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Mohammed Bin Zayed: Energy meetings; Belarus trip

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces deputy supreme commander Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) held a series of meetings with oil industry figures at Qasr Al Bahr on 9 September, taking advantage of their presence in Abu Dhabi for...

Six UAE troops die in vehicle accident

Six Emirati servicemen were killed in a vehicle collision while on active duty in Yemen, according to a statement by the UAE Armed Forces General Command on 13 September. No further details were given.

Saudi Arabia: Treasures travel to Rome

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) – headed by chairman Ahmed Bin Aqil Al-Khatib – and Ministry of Culture are to transfer the exhibition Trade Routes in the Arabian Peninsula: Masterpieces of the Monuments of Saudi...

Saudi prince shows Sheffield steel

Prince Abdullah Bin Musaid Bin Abdelaziz has succeeded in a court battle to buy businessman Kevin McCabe’s 50% stake in English Premier League club Sheffield United for £5m ($6.2m), in line with a previous legal agreement. Prince Abdullah already...

Evidence points to Iranian missiles accurately hitting Saudi sites

Imagery of the impact sites at Abqaiq show most targets were hit from due west by missiles, as opposed to the explosive charges typically carried by Houthi drones. The calibre of the missiles was relatively small, with a warhead probably much...

Saudi Arabia: Impact on oil market and local industry

The attack on the Abqaiq facility could scarsely have chosen a more important target: the 7m b/d plant is Saudi Arabian Oil Company’s largest oil processing facility; it processed about half of Aramco’s crude oil production in 2018. It primarily...

IMF highlights risks for Saudi economy

The International Monetary Fund had some pointed – and diplomatically worded – advice for the kingdom in its latest Article IV review of the economy, released on 9 September. The Washington-based IMF said that non-oil growth was expected to...

Hassa Bint Salman: Suspended sentence in Paris

Princess Hassa Bint Salman has been given a ten-month suspended sentence by a French court, after being convicted in absentia for her role in an assault on Ashraf Eid, who had been carrying out repair work at her Paris apartment in 2016. She was...

Jeddah Summit: Qataris make rare foray into Saudi Arabia

Qatari officials made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia in mid-September to take part in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) extraordinary meeting, called by Riyadh to discuss comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he...

Saudi Arabia: Royal decree limits foreign consultancy firms

Government ministries and entities will in future be required to certify that consultancy services cannot be supplied by Saudi providers before signing contracts with foreign firms, according to a royal decree published on 7 September.In 2018,...

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