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Bahraini and UAE diplomats in Laayoune (also written El Aioun) took part in the 47th anniversary of the late King Hassan II’s Green March, held by Morocco in early November to commemorate its takeover of the disputed territory of Western Sahara following the withdrawal of colonial Spain in 1975.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Deals worth $1.8bn were agreed at Bahrain International Air Show, according to officials, although few details were publicly announced. The sixth running of the show was held from 9-11 November at Sakhir Air Base, in the centre of the island. Some 186 companies participated from 33 countries, with visits from 225 military and civil delegations.

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Bahraini authorities congratulated themselves on the smooth running of the election for the 40-seat Majlis Al-Nuwab (Council of Representatives) on 12 November, claiming a turnout of 73%, the highest since elections resumed under the 2002 constitution. However, opposition groups – many of whom boycotted the election – have done their best to dispute the official narrative.

Bahrain
Issue 1157 - 04 November 2022

Oman’s Sultan Haitham visits Manama

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Oman’s Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said made a relatively rare trip within the region in October, travelling to Bahrain for talks with King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa. The two rulers witnessed the signing of several agreements, including ones on co-operation in security, transport, tourism, education and other areas.

Bahrain | Oman
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Imagery recently released by the United States space agency Nasa has highlighted the dramatic change in Bahrain over the past three and half decades, as a result of huge land reclamation schemes.

Bahrain
Issue 1157 - 04 November 2022

Indian Orthodox Church leader visits Manama

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Manama continues to make efforts to enhance its credentials for freedom of religion, with King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa holding talks with the Indian Orthodox Church supreme leader Pope Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews III at Al-Safriya Palace.

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Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa was in Fontainebleau, France, to watch his son and representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa compete in a horse-riding endurance race.

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Bahrain is to host the head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb at the 3-4 November  Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence. It will be the centrepiece of a four-day visit by the pope.

Bahrain
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Senior Gulf figures travelled to Tokyo for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 27 September. Abe was murdered on 8 July, while campaigning in the country’s general election.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Bahrain is heading into another election for its unicameral  parliament, the Council of Representatives (Majlis Al-Nuwab), amid calls by government critics to shun the event.There are doubts about the level of voter enthusiasm even without a formal boycott, with opposition parties such as Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and Waad (the National Democratic Action Society) still banned

Bahrain
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Bahrain’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa held talks with France’s President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Hamad’s French trip followed visits to Paris by UAE's MBZ and Saudi Arabia's MBS.

Bahrain
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The ambivalent attitude of Gulf rulers towards Washington has been given added rationale by two newly released opinion polls, which found that nationals of Saudi Arabia and the UAE think it more important to maintain good relations with Russia and China than with the United States.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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GSN Risk Grade: C↑3↓ Election preparations: Elections for the Majlis Al-Nuwab (Council of Representatives) are due to be held in November, with 40 single-seat constituencies up for grabs. In preparation, the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs has reportedly written to local political societies to warn them they should only meet representatives from foreign embassies in co-ordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with a MFA representative in attendance.

Bahrain
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Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) chair Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa has been dismissed from her post, after reportedly refusing to shake hands with Israel’s ambassador to Bahrain Eitan Naeh.

Israel | Bahrain
Issue 1152 - 19 July 2022

Bahrain and Qatar begin to heal rift

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Manama and Doha took a significant step towards reconciliation at the Jeddah Summit for Security and Development, with a face-to-face meeting between Bahraini King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Bahrain | Qatar