Summary: while Dubai boasts of luring away the UK’s super wealthy, Riyadh has a housing shortage as Mohammed bin Salman pursues his giga-projects whilst paying little attention to the bread and butter issues the kingdom faces.
Summary: COP28 ended with a transition not a phase out but significant commitments were made to undertake meaningful climate action.
Summary: any ex-post assessment of the UAE’s COP28 presidency should be rooted in a realistic grasp of COP limitations and take full account of the failings of other COP members.
Summary: the UAE as it opens COP28 in Dubai finds itself entangled in a number of controversies from pursuing oil and gas deals under cover of the climate summit to AI dealings with China and a bid to buy The Telegraph that has stirred up a hornets nest of angry Tories.
Summary: the UAE has just slipped on a banana peel as COP28 is about to get underway in Dubai, raising more questions about the suitability of ADNOC’s Sultan al-Jaber as the climate conference president-designate.
Summary: the UAE is using clever statecraft and COP28 to position itself as the champion of climate action for the Global South while further enhancing its international political clout.
Summary: although OPEC+ will almost certainly extend existing cuts at its 26 November meeting and might agree modest additional trimming, growth in non-OPEC+ production is currently on track to see global output outpacing demand through 2024.
Summary: the Gulf monarchies claim to be well on the road to diversifying their economies and ending the economic addiction to hydrocarbons. David Roberts, author of a new book on the Gulf, questions those claims.
Summary: like other MENA countries Syria is in an existential water crisis, one that is made worse after more than a decade of civil war and that has been exacerbated by Western aid projects.
Summary: when the world gathers in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December for COP28 the need for robust climate action could scarcely be any clearer but doubts are growing about the UAE’s commitment to oversee a strategy of decisive change.