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The final two helicopters from a 30-strong order for the Kuwait Armed Forces and Kuwait National Guard were delivered in late June, some eight years after the contract was signed, while allegations of graft have swirled around the deal in the intervening years.

Kuwait
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The Bahraini and Kuwaiti governments have set up special committees to review recent naturalisation cases, with hundreds and perhaps thousands of people thought to be at risk of having their citizenship taken from them over allegations of fraudulent applications

Kuwait | Bahrain
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The health of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is widely believed to have deteriorated, leaving the ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman closer than ever to a formal assumption of power. Meanwhile, the heir apparent appears to be negotiating new regional alignments, notably with Kuwait.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia
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The recently-appointed Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah held talks in Jeddah on 11 June with his Saudi counterpart Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, in the latest of a wave of bilateral meetings involving senior figures from the neighbouring countries.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia
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Kuwait's new heir apparent Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah is the first person from the ruling family’s Hamad branch to be named crown prince, ending the duopoly of the Jaber and Salem branches.

Kuwait
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Dubai has revived plans to turn Al-Maktoum International into the world’s largest airport, pointing to a huge projected upturn in regional carriers’ business in coming decades and the commercial emirate’s determination to counter the challenge posed by regional rivals.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Emir Sheikh Mishaal’s announcement suspending the National Assembly for up to four years is an effort to break the gridlock between the elected chamber and the appointed government that has stymied change for so many years, but critics fear a new period of repression – and some are planning to flee Kuwait. Whether Mishaal can ‘correct the path’ or will be forced to back down may depend on internal dynamics within the ruling Al-Sabah family.

Kuwait
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Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah formed his new cabinet just two days after parliament was suspended, with most of the key figures retained from ex-premier Sheikh Mohammed Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah’s previous government. Although the usual limits on cabinet size are also now suspended, this government is smaller than usual with only 13 members.

Kuwait
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Born in 1952, Sheikh Ahmed Abdullah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah went to secondary school in Lebanon, before earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Illinois in the United States in 1976.

Kuwait
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As the GCC region’s big economic powers vie for global business, Dubai is reviving plans to turn Al-Maktoum International into the world’s largest airport, not least preparing for the challenge posed by Saudi Arabia’s eye-watering aviation strategy. The Dubai megaproject’s revival comes as Riyadh pushes to grab a big slice of the international aviation market – if Saudi carriers can overcome the challenge of securing sufficient planes, pilots and passengers needed to meet the kingdom’s hugely ambitious plans.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Emir Sheikh Mishaal has sought to push back the opening of the new parliament until mid-May, after his initial pick for prime minister turned down the job. However, some MPs have claimed the delay is unconstitutional, setting off another political crisis within days of the 4 April election

Kuwait
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The fourth election in as many years seems unlikely to lead to any dramatic change in Kuwait’s slow-burning political crisis, as most members of the outgoing parliament retained their seats and Abdulkarim Al-Kandari – whose comments about Emir Sheikh Mishaal precipitated the latest poll – increased his vote, suggesting voters were happy to reward the authorities’ outspoken critics.

Kuwait
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A deal between Abu Dhabi giant Adnoc and UK major BP to co-invest in Egyptian gas assets highlights how wealthy Gulf national oil companies are seeking lower-carbon expansion opportunities across Africa, with actors from Qatar and Kuwait also among those on the hunt.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Kuwait stands out in the region for its relatively open political system, which includes a freely-elected parliament that often clashes with a government appointed by the ruling Al-Sabahs. As a small state with vast oil wealth, it was a pioneer in establishing a sovereign wealth fund, but these days its economy lags behind its more commercially adept neighbours. The perennial stand-off between the executive and legislature often leads to policy gridlock, with neither side able to provide the bold leadership Kuwait needs to forge ahead

Kuwait
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Kuwait's recently-appointed emir travelled to the UAE in early March, following on from trips to the other members of the Gulf Co-operation Council in the opening months of the year

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE)