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Visit our stand at Freshers Fair

OxGAPS will be at the Oxford University Freshers’ Fair which will be held at Examination Schools on 8, 9 and 10 October. Visit our stall and talk to a member of our team about our future plans and activities and … Continue reading

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Be part of the discussion on the Gulf and the Arabian peninsula at Oxford.

The Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (OxGAPS) Forum is an on-going ad-hoc initiative led by Oxford University students, researchers and alumni. The forum has, since its inception in 2012, sought to stimulate a fresh approach to the study and … Continue reading

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OxGAPS welcomes all students and scholars at Oxford University at the start of the new academic year.

On behalf of the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (OxGAPS) Forum we welcome all students and scholars at Oxford University at the start of the new academic year. We particularly welcome ‘Freshers’ who are joining the University for their … Continue reading

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Yemen seeks to get rid of “ghost soldiers”.

Yemen’s government has begun applying a biometric registration system for all military personnel in order to clear the public payroll from double-dippers and so-called ‘ghost workers’. Double-dippers are those who are registered twice on the payroll and receive two salaries … Continue reading

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Muslim students at Oxford University join millions world-wide marking the holy month of Ramadan.

Millions of Muslims all over the world are marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan – a month of fasting and reflection. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

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OxGAPS hosts event with the theme “Are islam and democratic liberalism destined to clash?”

Prominent Turkish writer and journalist Mustafa Akyol was the guest speaker at an event hosted by OxGAPS at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford on Friday 23 May, 2014. Akyol, author of the book “Islam without extremes, a Muslim case for liberty” addressed … Continue reading

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Oxford graduates argue for a multi-tiered approach to achieving a successful labour migration policy in the UAE

Most GCC  countries depend on millions of foreign workers to keep their economies moving. Their presence is often the cause of debate, and sometimes controversy. In this op-ed for oxgaps.org, Oxford graduates Froilan T Malit Jr and Ali al Youha argue for a four-tier approach in dealing … Continue reading

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Arab Youth consider themselves global citizens. They are more independent minded, but are they also more spoilt?

Seven out of 10 young Arabs describe themselves as global citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, nationality or religious background, according to a study just released. The second annual Arab Youth Survey, conducted by the Dubai-based public relations firm Asda’a Burson-Marsteller, … Continue reading

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8 March: International Women’s Day

8 March is International Women’s Day. From the City and University of Oxford, on behalf of the Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies Forum (OXGAPS)  we extend our congratulations to all women, and especially those in Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, … Continue reading

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Jeddah Art Week adds vibe to Peninsula art scene.

Art on the Arabian peninsula is swinging. From Abu Dhabi to Sharjah, and from Kuwait to Sana’a, artistic expressions of different forms – paintings, theater, photography, galleries, and more are fast becoming genuine expressions of popular culture. The Saudi Red … Continue reading

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“Yemen 2014 – problems, solutions and prospects” , OxGAPS seminar in Oxford on 20 February

We are pleased to announce that the next OxGAPS event will be a seminar with the theme “Yemen 2014 – problems, solutions and prospects”. The event will take place on  Thursday, 20 February 2014 from 16.00 – 18.00 at the … Continue reading

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In memory of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam – an Emirati statesman, intellectual, and foremost, a journalist.

OxGAPS co-ordinator, Dennis Sammut, reflects on the life and work of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam who died yesterday. The death of Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, the founder and chief Executive of the al Khaleej Newspaper Group in the United Arab Emirates, at the age … Continue reading

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Enchanting Jabreen Castle mesmerises visitors to Oman.

Tourism is a relatively recent phenomena in many parts of the Arabian peninsula, and the interior of the Sultanate of Oman cannot be said to have been, at least until recently, a popular tourist destination. Yet for those who want to … Continue reading

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The battle for the minds of young Saudis.

There are high hopes that the recent appointment of a new Minister of Education in Saudi Arabia marks a significant attempt to modernise the country’s education system. In this op-ed, Dennis Sammut discusses the tasks ahead for Prince Khaled al … Continue reading

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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 oxgaps.org.

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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Dubai celebrates: Crown Prince hoists flag on the top of Burj Khalifa.

Dubai is in celebration mood today as it joins the rest of the United Arab Emirates in celebrating the country’s national day. The event has however also coincided with the selection of Dubai as the city to host the 2020 world … Continue reading

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