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Zaid M. Belbagi

Zaid M. Belbagi is a political commentator, and an adviser to private clients between London and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

01 July 2019 10:53 PM

Successful auction heralds new dawn for Saudi art

Nobody seemed to mind as temperatures soared in the charming Nassif House in Jeddah’s Al-Balad district last Wednesday night. Under a crescent moon and perhaps what is one of the oldest trees in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia hosted its first international art auction. Raising almost SR5 million ($1.3 million), the event was a real achievement in bringing together collectors, artists and a vast number of people to whom the whole experience was new and exciting. The presence of Christie’s, the world’s largest auction house, gave the sale a great deal of glamor and excitement. As the hammer fell for the first time, the room broke out in applause — the grandstanding of auctioneering had come to Saudi.

02 May 2019 01:06 PM

Russia’s worrying involvement in Iran’s nuclear program

Quietly, in southwestern Iran, something is taking place that risks destabilizing any number of the world’s political fault lines.

21 November 2018 09:51 AM

Muslim soldiers’ brave and dignified contribution to Great War

In the opening months of the First World War, the German army advanced at such speed that Allied forces were left stretched at the front.

27 October 2018 01:19 PM

Education reform the only way out of Arab malaise

Amid fanciful economic statistics and short-term political wins, the failure of Arab countries to acquire and produce knowledge remains their most critical challenge. Stunted human development has massive adverse effects on the political and economic environment in the Arab world.