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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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I'm concerned about my time spent working abroad in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, from January 2013 to June 2014. When I returned home I transferred my money into my Irish account. I went back to work again in Ireland and didn't inform Revenue about working abroad. I was never taxed on my Saudi income ...
Reem Assil debuted her first full-service restaurant in Oakland earlier this month. Assil earned a following in the Bay Area for Reem's California, first a food stand and then an “Arab street corner bakery” in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. Since Assil launched her business serving traditional Arabic ...

The Saudi-led Arab coalition entered the Yemeni war in 2015 just months after an Al Houthi coup forced internationally-recognised Yemeni president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi out of ... Saudi Arabia and the US have accused Iran of illegally smuggling weapons into Yemen to sustain Al Houthi war efforts.
The Trump administration is trying to ship an American citizen with alleged links to ISIS to Saudi Arabia without a trial — and without any assurances that he won't simply be thrown into prison once he arrives on Saudi territory. The proposed move has no recent precedent and highlights President Trump's ...
With his dystopian novel “The Second War of the Dog,” Ibrahim Nasrallah won the 2018 International Prize for Arab Fiction in yet another victory for ... Nasrallah's "The Kilimanjaro Souls" and Yahia Yakhlaf's "Windsurfer" were shortlisted for the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel in the “published novel” category.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will host the Middle East's biggest ever pay-per-view event in Saudi Arabia on Friday, as it looks to capitalize on ... in Abu Dhabi where two of the top female wrestlers — Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss — became the first women to compete in the United Arab Emirates.

Mexico's Cinepolis, the world's fourth-largest exhibitor, has announced plans to crack Saudi Arabia's untapped and highly lucrative cinema market. ... Additionally, Cinepolis is set to launch theaters in the Arab Gulf countries of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain, with the first location due to open ...
Even so, the prospects for Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Arab countries to send troops and trainers to Syria is remote, U.S. officials said. Although worried about Iran's growing presence, they fear becoming bogged down in Syria's multi-sided civil war and being handed the difficult job of controlling Islamic ...
Since the early 1960s, scientists have known about the so-called “dead zone” in the Gulf of Oman, a patch of water practically devoid of all oxygen. As anyone who has ever owned an aquarium knows, even fish require oxygen, but as a surprising new survey shows, the Arabian Sea features an ...
Right now it only exists on paper, in the form of a memorandum of understanding. But if constructed, the newly-announced solar photovoltaic project in Saudi Arabia would break an astonishing array of records. It's larger than any solar project currently planned by a factor of 100. When completed, nominally ...
This kind of public recognition of Israel's right to exist in an area associated with ancient Jewish history is rare from a senior Arab leader. It is, of course, not unprecedented. Egypt and Jordan already have a kind of peace with Israel. And many might argue that the Saudi-sponsored Arab Peace Initiative - a regional peace ...
One of the most restrictive countries in the world seems to be opening up. Saudi Arabia has always let in Muslims headed to Mecca on a religious pilgrimage. Now the government says it's going to issue tourist visas as well. NPR's Jackie Northam has been traveling around Saudi Arabia on a journalist visa, ...
Jews in Israel have often received ridiculous sentences for attacking Arabs, even causing their death, which can only be understood as blatant discrimination. This phenomenon, whose first signs were seen even before Israel's conquest of the territories, has only strengthened in the conquest's aftermath.
All the while, the cast members, dressed in motley attic-trunk costumes by Dina El-Aziz, keep changing parts — and perspectives — to speak (in Arabic as well as English), sing and mime accounts of men and women making love and war, which are often the same thing. It is surprisingly easy to follow the ...
Dubai: The current transformation and openness being witnessed in Saudi Arabia will be in the best interest of the Arab world and will unleash the potential of the Saudi people on many different levels, said Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmad Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, at the opening session of ...
A Saudi office could help Snapchat expand its foothold in the Arab world's largest economy, a place where 70 percent of the population is younger than 30 years old. The service is already tremendously popular in Saudi Arabia. Its use among the kingdom's youth featured prominently in a recent "60 ...
"Saudi Arabia-Iran tensions appear to be intensifying. While this provides a geopolitical premium in oil for now, it could develop cracks in OPEC's unity, which could end the pact prematurely," Nitesh Shah, commodities strategist at ETF Securities, said in a research note Tuesday. Saudi Arabia and Russia ...

