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King Abdullah Bin Abdelaziz returned earlier than expected from his recuperative private holiday in Morocco, arriving in Jeddah on 14 June. A statement on the state news agency said he had concluded his “private holiday and recovery period… due to the repercussions of the events that are currently taking place in the region”.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1008 - 21 January 2016

Qatar: Emir Sheikh Tamim in Moscow

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Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani began a three-day trip to Russia on 17 January – his first visit to the country. He had meetings with President Vladimir Putin, State Duma chairman Sergey Naryshkin, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) chief executive Kirill Dmitriev (who has made building relations with Qatar and other Gulf sovereign wealth funds a priority since RDIF’s establishment in 2011).

Qatar
Issue 942 - 07 March 2013

Saudi Arabia: Mishaal abroad again

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Allegiance Commission chairman Prince Mishaal Bin Abdelaziz left Riyadh for a trip abroad in February. He was seen off at the airport by his son Sultan. Prince Mishaal often travels abroad for medical treatment, and returned from an extended trip only in mid-October.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani has asked the Public Prosecution to investigate allegations made by British newspaper The Guardian about the mistreatment of Nepalese workers in Doha. Attorney-general Dr Ali Bin Fetais Al-Marri told the Al Jazeera programme Fi’l-Umq (In Depth) that the government wanted to know if the allegations were true; if investigations show them to be false, legal action will be taken against the newspaper. According to The Peninsula newspaper, Al-Marri said that, in more than 3,000 court cases filed by workers in Qatar, rulings were made against the employers.

Qatar
Issue 966 - 25 March 2014

Bahrain: King Hamad visits Pakistan

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King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa arrived in Islamabad on 18 March for an official state visit, the first trip there by a Bahraini leader in four decades. The king was welcomed at Nur Khan Airbase by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistani Army chief General Raheel Sharif; by way of welcome, 21 rounds of artillery were fired, the national anthems of both countries were played, and the king reviewed a guard of honour. Six co-operation agreements were signed during his visit, on establishing a joint ministerial commission for bilateral co-operation; on protecting investments; on air services; on co-operation between interior ministries; on food security; and in the fields of power and water.

Bahrain
Issue 1024 - 20 October 2016

Mohammed Bin Abdelrahman: Meetings

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Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdelrahman Al-Thani held talks in Doha on 11 October with the Russian president’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev. A few days earlier he was in Malaysia, where he met his counterpart Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman.

Qatar
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The Allegiance Council (Hay’at Al-Bay’ah) was created by royal decree in October 2006. Previously, choosing a successor had been in the hands of the king, although there was some family discussion; the Allegiance Council – also referred to as the Allegiance Commission – aims to formalise the process and base it on a family consensus, bringing together representatives of all the sons of King Abdelaziz to agree on who will succeed. MembershipAccording to the Allegiance Institution Law of 20 October 2006, the council should comprise sons of King Abdelaziz; grandsons of King Abdelaziz whose fathers are deceased,

Saudi Arabia
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Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has undergone surgery to remove an intestinal obstruction, according to the official Saudi Press Agency. Photographs were released on 20 August of King Abdullah, accompanied by Crown Prince Salman, visiting Prince Saud at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 881 - 17 July 2010

MBR: Back in the saddle

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MBR: Back in the saddle

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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King Salman has returned Sheikh Saleh Bin Abdelaziz Bin Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance; Sheikh Saleh had previously been in the job since 1999, but was removed by the late King Abdullah in December, as the latter swept the decks of those who had sat too long on the Council of Ministers.The reinstatement of a member of the Al Al-Sheikh, the family descended from Muhammad Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab which has traditionally controlled the religious and judicial establishments, is significant.

Saudi Arabia
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Following a period of tensions between Oman and the UAE, senior Emirati officials including deputy prime minister Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan were prominent in offering their condolences to heritage and culture minister Sayyid Haitham Bin Tariq Al-Said, Sultan Qaboos’ advisor Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq Al- Said and other family members on the death in mid-June of their mother Sayyida Shawanna Bint Hamoud Al-Busaidiyah.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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MIQRIN BIN ABDELAZIZ: Pakistan venture; PRINCE ABDULLAH: Equestrian hopes dashed; PRINCE SAUD: Turkmenistan trip; PRINCESS FAWZIA: Death; AL-SAUD: Al-Shayk wedding in Riyadh; SENIOR AL-SAUDS: Various vacations

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1092 - 18 November 2019

Reema Bint Bandar: Soft power profile

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Ambassador to the United States Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud was the subject of a flattering profile by the Politico website, published on 31 October. In her first major media appearance since taking up her father, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdelaziz’s old job in February, the article reviewed her childhood in Washington and later career as a taboo-breaking businesswoman in Saudi Arabia. It included her strident defence of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), Saudi actions in Yemen and the circumstances of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia
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Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR), speaking during a recent audience with local and international media, said the UAE economy was strong. He paid $2.05m for a foal

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 934 - 25 October 2012

Royals Watch: Saudi Arabia

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Abdelrahman Bin Nasir returns from US; Salman Bin Abdelaziz: Still on holiday; Mishaal Bin Abdelaziz returns home; Khalid Bin Abdullah's Frankel victory

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