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Manama is offering a 'golden licence' to companies that invest in large projects and create hundreds of jobs for locals, in the latest sign of increasingly stiff competition among Gulf economies for international capital

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Supreme Council for Health chairman Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Khalifa was named chairman of the Bahrain Red Crescent Society (BRCS). He is only the third person to take on the role since the BRCS was set up in 1970.

Bahrain
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Sheikh Abdulla Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa is to take over as chief executive of Bahrain's sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat from 1 May, replacing Khalid Al-Rumaihi who has been in the post since September 2019.

Bahrain
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Bahraini officials issued an apology to the Cyprus House of Representatives’ speaker Annita Demetriou, after she complained that the flag of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) had been displayed alongside other national flags at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, held in Manama.

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The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) took delivery of the first of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in March, becoming the first in the Gulf to add the aircraft to its fleet.

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The United States Naval Forces Central Command (Navcent) held the 18-day International Maritime Exercise 23 (IMX23) in late February and early March, with an opening ceremony for the operational phase held at US 5th Fleet’s headquarters in Bahrain.

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Bahrain's Royal Endurance Team captain Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was presented with the Order of Ahmad Al-Fateh at an event in Manama, held to mark his recent win in the 160km race of the FEI Endurance World Championships in the UAE.

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Qatar rapprochement: Efforts to rebuild relations between Manama and Doha are continuing, following a series of contacts between leading figures from both countries in January and February, including a phone call between Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Bahrain’s Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa in late January and a meeting between their foreign ministers in Riyadh in early February

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A concerted effort to put relations between Bahrain and Qatar on a more normal footing is under way, signalled by a meeting between their foreign ministers at the Gulf Co-operation Council headquarters in Riyadh in February.

Bahrain | Qatar
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With signs of improved relations between Bahrain and Qatar on the cards, GSN looks back through the archives at the fluctuating relationship between the too often feuding neighbours.

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Bahrain's Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa inaugurated the King Hamad American Mission Hospital (KHAMH) in Aali on 26 January, 120 years to the day since the first American Mission Hospital (AMH) was opened in Bahrain under the name Mason Memorial Hospital.

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Bahraini Sheikha Muneera Bint Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa was appointed director-general of the Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MBMA) in December.

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Fawzia Abdullah Zainal was named as Bahrain's ambassador to Egypt late December, via a decree issued by King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa. He takes over from Hisham Bin Mohammed Al-Jowder, who had been appointed in 2020.

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Bahrain hosted the 18th edition of the Manama Dialogue on 18-20 November, a major geopolitical summit run by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). National security advisor Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al-Khalfia gave the opening remarks.

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Issue 1159 - 01 December 2022

Bahrain rating improvement

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Standard & Poor’s (S&P) revised the outlook on Bahrain’s B+ rating from stable to positive on 25 November, citing the government’s efforts to reduce the budget deficit and solid growth in non-oil revenues which will help to place debt as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP) “on a more sustainable path”.

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