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Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor

Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor is a prominent UAE businessman and public figure. He is renowned for his views on international political affairs, his philanthropic activity, and his efforts to promote peace. He has long acted as an unofficial ambassador for his country abroad.

Twitter: @KhalafAlHabtoor

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Gulf states lack media clout in the US

I recently flew home from one of my regular visits to the most powerful nation on the planet, the United States, a country with some of the greatest people anywhere. I am always made welcome and afforded warm hospitality wherever I go.

February 23, 2018

US will prove to be no friend of Qatar’s

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger spoke the truth when he said: “America has no permanent friends, only interests.” The fact that the Trump administration is prepared to overlook Qatar’s terrorist ties to gain financial 

February 13, 2018

UAE and Saudi Arabia: a solid relationship for the greater good

The two countries forming the solid backbone of our region in turmoil are Saudi Arabia and the UAE, whose leaders have consistently displayed great strength and wisdom, as well as loyalty to their people and to each other. And never more so than today.

February 06, 2018

Why the Arab world should beware of Erdogan, bearing gifts

Understanding the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regional ambitions needs no mind reader. For years, he has sought to meddle in Arab affairs, at times pretending to be a friend and, at others, openly hostile. His end game is now crystal clear.

December 31, 2017

Higher salaries and lower prices top Egyptians’ wish lists

The unseated Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Mursi left the Egyptian economy in a shambles. Foreign reserves were depleted. Foreign investment dried up. Those were the darkest days, literally, thanks to constant electricity blackouts.

December 22, 2017

Dangerous US policies which will imperil our world

Through its own actions, the US has diminished its status as leader of the free world and eliminated itself as an honest broker.

December 13, 2017