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A number of Brazilian officials have visited the Gulf in 2010, resulting in several bilateral business announcements. The latest visitor, defence minister Nelson Jobim, was in the UAE for talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Commitments by the United States to strengthen its Gulf allies have been confirmed with the public agreement of a multi-billion dollar defence deal intended to shift the balance of power from tipping into Iran’s favour, while allowing the US to safely reduce its boots-on-the-ground military presence in the region and create jobs at home

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Pakistan, In his father’s footsteps, Returns home after treatment, Regional UN meeting, China visit, US/Canadian security meetings, Dinner in New York

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Dubai’s return to the international credit market has been heralded as another sign that the commercial emirate is rebuilding confidence and balance sheets following its debt crisis. Less public is evidence that Abu Dhabi has built up a commanding position in the Dubai economy, much to Sheikh Mohammed’s discomfort

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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A move by UAE state telecommunications company Etisalat to buy a substantial stake in Kuwaiti telecoms player Zain comes as Abu Dhabi extends its ambitions to buy assets in the region following the global downturn.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Kuwait
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The Italian export credit agency Sace has guaranteed a $500m loan to General Holding Corporation, owned by the Abu Dhabi government. Sace said the proceeds would be used to expand the existing steel-making plant owned by Emirates Steel Industries (ESI), in the Mussafah industrial area.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Seychelles scandal, Media comments, Art activities, Saudi visit, Iranian guest, Concern over national divisions, Football controversy

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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In his suit against Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa), its former chief executive Peter Barker-Homek says that one of his main concerns was the unsavoury business practices going on at

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 884 - 04 September 2010

Abu Dhabi’s Taqa accused of malpractice

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A law suit filed by one of the Gulf’s most high-profile expatriate executives could point to a dark side in the mighty Abu Dhabi business empire, if the allegations are proven. The suit has been filed in the United States by former Abu Dhabi National Energy Company chief executive Peter Barker-Homek against his former employer.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 883 - 28 August 2010

BlackBerry ban threat

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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have threatened to ban certain encrypted features of Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry mobile phones because they hinder efforts to counter terrorism and crime, the two countries argue.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 883 - 28 August 2010

Sheikh Khalifa successful treatment

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‘Success’ for president’s treatment

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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New figures from the Ministry of National Economy indicate that Oman will end the year with a budget surplus. The Export-Import Bank of the United States has approved its first direct loan to Saudi Arabia. Italian export credit agency Sace has guaranteed a $500m loan to General Holding Corporation.

Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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New contracts for Majnoon field, Repsol farms into RAK’s Block 47, Rosneft to invest $630m in Sharjah, Nakilat completes LNG fleet

Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq | Qatar
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US Democratic congressman Brad Sherman has told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that the UAE remains a “transhipment and diversion hub” and does “not effectively control exports to Iran and other countries of proliferation”.

Iran | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The Middle East project finance market has been boosted by recent deals in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the opening of US export credit agency Export-Import Bank in Iraq

United Arab Emirates (UAE)