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Issue 1187 - 17 May 2024

Oman oil and gas infrastructure

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Revised May 2024, this map illustrates Oman's oil and gas infrastructure.  The locations of onshore and offshore oil and gas fields, blocs and pipelines are marked alongside associated infrastructure including oil refineries, gas processing plants, tanker terminals and LNG facilities. The map is available as a PDF file using eps graphics, meaning that there is no loss of resolution as the file is enlarged.

Oman
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After more than four years on the throne, Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said is slowly and steadily remodelling Oman’s economy, while maintaining a tight grip on the political arena.

Oman
Issue 1187 - 17 May 2024

Oman in context

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Under Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said and his longstanding predecessor Sultan Qaboos, Oman has carved out a distinctive place in the Gulf. With fewer oil and gas resources than most of its neighbours, the sultanate has followed a more low-key path on the international stage, building up a reputation as an important mediator to reduce tensions between regional and international powers.

Oman
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Revised May 2024, this map illustrates Oman's oil and gas infrastructure as well as governorate populations and governors their respective.  The locations of onshore and offshore oil and gas fields and pipelines are marked alongside associated infrastructure including oil refineries, gas processing plants, tanker terminals and LNG facilities. The map is available as a PDF file using eps graphics, meaning that there is no loss of resolution as the file is enlarged.

Oman
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A second natural gas discovery within six months has made the UAE company into the ‘sweetheart’ of the Indonesian exploration sector, but there will be challenges in balancing local expectations with Mubadala’s own objectives.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) is to develop a 2GW offshore wind project in Bahrain and is also part of the winning consortium for a 1.5GW solar power plant in its home market.

Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Former foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi is one of several senior figures to warn that Tehran would have to change its self-declared ban on nuclear weapons if Iran felt its nuclear facilities were being threatened by Israel.

Iran
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Qatari Prime Minister and foreign affairs minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has reportedly sold a Mayfair property to an unnamed relative in a $49m deal finalised in the autumn, while back in Doha, he has been working the diplomatic channels as Qatar tries to leverage its connections with Hamas and Israel to secure an end to the Gaza war.

Qatar
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No official statistics have been released, but media reports in Iran pointed to voter turnout of just 8% in the capital Tehran in run-off election held in May for the final 45 seats in the Majlis-e Shura.

Iran
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As the GCC region’s big economic powers vie for global business, Dubai is reviving plans to turn Al-Maktoum International into the world’s largest airport, not least preparing for the challenge posed by Saudi Arabia’s eye-watering aviation strategy. The Dubai megaproject’s revival comes as Riyadh pushes to grab a big slice of the international aviation market – if Saudi carriers can overcome the challenge of securing sufficient planes, pilots and passengers needed to meet the kingdom’s hugely ambitious plans.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Bahraini foreign affairs minister Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al-Zayani has held talks with his counterparts in Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar, as well as Syria and Lebanon, ahead of the Arab League summit on 16 May.

Bahrain
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King Salman Bin Abdelaziz had what officials described as a routine check-up at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah on 24 April, leaving the hospital on the same day.

Saudi Arabia
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Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan has reportedly struck a multi-billion dollar deal with the under-pressure South Sudanese government, although questions remain about the ultimate source of funds accessed by the Abu Dhabi junior royal who previously raised his profile, in the wake of the Abraham Accords, by taking a stake in controversial Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem, which soon collapsed.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Shia leader Moqtada Al-Sadr has indicated he plans to end his political retirement in a return to public life that comes as the federal parliament continues to grapple with the election of a new speaker. The political arena in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is just as turbulent, with local parliamentary elections planned for June now delayed.

Iraq
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Iranian officials have been engaged in a flurry of meetings and phone calls with GCC member states, in a sign that Tehran may be trying to leverage regional anger over the Gaza conflict to improve relations with its Arab neighbours.

Iran | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar