Blackboard Expands Presence in Middle East to Meet Growing Demand for Online Learning

Blackboard Inc.,  a global leader in education technology, today announced an expansion of its Middle East program with BME Holding S.A.L. (BME), a local partnership to meet growing demand for online teaching and learning solutions. With offices in Beirut and Riyadh, BME will work closely with six partners throughout the region to better support clients and […]

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UAE, Oman, Saudi to Keep Peg

The UAE and Oman will keep their currencies pegged to the dollar despite the recent downgrade of the USD to AA+ with a negative outlook, the Saudi Gazette reports, citing Albadawa news. Saudi Arabia is also inclined to stick with the peg, according to Jadwa’s Brad Bourland: “We do not think the downgrade will have […]

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Saudi, Syria, and the Status Quo

F. Gregory Gause has a very thought-provoking piece in Foreign Policy about Saudi Arabia’s recent posture toward the Assad regime in Syria in the context of the ongoing “Arab Spring” turmoil in the region. By coming out against the Assad regime, Gause argues, that now makes three Arab countries that Saudi Arabia has come out […]

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CFR Discusses Saudi Anti-Terror Law

At the Council on Foreign Relations, guest poster Salman Al-Rashid discusses Saudi Arabia’s new “robust” anti-terror law, currently in the draft phase: “Given Ali Abdullah Saleh’s fall from grace in Yemen, the kingdom might face a resurgence of terrorist activity within its borders. The law is meant to address this threat.” Al-Rashid notes that although […]

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