Beijing’s involvement in Djibouti dispute creates Chinese puzzle for MBR

The scene was set on 4 April when the London Court of International Arbitration ordered the Djibouti government to pay at least $533m in compensation for breaching the exclusive rights of Doraleh Container Terminal SA (DCT) to operate container handling services in the east African entrepôt. It seems to be a classic commercial litigation battle. In 2006, DCT had signed a 30-year concession to be Djibouti’s exclusive container terminal operator. The company is 33% owned by DP World and 66% by state-owned Port de Djibouti, but it is DP World which has effective control. 9th May, Issue 1080. Read more

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Gulf boundaries and hydrocarbons infrastructure

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The Gulf region: economy and society

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Iraqi Kurdistan hydrocarbons infrastructure map

Revised in January 2015, this map provides a detailed overview of hydrocarbons infrastructure in the Kurdistan area of Iraq.

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Kuwait struggles to adjust to impact of Covid-19 and low oil

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to override all other issues in Kuwait. While the initial response to the...

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GCC’s coronavirus and other crises offer an opportunity for Iran

The Gulf Co-operation Council states are in a more delicate and divided condition than they have been for decades – a set...

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Coronavirus and oil crisis present MBS with unprecedented tests

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has worked hard to remove any possibility of political opposition emerging from within Al-Saud ranks over the past five years. This campaign has involved several bouts of locking up senior family members, with the clear backing of his father King Salman, most notably in November 2017 but most recently in March when Princes Ahmed Bin Abdelaziz and Mohammed Bin Nayef were moved from house arrest to prison.

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