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ABS brings huge experience, and royal family, into the top oil job

The appointment of Prince Abdelaziz Bin Salman (ABS) to replace Khalid Al-Falih brings to the Ministry of Energy one of its most seasoned officials in the top job he was never expected to get. Very well-liked by the specialist energy press as one...

Abqaiq attack raises more awkward questions about regional alliances and balance of power

The massive attack launched on the critical Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities at Khurais and Abqaiq early on 14 September was not just another drone strike by the Houthis – as the Yemeni movement claimed – but in all likelihood was launched...

Bandar Bin Sultan: Transcript of 9/11 interview emerges

A previously classified summary of an interview between then Saudi ambassador to Washington Prince Bandar Bin Sultan (father of current ambassador to the US Princess Reema Bint Bandar) and the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the...

Tamim Bin Hamad: African visitors

Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani hosted Angola’s President João Manuel Lourenço on 8 September, throwing a lunch banquet and witnessing the signing of a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding covering maritime transport, port...

Oman plans strategic oil storage facility at Duqm

State-owned Oman Oil and Orpic Group – created earlier this year through a merger of two bodies – has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction (SKEC) to develop a 200m barrel oil storage facility...

Al-Salem branch shouldn’t be written out of Kuwaiti succession

With further concerns about the health of Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, following his admission to hospital in the United States during September, attention is inevitably turning to the often-intricate politics of succession in...

Health concerns force cancellation of Kuwaiti emir’s Trump meeting

Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was forced to postpone a 12 September meeting with US President Donald Trump after being admitted to hospital on 8 September for unspecified health checks. He was discharged on the evening of 12...

Iraq under pressure after far exceeding Opec quotas

Iraq’s oil sector resurgence has drawn fire from fellow Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) members for eroding quota discipline and pushing prices down. A fall in Saudi supply following the attack on Abqaiq may give Baghdad...

Iran: Regional tensions and local tragedies

Gulf shipping: Tehran is widely believed to have been behind a series of attacks on shipping in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, although it has denied any involvement. The UAE was notably reticent to blame Iran and surprised observers by...

Iran: Military delegation to China

Iranian Armed Forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri led a military delegation to China on 11 September, following an invitation from the Central Military Commission’s chief of the joint staff Li Zuocheng. Baqeri held talks with Li...

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