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Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

Gosaibi, Sanea, Ghurair debt row

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Lawsuits and rating downgrades have set three significant Gulf business families – Saudi Arabia’s Al-Gosaibis, Al-Saneas and the UAE’s Al-Ghurairs – against each other (GSN 855/13). Recently, the Dubai-based, Al-Ghurair-owned Mashreq Bank filed lawsuits in New York against AHAB and its subsidiary TIBC involving a failed $75m currency exchange.

Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

GCC shadows darken

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The credit shadows that have fallen over the Middle East in 2009 are afflicting some of the official export credit agencies (ECAs) based in the region and further afield. Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have moved to the centre of ECA scanners in the past couple of months, but it is the UAE that most preoccupies official insurers, GSN was told in a survey of regional and international market sentiment.

Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

MBR equestrian ban

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The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has banned Federal Premier and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) from riding in endurance races for six months after his horse twice failed doping tests

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Timothy Geithner’s first visit to Saudi Arabia and the UAE since becoming US Treasury Secretary highlighted again the important role Gulf Co-operation Council governments play in the global economy, and the fact that the strategic alliances between the United States and GCC polities have been central to maintaining the regional status quo. Not only are all the GCC economies, except for Kuwait, pegged to the dollar, but they are also the largest foreign investors in US stocks.

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Backed by one of the world’s wealthiest governments, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company is already a major player in ten countries in the GCC, Europe, North America and Africa. Iraq will soon become its next play, chief executive Peter Barker-Homek told GSN

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Saudi Arabia | Iraq
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Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has bought a Suffolk property, the Grade II-listed Dalham Hall, for £45m. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum is the latest Emirati royal to become caught up in a horse doping enquiry.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 857 - 11 July 2009

AHMED BIN SAQR: Mystery Club

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Unconfirmed reports have suggested that Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi has purchased a majority stake in an English Premier League club

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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GSN lists some – but not by any means all – of the key players operating in the industry

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 856 - 27 June 2009

Investment Dar’s sukuk test case

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It is unsurprising that the Gulf’s first sukuk default case is in Kuwait, where conventional and Islamic investment companies are under severe strain. The risk is systemic given that investment companies

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 856 - 27 June 2009

The sukuk list

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List detailing sukuk transactions in 2009

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar | Lebanon
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Published in June 2009, this map provides an overview of global Islamic finance markets. Charts and graphics include Sharia-compliant financial assets by country (Dec 2007), Takaful operators by country (2008), Leading Islamic banks by asset values (Dec 2007), and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) inter-regional trade

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan has been named as the man behind the idea to fly 30 members of the British Queen’s Household Cavalry to Abu Dhabi to perform in September

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Ratings downgrades for major Saudi investors, a potential systemic crisis in Kuwait where investment companies are in freefall, fraud charges against well-connected Dubai developers and a marked lack of performance by Abu Dhabi’s investment flagship.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia
Issue 855 - 13 June 2009

MBR horse drug saga

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According to UK publication Horse & Hound, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum has demanded to know why the International Equestrian Federation (FEI - an organisation whose president Princess Haya Al-Hussein is MBR’s wife) delayed notifying him of a positive dope test on his horse, Tahhan

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Once debate was unleashed in Iran’s election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s maverick foreign policy came to play an important role in shaping opinion, among ordinary voters who see beyond populist sentiments to count the cost of Iran’s isolation as well as among elite players who have increasingly come to view the incumbent as a liability.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE)