Risk Watch

Kuwait  02/08/10

Opposition criticize Prime Minister’s visit to Latin America

Kuwait appears to be heading towards a serious political confrontation after leading opposition MP questions a trip by the prime minister to Latin America....
Oman  02/08/10

Oil tanker damaged by explosion in Strait of Hormuz

The possible attack against a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz may have been carried out by Iran, Al Qaeda or less likely pirates....
Dubai  16/07/10

Nakheel presents offer to creditors on restructuring debt

Nakheel has presented an offer to creditors to restructure the debt. This is seen as a cautiously positive move....
Iraq  16/07/10

Kuwaiti anger over Iraqi border comments

A spat between Kuwait and Iraq could lead into more serious crisis for Kuwait both internally and externally....
Kuwait  16/07/10

Kuwait allows women to sponsor husbands

Kuwait’s decision to allow Kuwaiti women to sponsor their non-Kuwaiti husbands marks a very important step in giving greater rights to Kuwaiti women....
Yemen  16/07/10

Al Qaeda and separatists intensify attacks against government

Sustained attacks by Al Qaeda and mass demonstrations in the south put further pressure on the Yemeni regime....

Unified financial sector laws for UAE in pipeline

The UAE announced that a committee tasked with unifying the country’s financial laws has met....
Kuwait  01/07/10

Drama in Kuwaiti parliament

Fierce debate in the Kuwaiti parliament is likely to spill into major crises after the summer recess....
Yemen  01/07/10

Clashes reported in Aden as Yemeni forces hunt intelligence HQ attackers

The eruption of clashes between alleged Al Qaeda and southern separatists on one side against the government make south Yemen an Al Qaeda-sympathetic state....
Iran  01/07/10

Saudi Arabia accused by Iran of assisting Israel

Allegations in the Iranian and Israeli press that Saudi Arabia is cooperating with Israel on possible attack against Iran will raise tensions between the Saudi government and Shiites....
Bahrain  01/07/10

Bahrain’s fund reports massive losses

The announcement by Bahrain’s Mumtalakat, that it's losses increased by almost half a billion dollars confirms reports and analyses that the smallest GCC faces serious economic challenges....
Yemen  16/06/10

Clashes hit south Yemen as prominent leader calls for Southern president

The situation in south Yemen has deteriorated rapidly as armed clashes are reported between separatists and government forces....
Oman  16/06/10

Blue City may be saved as Abu Dhabi steps in to help

The revival of the Omani flagship project, Blue City, is an indication that Oman’s economic diversification plans are back on track....
Kuwait  16/06/10

US criticizes Kuwait over arrest of blogger

The arrest of a prominent Kuwaiti blogger has prompted the US State Department to criticize Kuwait....

News of a coup at Ras Al Khaimah

Reports of an attempted coup in the northern-most emirate of Ras Al Khaimah are unraveling....
Dubai  16/06/10

U.A.E. economy becomes a two-tier economy, Dubai still facing problems

The UAE and Dubai economies appear to be decoupled. The UAE is projecting growth of up to 4% next year, while Dubai continues to slump. Further contraction in Dubai is expected this year....
Saudi Arabia  16/06/10

Saudi Arabia denies opening up skies for Israeli airstrike against Iran

News that Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow Israel to use its airspace to attack Iran will threaten the internal stability of the Kingdom, even though Saudi Arabia has denied the reports....
Saudi Arabia  01/06/10

Reformist Saudi journalist sidelined

The resignation of prominent Saudi reform writer Jamal Khashoggi confirms recent indications that the Saudi authorities are slowing down the reforms they have started....
Dubai  01/06/10

Dubai Holding unit requests a loan repayment standstill

Dubai International Group, part of Dubai Holding, has announced it plans to ask for a standstill on payments on loans that are due in June....
Dubai  01/06/10

At least 10 passengers of crashed Air India plane had fake passports

It emerged that at least 10 travelers on board the Air India jet that crashed after leaving Dubai had fake passports....

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