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Issue 1182 - 08 December 2023

Riyadh sets out spending plans for 2024

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The Saudi government has set out SR1.25tn ($333.6bn) worth of spending plans for 2024, in a budget statement issued on 6 December.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1183 - 10 December 2023

Sharjah: Lubna Bint Khalid Al-Qasimi

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The UAE’s first female minster.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The UAE and India agreed to do more trade in their own currencies, rather than the US dollar, in a memorandum of understanding signed mid-July during an official visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Abu Dhabi – the Indian leader's fifth trip to the country in the past eight years.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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An election victory next May seems to be Presidential Hassan Rouhani’s to lose, but the big winners on the Iranian business scene continue to be the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC or Pasdaran) and other conservative factions – a harsh reality for oil majors considering investments and others hoping for a soft landing in Iran after the nuclear deal. Their powerful position signals that hardliners are in no way in retreat, even if many Iranians would like to see genuine change.

Iran
Issue 1141 - 21 February 2022

Iran: Ex-minister named Khamenei adviser

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Rahbar (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei appointed Brigadier General Amir Hatami as his advisor on army affairs on 9 February.

Iran
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Khalid Al-Shamlan takes over the real estate and infrastructure file at the Abu Dhabi government’s investment fund.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The battle for power and influence in Iran appeared to take a gruesome turn on 19 June, with the as-yet-unexplained death of fugitive judge Gholamreza Mansouri in a Bucharest hotel. Mansouri was being tried in absentia in Tehran as part of a wider, politically-inspired corruption clampdown. He had been speaking to the Iranian embassy in Bucharest in an effort to agree a return, but those negotiations broke down. Tehran put in an extradition request via Interpol instead, but before that process could be completed Mansouri was dead.

Iran