A tale of two cities

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.

The Gulf subsidy mirage

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. 

High stakes at COP28

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. 

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