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Issue 864 - 06 November 2009

UAE: Khalifa Bin Zayed

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Re-elected

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 943 - 21 March 2013

Saudi Arabia: ‘Spy ring’

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Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people it accuses of spying for a foreign country, including one Iranian, one Lebanese and 16 Saudis. On 19 March, the interior ministry said that the suspects had “gathered information on vital installations which they provided to the country” they had been working for, and that they would be handed over to judicial authorities.

Iran | Saudi Arabia
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When Saudi-watchers get together, conversation will soon turn to questions that can become an obsession: who will be the next Saudi monarch, who will succeed him and when will this happen? The onset of illness associated with old age cannot help the

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1021 - 09 September 2016

UAE: Abu Dhabi takes first LNG imports

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A 500 mcf/d floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) chartered from US-based Excelerate Energy was delivered to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) in August, in a move to ensure gas-to-power supply by state utility Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (Adwec) during the peak summer season for electricity demand. The UAE’s second LNG import facility was moored off Ruwais, after it was filled at the Das Island plant operated by Adnoc’s Adgas subsidiary – which for years had sought not to divert LNG cargoes to meet domestic demand.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

SHEIKH TAHNOUN meets Prince Charles

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Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, in his capacity as head of the Tourism Development and Investment Company, has been in London to sign an MoU with the Prince of Wales’ School of Traditional Arts.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Qatar’s bid book envisages using 12 stadiums for Fifa World Cup 2022, of which nine grounds must be built as greenfield projects. The other three are existing grounds that need major upgrades.

Qatar
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The death of Sheikh Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Sultan Al-Mualla of the ruling family of Umm Al-Quwain was announced on 22 July. He passed away at the family residence in Sharjah.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1011 - 04 March 2016

Qatar: Pakistani CoS visit

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Pakistan’s chief of army staff General Raheel Sharif in late February visited Doha for talks with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and the premier and interior minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani. Sharif held separate meetings with the new defence minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah and the commander of the Qatari Emiri Land Force Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Ghanim.

Qatar
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Newly appointed Medina governor (GSN 939/4) Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdelaziz has launched a land distribution scheme – according to local media, 3,800 citizens will benefit from its first phase. Land has sometimes proved to be a contentious issue in Saudi Arabia, where key plots owned by high-ranking citizens have lain undeveloped for decades

Saudi Arabia
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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal noted on his Twitter feed on 14 April that allowing Saudi women to drive would be economically beneficial, and seemed to suggest it could help Saudi Arabia’s problems with illegal migrants.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1087 - 06 September 2019

Bahrain: Al-Rumaihi further rises

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The board of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Companyhas appointed Khalid Al-Rumaihi as chief executive of the sovereign wealth fund.Al-Rumaihi has been a board member and headed Mumtalakat’s investment strategy since 2015. He is also chief executive of the influential Economic Development Board (EDB), and chairman of Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah) and Bahrain Development Bank. He sits on the boards of National Bank of Bahrain, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority and National Oil & Gas Authority (Noga).

Bahrain
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US Republican senator John McCain posted a photograph of himself with Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdelaziz on Twitter on 5 December, following their meeting in Riyadh. “Good mtg today w/ Crown Prince Salman,” McCain said. Also that day, McCain met interior minister Mohammed Bin Nayef Bin Abdelaziz at his office in Riyadh. The interior ministry said the two men discussed “a number of issues of mutual concern to the two countries”; US chargé d’affaires Timothy Lenderking also attended.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1003 - 29 October 2015

Oman: Estonian Relations

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Deputy prime minister for the Council of Ministers Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al-Said received Estonia premier Taavi Roivas on Sultan Qaboos Bin Said’s behalf, during his official visit to the sultanate – an event intended to cement a deepening relationship and involving a large number of government ministers and other officials. The Baltic News Service focused on the “many e-services available in Oman [that] are bearing the ‘Made in Estonia’ label”, with moves to expand co-operation in IT, culture, education and tourism. Roivas looked forward to investment protection and double taxation agreements to be concluded soon.

Oman
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The Saudi bombing of targets in Yemen has underlined the potential for the crisis in the poor and populous southern Arabian state to flare into wider conflict (see Risk management report – Saudi Arabia). Escalation of the crisis also poses major problems for opposition forces within the country, who are well aware of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s ability to turn a political and humanitarian drama to his advantage.

Saudi Arabia | Yemen
Issue 1035 - 27 April 2017

Kuwait: Aid for Iraq

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For the first time since it was invaded by its neighbour in 1990, the government has pledged $100m in aid for Iraq to support projects in areas retaken from Islamic State (IS or Daesh), officials said. It will be directed through Iraq’s Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations, set up by the government in 2015.

Kuwait