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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...

Benin: AfDB funding for rural power

The African Development Bank board approved a loan of €61.77m ($70m) to the government of Benin on 26 September to finance a rural electrification project targeting 309 communities. The three-year project aims to benefit 1m people and increase...

Angola: ANPG sets out bid round terms

The new Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis (ANPG) on 2 October published bidding parameters for the ten blocks in the 2019 bid round. The terms, published on the ANPG website, include a carried 20% stake for state oil company...

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