Saudi citizens say they can’t find work, despite expat exodus
December 15, 2013
Government’s carrot-and-stick approach to reduce unemployment among Saudis appears thwarted by mismatch between Saudi candidates and the available jobs. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Focus turns to domestic policy under Qatar’s new emir
December 14, 2013
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani looks to build up bureaucracy and infrastructure after two years of high-profile overseas engagement under his father. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Kuwaitis forced to wait for housing
November 19, 2013
Every married Kuwaiti couple is entitled to a house or apartment, or land and a loan to build or buy one. But there is a backlog of 106,747 housing applicants. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Flash freezing takes care of surplus meat from Haj sacrifice
October 15, 2013
More than a million animals are expected to be sacrificed during the Haj, providing more lamb, beef and camel meat than the 1.5 million pilgrims who have journeyed to Mecca can possibly eat.
How researchers solved Saudi Arabia’s Haj gridlock
October 12, 2013
As millions of pilgrims begin the Haj, few will know that their every movement is bring studied by scientists researching mass transport and crowd management. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Peace prospects could intensify fighting in Syria
September 25, 2013
Allies of the Syrian regime and of its opponents are stepping up military and other aid as peace talks start to look likelier.
Kenya mall siege raises questions about securing public spaces against terrorists
September 23, 2013
The storming of Nairobi's uspcale Westage mall exposes the security risk faced by soft targets, experts say.
Saudi goes public over tensions with US
September 10, 2013
The kingdom's leaders take positions at odds with US over interim government in Cairo and the question of western strikes against Syria.
GCC support shows region has a stake in Egypt's crisis
Aug 18, 2013
The support that followed the call by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for Arabs to stand together over the crisis in Egypt underlines its potential ramifications extend far beyond the country's own borders. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Sectarian divides from Syria extend their reach
Jul 26, 2013
The tensions in Kuwait mirror, in a diluted form, the full-blown sectarian struggle unfolding in Syria, prompting warnings that the conflict could 'reawaken radicals'. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Human cost of Kuwait's crackdown on illegal expats
Jul 25, 2013
A Philippine diplomat who usually helps maids in dire straits has a new workload, helping hundreds of expats who have overstayed their visas or illegally switched jobs to legalise their status or return home. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Brotherhood's demise unchartered territory for Qatar's foreign policy
Jul 09, 2013
The ouster of Egypt's president Mohammed Morsi has reinvigorated debate over the Brotherhood's regional ideology – and influence. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Anger at court ruling that dissolved Kuwait parliament
Jun 18, 2013
Opposition figure says Kuwait reformists 'should have started planning months ago' their reaction to court decision that upheld changes to the electoral law made by the Emir. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
US looks to allies to secure Arabian Gulf
Apr 24, 2013
Since the fall of the shah of Iran in 1979, US warships and aircraft have become a routine presence in the Arabian Gulf. Now, the military seems to be moving in the opposition direction. Elizabeth Dickinson reports
Kuwait opposition MPs treading a well-worn path to court
Apr 11, 2013
After months of gathering on the streets to protest, in public squares to rally, and in private homes to debate, members of Kuwait's opposition are more often these days to be found in court. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Kuwait City
GCC-Iraq ties at lowest point in decades
Mar 20, 2013
Ten years after the US-led invasion the region's order has altered immensely, with Iraq moving closer to Iran and further from the GCC. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Kuwait
Finding a job is hard work for Saudi women
Mar 11, 2013
CVs of new Shura Council members reveal that outside the world of academia, employment that matches the stellar educational qualifications of Saudi women is rare.
Youth take up battle against bureacracy in Kuwait
Mar 03, 2013
Young people are tired with a system where, without a wasta, or connection, it's tough work dealing with government offices. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Kuwait City
Oman taps cosmopolitan tradition in bid to become Gulf's art hub
Feb 19, 2013
The resurgence of the arts is opposed by some, including religious figures and Omanis who feel government money should be spent elsewhere. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Muscat
Bahrain talks 'must succeed or outcome will be a disaster'
Feb 14, 2013
Delegates from across Bahrain's political spectrum are meeting with hopes of ending a political impasse. But some warn there is no room for failure. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Sakhair
Potent Mix of Hope and Fear Keeps Oman's Arab Spring Quiet
Feb 11, 2013
Oman, perhaps more than any other Arab Spring country, has transitioned back to calm following a combination of promised reforms. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Muscat
Kuwait, 'the back office of logistical support' for Syria's rebels
Feb 05, 2013
Behind the scenes, Kuwait has played a no-less pivotal role in the 22-month uprising than its neighbours, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Kuwait City
Bahrain's missing men leave families behind, equally punished
Jan 29, 2013
All but 23 of the 662 Bahrainis arrested in unrest-related circumstances have been men, according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. But the women left on the outside feel the punishment, too.
Oman entrepreneurs work to solve problems of 'Omanisation'
Jan 20, 2013
As unemployment soars in the sultanate, employers in the private sector use training programmes to counteract a largely unskilled workforce. Elizabeth Dickinson reports from Muscat
Amid stalling government reforms, Bahrain’s mainstream opposition loses support
Dec 18, 2012
Mounting frustration among once-moderate critics and opponents of the government has translated into growing support for groups whose goals and tactics are more extreme.
Saudi Arabia reform still easier said than done
Dec 11, 2012
Conservative voices are putting the brakes on attempts at progress, while more young Saudis are less willing to accept backlash as a reason not to proceed.
Kuwait’s election highlights divisions and frustration
Dec 02, 2012
A polling station in the mostly pro-government, Rumaithiya district was buzzing with voters, but just a five-minute drive away in the tribal district of Salwa, the few voters there were vastly outnumbered by police.
Kuwait: to vote or not, that is the question
Dec 01, 2012
As some Kuwaitis go to the polls today, a brewing political crisis has come down to this simple question: to vote or not to vote, as one Kuwait Times columnist put it.
Hamas, now 'in play', could sway Saudis
Nov 27, 2012
Hamas's rising profile – and the possibility that it could move away from the patronage of Riyadh's arch rival, Tehran – may entice Saudi Arabia to cultivate stronger ties, analysts say
Access to arms as sticking point on Syria opposition deal
Nov 11, 2012
After electing a new executive leadership on Friday, the SNC said yesterday it needed guarantees from the international community that it would provide, or allow, the flow of arms to the rebellion
Kuwait election boycott gains momentum despite warnings of 'chaos'
Nov 08, 2012
The political opposition has organised increasingly boisterous protests in central Kuwait City to contest changes to the electoral system.
Dissident in bid to unify Syria opposition
Nov 05, 2012
Riad Seif, a former parliamentarian who has spent the past decade in and out of jail for opposing the Syrian president, hopes to persuade the Syrian National Council to join his US-backed initiative to rebuild his country's opposition.
Saudi's case for women lawyers is paying off
Oct 24, 2012
Enormous amount of opportunities loom for Saudi Arabian women after decision to allow females to apply for licences to practise law.
Haj at the Heart of Global Public Health
Oct 15, 2012
As another new flu virus presents health agencies around the world with a new challenge, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca stands as a model of what can be achieved in so-called mass-gathering medicine.
Saudi Arabia’s female artists express their Soft Power
Oct 14, 2012
With grace, subtlety, and an indefatigable drive, young women are creating new boundaries for a contemporary art scene that barely existed just a few years ago.
US urges Gulf to build regional missile defence system
Oct 01, 2012
If implemented, the proposed missile defence system would unite what is today a patchwork of national missile defence systems in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia.
Qatar's role as peace broker at risk in Syria
Sep 24, 2012
For the past decade, Qatar has mediated in conflicts from Darfur to Yemen. But is a more clearly defined policy real politik or just bias?
Dieting a new trend among obese, diabetic Qataris
Sep 19, 2012
Just as Doha's businesses have filled the demand for global fast food, they are also leaping at the chance to appeal to the newly health conscious.
Qatar weighs principle and capital
Sep 18, 2012
Ties between Qatar and China seem to have grown in fits and starts, held back by what analysts say is a lack of expertise in Doha about the best ways to enter the Chinese market and a reticence to do so amid growing disagreement over the conflict in Syria.
'Jeddah's Katrina' back in spotlight as officials face trial over deadly floods
Aug 31, 2012
More than 120 people died and 22,000 people were displaced in Saudi floods and when the waters receded, people began publicly questioning why houses were built on floodplains and why the disaster response was so slow.