MBZ is ‘arguably the most powerful leader in the Arab world’, NYT

As his influence across the Middle East and North Africa becomes ever more apparent, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces deputy supreme commander Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan is drawing ever more international attention, even though MBZ’s style of business tends towards the discreet. MBZ was the focus of a profile in The New York Times (NYT) on 2 June, where journalist David Kirkpatrick described him as arguably the Arab world’s most powerful ruler. 6th June, Issue 1082. Read more

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