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Mauritania/Senegal: FID for cross-border gas project

BP and Kosmos Energy on 21 December announced a final investment decision for Phase 1 of the groundbreaking Greater Tortue Ahmeyim gas project. Kosmos said the decision was made with BP and the two state oil companies, Petrosen and Société...

Cameroon: Nachtigal reaches financial close

The €1.26bn, 420MW Nachtigal hydroelectric project reached financial close on 24 December. Financing agreements were signed on 8 November and the owners spent the remainder of 2018 establishing and capitalising the project company, bringing in...

Yemen: Clashes continue in wake of Stockholm Agreement

An attack by Houthi forces on a military parade on 10 January has underlined the reality that, despite the agreement struck in Stockholm in December, fighting continues in many areas. The Houthis used a drone to attack Al-Anad military base in...

United States: Pompeo tour

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo embarked on a nine-country tour on 8 January, designed to reassure allies about US commitment to the region following the surprise decision by Donald Trump by pull US troops out of Syria and the abrupt resignation...

UAE: MBR puts son at the centre of reiterated economic vision

Federal Vice President and prime minister, and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) began the year with a brace of statements seemingly designed to restate his economic and political philosophy. On 5 January, he set out...

UAE: Dubai sheikha’s $300m ‘ransom demand’

A controversial meeting in Dubai in December between former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Irish president Mary Robinson and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s errant daughter Sheikha Latifa – who was captured in March...

Pakistan: MBZ in Islamabad visit following $3bn donation

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) travelled to Pakistan on 6 January for a meeting with prime minister Imran Khan. He was greeted by Khan and a guard of honour at...

UAE: Drones in Algeria

Algeria has deployed at least four unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, or drones) originally developed by UAE-based Adcom Systems. According to a report by defence industry specialists Jane’s, two armed Yabhon United 40 drones and two smaller unarmed...

Syria: Abu Dhabi takes lead opening Damascus embassy

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation reopened its embassy in Damascus on 27 December, some seven years after it was shuttered. The mission is headed by chargé d’affaires Abdul Hakim Naimi. The move has been seen as...

UAE: Hamdan Bin Mohammed opens fractious Asian Cup in Dubai

Dubai Crown Prince and Dubai Executive Council chairman Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum attended the opening ceremony of the 2019 Asian Cup at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi on 5 January, watching the operetta Zanaha Zayed...

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