STEVE ROYSTON: It’s by no means scientific or representative but here are the people and special moments that resonated with me this year
STEVE ROYSTON: So will a New Britain emerge in the wake of the medals, stadia and closing ceremony? I don’t think so. We are what we are. An English man writes.
VIDEO: Sarah Attar becomes the first female Saudi track and field athlete to compete at the Olympic games. An ITN report and interview…
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Congratulations to the Saudi Equestrian team for winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics….
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Media reaction to Saudi women’s participation in the Olympics has been mixed but it’s marked a clear watershed.
EMAN AL NAFJAN: The Olympics usually barely registers on Saudi consciousness. This time round, though, things are different
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED:In both the Olympics and pilgrimage, people are put into close proximity with each other, forced to look past difference towards their common goals.
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Thanks goodness we no longer have the embarrassment of the Olympics ‘Art Competitions’ but the UK’s Guardian newspaper did some nice work.
DAVID ROBERTS: The Olympics Opening Ceremony was striking for many reasons not the least of which was the presence of so many women leading Arab teams.
JUAN COLE: These are the first Olympic Games where women from every country in the world are participating. There is a bigger question for Saudis.
VIDEO, AL JAZEERA: It is the ultimate test of sporting ability, but this London Olympics will provide extra difficulty for some Muslim athletes.
MAHA AKEEL, CGNEWS: The participation of two Saudi women at the Olympic Games will provide inspiration and encouragement for girls throughout the Kingdom
JAMES DORSEY: It’s likely excellent news for Dalma Malhas but it’s unlikely she’ll be driving to show jumping events in the Kingdom anytime soon.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: In March Saudi announced it would support women athletes. In April it reversed its position. Now June, and it appears female athletes will receive support.
JAMES M. DORSEY: The publication of a new report examining worker conditions in Qatar ups the ante for the authorities.
Should Dubai win Expo 2020 it would be a significant, significant boost to the city – economically, socially and in terms of global recognition.
JAMES DORSEY: Critics are asserting Qatari building standards are shoddy and cast doubt on the safety standards of stadiums…