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Iran: Trump sends region to the brink with killing of IRGC kingpin Soleimani

The crowds that thronged the streets of Kerman on 7 January to see the coffin of slain Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander General Qassim Soleimani were in sharp contrast to the crowds that filled the streets of Iranian...

Yemen museum reopens

There was a boost for the region’s museum culture from an unusual source, with the competion of building work as an important initial step taken to reopen the National Museum in Taiz. A museum since 1967 – and previously the residence of Imam...

UAE/RAK: Saud Bin Saqr’s camel racing festival

RAK Ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi attended several days of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Camel Racing Festival at RAK’s Al-Sawan racetrack in late December, crowning the race winners. He was joined by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud...

UAE/Oman: South Korea considers enhanced military co-operation

The UAE is to deepen military co-operation with South Korea in areas such as intelligence, cybersecurity and munitions, undertaking joint research and exchanges of technology. UAE minister of state for defence affairs Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al-...

Mohammed Bin Zayed: Condolences offered in Muscat for murdered Omani student

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces deputy supreme commander Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) took the time to travel to Oman in December to offer condolences to Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Araimi on the death of his son Mohammed, who...

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...

Ghana: Springfield spuds Afina well

Ghanaian independent Springfield Exploration and Production Limited spudded the Afina-1X well on West Cape Three Points Block 2 on 7 October using the Stena Forth drillship. The well will test Cenomanian potential on a similar play fairway to...

Gambia: Feasibility study sought for 150MW solar park

The West African Power Pool secretariat in partnership with the government of The Gambia has invited expressions of interest by 28 October from consultants to undertake a feasibility study for a solar PV park with a total indicative capacity of...

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