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With increasing amounts of Moscow's business now being transacted through Gulf states, impending G7 and EU sanctions on Russian diamond exports offer opportunities and risks for the Dubai Diamond Exchange, which has grown rapidly to become the largest trading hub in the world for the rough gems. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Bahrain's recently-appointed Civil Service Bureau president Sheikh Daij Bin Salman Bin Daij Al-Khalifaheld talks with Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa at Gudaibiya Palace late October. 

Bahrain
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Emirate Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) approved in November Dubai's budget for 2024-26, with total expenditure of AED246.6bn ($67bn) over the three years. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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International Holding Company (IHC), the investment group chaired by UAE national security adviser Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, is reported to be considering taking a majority stake in a Zambian state-owned copper mine.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1180 - 07 November 2023

Bahrain: Fifth casualty of Yemen strike

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The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) said on 26 October that a fifth serviceman, Major Mohammed Salem Mohammed Anber, had died one day earlier.

Bahrain
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Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, son of UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, travelled to Muscat in early November.

Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Saudi Arabia takes the lead in trying to find a regional answer to the Gaza conflict, with two summits due to take place in Riyadh in the coming days in a display of the country’s influence and convening power. GSN explores the impact which the conflict has had on the Gulf region and the foreign policy challenges it has presented.  GSN’s defence and security coverage leads with a new airlift the UAE Air Force has launched to Ethiopia. It is unclear what is being sent, but the development is stoking international interest in light of a similar operation from the UAE to Chad in recent months and the UAE’s involvement in other African conflict zones.  This issue of GSN also contains a special report on Ras Al-Khaimah’s economic strategy and how this often-overlooked emirate is pushing the boundaries to try and attract more international investment. GSN offers a short history of the emirate and its ruling Al-Qasimi family, along with an updated family tree. Western sanctions on Russian diamond exports are due to be stepped up soon, offering a fresh opportunity for the Dubai Diamond Exchange, which has grown rapidly in recent years and already claims to be the world’s largest trading hub for rough diamonds. The GSN View delves into this issue, which is yet another example of how some Gulf states have indirectly benefitted from Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.  This issue’s maps cover oil and gas infrastructure as well as provincial governance and population sizes for Saudi Arabia and Oman.

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Russia's Lukoil signed a supplementary agreement with Iraq’s Basra Oil Company to extend its development and production contract on the West Qurna-2 oil field by ten years to 2045.

Iraq
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British Conservative Party member of parliament Bob Stewart was found guilty of racially abusing a Bahraini human rights activist, in a case at Westminster Magistrates Court early November.

Bahrain
Issue 1180 - 07 November 2023

Iraq: Counter-terrorism chief replaced

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Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani removed Lieutenant General Abdulwahab Al-Saadi as Counter Terrorism Service chief on 1 November.

Iraq
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Saudi Arabia is leading a fresh effort from the Gulf to assert its regional influence in an attempt to bring the Gaza war to an end, there has been no indication that Israel would consider reducing the intensity of its relentless bombing campaign as it seeks vengeance for the brutal Hamas assault of 7 October.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | Jordan | Bahrain | Yemen | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Israel | Palestine | Iraq
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Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa pulled out of attending the finals of the sixth Nasser Bin Hamad Marine Heritage Season, held at the Bahrain National Museum's outdoor arena on 4 November. No reason was given for his withdrawal.

Bahrain
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Oman's Sultan Haitham Al-Said appointed new governors to three of the sultanate's 11 provinces:  Masoud Said Hashim Al-Hashmi for South Al-Batinah, Mahmoud Yahya Sulaiman Al-Thuhli for North Al-Sharqiyah, and Sheikh Ahmed Musallam Suhail Jidad Al-Kithiri for Al-Wusta. 

Oman
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Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum was named supreme chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment on 5 November, via a decree issued by his father, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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First deputy chairman of the Bahraini Supreme Council for Youth and Sports and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa travelled to Doha late October to attend the Asian Men’s Handball Qualification Tournament final between Bahrain and Japan.

Bahrain