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The volume of seizures of the amphetamine-like stimulant Captagon by Saudi border guards appears to have dropped sharply over the past year – it could be a sign the diplomatic rapprochement with Syria (the main source of the illegal drug) is bearing fruit, or it may just be that the authorities are being less transparent.

Saudi Arabia
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Distantly related to Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Sheikh Ali announced plans to set up a $500m family office in the Chinese territory in March, but that now appears to have been pushed back until late May. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Four export deals have been signed by Oman LNG since mid-April, covering more than 4m t/yr of liquefied natural gas supplies and taking the total deal flow so far this year to 4.6m t/yr.

Oman
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Some $35bn worth of potential deals were announced during the Omani leader’s two-day state visit to neighbouring UAE, with the project to develop a rail link between Sohar port and Abu Dhabi now officially up and running – and among measures that could help improve previously sometimes strained relations.

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Lana Nusseibeh has stepped down as the UAE’s permanent representative to the Untied Nations, after more than a decade in New York, notably while the UAE filled a seat on the Security Council in 2022/23.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Qatar and the UAE have thrown their weight behind plans to develop a trade route linking Europe and the Gulf via Iraq – a move which suggests Abu Dhabi may be looking more seriously at potential alternatives to the India-Europe trade corridor running through Israel, which it had backed prior to the Gaza war.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Israel | Iraq
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Sheikh Saeed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was born in 1965 to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan’s wife Sheikha Aisha Bint Ali Al-Darmarki (of the Dhawahir tribe); six years later, Sheikh Zayed would become the founding president of the UAE.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Edge’s 51% stake in Brazilian firm Condor brings with it a portfolio of more than 160 products, including tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke grenades and drones which spray chemical irritants.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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State-owned Hydrom has awarded the first two GH2 projects from its second auction round launched in mid-2023, with one licence going to a British/French/Japanese consortium and another to an Australian/British group.

Oman
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Born to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan’s wife Amina Bint Saleh Al-Darmaki in 1967, Sheikh Nasser Bin Zayed died in June 2008 when travelling in a helicopter which crashed into the Gulf.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Born to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan’s prominent wife Sheikha Mozah Bint Suhail Bin Awaidha Al-Khaili in 1969, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Zayed died when a microlight aircraft he was learning to fly crashed in Morocco on 26 March 2010.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) is to develop a 2GW offshore wind project in Bahrain and is also part of the winning consortium for a 1.5GW solar power plant in its home market.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Bahraini foreign affairs minister Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al-Zayani has held talks with his counterparts in Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar, as well as Syria and Lebanon, ahead of the Arab League summit on 16 May.

Bahrain
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King Salman Bin Abdelaziz had what officials described as a routine check-up at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah on 24 April, leaving the hospital on the same day.

Saudi Arabia
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The Capital Market Authority has found 13 investors guilty of violating the Capital Market Law. Among those fined was former ambassador Turki Bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil.

Saudi Arabia