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UAE: Sheikh Tahnoun's business interests

 UAE national security advisor Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan's proliferating business interests have developed significant strategic links with Emirati sovereign wealth entities.

GSN has been following a rapid process of restructuring and reorganisation accompanied by a strong appetite for deal-making around the world.

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Israel, Palestine and the Gulf

The signing of ‘Abraham Accords’ by Bahrain and the UAE, and growing speculation that even Saudi Arabia would also normalise relations with Israel, seemed to fit in with the emergence of a new Gulf economy that would leave behind the Middle East region’s traumatic history of conflict.

But a new war in Gaza has energised a somnolent ‘Arab street’, as populations in many countries react to Israel’s response to Hamas’ 7 October attacks on peaceful communities. There is terrifying potential that a wider conflict could engulf the region.

For the best part of five decades, GSN has tracked the Israel-Palestine conflict and its impact on the Gulf states.

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UAE: Mansour Bin Zayed’s growing media interests

UAE’s presidential court minister and deputy prime minister Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s bid to acquire the Telegraph Media Group (TMG) has become a political as well as a commercial controversy in the UK. But while this is Mansour’s most high-profile foray into international media deal-making, it is far from his first.

As part of a wider profile of his role, Gulf States Newsletter (GSN) has investigated Sheikh Mansour’s international media interests, which include publications in the UK and the US and other international and Arabic language TV channels.

GSN has also looked at the influential people understood to be advising him on his TMG bid.

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Kuwait: Government versus Parliament

The Kuwaiti government, led and appointed by the country's ruling family, is often at odds with the country’s elected parliament, the National Assembly. Tensions and disagreements – over issues ranging from government debt to corruption – have at times forced ministerial resignations, cabinet reshuffles and the dissolution of the legislature itself.

The differences have also stymied much-needed economic reforms. While some senior royals are keen to defuse tensions, there is no clear path to resolving the rivalry between the government and MPs.

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Kuwait to head to the polls on 4 April

Issue 1185 - 10 March 2024

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