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UAE/Sharjah: Sultan Bin Mohammad’s cultural kudos

Sharjah Ruler Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi has been enhancing his reputation as a devotee of culture by handing a number of rare gifts to institutions and opening a number of literary events and spaces. On 12 December he gave two rare...

UAE: Alistair Burt named chairman of Emirates Society

Former UK Middle East minister Alistair Burt has been appointed by the UAE Embassy in London as honorary chairman of the Emirates Society, set up in 2018 to enhance commercial and social links between the UAE and the UK.

UAE/Abu Dhabi: Hamdan Bin Zayed’s tours of Al-Dhafra

The Ruler’s Representative in Al-Dhafra Region Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been boosting his public profile with a series of engagements in the region. On 30 December he visited the Liwa International Festival, including the heritage...

Saudi Arabia: Red sea charter signed for new grouping

A group of eight countries led by Saudi Arabia have signed a founding charter for the Council of Arab and African Coastal States of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, cementing an initiative that was launched in late 2018. The other founding...

Threats from jihadists to liberals dog Saudi security agenda

Head of state security General Abdelaziz Bin Mohammed Al-Howairini faces another challenging year at the helm of the Presidency of Public Security (PPS). Having been rehabilitated by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), Al-Howairini has the...

Region/Saudi Arabia: Riyadh to host GCC defence centre

Saudi Arabia is to host the Gulf Co-operation Council’s Unified Military Command Headquarters, in the latest sign that, despite their differences, GCC members are taking some steps to develop greater security co-operation. Foreign affairs...

Saudi Arabia: Bad week for Aramco

As if to confirm the view of market bears that shares in Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) would fall prey to geopolitical pressures, the shares dropped by more than 10% from their peak on news of the US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani...

Saudi Arabia: King Salman’s accreditations

King Salman Bin Abdelaziz on 8 January received the credentials of another eight new ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, representing Costa Rica, Chile, Kosovo, Hungary, Montenegro, Tanzania, Mauritania and Mauritius. Officials attending the ceremong...

Equatorial Guinea: Russian deals in prospect

Equatorial Guinea has signalled that an agreement with Gazprom, Lukoil and Rosneft could emerge from the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi on 23-24 October. A Russian news report, retweeted by minister of mines and hydrocarbons Gabriel Mbaga Obiang...

Côte d’Ivoire: Consultant sought for Kossou floating PV project

CI-Energies is seeking expressions of interest from consultants by 30 October to assist with the construction of a floating solar PV project on Lake Kossou in north-central Côte d’Ivoire. The project, with an installed capacity of 10-20MWp, is to...

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