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  • n. Plural form of sheikhdom.


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  • Its influence also penetrates deep into western Afghanistan, and its support for resistance movements in the Gulf sheikhdoms is said to be growing by the year.

    Simon Jenkins: Why Is Britain Ramping Up Sanctions Against Iran?

  • But everyone who spoke to me about the port as a business hub to rival Dubai (notwithstanding its current economic troubles) neglected a key fact: the Gulf sheikhdoms, and Dubai in particular, have wise, effective, and wholly legitimate governments.

    Pakistan’s Fatal Shore

  • JFL, the countries are majority Christian (or Jewish in the case of Israel) but they are secular states, not religious sheikhdoms that are ruled according to Biblical law.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Security Line Threat

  • The world has seemingly fallen into something most similar to the Middle Ages, "with Asian empires, Western militaries, Middle Eastern sheikhdoms, magnetic city-states, wealthy multinational corporations, elite clans, religious zealots, tribal hordes, and potent media seething in an ever more unpredictable and dangerous storm."

    Christopher Tucker: What Americans Can Do About the End of Their Ruling Days

  • Selective support for dictatorships in the Middle East or in the oil sheikhdoms should be rapidly reconsidered lest these policies raise legitimate questions about the West's true support for the democratization process in the Arab world.

    Nathan Gardels: The Arab Spring After Osama: Ayaan Hirsi Ali vs. Tariq Ramadan

  • Through new media the young compare their circumstances unfavorably with those in nearby Gulf sheikhdoms and the West.

    From Tunis to Cairo to Riyadh?

  • There's a weak economy based on agriculture, on the selling of very few raw materials, on the tourism and the migrant's remittances (from Saudi Arabia and sheikhdoms, but also from Europe and USA).

    Amir Madani: ElBaradei Against the Mummified Power of Pharaoh

  • The sovereign wealth funds of the oil-rich Arab sheikhdoms, including Saudi Arabia, have already taken hits with their investments in U.S. financial institutions and are wary of further depreciation of their oil-dependent assets.

    Why Beijing Wants a Strong Dollar

  • Their indoor ski slopes have earned these sheikhdoms few friends.

    There's No Reason to Gloat Over Dubai's Fall

  • United Arab Emirates federation of sheikhdoms (1995 est.pop. 2,925,000), c. 30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km), SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

    United Arab Emirates


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