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The extent of Dubai’s economic downturn is preoccupying many GSN readers. Here are some short attempts at answers to some deep, difficult questions: How deep is the crisis? – Dubai’s economic survival rests on its ability to refinance debt, but the extent of that debt is unknown.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 847 - 13 February 2009

Aussie fund invests in Abu Dhabi

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ADCB Macquarie Infrastructure Fund (AMIF) has announced a $188m investment that will give it exposure to government-commissioned projects in Abu Dhabi. The investment – AMIF’s first since its launch and $630m capital raising last December – will support industrial infrastructure developments commissioned

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The UAE has deliberately stepped up its rhetoric to support US policy in the region while the Obama administration is settling in and preparing to receive its first briefings on Centcom’s region-wide assessment of Gulf policy. Personal and collaborative technology relations between the two militaries have become very close, even on such thorny policy issues as Iran’s nuclear programme.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 847 - 13 February 2009

UAE talks tough on missile defence

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Reflecting growing bilateral ties in the sphere of defence planning, the US and UAE scripts on the seriousness of Iran’s nuclear programme are quickly coming into sync. Just over a month since the UAE Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi hosted the first Middle East Missile and Air Defence Conference, a government-run think-tank issued statements that were unusually blunt in describing the nuclear threat to the region.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Russia’s Gazprom has made a deal with Kuwait’s Noor Financial Investment Company to set up a joint venture targeting exploration and production work in Russia and the Middle East. The signing of a bilateral agreement on civil nuclear co-operation with George W Bush’s administration prior to the Republican president’s departure from office has raised some eyebrows in the United States, for fear that it will spark a ‘nuclear arms race’ in the region.

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Outspoken younger generation businessman (and blogger) Sheikh Sultan Bin Saud Al-Qasimi has written an article in Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper, saying there should be no space for elitism in the Gulf

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 846 - 30 January 2009

SHEIKH SAUD: Meetings

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Crown Prince Al-Qasimi has held talks with Zambia’s Finance Minister.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 846 - 30 January 2009

Al-Ghurairs eye Mozambique

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In September, Dubai’s ETA Star Holdings was named as part of a consortium awarded the 10,957km2 Block B in Mozambique. Other members are Pakistan-focused Orient Petroleum International (run by Pakistan’s wealthy Hashwani family) and the local Osho Energia Limitada.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 846 - 30 January 2009

Princess Haya: Maxima meeting

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While Netherlands Crown Prince Willem-Alexander was touring Dubai his wife Princess Maxima met with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s wife Sheikha Haya.

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Eritrea, a county with more than eight decades of exploration history but not much recent success, in late 2008 assigned two offshore blocks to a local/Chinese joint venture called Defba Oil Share Company, set up through a partnership of the Asmara government and Bahrain-registered Energy Alliance Company WLL.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Bahrain
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The credit crunch is slowing down the pace of investments, but the announcement that a Dubai government flagship is to ‘invest $16bn’ in Nigeria serves as a reminder of the extent to which Gulf investors have sought out new business in Africa. GSN has tracked the move of Gulf business players into the continent over a long period, and can record some real investments as well as the usual welter of statements of intent that mark the entry of apparently ever more Arab investors into African business.

Nigeria | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) and his sons Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority chairman Sheikh Majid have held talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmed Badawi.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 870 - 29 January 2009

Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum

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Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 845 - 16 January 2009

Al- Maktoums, MBR and others

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Al Maktoums: Family wedding attracts big guns but is then postponed, MBR and others: Victory in the new sport of kings

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Five country ratification is the first hurdle. Policy and structural detail will have to follow soon if markets are to take the GCC’s monetary union plan seriously.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar