Christmas festivities in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, West Bank (AP) – Palestinians are preparing to host pilgrims from around the world in celebrating Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, crossed an Israeli military checkpoint from Jerusalem on Monday ahead of midnight Mass at the Church of the […]

Tunisia back on the tourism trail

Tunisia looks to be recovering the tourist numbers it lost following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Sousse, while jobs and FDI are also rebounding thanks to a batch of reforms. Sebastian Shehadi reports.   Tunisia back on the tourism trail   Sebastian Shehadi | 11/10/2018 Three years after the 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia is […]

Tunisia back on the tourism trail

Tunisia looks to be recovering the tourist numbers it lost following the 2015 terrorist attacks in Sousse, while jobs and FDI are also rebounding thanks to a batch of reforms. Sebastian Shehadi reports. Tunisia back on the tourism trail Sebastian Shehadi | 11/10/2018  Three years after the 2015 terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia is on track […]

Is Turkey really facing an ‘exodus’?

Turkey has inherited from its glorious past many unresolved issues; that of the unsettled Kurdish nation shared with three other neighbouring countries would be one of the most difficult to surmount. It is according to this article of  Bahar Baser, Coventry University and Emre Eren Korkmaz, University of Oxford facing some surge of conflict-induced emigration […]

The IMF’s outlook for the MENA region

 
The IMF’s outlook for the MENA region has become over the years some sort of a report of a year’s economic policy result assessment of each country. Generally, and despite the on-going unrest in parts of the Arab world and in its neighbouring countries, the near-term economic outlook is very much subject to uncertainties of the global economy. Lower oil prices and production volumes are felt to have led to obviously lower growth in 2017 for most of the region’s oil exporters. These latter have over time past given some boost to the economies in the region.
The role of the International MonetaryFund as an overseeing organisation is undeniably helping to have a view at one’s country’s performance from as it were a certain distance. As a global organisation, its main function is to help stabilise exchange rates and provide loans to countries in need. It has previously in its Economic Overview of the MENA countries came up with the following . . . .

Palestine is the world’s fastest growing tourist destination

Palestine is the world’s fastest growing tourist destination as it has seen in 2017 a 57.8% rise in international arrivals says Mariam Nabbout in stepFEED citing a new report compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The report features two other MENA countries in its top ten list. These are Egypt, second and Tunisia, in fifth. The Telegraph amongst several other media reported on the latest trends of worldwide tourism.

Tourism that this morning of August 18, 2017 events have somewhat tarnished further in the city of Barcelona where for months some sort Tourism-phobia was soul-scathingly debated amongst the local politicians.

Would tourism be affected by these unfortunate events?

Most Influential Languages in the World of Today

The WEF published this article written by Kai Chan, Distinguished Fellow, INSEAD Innovation and Policy Initiative on December 2, 2016. It is as per its title about the most influential languages in the world of today with nevertheless an idea of their respective standing in the future. The MENA region with its predominant language that is Arabic is among the lot. However it is as for other parts of the world being subjected to a certain Englishasition to varying degrees in extent and / or penetration. For instance, in the GCC countries’ sectors of government, business and education, health, etc. we could safely say that the widely spread English language derives principally from its effective usage by their populations vast majority of migrant workers. The superficial presence of the French language in the North-West African Maghreb countries is more and more noticed to be dwindling down from the double effect of decades of mediocre Arabisation programmes of education and an opening to the world of Asia and the Pacific countries. These are the most powerful languages in the world . . .