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Reports in French newspapers suggest that Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani may not have his way over a multi-million dollar renovation of the Hotel Lambert in Paris. Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë has said the Emir’s plans for the building, built in 1639 and part of a Unesco world heritage site, include underground parking, new elevatorsand additions to the living areas. “This is a real threat to a gem of Paris heritage, the only private house from the end of Louis the XIII’s reign that remains untouched’’.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Fujairah Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Sharqi has spoken about his emirate’s crippling electricity shortages, inflation woes and other policy issues (GSN 797/2).

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 842 - 05 December 2008

The RAK succession path

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Like many of the Gulf territories, RAK has not had the easiest of successions. Ruler Sheikh Saqr came to power in 1948, after deposing his uncle and father-in-law Sheikh Sultan

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 842 - 05 December 2008

Options weighed for Dolphin refinancing

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Manoeuvrings for refinancing one of the GCC region’s most important energy transfer projects, the Dolphin Energy Ltd (DEL) gas pipeline between Qatar and the UAE, are expected to accelerate in the New Year, although bankers are remaining tight-lipped on details. The Dolphin refinancing will replace some

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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A flurry of diplomatic missions to Algiers during November emphasised the strengthening trade and investment bonds within the Middle East and North Africa region: defence deals were on the agenda.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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The Lootah Group is one of the oldest merchant families in the UAE and joins a string of investors that have recently signed agreements in Somalia and its neighbouring countries. Despite a brutal civil war between Islamic insurgents and Ethiopian military forces, some areas of the fractured state remain relatively sheltered and are seen as ‘virgin territories’ ripe for exploration and investment.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 841 - 21 November 2008

MBR: Busy as usual

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Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) has had his usual round of meetings in the first half of November

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Qatar-headquartered Al-Khalij Commercial Bank, which offers Islamic and conventional banking services, has bought the French branch of Lebanon's Banque Libanaise pour le Commerce (BLC). In 2007, Al-Khalij announced it was in advanced negotiations to buy the assets of BLC bank in the UAE, which has branches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al-Khaimah and Sharjah. The final deal however, has been extended to include all of the bank's operations, including its business in Paris. The value of the deal has not been revealed. The

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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According to the latest Moody’s Investors Service report, Islamic finance is enjoying soaring demand, but requires more sophistication. Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank chief executive Tirad Mahmoud has said that Islamic finance will continue to grow despite the current global financial crisis. Jeddah-based Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has announced plans to establish an Islamic bank. The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has agreed to lend Tunisia a $195m to build two gas turbines.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Saudi Arabia | Tunisia
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An increasingly assertive Abu Dhabi is looking to draw in international partners and assets, to consolidate its traditional position as the UAE’s federal capital and engineering hub, and to emerge as the Gulf city that uses its wealth to plan development with respect for social traditions and environmental constraints while emerging as a significant new international player. GSN examines the oil-rich emirate’s growth strategy and attitudes towards spending money – at home and on less wealthy emirates.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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International Petroleum Investment Company chairman and serial entrepreneur Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has again hit the headlines with his investment of some £3.5bn ($5.5bn) in Barclays Bank

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 840 - 07 November 2008

France looks to export sales

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The UAE is traditionally a critical partner for the French defence aerospace industry. In a noteworthy step, the French Armée de l’Air (ALA – air force) deployed three of Dassault Aviation’s Mirage 2000-5F combat aircraft and a Boeing C-135FR aerial tanker/transport aircraft to the UAE as part of Paris’ plans to establish a permanent presence in the emirates.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Addax Dubai office to tap Middle East market. Crescent Petroleum/Dana Gas launch ‘City’ projects.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 840 - 07 November 2008

UAE banks may be forced to consolidate

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Despite good asset quality, profitability, and capital positions, the strained liquidity positions are clearly visible,JP Morgan Securities said of the outlook for UAE banks in a report published on 29 October (visit the Subscriber Reference Library). Analysing the financials of Emirates-National Bank of Dubai (ENBD), National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD)

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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While the Abu Dhabi economy diversifies, with an expanded private sector role, the traditionally critical role of government remains centre stage when it comes to development strategy and the senior emirate’s undisguised ambition to present itself as a model for environmentally aware development in the Middle East. The Urban Structure Framework Plan – called Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 – is spectacularly ambitious, and also a significant turning point in its attempt to shift the balance of development away from the present coastal waterfront.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)