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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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Saudi film about a girl and her bicycle makes debut in Oscars.

Haifaa Al Mansour’s drama Wadjda, about a young girl determined to win money to buy a bicycle she’s forbidden to ride, has been selected as Saudi Arabia’s official submission for the Oscar’s foreign-language category. It marks the first time the … Continue reading

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OxGAPS Forum supports Dubai’s bid to host EXPO 2020.

OxGAPS – The Oxford Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies forum has become a supporter of the bid of Dubai to host EXPO 2020. A decision is expected to be announced in Paris in November. A spokesman for OxGAPS Forum said: … 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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To What Extent Is Twitter Changing Gulf Societies?

In this article, which was first published last year in the magazine “State of the region”, of Cairo’s Al Ahram Centre, Jane Kinninmont, Senior Research Fellow at Chatham House, looks at how, in the absence of more traditional form of … Continue reading

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