Nexter-Arquus infantry fighting vehicle on agenda for Al Thani-Macron talks
Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's visit to Paris at the end of this month will focus on defence issues.
The Saudi Public Investment Fund's announcement in June that it will open an office in Paris by the end of the year has piqued the attention of Abu Dhabi's Mubadala. The UAE fund had itself considered opening a French desk and is wary of its Saudi rival's plans in France.
As adviser to Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, former British diplomat Bill Murray helps to maintain the spy chief's control over Abu Dhabi's finances. Yet Tahnoon, brother of Abu Dhabi's ruler, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, now faces competition from his own nephews.
In this, the first of our two-part series on entrepreneur Melissa Moncada, we examine how the associate of Tahnoon bin Zayed, brother to the UAE president, spy master and Abu Dhabi's lead financier, has been quietly guiding his affairs in Colombia.
All over the world, there are favourite haunts for hush-hush discussions and impromptu encounters. This week, Intelligence Online explores Tashas, a South African chain of cafes and restaurants now all the rage in Dubai. Championed by a man close to the emirate's reigning families, the chain is popular with princes and business people.
Though he has no official role, the discreet son of Emirati president Mohammed bin Zayed has been quietly gaining his stride within his father's innermost circle to reach the heart of his most sensitive diplomatic agenda.
Across the globe, spies gather in inconspicuous dens where they meet contacts and hold discreet conversations. This week, Intelligence Online explores Zuma restaurant in Abu Dhabi, where princes and spymasters, and their foreign guests, discuss and make deals over tasty Japanese finger food.
Sheikh Salman's dominance over Bahrain's security circles has been increasingly undercut by his half-brother Sheikh Nasser's rapid ascent within the country's governmental apparatus. Salman's many official roles, however, have helped him maintain control over Bahrain's most sensitive affairs.
A key Emirati foreign policy figure who was trained in the country's intelligence services, Anwar Gargash has survived the change in the balance of power since Mohammed bin Zayed became president. His spymaster aura enables him to continue operating in UAE security circles.
At the heart of the United Arab Emirates' peace and defence deal with Israel is Dubai's Al Shafar family, a partner of several Israeli defence groups. As long-standing allies of the emirate's ruling Al Maktoum family, this clan finds itself at the root of a gentleman's agreement between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Dassault Aviation is hoping to leverage its negotiations with the UAE's Tawarun over a blocked offsets contract for 80 Rafales to make up for delays on offsets obligations from an earlier order for its fighter jets from India.