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National Media Office chairman Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al-Nahyan was appointed to chair new holding company 2PointZero four days after it was set up. He will work alongside chief executive Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, who also serves as the UAE’s climate change and environment minister.

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In a reordering of some of UAE national security advisor Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s extensive commercial interests, the new 2PointZero holding company will take control of shares in firms including venture capital investor Chimera Investments, minerals investor International Resources Holding and cryptocurrency ‘miner’ Citadel Technologies.

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Shortly after taking his oath of office on 20 December, new Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah used his speech to the National Assembly to complain that MPs and the government had “harmed the interests of the country”. Mishaal also criticised a series of pardons by this predecessor, the late Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, pointing to a potentially significant shift in style at the top in Kuwait – if the new emir’s forthright words prove more than PR.

Kuwait
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GSN looks at some of the main contenders to be nominated as the heir apparent by incoming Emir Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Selection of another older generation crown prince is the likely outcome.

Kuwait
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The late Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is unlikely to be remembered as one of Kuwait’s defining leaders, but he was an affable, honest man who was called upon to navigate a difficult political environment.

Kuwait
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Oman’s Crown Prince Theyazin Bin Haitham had words of praise for President Vladimir Putin and one of Russia’s most senior bankers, Andrei Kostin, while in Moscow to attend an investment forum in early December. The visit to Russia, followed by a trip to Abu Dhabi a few days later to meet UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, suggests the Omani crown prince may be seeking to build up his international profile.

Oman
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Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said has returned from back-to-back state visits to Asian powerhouses Singapore and India, in which boosting business was very high on the agenda.

Oman
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Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah is due to take his oath as emir at a special session of the National Assembly (parliament) in the coming days, following the death of his half-brother Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah on 16 December. Given Mishaal has been the de facto ruler since November 2021, the handover should be seamless, while the more critical element will be his choice of crown prince.

Kuwait
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King Salman Bin Abdelaziz has made changes to the leadership of six of Saudi Arabia’s 13 regions and one of its governorates. GSN analyses the new round of appointments and profiles those on the up.

Saudi Arabia
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Royal Saudi Air Force pilot Prince Talal Bin Abdelaziz Bin Bandar Al-Saud died on 7 December, the same day an RSAF F-15 crashed in Dhahran.

Saudi Arabia
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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan approved a package of AED7.6bn ($2bn) worth of housing loans and other benefits for UAE nationals in the emirate in late November.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1183 - 10 December 2023

Sharjah: Lubna Bint Khalid Al-Qasimi

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The UAE’s first female minster.

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Profile of Sharjah deputy ruler Abdullah Bin Salem Al-Qasimi

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Profile of Sharjah's Hoor Bint Sultan.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 1183 - 10 December 2023

Sharjah: Abdelaziz Bin Mohammed al-Qasimi

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Briefly overthrew Sultan in 1987 and went into exile.

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