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Labelled by the British press as a ‘billionaire banker’, Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al-Thani was born in April 1982 into a family that accrued almost unimaginable wealth, as the Qatari economy grew from an all but impoverished desert peninsula into a global-scale gas giant. His father, former prime minister and foreign minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani (HBJ), played an instrumental role in that process.

Qatar
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Zayed Bin Hamdan graduated from Sandhurst in 2009 and served in the UAE Presidential Guard. His formal title is ruler’s representative in the Western region.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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There is rising speculation about the potential for Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ)’s eldest son, Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to fill the role of UAE crown prince. Khalid cut his administrative teeth in the security sector and since 2021 has played a leading role in running the Abu Dhabi government.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Prime Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS)’s Vision 2030 policies have increasingly sought to make the kingdom a hub for global sporting events, its soft power projection extending through the ownership of football and other sporting assets and, in the process, providing unprecedented entertainment for the Saudi population.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1159 - 23 November 2022

Bahrain cabinet, appointed 22 November 2022

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A list of the 24 member Bahraini cabinet, appointed 22 November 2022.

Bahrain
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Iraq’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa Al-Sudani is a veteran of the post-Saddam Hussein political scene. He was governor of Maysan province in 2009-10 and then served as human rights minister in Nouri Al-Maliki’s administration, from December 2010 to October 2014.

Iraq
Issue 1157 - 06 November 2022

Iraq: Cabinet list, 27 October 2022

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A list of the 22 members of Mohammed Shiaa Al-Sudani's cabinet, covering agriculture, communications, culture, defence, education, electricity, finance, foreign affairs, health, higher education and scientific research, industry and minerals, interior, justice, labour and social affairs, migration and displacement, oil, planning, trade, transport, water resources, and youth and sports.

Iraq
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Saudi Arabia’s new defence minister has steadily gathered influence as the Bin Salman clan has consolidated its power across the commanding heights of the kingdom’s politics and economy. GSN profiles Prince Khalid Bin Salman’s rise through a military career to become ambassador to Washington and then deputy defence minister – with an important role in the Yemen conflict – before replacing his brother, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, in the top defence job

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Gulf States Newsletter (GSN) provides profiles of the children of Saudi Arabia's King Salman Bin Abdelaziz, including Crown Prince and prime minister Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), his brothers Khalid and Turki, his half-brothers Fahd, Sultan, Ahmed, Abdelaziz, Faisal and Saud and his half-sister Hessa.

Saudi Arabia
Issue 1157 - 28 September 2022

Who is Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan?

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Along with the Abu Dhabi leadership’s other ‘Sheikha Fatima brothers’ (President Mohammed Bin Zayed and sheikhs Hamdan, Hazza, Tahnoun and Abdullah), Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has been groomed for power as a son of UAE founding president Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and Sheikha Fatima Bin Mubarak Al-Ketbi.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Sheikh Ahmed Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah is Kuwait’s sixth prime minister in less than two decades and may prove to be one of the shorter-serving PMs, if speculation that he will step down following upcoming National Assembly (parliament) elections proves accurate.

Kuwait
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Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Sheikha Jawaher married in early 2005 following an engagement. They have four children: Sheikhas Mayassa and Aisha, and Sheikhs Hamad and Jassim.

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UAE National security advisor Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was born in the late 1960s, a son of the late UAE President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan from his marriage to Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Al-Ketbi. As such, he is one of the six Bani Fatima brothers who now hold much of the power in Abu Dhabi. Tahnoun is married to Khawla Suwaidi, the prominent daughter of a long-time advisor to Sheikh Zayed.

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President Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who died on 13 May, lived through a period of extraordinary change for his country. Born at a time when pre-oil Abu Dhabi was relatively isolated and under British protection, he played a key role in the emergence of the UAE on the regional and world stage.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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GSN provides profiles for three of the key figures in Oman’s ruling family: Sayyid Shihab Bin Tariq Al-Said, Sayyid Taimur Bin Assad Bin Tariq Al-Said and Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Bin Hamood Al-Busaidi.

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