Muscat searches for fixes to a familiar problem as protesters demand more jobs

Issue 1127 - 03 Jun 2021

The issue leads with a focus on Oman, where Sultan Haitham has adopted the same tactics as his predecessor in response to protests by unemployed locals that began in Sohar and spread nationwide.

The issue also examines Kuwaiti tribes, which constitute up to 60% of the country’s citizens and are becoming increasingly important political and economic actors. Often feeling shut out of the lucrative market for government contracts, they are looking for changes which the Al-Sabah leadership finds hard to deliver. 

Defence and security coverage includes articles on the UAE's airbase on the Yemeni island of Perim and the progress of a deal for the UAE to purchase F-35s from the US.

Energy coverage looks at how output and investment is set to rise as Opec+ contemplates Iran and the challenge of energy transition.

The GSN View focuses on Iran's upcoming presidential elections.

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