Monthly Archives: March 2013

EU and GCC search for common ground, but the relationship still lacks vision.

Despite co-operation on a number of technical issues EU-GCC relations in the past have lacked vision and vigor. OxGAPS Forum Special Correspondent contributed this op-ed following the meeting in Brussels last week of officials from the two blocs. The European … Continue reading

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Hero of the week: Saudi firefighter becomes instant celebrity as his picture saving a child goes viral on the internet.

It is not often that common Saudis achieve celebrity status in the Kingdom. Yet Saudi firefighter Abdullah Badhan Al Subai became an instant hero in Saudi Arabia this week after a picture of him carrying a small boy wearing his … Continue reading

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Meet the Al Nahyans (and friends) – Society wedding in Abu Dhabi of four grandchildren of the late Sheikh Zayed.

It was a society wedding on a grand scale, but in traditional style. Four grandchildren of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates got married on Wednesday in the presence of … Continue reading

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“Re: Orient” – Sharjah Exhibition explores the limits of political and social boundaries, past and present.

Dennis Sammut has been to Sharjah for the opening of the exhibition Re: Orient, an on-going political and social conversation through art. The United Arab Emirates is not exactly a hotbed of political intrigue. Despite the fact that several dozen … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera debate “What’s wrong with Islam today?” held at the Oxford Union.

Prepared for OxGAPS Forum by a special correspondent. The Debating Chamber of The Oxford Union Debating Society, was the venue of a lively debate organised by al Jazeera English on the theme “What’s wrong with Islam Today?”, held on Friday, … Continue reading

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OxGAPS hosts John Smith MENA Fellows in Oxford

Five fellows from this year’s John Smith Fellowship MENA programme visted Oxford on Thursday, 28 February as guests of the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OxGAPS). The Fellows are part of a larger group from the Middle East … Continue reading

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