Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year 2014

Dubai welcomed 2014 with a grandiose fireworks display around the iconic Burj Khalifah (picture courtesy of William Ball)  

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Table manners can lead to divorce in Kuwait.

A woman in Kuwait has filed for divorce one week into her marriage after she discovered that husband did not like to eat peas with a fork and preferred to use bread. Accusing him of failing to abide by table … Continue reading

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The Christmas message is one of peace to all humankind. Christmas Greetings from Oxford to all the members and friends of OXGAPS in Oxford and all over the world, and to all followers of

Best wishes for the Christmas Season from the Committee of OxGAPS – the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum at the University of Oxford. The Christmas message is a universal message of peace to all humankind. We extend season … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia’s announces record budget of SR855 billion for 2014.

Saudi Arabia’s budget for 2014 will amount to SR855 billion (approximately USD 228 billion) in 2014, an increase of 4.3% over this year’s budget, and the highest ever in the Kingdom’s history. However commentators have described the increase as modest, … Continue reading

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OxGAPS symposium offered an open space for debate on important issues.

Many participants in the symposium held in Oxford on 16 November have commented on the importance of the event and how it contributed to providing an open space for debate on many important issues affecting the Middle East Region at … Continue reading

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