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Issue 962 - 23 January 2014

Ian: Surge in executions

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Iran has already carried out 40 executions since the start of 2014, according to Amnesty International. In a 16 January statement, the rights group said at least 33 people had been executed in the past week. “Since the beginning of 2014, Amnesty International has recorded 21 executions which were officially acknowledged by the Iranian authorities, as well as 19 additional executions reported through reliable sources,” the statement said. Most of those executed had been convicted of drug-related offences. One individual convicted of murder underwent a public execution on 14 January in Saveh, Markazi Province.

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A special performance model Boeing 747 used by the Qatari ruling family for two decades is up for sale. Sales agency Book a Jet describes it as a “head of state configured aircraft”, with luxury en-suite bathrooms, offices and dining areas. Originally designed for PanAm in 1979 – when the since defunct US carrier wanted a model capable of flying non-stop from New York to Tokyo – only 12 are left flying of 45 originally built. It was leased from Worldwide Aircraft Holding in 1995 by the Al-Thani family. Book a Jet says interested parties will be “very surprised what superb value this aircraft is considering its pedigree, condition and available extras.”

Qatar
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UAE Vice President, prime minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan co-chaired the third UAE Government Annual Meetings in Abu Dhabi on 25 November. As with past events, hundreds of federal and emirate government officials attended to discuss development plans over the next ten years. With a longer-term view, the authorities have also begun to look forward to the federation’s centennial in 2071.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1021 - 09 September 2016

UAE: Abu Dhabi takes first LNG imports

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A 500 mcf/d floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) chartered from US-based Excelerate Energy was delivered to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) in August, in a move to ensure gas-to-power supply by state utility Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (Adwec) during the peak summer season for electricity demand. The UAE’s second LNG import facility was moored off Ruwais, after it was filled at the Das Island plant operated by Adnoc’s Adgas subsidiary – which for years had sought not to divert LNG cargoes to meet domestic demand.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 932 - 21 September 2012

Iran: Rafsanjani’s children arrested

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Iran has imprisoned the daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and arrested his son. According to news wires, Faezeh Hashemi was arrested on 22 September and sent to jail for a six-month term, imposed earlier this year, for “spreading propaganda against the regime”.

Iran
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Qatar’s new foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has been travelling in his first month in office. On 23 February, he was in Istanbul to attend the High-Level Partnership Forum on Somalia. Sheikh Mohammed praised Somali prime minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke for his efforts in countering terrorism and creating a parliament with many female MPs. While in Istanbul the minister had a meeting with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is a regular visitor to Qatar.

Qatar
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As the summer heat rises, the state of politics in Baghdad and the provinces is causing alarm in Washington and Tehran, according to sources canvassed by GSN. But in the long game that is Iraqi politics, Prime Minister Maliki is playing a steady hand, outflanking opponents and imposing policy even if the necessary laws aren’t in place

Iraq
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

SHEIKH TAHNOUN meets Prince Charles

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Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, in his capacity as head of the Tourism Development and Investment Company, has been in London to sign an MoU with the Prince of Wales’ School of Traditional Arts.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Three years into an ambitious plan to transform the Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s operational effectiveness, the programme is running into trouble as the initial enthusiasm dissipates. The transformation programme is an important element in the Vision 2030 strategy, as Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS – also defence minister ) regards the MoD as being in the vanguard of his plans.

Saudi Arabia
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The International Monetary Fund has issued a relatively detailed Article IV report on the UAE for the first time in several years. It starts by outlining 2009’s “significant slowdown in growth and strains in the banking system as a result of the global financial crisis, the decline in oil prices, and the continuing fallout from the bursting of the Dubai property bubble”.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq
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One significant aspect of the Jamal Khashoggi affair is the damage done to Saudi Arabia’s international reputation, highlighted by the decision by numerous senior business figures to shun the late October Future Investment Initiative conference. Among the chief executives that stayed away were usually big players in Riyadh such as JP Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi and BlackRock’s Larry Fink. Their absence was a largely symbolic gesture and won’t prevent businesses from operating in the kingdom in the future – as the ‘$30bn’-worth of deals signed at the ‘Davos in the desert’ suggested.

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Sharjah declared three days of official mourning starting on 8 May, following the death a day earlier of Sheikha Mariam Bint Salem Al-Suwaidi, wife of Ruler Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi’s late father. Funeral prayers were held after Isha prayer at King Faisal Mosque in Sharjah on the day she died, led by Sheikh Sultan. Sheikha Mariam’s body was then laid to rest in Al-Jubail cemetery.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1101 - 24 April 2020

Oman: Haitham signs up to conventions

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Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said has continued to issue decrees at a steady pace, as he settles into his role. On 7 April, he issued five more decrees, including commitments for Oman to join a number of international human rights conventions, although in all cases Oman has said it is opposed to some of the provisions in them. The conventions include the 2006 International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, although Muscat does not accept the provisions for visits by a committee on enforced disappearances or international arbitration between countries.

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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has approached contractors in search of cost reductions between 10% and 20% on major upstream development contracts, Upstream reported. New director-general Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber – the UAE minister of state appointed to head Adnoc in mid-February – has ordered a review of major developments, seeking further cost reductions. The industry newspaper reported sources at four major contractors had received letters from Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco) and other Adnoc units demanding cost reductions from signed contracts.

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The ‘soft power’ benefits of hosting a Formula 1 Grand Prix were on display in Abu Dhabi on 26 November, with the season-ending race at the Yas Marina Circuit providing an opportunity for UAE leaders to meet an assortment of presidents and other dignitaries.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)