Enormous Saudi Arabian solar push could lead to new Middle East energy era

Enormous Saudi Arabian solar push could lead to new Middle East energy era

If we covered the entire land surface of the emirate of Dubai with solar panels, it would generate about 200 gigawatts – the same size as Saudi Arabia’s planned solar power venture with Japan’s SoftBank, announced at the end of March. This mindboggling scale – equivalent to two-thirds of all the existing solar worldwide – […]

'Black Panther' to End Saudi Arabia's 35-year Movie Ban

'Black Panther' to End Saudi Arabia's 35-year Movie Ban

Saudi Arabia’s first movie theater in decades will open April 18, as the Gulf kingdom readies for a rush of cinema operators eager to turn the Middle Eastern country into nation of moviegoers. AMC Theatres said Wednesday that it will open the country’s first new theater in Riyadh, with plans for up to 100 theaters […]

'No innocent people in Gaza' says Israeli defence minister

'No innocent people in Gaza' says Israeli defence minister

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman made the statements a day after a Palestinian journalist was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers (AFP) Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday there were “no innocent people” in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 30 Palestinians during 10 days of protests. “There are no innocent […]

Dozens reported killed in suspected Syria gas attack; Damascus denies

Dozens reported killed in suspected Syria gas attack; Damascus denies

The Syrian White Helmets said it was continuing its search for victims of the alleged attack (Twitter/@SyriaCivilDef) At least 49 people have been killed in a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, a medical relief organisation and a rescue service reported.  Medical relief organisation the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), said […]

Arab TV Expands Beyond Soaps and Adapts Western Formats

Arab TV Expands Beyond Soaps and Adapts Western Formats

Driven by still nascent streamers and pay-TV platforms in the region, Middle East producers are rethinking formats and storylines for Arabic TV dramas, adapting some Western shows and venturing beyond the constraints of so-called Ramadan soaps and skeins that have long been the bulk of their output. Netflix, after entering the Middle East market in […]

A different Middle East showcased at Oxford International Art Fair

A different Middle East showcased at Oxford International Art Fair

LONDON – The two Arab stands at the Oxford International Art Fair presented the bright and tragic sides of life. Wajdan Majeed, executive director of the Bridge for Life art consultancy, exhibited the works of ten artists whose explosion of colours revealed a joy of living, in contrast with the dark and haunted figures presented […]

Syrians in Douma 'suffocating' amid accusations of toxic gas use

Syrians in Douma 'suffocating' amid accusations of toxic gas use

At least 11 people were left struggling to breathe on Saturday after air strikes on Syria’s rebel town of Douma, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said, as rescuers alleged that toxic gases were used. Syrian state media quickly denied that troops had deployed chemical weapons on Douma, the last opposition-held town in […]

Houthi rebels kill dozens of Sudanese troops in Yemen ambush

Houthi rebels kill dozens of Sudanese troops in Yemen ambush

Houthi fighters chant slogans as they ride through Yemen’s capital Sanaa (AFP/file photo) A rebel ambush in Yemen killed dozens of Sudanese soldiers belonging to a Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of the government, military sources and the insurgents said on Saturday. The Iran-backed Houthi rebels hit the Sudanese military convoy in the northern […]

Turkey blasts Trump, US over mixed messages on Syria

Turkey blasts Trump, US over mixed messages on Syria

US Army Major General James B Jarrard, center, heads US-led Special Operations task force targeting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (AFP/file photo) Turkey on Saturday slammed the President Donald Trump and the United States for sending what it called mixed messages on Syria, saying that Washington is sowing confusion by equivocating about its […]