Risk Watch

Dubai  03/08/12

Emaar and other leading Dubai companies report large gains

Company results by Dubai’s largest developers, Emaar, Nakheel and Union Properties indicate a modest return to growth....
Kuwait  03/08/12

New cabinet announced in Kuwait

The Emir of Kuwait has re-appointed Sheikh Jabel Al Mubarak Al Sabah as prime-minister. ...
Yemen  03/08/12

Unprecedented tribal clashes in Sanaa and Italian diplomat kidnapped

The Yemeni capital Sana’a has witnessed unprecedented clashes as tribal fighters loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh took over the Interior Ministry building....
Bahrain  03/08/12

Bahrain’s Alba see profits drop

Bahrain’s Alba, one of the country’s biggest economic contributors, suffered a loss of revenue, which are blamed on a lowering of global aluminium prices as well as higher energy costs....
Saudi Arabia  17/07/12

Saudi authorities arrest Shiite leader triggering protests

Saudi Arabia has arrested leading hardline Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, triggering protests in the Eastern Province.The protesters have expressed solidarity with Bahrain....
GCC  17/07/12

Egyptian president Morsy makes first overseas trip to Saudi Arabia

The first overseas trip by Egyptian president Mohammed Morsy to Saudi Arabia and the new alliance being formed carries with it significant implications for both countries....
GCC  17/07/12

Diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia, Gulf and Russia intensify

Russia and Saudi Arabia have exchanged strong criticisms of each other, with the Russians accusing the Saudis of human rights abuses in the Eastern Province....
Bahrain  17/07/12

Bahraini government pays compensation to victims of unrest

The Bahraini government has started paying compensation to the families of the 17 protestors killed during the unrest in the country last year....

US Navy fires at boat off the Dubai coast

The US Navy has fired at an Indian fishing boat off the coast of Dubai killing one Indian fisherman....
GCC  03/07/12

Saudi Arabia increases oil production as EU embargo against Iran starts

Saudi Arabia has increased its oil production to a 30-year high in an apparent attempt to cover the drop of Iran oil exports due to the EU embargo....
Kuwait  03/07/12

Court annuls recent elections and returns previous parliament

Kuwait’s constitutional court has reinstated the previous parliament, causing heavy criticism and mass protest from the opposition....
Oman  03/07/12

Yemeni militants flee to Oman

Al Qaeda militants from Yemen have infiltrated into Oman....
Saudi Arabia  03/07/12

Salman chosen as Crown Prince and Ahmad as Interior Minister

Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has appointed Prince Salman as Crown Prince and Prince Ahmad as Interior Minister, following the death of Prince Nayef....
Dubai  03/07/12

JAFZA repay $2 billion bond

Dubai government-owned entity JAFZA has repaid a US$ 2 billion Islamic bond, five months ahead of schedule....

First oil flows through UAE’s Hormuz bypass

The UAE has started the operation of the so-called Hormuz bypass that allows the export of oil via a pipeline that bypasses the Straits of Hormuz....
Oman  18/06/12

Oman cracks down on bloggers amid rising local labour walkouts

Omani authorities have cracked down on bloggers with several arrests. There is increasing tension amongst the local population demanding jobs and better standards of living....

New UAE Stock Ownership Rules

The UAE have proposed laws to regulate buying controlling stakes in the stock markets. This will create greater transparency....

UAE legislators seek federal dress code

UAE legislators are proposing introducing a federal dress code. The proposal risks politicizing an issue that has galvanized conservative elements within society....
Bahrain  18/06/12

Bahrain Appeals Court convicts medics for role in uprising

Bahrain’s Appeals Court has convicted nine medics for their alleged role in the local unrest. All the medics are Shiite....
Kuwait  18/06/12

Kuwait cabinet minister resigns amid rising political tensions

A second Kuwaiti minister has resigned in less than a month as Islamist led opposition are actively demanding half of the cabinet posts....

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