Search results

Selected filters:

Type

Sector

Regions

Sort options

1,821 results found for your search

Issue 1045 - 06 October 2017

Saudi Arabia: Mecca crane acquittals

Free

The Penal Court in Mecca on 1 October acquitted all 13 people charged with negligence in relation to the collapse of a crane at the Grand Mosque in September 2015. The attorney general has appealed. Some 118 people were killed in the incident and almost 400 injured. The accident contributed to severe problems at Saudi Binladin Group, after the government cancelled its contracts with the construction giant.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 976 - 05 September 2014

Saudi Arabia: Counter-terrorism donation

Free

Saudi Arabia has donated $100m to the UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCTT), as it did in August 2013 (GSN 953/13). Riyadh gave $10m towards setting up the New York-based UNCCT in 2011; the centre has held conferences – including one in Riyadh in partnership with the Saudi government in February 2013 – but has not delivered much in the way of practical improvements to global security.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1088 - 20 September 2019

Saudi Arabia: Treasures travel to Rome

Free

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) – headed by chairman Ahmed Bin Aqil Al-Khatib – and Ministry of Culture are to transfer the exhibition Trade Routes in the Arabian Peninsula: Masterpieces of the Monuments of Saudi Arabia through the Ages to the Museo Nazionale Roman (National Roman Museum) in the Italian capital from late October. The exhibition – running for three months – has been described as one of the most important international exhibitions to showcase the kingdom’s cultural heritage. It has already visited cities in Europe, America and Asia, attracting over 5m visitors.

Saudi Arabia
Free

Four oilfields in central Iran will start production in the next six months, according to Iranian press reports. The Shana news agency said on 26 September that the four – Cheshmeh Khoush, Sarvestan, Khesht and Saadat Abad – are in the final stages of development and will come on line the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 2013).

Iran
Free

The planned Arab-African Summit, due to be held in Riyadh before end-March, has suffered another delay due to coronavirus. It was originally scheduled for 25 November was postponed shortly before by the Saudi government without explanation. At the time, authorities said it would be held “during the first quarter of 2020”. A separate Saudi-African summit due to be held at the same time has also been postponed. It is not clear when the events will be rescheduled.

Free

Donald Trump clearly chose his ground during his first foreign visit as US president, with the view of enunciating a simple but assertive foreign policy message for the Middle East. In Riyadh and Jerusalem he chose to focus on rallying his Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) allies, led by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, and their erstwhile enemy Israel, with a unifying call to confront Iran – which has been confirmed in the Trumpian vision as the pre-eminent regional villain.

Iran
Issue 874 - 10 April 2010

MBR: Allawi meeting

Free

Allawi meeting

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1032 - 24 February 2017

Kuwait: Bond meetings in US, UK

Free

The Kuwaiti authorities are due to hold talks with investors in the United States and United Kingdom in early March, in preparation for a bond issue which could raise up to $9.5bn. A report by Bloomberg, citing an unidentified source, said talks were due to be held in London, New York, Boston and Los Angeles on 5-12 March. The bond could be completed by late March or early April. A large Kuwaiti issue had originally been expected last year, but was postponed in October.

Kuwait
Issue 1011 - 04 March 2016

Iraq/Kuwait: Nato reaches out

Free

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg visited Kuwait on 29 February for meetings with Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and other senior officials. The two sides signed the Nato-Kuwait Transit Agreement and Stoltenberg visited the future site of the Nato-Kuwait Istanbul Co-operation Initiative Regional Centre, the military alliance’s first presence in the Gulf. The following day the Nato chief was in Baghdad for talks with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. Stoltenberg tweeted that Nato will soon start training Iraqi officers.

Kuwait | Iraq
Issue 931 - 14 September 2012

UAE: Sheikh Khalifa's falcon gift

Free

Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has donated 80 falcons from the conservation project Pro-Falcon Farm to the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex).

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 998 - 31 July 2015

Oman: Qaboos and Biden on the phone

Free

Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said held a telephone conversation with US vice-president Joe Biden on 17 July. In a ‘Readout’ of the call, the White House said Biden expressed his and President Barack Obama’s “gratitude for the Sultan’s support of the nuclear negotiations with Iran that resulted in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” and “for Oman’s role in helping to advance a political settlement in Yemen”. Both men “pledged continued close co-operation… to advance regional peace and stability”.

Oman
Issue 1005 - 26 November 2015

Saudi Arabia: Arrest in Casablanca

Free

According to an unconfirmed report in the Moroccan media, including controversial Casablanca daily Al-Massae, an unnamed Saudi prince was arrested by the Moroccan authorities at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca in mid-November and held at Salé prison. The prince was said to have been arrested by undercover police while waiting for an exit stamp in his passport (he was due to fly to Paris) after the officers realised his identity matched that of a man subject to an international arrest warrant by Interpol.

Saudi Arabia
Free

There was remarkably little international reaction to the UAE’s imprisonment of dozens of government critics on 2 July. Despite the scale of the trial – 94 charged, 69 convicted, all of them linked to Islamist group Al-Islah – and despite the serious concerns of respected rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch about the fairness of the trial, Abu Dhabi’s allies in the West remained quiet, and media attention was quickly diverted by the fall of another, more prominent Islamist in Egypt.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1060 - 25 May 2018

Mohammed Bin Zayed: Ethiopia talks

Free

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces deputy supreme commander Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan held talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at Al-Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi on 19 May, as Gulf states continue to vie for influence in the Horn of Africa. MBZ and Ahmed discussed options for boosting economic and trade ties between their countries. It was a brief visit, with Ahmed arriving and departing on the same day from Al-Bateen airport.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Free

The British press has been engaged in feverish speculation about the precise identity and wealth of an Al-Nahyan sheikh ever since tabloid daily The Sun broke the news on 26 May that Newcastle United owner and retailing magnate Mike Ashley had agreed to sell the Premier League football club to Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Bin Saqr for £350m. The ‘red-top’ labelled Khaled as a “Dubai-based billionaire… among the most successful entrepreneurs in the Gulf states”. Another tabloid, The Mirror, speculated that, although his personal wealth was unknown, “his family is thought to be worth around £150bn”.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)