Regionally, it disrupted the balance of power as Iraqi Shi'as assumed governance in an Arab world dominated by Sunni elites. It also enabled Iran and Iraq to forge close ties, which strengthened the Axis of Resistance and Iran's geopolitical sway. These developments play into many Saudi concerns and ...
A barrage of missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels fell on targets in Saudi Arabia late Sunday evening, killing one person in Riyadh and wounding two, according to Saudi Press Agency, the state-run news agency. This week marked the third anniversary of the Saudi kingdom's participation in the war in ...
We will not wait until the fight is in Saudi Arabia, we will bring the fight to Iran," and labeled the Persian Gulf as the "Arabian Gulf." There are actually elements in the video that are understated, according to Knights, like Saudi Arabia's fixed wing strike capacity. "If Saudi Arabia chose to engage in punitive strikes it could, at the ...
In January 2017, Shadia was invited to a casting audition to host the first World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) show in Arabic, "Wal3ooha" - meaning "light it up" - in Dubai. But spotting her potential to become a WWE Superstar, the sports entertainment company offered Shadia a chance to compete at ...
But before any US sale, the Trump administration needs to strike a nuclear cooperation pact, known as a “123 agreement,” with Saudi Arabia. In those agreements, countries make promises about how they will and won't use the powerful nuclear equipment they could buy from the US in the future.
“These unlawful attacks must not be used as an excuse by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition to indiscriminately attack civilians or further exacerbate Yemen's humanitarian crisis by imposing yet more restrictions on importing aid and essential goods such as food, medicine and fuel. “We have documented ...
While Saudi Arabia may have dodged a bullet, the political climate in Congress is moving in a hostile direction for the kingdom — and another, more moderate bill aimed at curbing carte blanche U.S. support for the war in Yemen remains on the table. Four separate congressional votes over the past three ...
Israel's leading demographics expert on Tuesday defended military figures indicating the number of Arabs will soon equal that of Jews in the Holy Land ... He added that while Jewish birth rates were catching up with those of Arabs, mostly due to the high fertility rates among ultra-Orthodox Jews, the Arab ...
As Saudi Arabia opens its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel, Israel's national carrier will take its own fight for access to Saudi ... On more than one occasion, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has claimed that Israel's relations with the Arab world are now better than ever.
Emirati vlogger and social media star, 16-year-old Rashed Belhasa is an ace sneakers collector. Known for his YouTube channel MoneyKicks, Belhasa owns a collection of over 200 pair of shoes. His YouTube series—which has over 1.3 million subscribers—has featured celebs like Jenifer Lopez, Wiz ...
Ali Shihabi, founder of the Arabia Foundation, a think-tank, praises the reforms, arguing the cutting of subsidies, restructuring of the economy and allowing women to drive and have greater access to the workplace are significant in a national context. "Nobody has been able to carry out dramatic change in ...
WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Thursday that it had approved the sale of an estimated $670 million in anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia, just hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pentagon leaders to discuss the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen. The proposed ...
Saudi Arabia has opened its airspace for the first time to an Israel-bound passenger plane, breaking a 70-year-ban on commercial jets flying over the Arab kingdom to reach the Jewish state. While Riyadh does not formally recognise Israel, Thursday night's touchdown by the Air India flight in Tel Aviv ...
Jared Kushner reportedly discussed classified information obtained from the President's Daily Brief with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, ... Salman reportedly told the United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed about the meeting with Kushner, bragging that he had ...
Associated Press. Saudi Arabia's attempts to prepare for the World Cup are not confined to arranging friendlies or hiring world-famous coaches. After years of Saudi Arabian players staying home, nine were sent to clubs in the top two tiers of Spanish football in January until the end of the current season.
Korea takes a favorable position to win UK nuclear orders, given the limited number of able companies and low chance of Chinese participation. Stock volatility to intensify depending on news flow; however, Korea's presence in the global nuclear market to strengthen if it wins orders from the UK or Saudi ...
Air India's inaugural flight to Israel took off from New Delhi on Thursday, as the 256-seater Boeing 787 Dreamliner overflies Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf states, countries with which Israel has no diplomatic relations. Overflying Saudi Arabia will considerably shorten flight times between Israel and India.
While the military coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was launched in 2015 after the start of the war to defend Hadi's government and push back the Houthi rebels, the balance of power seems to have shifted. The UAE has come to dominate southern Yemen, where it has ...
Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with Saudi Arabia's powerful young prince Thursday at the Pentagon. Saudi Arabia is one of America's key strategic partners in the Middle East and a significant patron of U.S. defense companies. Mattis emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship amid ...
As America welcomes the young, dynamic and controversial Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we should remember that he believes his destiny lies in reshaping not only the Saudi nation, but also the Arab world and the broader Middle East. And I would not bet ...
As a freshman, I had serious doubts about the ability of Central Student Government to accomplish anything meaningful or substantial, or if it could, then I had doubts as to whether Arab and Muslim voices would matter at all in that setting. Just a few years ago, the Arab community on campus seemed ...
Marie Elias Ziade, or May, was a key Lebanese-Palestinian figure in the Arab literary scene in the early 20th century who firmly established herself as a vibrant ... With a command of nine languages, "May Ziade was unrivalled during that period of Arabic literature, which was characterised by writing and ...
Talking to Arab News, she said: “This project is driven by pure passion and my responsibility of conserving my own culture as an Arab. I feel like we have a duty to ... She has plans for a further exhibition after she has visited other Arab countries, promising that “this is only the beginning.” Nawaf Al-Nassar, a ...
Other, less-used systems include Roman and Indian numerals. The accompanying story takes the joke a step further: "It also requires that students in 4th grade learn about Islam and Sharia Law, saving Christianity for the 7th Grade," the story says. "If you want Arabic numerals, go to Arabia," it ends.
Some pro-Israeli analysts even eyed the former Exxon Mobil chief executive with suspicion due to his extensive business contacts in the Arab world. And when Trump defended his decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognise the city as Israel's capital, Tillerson offered a more cautious ...
(CNN) We've made it to Friday, but sadly, this week is ending on a tragic note. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) ...
I think geopolitics comes into play for several reasons: the decline of Iraq, Syria, and Egypt as major players in pan-Arab politics (and that's the unparalleled dimension of today's Middle East terrain); the forceful interventionism of Saudi Arabia (rather than its timid forays in Yemen in the early 1960s, we now ...
Hollywood executives see Saudi Arabia as a potentially lucrative market for films because of its large and predominantly young population that has had little access to entertainment. Saudi Arabia, which has a population of more than 30 million, could represent $1 billion in annual box office revenue once ...
In August, a petrochemical company with a plant in Saudi Arabia was hit by a new kind of cyberassault. The attack was not designed to simply destroy data or shut down the plant, investigators believe. It was meant to sabotage the firm's operations and trigger an explosion. The attack was a dangerous ...
Tensions are growing more volatile between Saudi Arabia and Iran, a rivalry that has fueled sectarianism and war across the Middle East. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, above, compared Iran's supreme leader to Adolf Hitler, and said that his country would acquire a nuclear bomb “as soon as ...
Shia Muslim majority-Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia have been adversaries for decades, but the proxy battle between the two has taken a new turn since the Crown Prince's rise. He has overseen Riyadh's participation in Yemen's civil war, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who are Shia Muslims, ...
It's barely three months since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that cinemas would be allowed to reopen in the country, and we've already seen a ... El Masry adds that, despite his British birth and accent, he sees himself as something of an ambassador for the Arab world when he appears in shows ...
Investors are committing millions in new money to Saudi Arabia as they shrug off uncertainty about its giant oil IPO and a recent corruption crackdown. Equity funds investing in Saudi Arabia saw net inflows of $110 million between the start of the year and March 7, according to EPFR Global, a financial ...


 

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