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Risk Management Report – GSN Risk Grade – A↓1 Politics: Established in 1971, the federation of seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al-Quwain is economically liberal and progressive, but remains politically conservative.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Kuwait is preparing for legislative elections on 5 December in what is shaping into one of the most important polls in recent history. Candidate registration closed on 4 November, by when 395 individuals had put  themselves forward. That is significantly down from the last election in 2016, when 440 candidates signed up. Among the new crop are 33 women, the largest number of female contenders yet.

Kuwait
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Culture minister Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan has argued that the coronavirus pandemic should encourage governments to do more to develop the “cultural economy” – a term covering everything from films to national heritage sites, museums, art, cuisine and books – in an effort to revive their wider economic fortunes.

Saudi Arabia
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The government has set itself the challenging target of achieving fiscal stability by 2024, as set out in a new Medium-Term Fiscal Plan for 2020-24, in a further sign of reform momentum under Sultan Haitham.

Oman
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Qatar’s future parliamentarians will have legislative powers, the right of veto over the budget and be able to scrutinise ministers — but only two-thirds will be elected, under the proposed new Constitution. One-third of the 45-member Legislative Council — probably including ministers — will be nominated by Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who will decide when the Constitution is put into effect, probably by early in 2003.

Qatar
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Saudi Shiites fear the authorities will respond to a reform call with a security crackdown rather than with concessions. Wahhabi sentiment is polarising, with senior Sudairi princes sponsoring hardline religious initiatives.

Issue 1114 - 12 November 2020

US election: Diplomatic responses

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Taking account of the slow pace of US vote-counting, and in some cases their mixed emotions and perceived loyalties, it was several days before Gulf leaders began to send in their congratulations to the Biden-Harris team. By 7 November, four days after polls had closed, the messages began to pour in. UAE federal Vice President, Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum tweeted: “We look forward to strengthening our five-decade enduring and strategic relations.”

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Saudi Arabia is preparing for the transition from President Donald Trump to his successor by laying the groundwork for a withdrawal from Yemen and dealing with outstanding human rights issues, while Netanyahu’s visit suggests Riyadh is keeping its options open on a future deal with Israel.

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Following the UAE’s normalisation of relations with Israel announced in mid-August, a growing number of delegations have been travelling between the two countries signing numerous agreements along the way. GSN’s analysis shows that one notable feature of the deal-making has been the activities of businesses connected to the sons of late UAE President Sheikh Zayed Al-Nahyan.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Israel
Issue 960 - 12 December 2013

Dahdaleh corruption trial collapses

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A major bribery trial linked to Bahrain’s majority state-owned aluminium producer Alba has come to a sudden halt, after Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) concluded there was no longer a realistic chance of prosecution. A jury found businessman Victor Dahdaleh not guilty on all counts, in a significant setback for the beleaguered SFO.

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When United States President-elect Joe Biden begins to receive official intelligence briefings, one of the more complex issues he and his team will have to grapple with is fashioning a new working relationship with Turkey. Despite its struggling domestic economy, Ankara is testing its appetite for military conflict on ever more fronts, placing heavy pressure on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to rebuild what critics and admirers alike have come to see as his version of the Ottomans’ Sublime Porte, on foundations underpinned by Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimeen (Muslim Brotherhood or MB) ideology.

Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq | Qatar
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The UAE is to allow foreign nationals to retain full ownership of onshore companies, in the latest of a series of reforms aimed at propping up the economy. A presidential decree announced on 23 November amended 51 articles of the Commercial Companies Law (Federal Law No. 2 of 2015). Most eye-catching was the removal of a requirement for firms to have a majority Emirati shareholder; some strategic sectors including oil and gas exploration, transport and utilities are exempt.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Transport slump: Delegates at the Arab Air Carriers’ Organisation (AACO) virtual annual general meeting on 3 November were told it could take between four and seven years for air travel in the region to return to 2019 levels. Passenger traffic is forecast to decline more than 70% this year.

Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Yemen | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 1115 - 26 November 2020

Qatar: Some Ottoman troops never left Doha

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The current Turkish deployment to Qatar is not the first. In 1872, 100 Turkish troops and field guns were landed in Doha, launching a military presence that was to remain for 44 years. Some years ago, GSN is told, a number of soldiers’ bodies were discovered on wasteland behind Doha Fort, a former Ottoman garrison. Local historians say the death rate from disease among Ottoman soldiers was appallingly high, at around 40%; scurvy was rife among troops who didn’t even have a vegetable garden to tend until 1910.

Yemen | Turkey
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The approaching political transition in the United States is focusing minds across the region. It could lead to at least a partial diplomatic resolution of the Qatar dispute, which has been the defining feature of relations within the Gulf Co-operation Council since June 2017. Saudi Arabia’s public tone has softened, but there are fewer signs of movement from Abu Dhabi.

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