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Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah travelled to Turkey from 20-22 March, at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He was bestowed with the Order of the State of Turkey, the republic’s highest honour awarded to foreign nationals; in return, the emir awarded Erdogan the Order of Mubarak Al-Kabeer. Memorandums of understanding were signed covering co-operation around tourism, military links and Islamic affairs. The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development offered funds to help with the Syrian refugee crisis in Gaziantep, Kilis and Sanliurfa.

Kuwait
Issue 860 - 11 September 2009

King Abdullah’s busy Ramadan

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King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz has held talks with visiting Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa and US assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism John Brennan.

Saudi Arabia
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The Al-Nayef are consolidating their power with Prince Nayef Bin Abdelaziz now anointed crown prince and thus heir apparent to the Saudi throne. The 5 November Royal Order reshuffling key posts appointed Prince Saud Bin Nayef Bin Abdelaziz to support his father as head of the Crown Prince’s Court and special adviser to the crown prince (with ministerial rank).

Saudi Arabia
Issue 932 - 27 September 2012

King returns to Saudi Arabia

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King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz returned to Saudi Arabia on 24 September following a month in Morocco on what the Saudi papers described as a “special holiday”.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 948 - 06 June 2013

King Abdullah’s Morocco vacation

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King Abdullah arrived in Morocco on 1 June for a private vacation, according to the Saudi Press Agency. He was received on arrival by Moroccan prime minister Abdelilah Benkirane. A royal order issued before the king departed has deputised deputy premier Crown Prince Salman to “administer the affairs of the state and take care of the interests of the people during his absence”.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1096 - 23 January 2020

UAE: Mohammed Bin Rashid signs Mars probe

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Dubai Crown Prince and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre chairman Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum added his signature on the UAE-built Hope probe on 9 January. The probe will be used to study the upper and lower layers of atmosphere on Mars. It is set to be launched later this year and will take up to nine months to reach the red planet.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 882 - 31 July 2010

Sheikha Lubna - Palestine

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Shekha Lubna: Palestinian visits

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 948 - 06 June 2013

Fahd Al-Saud: Disney extravaganza

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Prince Fahd Al-Saud received extensive press coverage for celebrating his graduation with a €15m ($19.6m) spending spree at Disneyland Paris. According to French news agency AFP, the prince booked entire areas of the park for three days from 22 May, and invited around 60 or 70 guests. His extravagant festivities – which suggest he must come from a particularly wealthy branch of the family – included tailor-made events involving “rare Disney characters”, Disneyland Paris – which described the prince as one of the park’s top customers – said.

Saudi Arabia
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Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani said Qatar would not allow anyone to damage relations between Tehran and Doha. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and his wife Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad were in Paris in late June. Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani was insistent that Qatar does not interfere in the affairs of other countries.

Qatar
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Prince Khalid Bin Alwaleed Al-Saud, son of prominent businessman Alwaleed Bin Talal, is involved in a new Dh24bn ($6.5bn) real estate development in Sharjah that will house some 70,000 people. The Aljada development was unveiled by ruler Dr Sheikh Sultan Al-Qasimi in early September.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1097 - 06 February 2020

Bahrain: Crown Prince opens embassy in Rome

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Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa inaugurated Bahrain’s new embassy in Rome on 3 February, during an official visit to the Italian capital. Until now, Bahrain has provided diplomatic coverage in Italy from its embassy in Paris, where Mohammed Abdul Ghaffar is ambassador. On the same day, Prince Salman held talks with head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace and with Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Bahrain
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A British High Court judge has awarded damages of £683,000 and costs of £87,000 to Sheikh Talib Bin Saqr Al-Qassimi in a case he brought against a UK-based builder who defrauded him and failed to complete work at a pair of properties in London and Milton Keynes. Sheikh Talib, brother of Emir Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, is a Sandhurst graduate who is also head of the RAK police and a member of the emirate’s executive council.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, belonging to Saudi Arabian National Guard head Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah, is to close its doors for a two-year renovation by the Lebanese architect Aline d’Amman. The Crillon was French-owned until 2005, when ownership passed to US group Starwood Capital and then, in 2010, to Prince Miteb for a reported €250m ($327m). Prince Miteb’s first cousin Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal owns the GeorgeV Hotel in Paris.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 864 - 06 November 2009

AL-QASIMI

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Wedding

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 981 - 14 November 2014

UAE: Kerry meetings

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US secretary of state John Kerry stopped to refuel in Abu Dhabi en route to Beijing on 6 November, and held a meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) and his brother, Emirati foreign minister Abdullah Bin Zayed. Kerry – who, a few days later, was back in the region for nuclear talks with Iran and the European Union in Oman – has met both men several times in recent years; he was in Abu Dhabi in February, and also met MBZ at least twice in 2013.

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