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Jobs for the family: Ibn Saud’s grand-children and great-grandchildren stake claim to state posts

Since April, GSN’s analysis shows that King Salman Bin Abdelaziz has made 24 government-level appointments of younger generation family members, including jobs for ten grandsons of King Abdelaziz (Ibn Saud), 13 great-grandsons and one great-great...

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Al-Saud appointments to government posts, April-June 2017

Khalid Bin Salman – the new US ambassador arrived in Washington in mid-July. Born 1988, a full brother of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), Khalid graduated from pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base in the US in 2009 and flew F-15s...

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Abdelrahman Bin Abdelaziz: Funeral

King Salman offered funeral prayers for his brother Prince Abdelrahman Bin Abdelaziz at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on 14 July. Prince Abdelrahman had died the previous day, aged 86. Also performing prayers were Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Mecca...

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Saudi Arabia: MBN under extreme pressure

Further reports are emerging about the extent to which former crown prince Mohammed Bin Nayef Bin Abdelaziz came under pressure to stand down so King Salman Bin Abdelaziz could appoint his son Prince Mohammed Bin Salman as heir to the throne. Reuters...

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UAE: Hamda Al-Nahyan’s Belgian human trafficking conviction

Ruling family member Sheikha Hamda Al-Nahyan and seven of her daughters were convicted by a Belgian court on 23 June of human trafficking offences which took place nearly ten years ago. The eight – who did not appear in court throughout the...

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UAE: Khalifa Bin Zayed Public sighting

President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on 25 June made his first public appearance in more than three years – since it was announced he was being treated following a stroke in January 2014. He subsequently left the country on a private visit....

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Saudi Arabia: Cousin and father’s ex-wife seek redress against Abdelaziz Bin Fahd

Prince Abdelaziz Bin Fahd, once seen as the most favoured son of the late King Fahd Bin Abdelaziz, features in two separate judicial processes, triggered by a junior Al-Saud, Prince Sultan Bin Turki Bin Abdelaziz, and Janan Harb, who claims she was married to Fahd. Sultan Bin Turki has filed a complaint with Swiss police against Abdelaziz – his first cousin – ...

Issue 998 - 30 July 2015

Miqrin Bin Abdelaziz named deputy crown prince

On 27 March, Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud appointed his half-brother, Prince Miqrin Bin Abdelaziz, as deputy crown prince, in a royal decree that may have answered short-term uncertainties about the much-debated Saudi succession, but once again delayed the more interesting question of which of the next generation of princes will be the first to rise.“Prince Miqrin Bin Abdelaziz ...

Issue 967 - 3 April 2014

Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah’s former wife makes complaint

An ex-wife of King Abdullah, Alanoud Daham Al-Bakheet Al-Fayez, and two of her four daughters have made complaints to the western press about their poor treatment in Saudi Arabia. Al-Fayez started a campaign to publicise the situation of her children in autumn 2013 (including an active Twitter campaign using the hashtag #freethefour); their story has now been covered by the UK’...

Issue 966 - 25 March 2014

UAE: Sultan Bin Tahnoun guest of honour at Janadriya

The UAE was invited to be guest of honour at Saudi Arabia’s 29th Janadriya National Festival for Heritage and Culture, which opened on 12 February. Representing the federation was chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA) Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al-Nahyan, who is also a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. The Janadriya festival, opened by ...

Issue 964 - 24 February 2014

Mishal Bin Abdullah: Najran appointment begins

Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz arrived in Najran province in mid-May to begin his duties as governor. He appears to be a popular choice, being received by large crowds who lined roads from the airport on his arrival. Mishal, King Abdullah’s son, was appointed following the November dismissal of hard-line governor Prince Mishal Bin Saud Bin Abdelaziz.

Issue 854 - 29 May 2009

Saudi Arabia: Mishaal Bin Abdelaziz’s case will start in February

London’s High Court is preparing for a high-profile case due to start in February, involving two Saudi royals: businessman and Allegiance Commission chairman Mishaal Bin Abdelaziz and his son Abdelaziz (Apex Global Management Ltd v FI Call Ltd, Global Torch Ltd, HRH Prince Abdelaziz Mishaal Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud, Emad Mahmoud Ahmed Abu-Ayshih, HRH Prince Mishaal Bin Abdelaziz Al-Saud, GSN 947/6). ...

Issue 962 - 23 January 2014

Saudi Arabia: Bandar meets Putin

General Intelligence Directorate chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin near Moscow, the Kremlin said on 3 December. A previous meeting between the two men, in late July, has been the source of much speculation. The contents of that meeting remain elusive, and there has been considerable, unsubstantiated speculation about whether Bandar offered the Russians ...

Issue 960 - 12 December 2013

Saudi Arabia: Salman Bin Sultan attends Red Alligator exercises


In early October, recently appointed deputy defence minister Prince Salman Bin Sultan Bin Abdelaziz attended the closing events of the British-Saudi Exercise Red Alligator 3 in Jazan Region. The prince was pictured in Al-Riyadh attending a weapons demonstration, which included a 40mm grenade launcher.

Issue 956 - 21 October 2013

Bahrain: King Hamad visits China


King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa returned to Bahrain on 18 September after an official visit to China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. It was King Hamad’s first visit to China at the invitation of the president, timed to coincide with the first China-Arab States Expo, whose opening ceremony in Yinchuan he attended. During his visit, on which he ...

Issue 955 - 3 October 2013

Prince Salman Bin Sultan named deputy defence minister

The early August appointment of Prince Salman Bin Sultan Bin Abdelaziz as deputy defence minister left Saudi-watchers puzzled, coming as it did just a few months after Prince Fahd Bin Abdullah Bin Mohammed was given the position (GSN 945/1). A son of the late crown prince Sultan Bin Abdelaziz (GSN 911/1), Prince Salman is in his late thirties, and has a degree ...

Issue 953 - 15 August 2013

Is Qatar poised for a leadership change?

Expectations that Qatar is poised for a leadership overhaul continue to rise. For months, GSN has been hearing rumours the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani is planning to abdicate in favour of his son, heir apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani (GSN 946/1); in recent weeks, these have been augmented by suggestions of a top-to-bottom reshuffle of the cabinet, that ...

Issue 949 - 10 June 2013

Bahrain: King Hamad at Windsor horse trials


King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa was in the UK for the 2013 Royal Windsor Horse Show at Windsor Castle Great Park from 8 to 12 May, on the sidelines of which Bahrain supported the inaugural 120km Royal Windsor Endurance CEI2 ride. The winning rider, who finished in a time of 4 hours 32 minutes, was the UAE’s Rashed Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Baloush on Bucanero. Their ...

Issue 947 - 23 May 2013

Prince Khalid sacked as King Abdullah continues to clear out the old guard

Deputy defence minister Prince Khalid Bin Sultan was sacked on 20 April, and replaced by a former naval chief from a less prominent branch of the Al-Saud – a surprise to many, even though Khalid had long been considered unpopular with the king. The enfant terrible of Saudi military politics, his 12-year stint at the ministry of defence ended with a brief ...

Issue 945 - 25 April 2013

Saudi Arabia: Miteb Bin Abdullah’s Paris hotel


The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, belonging to Saudi Arabian National Guard head Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah, is to close its doors for a two-year renovation by the Lebanese architect Aline d’Amman. The Crillon was French-owned until 2005, when ownership passed to US group Starwood Capital and then, in 2010, to Prince Miteb for a reported €250m ($327m). Prince Miteb’...

Issue 944 - 11 April 2013

Qatar: Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Hamad’s court case


Former police chief and minister of economy and industry Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Hamad is being sued by his ex-wife Meshkah Tawfik for £100m ($153m) in maintenance for their children Sultan and Sheikha. Tawfik told the Sunday Times: “I am suing him not for me but to get maintenance for the children. As members of the royal family they ...

Issue 944 - 11 April 2013

UAE - RAK: Saud Bin Saqr’s Zimbabwe interest

An interesting snippet on Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK) appeared in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian on 15 March, in an article on how foreign interests are hoping to get commercial deals in Zimbabwe in return for helping the cash-strapped government fund elections (an estimated $132m is needed). RAK ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi visited Zimbabwe in late February, and was pictured ...

Issue 943 - 21 March 2013

CROWN PRINCE SALMAN: High public profile

Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa has been seen in several western capitals (including London in May and Washington in June) over the past few months, but has also been travelling at home.

Issue 906 - 5 August 2011

Sheikh Saud appoints heir

Ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi has issued an emiri decree (23/2010) appointing his son Sheikh Mohammed as crown prince

Issue 891 - 10 December 2010

HBJ Lebanon talks; , Sheikh Tamim Singapore meetings

Foreign minister and premier Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani travelled to Lebanon on 22 November. Heir apparent Sheikh Tamim has been in Singapore for high-level meetings.

Issue 890 - 26 November 2010

SAUDI ARABIA: King Abdullah, Faisal Bin Abdullah, Khalid Bin Sultan, Mohammed Bin Nawwaf

Sarko meeting; SEC reshuffle; Swine flu; Yemen crisis, foreign meetings; Term extended

Issue 865 - 20 November 2009

Sheikh Ahmed dies

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Juma Al-Maktoum died on 23 March

Issue 850 - 27 March 2009

King Abdullah, CP Sultan, Princes, Princess Adila

King Abdullah: Reaching out in the United States, CP Sultan: Meets Orange prince, Bahraini King, Princes: Marriages, travel, Princes Adila: Healthcare

Issue 841 - 21 November 2008

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