UAE: Smoke and mirrors as court cases leave Ras Al-Khaimah with unfinished business

Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK) remains bound up in a range of US and UK court cases related to past business dealings, undermining the hopes of Ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qassimi of taking the northern emirate towards a period of more stable governance and greater prosperity by exploiting its potential for tourism and other ventures. Sheikh Saud has sought to improve RAK’s reputation by promoting improved governance initiatives, including beefing up the due diligence efforts of the Ras Al-Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority (RAKFTZA) by retaining a major international law firm. 04th April, Issue 1078. Read more

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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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UAE/Region: Sheikh Khalid goes to Newcastle

The British press has been engaged in feverish speculation about the precise identity and wealth of an Al-Nahyan sheikh ever since tabloid daily The Sun broke the news on 26 May that Newcastle United owner and retailing magnate Mike Ashley had agreed to sell the Premier League football club to Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr for £350m. The ‘red-top’ labelled Khaled as a “Dubai-based billionaire… among the most successful entrepreneurs in the Gulf states”. Another tabloid, The Mirror, speculated that, although his personal wealth was unknown, “his family is thought to be worth around £150bn”. This figure was then repeated by other news outlets. Khaled was quickly identified as a cousin (actually a second cousin) of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, although The Sun conceded he was “not quite as rich” as the Manchester City owner.

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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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