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Issue 1155 - 23 September 2022

Who attended Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?

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The turnout of global leaders in London bore witness to Queen Elizabeth II’s global standing. Solidarity between monarchies was apparent from the Middle East and North African attendance.

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Cristian Tudor has taken up the post of head of the newly-opened European Union delegation to Qatar, as of 1 September. Tudor was previously head of the EU delegation to Kuwait and has also served as Romania’s ambassador to Qatar.

Qatar
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Iraq’s Air Defence Command has started to use the Thales Ground Master 403 (GM403) long-range air surveillance radar, following an inauguration ceremony on 11 September.

Iraq
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Dubai-based DP World said on 20 September that the Hong Kong Court of Appeal had ruled in its favour in the latest stage of a long-running dispute over a contract to run the Doraleh container terminal in Djibouti.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Senior Gulf figures travelled to Tokyo for the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 27 September. Abe was murdered on 8 July, while campaigning in the country’s general election.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Gulf Co-operation Council foreign ministers held talks with their Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New York on 24 September, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly 77th session.

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United States Central Command (Centcom) is planning to set up a new anti-drone testing facility in the Gulf. The location has yet to be finalised, but a site in Saudi Arabia is seen as most likely, given the availability of large open spaces away from population centres, which will make it easier to test signal-jamming, directed energy weapons and other electronic warfare methods.

Saudi Arabia
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The Abu Dhabi and Dubai ruling families have long been keen buyers of London real estate, but scrutiny of the Panama Papers – the leak of 11.5m files from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca – and UK Land Registry data reveals the Fujairah ruling family is also very enthusiastic about property in the UK capital. The Panama and UK sources show that Fujairah’s small Al-Sharqi family has spent more than £67m ($97.7m) in or near London in the past eight years.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Baghdad on 5 February for talks on energy and security issues. UAE justice minister Abdullah Sultan bin Awad Al-Nuaimi had been in the Iraqi capital on 4 February.  Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal Bin Salman Al-Saud had also been in Iraq on 2 February.

Iraq
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Assayida Ahad Bint Abdullah Hamed Al-Busaidi, wife of Oman's Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said, inaugurated the Ministry of Social Development’s National Autism Centre in Al-Seeb early February. The facility is the first of its kind in the country.

Oman
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Oman's Crown Prince and culture, sports and youth minister Sayyid Theyazin Bin Haitham Al-Said has been most prominent of late in sporting circles. Theyazin is Sultan Haitham's eldest son. Theyazin's younger brother Bilarab has a lower profile.

Oman
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The European Parliament voted in January for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) to be designated as a terrorist entity by the European Union (EU), drawing a furious reaction from Tehran.

Iran
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A series of talks between Iranian and GCC officials have been held during December and early January in Gulf capitals, as well as on the sidelines of events in Jordan and Brazil, in moves that suggest Tehran is recalibrating its relations with neighbouring monarchies during a period of intense domestic tensions.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1161 - 13 January 2023

Riyadh targets strategic minerals assets

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Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has set up a joint venture with the sovereign Public Investment Fund (PIF) to invest in iron ore, copper, nickel and lithium assets around the world

Saudi Arabia
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Accounts of Saudi energy policy are typically laden with caveats, given the inscrutability of decision-making in the kingdom. Saudi industry veteran Ibrahim Al-Muhannah’s new book Oil Leaders, however, offers an intriguing peak behind the curtain into Saudi and Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) oil politics since the late-1980s.

Saudi Arabia