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Saudi Arabia  16/10/09

Saudi King Ousts Traditionalist Cleric

Saudi King Abdullah has ousted a traditionalist cleric who criticized the newly opened King Abdullah University of Science and Technology....
Bahrain  16/10/09

GCC States Plan New Agricultural Fund

GCC states announced plans for a new US $2 billion agricultural fund in coming months to secure food supplies by buying stakes in existing agricultural firms....
 
Albania  13/10/09

Ease of doing business - comparative chart between GCC, CEE and SEE regions

The chart shows absolute ranking of the selected countries in the World Bank Doing Business 2010 Report. Most SEE countries have improved their position since the last report. Despite this, they are i...
Bahrain  01/10/09

GCC rail network by 2017

The announcement that the GCC-wide rail like will start operating in 2017 is a welcome move for all GCC states....
 
Saudi Arabia  31/08/09

Al Qaeda attempts to assassinate Deputy Interior Minister

The attempted assassination of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef by Al Qaeda confirms that Al Qaeda and the traditionalist camp within the regime have more differences than there is common between them....
Saudi Arabia  15/08/09

Pilgrimage Season Could Cause Surge in Swine Flu Infections in Saudi Arabia

The start of the pilgrimage season in Saudi Arabia will likely see a surge in swine flu infections in the kingdom, threatening public health and the economy....
 
Saudi Arabia  05/08/09

Saudi Festival Canceled at the Last Minute

A well-publicized film festival canceled at the last minute. This indicates that traditionalists within the royal family are still willing to appease the more extreme religious elements...
Bahrain  03/08/09

Financial Woes of Al Gosaibi and Saad Families are Signs of Wider Problem

The global financial crisis that has severely hit parts of the GCC has exposed the vulnerability of the Gulf economies to risks posed by the large exposure of those economies to family businesses....
 
Bahrain  31/07/09

Jobseekers Demonstrate in Bahrain

Unemployed Bahraini education professionals have been demonstrating for lack of employment opportunities. At the same time, there is growing unease about the recruitment of non-Bahraini teachers....
Saudi Arabia  15/07/09

Saudi government awards border fence contract

The erection of a 9000 km border fence around Saudi Arabia will dramatically reduce the threat of Al Qaeda terrorists crossing between Saudi Arabia and Yemen....
 
Bahrain  15/07/09

Agreement Will Help Alleviate Electricity Shortages in GCC Countries

The signing of the agreement for the GCC-wide connection between the electricity grids of the GCC member states will help alleviate electricity shortages in various GCC countries....
Bahrain  16/06/09

Agreement Signed on Monetary Union between GCC Countries

Four GCC states signed a pact on 7 June creating a monetary union. It comes as a confidence-building measure after the shock decision by the UAE to not be part of it....
 
Saudi Arabia  16/06/09

Saudi Government: Improved Relations with Shiites

The Saudi government has improved it relations with the Shiite population in the southern Najran province by granting land....
Bahrain  15/04/09

Launching of the GCC Common Currency Project in Delay

The delay in the launching of the GCC common currency amid reports of differences between member states increases the likelihood of scrapping the project altogether....
 
Saudi Arabia  10/04/09

Prince Nayef is Second Deputy Premier in Saudi Arabia

The King of Saudi Arabia has announced the appointment of his half-brother Prince Nayef as second deputy premier, effectively making him third in line to the throne....
 

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