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Ruler Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi has been receiving condolences on the death of his sister, Sheikha Alia Bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi, on 16 September. Sheikha Alia was also the mother of deputy ruler Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salem Bin Sultan Al-Qasimi. The court announced an official mourning period of seven days, during which flags were to be flown half mast in the emirate. Sheikh Sultan’s brother Humaid died in early 2012

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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ICs – whose numbers almost doubled to 99 in 2005-08 – have on- and off-balance sheet assets equivalent to more than 100% of the banking system’s assets. This makes the ICs “systemically important” – posing a systemic risk if their solvency deteriorated further.

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Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)’s future has come under intense scrutiny as potentially momentous reforms to the Saudi economy unfold, driven by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS). The increased transparency implied by Aramco’s much-anticipated initial public offering (IPO) could force a significant change in the way the national oil company (NOC) does business. More detailed reserves and production data might emerge that would confirm whether skeptics – such as the late oil investment banker Matthew Simmons, who over a decade ago questioned the giant Ghawar field’s performance – are correct in arguing that Saudi reserves are much diminished from the authorities’ claims.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1087 - 07 September 2019

Qatar: FM’S South-east Asian focus

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Foreign affairs minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has held extensive talks with South-east Asian leaders in the region and back in Doha. On 28-29 August he met Singapore’s President HalimahYacob, foreign affairs minister Vivian Balakrishnan, finance minister Heng Swee Keat,Temasek sovereign wealth fund chief executive Ho Ching and co-ordinating senior minister for national security Teo Chee Hean. From Singapore he travelled to Bangkok, where he held discussions with Prime Minster Prayut Chan-o-cha, foreign affairs minister Don Pramudwinai and deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

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Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) appears to be well aware of his pariah status on the world stage in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in October 2018. Wishing to avoid any embarrassment at being cold-shouldered by some senior western leaders, he had severely curbed his global travelling even before the Covid-19 pandemic began and the Bin Salman clan locked down in their island palaces and yachts. MBS is believed to have stayed in the kingdom (and not to have recently visited his French summer home at Louveciennes, near Versailles, acquired in 2015 for an estimated $300m).

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Kuwait’s criminal court on 28 June ordered the release of controversial writer Mohammed Abdulqader Al-Jassem after 49 days in detention.

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Just hours after French President François Hollande was greeted by cheering crowds in Bamako, his Socialist Party leader, Harlem Désir, took a swipe at Qatar during a political broadcast on Jewish community radio Radio J.

Qatar
Issue 1016 - 03 June 2016

Oman borrows despite downgrades

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Banks came together in London on 26 May to compete for positions in a minimum $3bn syndication for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Pricing was expected to be extremely competitive, a banker told GSN, “not because Oman is seen as a particularly good risk, but because banks are scrambling for business”.Oman has been hit by two recent sovereign downgrades but – along with other GCC borrowers hit by the oil price slump – is proving very attractive to potential lenders, As with several other recent Gulf mandates, a position in the PDO loan is not expected to make big profits for investment banks.

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Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said dispensed with the long-serving governor of the Central Bank of Oman on 5 September. Tahir Bin Salim Bin Abdullah Al-Amri was appointed executive president of the central bank, taking over from Hamud Sangur Al-Zadjali who had been in post for 26 years.

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The United States’ Central Command (Centcom) in late February submitted its ‘unfunded priorities’ list to Congress. On top of its 2021 budget request submitted earlier in February, Centcom commander US Marine Corps General Kenneth ‘Frank’ McKenzie wants an extra $371m to increase intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capacity in the region, and to conduct, inform and influence activities against “malign state actors and their proxies”. McKenzie also wants $21m to build up facilities at the Omani port of Duqm.

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Saudi Arabia has said it plans to reopen its embassy in Iraq once the security situation improves. The foreign ministry made the announcement on 13 September following Prince Saud Al-Faisal’s talks with his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, at a meeting in Jeddah between Arab states and US secretary of state John Kerry on how to tackle the threat of the Islamic State. But the ministry said Riyadh needed to resolve “technical, administrative and security” issues before it could re-establish the mission and assign an ambassador. Jaafari described the decision as “important and necessary.”

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It is still far too soon to talk about a peace dividend in Iran, but there are signs the political optimism sparked by renewed efforts to resolve the nuclear problem has begun to spill into the economy. The stock market has been hitting record levels and the currency is stabilising as people sense that the latest round of international negotiations might add up to more than just idle talk (see page 5). Allied to that, President Hassan Rouhani’s new cabinet has been taking a far more professional approach to managing the country’s domestic problems.

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Coast Guard Commander Commodore Alaa Siyadi said on 18 September that three Bahraini boats with 16 fishermen on board had been detained by Qatari security forces in the previous three days. Such incidents have often occurred in Gulf waters, and Qatar tried to defuse the row, saying any fishermen entering its waters illegally were detained as a matter of course; they are generally released after a few days while their boats were impounded pending the outcome of court proceedings.

Bahrain
Issue 967 - 04 April 2014

Qatar: Counterfeit goods seized

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Tens of thousands of counterfeit products were seized across Qatar in a joint Qatar-Interpol operation on 12-16 March – the first such Interpol co-ordinated operation in the Middle East. Interpol said in a statement on 20 March that Operation Al-Shaheen, carried out by the Qatar Ministry of Interior and the Interpol National Central Bureau in Doha, involved more than 600 raids at shops, markets and retail outlets. Around 140,000 illicit products were confiscated and 147 people placed under investigation. Among the fake items seized were car parts, tobacco products, cosmetics, food, mobile phones and household appliances.

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Prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was arrested as he re-entered Bahrain on 5 May, on charges including inciting illegal rallies using social networking sites and defaming the public security forces

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