Donors have pledged $33m for a United Nations plan to secure the decaying FSO Safer oil tanker, moored off the Yemen coast. The funds were pledged at an event in The Hague on 11 May co-hosted by the UN and the Dutch government.
Islamic Republic of Iran Armed Forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri inaugurated a drone factory in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 17 May. Bagheri had arrived the previous day, to be greeted on arrival in the Tajik capital by chief of the general staff Lieutenant General Imomali Sobirzoda.
King Hamad’s administration is seeking to portray the island kingdom as committed to reform despite growing sectarianism and opposition complaints about transparency shortfalls
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf has been comfortably re-elected as speaker of the Majlis-e Shura-ye Eslami (parliament) for the third consecutive year.
UAE's Sheikha Mozah Bint Marwan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum became the first woman to pilot Leonardo’s AW609 tilt-rotor aircraft, in a flight at the company’s headquarters in Philadelphia.
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Kadhimi to remain? A group of Iran-backed Shia parties known as the Co-ordination Framework may back Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi for another term of office, according to local media reports.
President Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) left Abu Dhabi to make a tour of the UAE’s other six emirates in the opening week of June, as he continues to settle into his new position as formal leader of the federation.
Sharjah Ruler Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi set up the University of Khorfakkan, described as a “non-profit academic scientific institution”, that will offer degrees in subjects including marine sciences, law, business administration and IT.
Turkey’s Ares Shipyard said it had won a contract to provide its Ares 40 Fast Interceptor Craft to the Qatar Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the Al-Shamal training ship arrived in Doha on 9 June, built by another Turkish firm, Anadolu Shipyard.
National security advisor Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan’s wife Sheikha Khawla Bint Ahmed Khalifa Al-Suwaidi hosted an exhibition of the work of Dubai photographer and documentary film-maker Ali Bin Thalith Al-Humairi.
UK international trade minister Ranil Jayawardena visited Doha in early June, where he met commerce and industry minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani. Jayawardena was also hosted by the Syrian-Qatari Al-Khayyat brothers, Ramez and Moutaz.
United Nations envoy to Yemen Hans Grundberg told the UN Security Council on 14 June there had been no confirmed airstrikes inside Yemen, or cross-border attacks from Yemen, since the first country-wide ceasefire in six years, announced on 2 April. A 60-day extension to the truce was announced by Grundberg on 2 June.
Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah suffered a “minor discomfort requiring rest”. The episode comes amid lingering concern about the health of Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
Russian oil companies – under pressure from international sanctions due to the Ukraine war – are reportedly exploring the idea of setting up oil trading divisions in Dubai.
Dana Gas has suspended a project to expand output at the Khor Mor gas field, following a series of rocket attacks in Iraq.
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