rival top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia. EIA sees America's output at 10.3 million barrels a day this year, the highest annual average on record. EIA forecasts U.S. ...
A prominent Muslim scholar has been detained by Saudi Arabia for the past four months without charge, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. ... Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott against Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of aiding "terrorists" and having close ties ...
Kuwait CITY, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait and Saudi Arabia on Sunday vowed to boost the bilateral cooperation and lift their relations to a new level. The discussions were held by Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah with his visiting Saudi counterpart ...
A study by Germany's Friedrich Ebert Foundation shows that young people from Arabic-speaking countries have an optimistic outlook on life, but little faith in politics. DW spoke to the ... If religion is growing increasingly important for young Arabs, does this mean radical Islam could become more powerful?
Our 2009 agreement with the Saudi's neighbor, the United Arab Emirates, includes the gold standard (who would be freed of it if we don't include it in subsequent Middle East nuclear cooperative agreements). The pro-export crowd counters that Saudi Arabia is different -- that if we don't sell on easier terms ...
Arab foreign ministers are calling for international recognition of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital, aiming to nullify a controversial US decision on the holy city's status. Ayman Safadi, the Jordanian foreign minister, hosted a committee of officials from Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the ...
Amid the Arab uprisings, Zureiqat, an MIT-graduate engineer and active member of Jordan's tech scene, launched Sowt -- Arabic for "voice" -- as a social network where users could share short audio clips on a timeline or feed. The platform was structured like twitter (and audio apps like Anchor or ...
Six Arab countries have pledged to seek international recognition of a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital. Meeting in Amman on Saturday (Jan. 6), the foreign ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority said they also aim to ensure no other ...
Saudi Arabia named a street in Tarout Island after slain Shiite judge Sheikh Mohammed al-Jirani as instructed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz. The street named after him is where Jirani lived and where he was kidnapped from over a year ago, Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Abdul Latif bin ...
State employees in Saudi Arabia are to be given money to compensate for a new sales tax and a rise in fuel prices. ... The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has also introduced a 5% sales tax. ... In Saudi Arabia more than 90% of budget revenues come from the oil industry while in the UAE it is roughly 80%.
Saudi Arabia has ordered new monthly payments to civil servants and soldiers in an effort to soften the impact of price hikes and new taxes introduced under the kingdom's economic reform plans. The Saudi monarchy - driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - this week doubled petrol prices and ...
"Despite promises of reform and moderation from Saudi Arabia's emerging leadership, it is clear from Saleh al-Shehi's arrest that repression as usual continues," CPJ's Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, Sherif Mansour, said from Washington D.C. "Saudi authorities must release al-Shehi ...
Iran had a rough start to the new year. In the final days of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, a series of demonstrations flared nationwide, sparking rare displays of public opposition to a government whose mandate has been under attack by foreign powers, especially the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The annual UN Arabic Language Day observed on Dec. 18 aims to celebrate multilingualism, cultural diversity and the equal use of all six of its official working languages. By extension, "Bil Arabi" also seeks to engage all members of society in the UAE and around the world, to bridge cultural differences ...
In the process, he has witnessed the transformation of key gulf markets such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia. But what really sets Amr apart is his signature on a financial literacy program, which met with considerable success. The program has not only empowered scores of young Saudis, it has also set the ...
Arabic-speaking expat couples who want to wed in Saudi Arabia can finally hold Islamic marriage ceremonies at their homes, Arab News reported. Before a decision passed by the kingdom's Ministry of Justice last week, all expat marriage ceremonies could only be held in courts. However, the latest ...


 

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