The Royal Court announced the death of Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on 15 December. Funeral prayers were held the following day at Imam Turki Bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, led by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz. Prince Talal’s eight surviving sons attended the prayers, including prominent businessman Prince Alwaleed and deputy governor of Asir region Prince Turki. (he was promoted to govenor a few days later) , as well as princes Khalid, Abdelaziz, Abdulrahman, Mansour, Mohammed and Mashhoor Bin Talal.
While 11 suspects have gone on trail for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, MBS’s position appears to have been further enhanced by promotions for some of his allies
Rising oil prices over the past two years have led to improved liquidity conditions for banks in the Middle East, but is that relatively benign environment coming to an end?
Mobile technology has helped to transform the lives of people across the continent – something exemplified by the growth of mobile money services since the launch of Mpesa in Kenya in 2007. But digital disruption encompasses more than mobile money.
After a few difficult years, the Omani economy appears to be heading in the right direction. GDP contracted by 0.9 per cent in 2017 and is projected to grow by a modest 1.9 per cent this year, according to the IMF, but the Washington-based organisation has pencilled in a 5 per cent expansion next year.
The GCC region ends 2018 with an even greater sense of discord than it began, after the six-member grouping’s annual summit in Riyadh was characterised by bickering and widespread antipathy. Qatar’s decision to quit Opec further reinforces the sense that a long-term realignment of alliances is under way
A debate within the Islamic Republic’s halls of power over the positions of the rahbar (supreme leader) and president (head of government) is occupying a growing number of leaders and representatives in the Vilayat-e Faqih system.
Of the 18,814 deaths caused by terrorists around the world last year, well over half were due to the actions of just four groups: Islamic State, the Taliban, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.
As feared by many, the government is extending the reach of the dreaded “IR35 rule” to the private sector. It’s likely to lead to higher tax bills for many freelancer workers in the UK.
The release of British researcher Matthew Hedges after a presidential pardon was a relief to those who know him, but his ordeal is not the only sign of tension between London and Abu Dhabi – and the unfortunate student is not the only person to have recently been targeted by the UAE authorities