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Zaid M. Belbagi

Zaid M. Belbagi is a political commentator, and an adviser to private clients between London and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Twitter: @Moulay_Zaid

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Confusion over Christmas in the Middle East

In the days leading up to Christmas, each of the Middle East’s grand hotels is adorned with a flashy Christmas tree.

December 29, 2017

How King Salman built a capital for the 21st century

The city of Riyadh today stands as a living example of the vision of King Salman.

December 22, 2017

Middle East on the cusp of a renaissance 

As the Hundred Years’ War ravaged on, a movement took hold in the city-states of Italy that grew to become a renaissance in artistic, cultural and religious thinking.

December 15, 2017

What now for le Français?

An unintended consequence of the UK’s decision to leave the EU is a debate over language that is taking place, and it is increasingly becoming clear that there are some in Paris who plan for French to become the official language of the EU.

December 08, 2017

Cyber attacks are a symptom of Western weakness

With an economy the size of Italy’s and some very serious economic problems, Moscow’s hard power has seen better days. But repeated attacks by state-sponsored online combatants are having a more profound impact on the stability of Western democracies than any Cold War-era politburo did.

November 30, 2017

Mugabe could have resigned an African icon

“Iwe nene tine basa” (“you and I have work to do”) was the independence slogan the nonagenarian former president of Zimbabwe called out amid last weekend’s silent coup.

November 24, 2017

Unlocking the potential of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Glistening above the calm waters of the Gulf stands an enormous dome of overlapping geometric lattices weighing more than 7,500 tons: The Louvre Abu Dhabi.

November 17, 2017

The sleeping dragon awakes

Xi Jinping is China’s first president to have been born after the Second World War.

November 10, 2017

London’s role in preserving Middle Eastern art

Twice a year, once in October and once in April, those interested in Islamic antiquities converge in London to take part in Islamic Art Week. During the week, a series of events, lectures and high-profile auctions characterize London’s central role in the market of Middle Eastern art.

November 03, 2017

Filling the vacuum that Daesh once occupied

The implosion of the Iraqi state and the outbreak of civil war in Syria created a vacuum that contributed to the rise of Daesh and its bogus caliphate in 2014.

October 26, 2017