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Issue 1147 - 20 May 2022

UAE: First dirham-denominated bonds

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The Ministry of Finance announced on 11 May it had raised AED1.5bn ($408m) in its first local currency-denominated bond auction.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1137 - 25 November 2021

UAE: China concerns cloud F-35 deal

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 Work on an alleged Chinese military facility inside a container terminal building at Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi has been stopped, after United States intelligence agencies raised concerns with the UAE earlier this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report on 19 November. The UAE authorities claim to be unaware that the building – which is operated by Chinese shipping corporation Cosco – might be used for military purposes.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The UAE federal government raised $4bn in its debut bond sale in early October. The issuance was heavily over-subscribed, with orders of more than $22.5bn. It was split into three parts, with a $1bn, ten-year tranche; a $1bn, 20-year portion; and a $2bn tranche with a 40-year tenor.

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Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) announced a reshuffle of the federal cabinet on 25 September, alongside what he termed “a new government strategic approach that will lay the foundations of work for the next 50 years”.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Opec member states gathering for their next meeting on 30 November will be keeping a close watch on the UAE and Saudi delegations, following a threatened rupture in the Gulf states’ oil relations – which have traditionally been seen as a cornerstone of the cartel’s market management.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The UAE announced a package of legal reforms on 7 November, the effect of which is to bring personal and family law closer to western norms and provide greater protection to foreign nationals. The package seeks to give greater rights for expatriates – clearing up anomalies for many long-term residents and giving greater protections to women – and formalises a number of social practises, including the legal sale of alcohol to all aged over 21.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The UAE launched a new ten-year national strategy on 22 November. The plan, called We The UAE 2031, is based on four pillars: the economy, society, ecosystem and diplomacy.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) made his first trip outside the region as head of state, with a trip to France. Energy issues were high up the agenda.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1064 - 03 August 2018

Qatar’s invasion averted

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Further details have emerged of the alleged plot by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to invade Qatar last summer. Many observers have suspected Riyadh and Abu Dhabi of planning a military assault on Qatar around the time the ‘GCC-3’ and Egypt began their diplomatic and economic embargo. Citing anonymous sources, US website The Intercept on 1 August reported that such a plot was discovered in the early summer of 2017 by Qatari intelligence agents.

Qatar
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Ever more for Aramco trading: Saudi Aramco announced on 18 January that its Aramco Trading Company (ATC) arm had acquired United States-based Motiva Trading and launched a new subsidiary, Aramco Trading Americas (ATA). The latter will be the sole supplier and offtaker for Motiva Enterprises, which owns the 630,000 b/d Port Arthur refinery, the largest refinery in North America. Aramco had taken full control of the refinery in 2017, buying out its partner Royal Dutch Shell.

Saudi Arabia
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The world has changed radically in the two decades since the United States-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, but few of the key players appear to have changed their minds on whether the invasion was justified – and many supporters continue to distance themselves from responsibility for the tumultuous events that followed. GSN followed the build-up to the conflict with great attention, as western intelligence and other agencies searched for a ‘smoking gun’ that didn’t really exist.

Iraq
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Russian and Chinese vessels joined their Iranian counterparts in a naval exercise off Chah Bahar in the Gulf of Oman in mid-March. After two days of air defence and anti-hijacking drills, the exercise concluded with a fleet review on 19 March.

Iran
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The Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF) took delivery of the first of its Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 fighter jets in March, becoming the first in the Gulf to add the aircraft to its fleet.

Bahrain
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A joint venture of Singapore’s Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) and China’s Jinko Power Technology has won a contract to build, own and operate the 500MW Manah Solar II independent power project (IPP) in Manah, under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP).

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The Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) signed an agreement with Afghanistan's Ministry of Education for a project to support 30,000 out-of-school children, half of them girls.

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