MICH CAFE: It seems to be a common theme among Arab dictators – recruiting women to front up the military in your regime.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: You can keep your super-malls and your skyscrapers. The back street souks of Sharjah do me fine, thanks all the same.
MAHA AKEEL, CGNEWS: The appointment of 30 extremely well-qualified women to the Shura Council is just the latest in a string of recent achievements for Saudi women.
SARAH WALTON: You can be ensconced in luxurious paradise just eight hours from leaving your home in Dubai. Sri Lanka’s coast offers stunning surprises.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The authorities in Saudi Arabia have uncovered more than 1,000 engineers who have false certificates. No word, though, on which projects they worked on.
DAVID ROBERTS: It’s a while since I’ve left Qatar but the differences between the tiny peninsula state and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are striking
PAM BAILEY, MONDOWEISS: When I inform my friends that I’m heading to Waziristan to find out about the reality of drone attacks they’re rather concerned
ALICE ROSS, INFORMED COMMENT: A new report from Human Rights Watch reveals the true extent of Libya’s involvement as a CIA facilitator
FRANCIS MATTHEW: Arab concerns are largely irrelevant to the Chinese as Beijing looks to reinforce its self-perception as the premier Asian power.
Should Dubai win Expo 2020 it would be a significant, significant boost to the city – economically, socially and in terms of global recognition.
MUSTAFA ANDELHALIM, CGNEWS: Egypt is creating its own narrative. There are lessons to be learned from Turkey but it’s not a complete solution
DANIEL M. VARISCO: It’s dogmatic rhetoric and a willingness to conform to imposed tyranny that are the real enemies.
JUAN COLE: It’s well worth looking at previous situations where major powers tried to use economics to bring Iran to heel.
ROB L. WAGNER: They played a leading role in the early stages of the Arab Spring. But have women seen concrete benefits yet?
AMERICAN BEDU: GCC residents and in particular Saudis are great fans of all things Disney. Will we see one of their parks here?
PERSHENG VAZIRI: The movie’s success is a source of enormous pride for Iranian artists as well as ordinary Iranians.
RAMZY BAROUD: Leaders of adjacent countries might find themselves forced to choose sides in a conflict over resources and military presence.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Campaigning is under way for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation. The position is never far from controversy.