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Hassan Khomeini, a grandson of the leader of the 1979 revolution the late Rahbar (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, is reported to have decided not to compete in the June presidential elections, after Rahbar Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked him not to run.

Iran
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Jeddah governor Prince Mishaal Bin Majid Bin Abdelaziz was appointed an adviser to King Salman Bin Abdelaziz with the rank of minister, in a royal order issued on 15 April.

Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia has unveiled the masterplan for its huge cultural project at Al-Ula, which has been costed at $15bn.

Saudi Arabia
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Louvre Abu Dhabi has bought 27 works in the past year. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Princess Noura Bint Mohammed Bin Abdullah, a great-granddaughter of King Faisal, told Arab News in late May about her work in creating Adhlal (mentors/patrons), a platform to help young Saudis get into the design industry. Adhlal is building a learning and development section to promote local designers.

Saudi Arabia
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Sharjah Crown Prince, deputy ruler and Sharjah Executive Council chair Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Sultan Al-Qasimi inspected the House of Wisdom on 15 June. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion announced on 23 June it will start offering long-term residence visas to foreign investors, following the lead taken by the UAE and Saudi Arabia. 

Oman
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Minister of state Sheikh Shakhbout Bin Nahyan Al-Nahyan went on a “virtual tour” of sub-Saharan African countries from 8-15 July, seeking to boost co-operation over Covid-19 and wider political, economic and cultural issues. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Having built up a list of local construction firms working on the giga-projects, GSN has analysed the shareholding records for several contractors, using data provided by Diligencia in a partnership to help sharpen understanding of those involved. It shows that the companies most heavily involved are often decades old, with the exception of Saudi Real Estate Infrastructure Company (Binyah). They are mainly in private hands (Red Sea International is an exception) and often held by generations of the same family.

Saudi Arabia
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The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) awarded a joint venture of Nesma & Partners and Almabani General Contractors an estimated $240m contract for the airside infrastructure works for the Red Sea Project’s airport.

Saudi Arabia
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A fire at an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) research centre in the west of Tehran on 26 September killed two people.

Iran
Issue 1136 - 11 November 2021

Gulf states elected to human rights body

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Qatar and the UAE were both elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on 14 October, to serve for a three-year term starting on 1 January 2022.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Dubai-based Mashreqbank has agreed to pay $100m in penalties to the New York State Department of Financial Services to end an investigation into its violation of sanctions targeting Sudan.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1137 - 25 November 2021

Kuwait: Jazeera places large Airbus order

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Jazeera Airways signed a deal with Airbus for 28 new A320 and A321 aircraft with a list price of $3.3bn.

Kuwait
Issue 1140 - 04 February 2022

Oman: Ibri solar plant starts up

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Oman’s largest renewable energy project began operating on 24 January.

Oman