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The Uneven Progress of Economic Reform in Gulf Arab States

by Robert Mogielnicki

Gulf Arab states have made demonstrable strides in certain areas of economic reform since 2015. The imposition of new taxes and fees have increased non-hydrocarbon revenue streams; however, generous government handouts, loopholes in policy designs and misguided commercial initiatives limited the overall impact of reform efforts. The region’s developing tax systems – namely the value-added and excise taxes […]

December 5th, 2019|Bahrain, GCC, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi, UAE|0 Comments|
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    Dubai Mall or Souq Naif? The Quest for ‘Authenticity’ and Social Distinction

Dubai Mall or Souq Naif? The Quest for ‘Authenticity’ and Social Distinction

by Rana AlMutawa

Frustrated with people’s ideas about ‘authentic’ Mexican culture, John Paul Brammer in a piece for the Washington Post denounced seekers of authenticity for expecting his culture to conform to a restrictive imaginary of ‘Mexican-ness’. In one example, he described how people expected to see emblems of poverty and struggle in Mexican restaurants as a feature of these […]

November 8th, 2019|UAE|1 Comment|
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    Stereotyping in the Gulf: Comedy and Non-Resident Indian Life in the Emirates

Stereotyping in the Gulf: Comedy and Non-Resident Indian Life in the Emirates

by Nele Lenze

As part of the cultural production of the Indian diaspora in the Gulf, first- and second-generation migrants from Kerala have taken to publishing comedy videos on social media. This young generation create comedic memes and videos on the internet to present a unique perspective on their lives in the Gulf. The videos and memes are as diverse […]

September 9th, 2019|GCC, UAE|0 Comments|
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    Chinese Muslims in Dubai and the ‘Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation’

Chinese Muslims in Dubai and the ‘Great Rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation’

by Yuting Wang

Earlier this month, Yuting Wang came to LSE to present her research on Chinese Muslims in Dubai. In a time of rising Chinese influence in the Gulf, and mass persecution of Muslims in China, this community is simultaneously precarious and of huge strategic importance to Beijing. This piece was originally published on the LSE Religion and Global Society blog.

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August 2nd, 2019|Featured, GCC, UAE|0 Comments|

Chinese Muslims in the Era of Belt and Road

by Yuting Wang

It is estimated that there are twenty million Muslims living within the borders of the People’s Republic of China. The two largest subgroups are the Chinese-speaking Muslims, known as the Hui people, and the Turkic-speaking Muslims, or the Uyghurs. In the post 9/11 era, widespread Islamophobia and China’s growing economic influence in Muslim-majority regions have drawn both […]

April 3rd, 2019|Featured, GCC, UAE|0 Comments|

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