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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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Tamim’s youth could further set Qatar apart

Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, newly named Emir of Qatar, stands out not just because of the sleek manner of his...

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A Qatari abdication would not signal major change

On 27 June 1995, the news that Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani had deposed his father, Qatar’s then emir Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Thani, made news bulletins across the world. A palace coup makes for good headlines: flanked by loyal officers, Hamad, then 43, told the cabinet: “I am not happy with what has happened but it had to be done and I had to do it.” His father, who was in a luxury hotel in Zurich at the time, described the usurpation as the “abnormal behaviour of an ignorant man”, though his protests faded as the level of support for Hamad became clear.

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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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Iraq works to rebuild GCC ties as Iranian balancing act gets harder

Rarely short of a timely quote, President Barham Salih told a recent interviewer that “Iraq is coming back to the...

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Iraq works to rebuild GCC ties as Iranian balancing act gets harder

Rarely short of a timely quote, President Barham Salih told a recent interviewer that “Iraq is coming back to the...

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Saudi Arabia: Fall-out over Khashoggi murder hits intelligence consultants

The continuing impact of the Jamal Khashoggi murder on Saudi relations with western countries shows little signs of abating....

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MENA Renewable Energy Forum 2019

Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Cairo, First Settlement, 11477, Cairo Egypt

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Middle East Process Engineering Conference & Exhibition (MEPEC)

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

14-16 October

World Petroleum Council (WPC) Downstream Conference

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre

14-16 October

Leadership Excellence for Women Awards & Symposium

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Riyadh International Convention Center, Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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