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Qatar talks with Hizbollah will antagonise Saudis

As Saudi Arabia throws more weight behind the Lebanese army, Qatar – not known for its deference to Riyadh – has been...

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Questions over Iran at the forefront of GCC minds

It has been an eventful year in the Gulf. Against a backdrop of wider regional turmoil – the civil war in Syria and the...

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Britain’s Cameron back on charm offensive in UAE

British Prime Minister David Cameron was back in the UAE for the third time in as many years on 16 November, this time...

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Saudi-US spat: a passing storm or longer term breakdown in alliance?

Saudi Arabia’s decision to relinquish a coveted United Nations Security Council (UNSC) seat and a spate of briefings by...

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Can Mayassa’s bold art really change the Qatari landscape?

The British artist Damien Hirst is of course no stranger to controversy. His formaldehyde tiger shark, bejewelled skull,...

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Al-Shabaab attack exposes failure of US strategy against Al-Qaeda

The images and tales that emerged from Al-Shabaab’s attack on Kenya’s Westgate mall were searingly dreadful. Mothers...

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Syria debate should not hinge on sending a ‘message to Iran’

One of the more bizarre arguments put forward by the Obama administration as it pushed for military intervention in Syria was...

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UAE burnishes diplomatic credentials in Egypt

It’s been a busy summer for Emirati foreign minister Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (ABZ). As Egypt unravels, the UAE has...

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Oman pardons with one hand, arrests with the other

Among more than 200 prisoners pardoned by Oman’s Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said on the occasion of Renaissance Day on 23...

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Trade ambitions trump concerns over fairness of UAE trial

There was remarkably little international reaction to the UAE’s imprisonment of dozens of government critics on 2 July (GSN...

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Bahrain's Economic Performance

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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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More stable oil prices could reduce budget problems in 2019

The oil price remains volatile, but ministries of finance may take comfort in the views of their hydrocarbons sector...

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Weak Saudi investment flows point to economic trouble ahead

Away from the spin and razzmatazz of last month’s Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, analysts are...

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Consultants face scrutiny but are locked into their Saudi business

As Turkey drags out the aftermath of the Jamal Khashoggi affair and Saudi Arabia responds by seeking culprits higher up the...

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28-29 January

Middle East and North Africa Energy 2019

Chatham House, London

5 February

GCC Energy Strategy Forum

JW Marriott Hotel, Kuwait City

19-20 February

The Solar Show MENA

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt

5-7 March

Middle East Electricity

Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE

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