Egypt's economy trapped in vicious cycle of IMF debts

Egypt is expecting a new rise of prices due to the IMF loan requirements, while the country has not yet recovered from the aftermath of the economic decisions taken in November 2016.
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 Ismael El-Kholy for Al-Monitor Egypt Pulse on May 26

What’s on Rouhani’s second-term economic agenda?

While President Hassan Rouhani’s economic agenda features strong commitment to the building blocks of sustainable development, there are significant challenges ahead.
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 Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on May 23

Turkey's AKP manages to fend off economic crisis, but at what price?

The Turkish government has succeeded in fending off a full-blown economic crisis, but its measures have made the economy less resilient against future contractions.
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 Mustafa Sonmez on May 23

Egypt may impose hefty fines on tourist harassers

A draft law that would impose fines on vendors who harass tourists in Egypt also hopes to curtail the sexual harassment of visitors to the country.
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 Menna A. Farouk for Al-Monitor on May 22

'Plan B' for worried Turks: Move abroad

Under increasing political and economic pressure at home, thousands of wealthy Turks are buying property abroad to obtain residency permits.
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 Zülfikar Doğan on May 23

Economic indices paint gloomy future for Palestine

The latest economic reports from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics indicate a rise of prices, which may lead to inflation.
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 Khaled Abu Amer for Al-Monitor Palestine Pulse on May 23

Beirut Design Week takes on collaboration, security and community

Beirut Design Week brings together Middle East designers, providing them opportunities to further collaborations.
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 Florence Massena for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse on May 22

Is Trump holding a Russian card in the Middle East?

Trump visit launches new US-Saudi partnership, but the endgame in the Middle East still depends on Moscow and Tehran.
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 Week in Review on May 21

Turkey’s struggling wine sector gets Levantine touch

Along Turkey’s chic Aegean coast, the dream of owning a vineyard could easily turn into a nightmare as tourism declines and legal restrictions rise.
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 Nazlan Ertan for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on May 19

Gaza's new strawberry farmers make progress in their field

With the help of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the municipality of Um al-Nasser in the northern Gaza Strip launched a project to distribute lands to residents and train them to plant and export crops.
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 Entsar Abu Jahal on May 21

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