MIKO PELED, MONDOWEISS: When it comes to Shimon Peres there’s a great struggle to see how he has advanced freedom in the Middle East in any way.
SARAH WALTON: An imported brand that hopes to sell gastro-pub at inflated prices. Hey ho, we’re used to this sort of thing in Dubai.
SARAH WALTON: Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Jerash – it’s a familiar tourist trail but don’t forget to spend some time in the capital, Amman
SARAH WALTON: There are some places in the world however, where the luxury you think you want is not the best you can get.
NEWS FROM SYRIA: The Red Cross issued a rare political statement on Syria to highlight the critical situation facing citizens there.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: We all have our ‘guilty pleasures’ when it comes to food. Mine’s the Kerala poppadum
THE HEDONISTA: A minor setback then an evening full of flavour and warm company.
JUAN COLE: It’s well worth looking at previous situations where major powers tried to use economics to bring Iran to heel.
THE HEDONISTA: It was ‘the same old, same old’ at this year’s Taste of Dubai festival.
THE HEDONISTA: Each bite holds the adventure, terroir, culture, simple pleasure, even that tick on the bucket list others can only find in grander things.
THE HEDONISTA: If you’re a lover of sugar then the Middle East is the place for you – it truly is ‘confection heaven’
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: What if we can’t find alternates? What if Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Libya can’t fill the gap? What if the oil price goes through the roof?
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: The race is on to establish powerful international ‘halal brands’. The stakes are high: by some estimates $500bn a year.
M. LYNX-QUALEY: An impassioned open letter from one of Syria’s leading authors calls on Russia, China and Iran to stop supporting ‘genocide’.
MARIA GOLIA, CGNEWS: Any resident of Cairo is familiar with the ‘bikya’ man. He could be a metaphor for all of Egypt today.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: A major exhibition in the British Museum is attempting to recreate the experience of Hajj.