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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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A window has opened for Middle East peace — let’s grab the chance

The human race is gifted with an amazing capacity for problem solving. With God’s will there is nothing we cannot achieve. Scientists have cured illnesses that used to be death sentences.

November 23, 2017

The UAE and Egypt share unbreakable bonds

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s recent two-day visit to Abu Dhabi for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan was a testament to the brotherly relations between our two countries and peoples.

September 29, 2017

The downtrodden Arabs the world ignores

If you are unaware that millions of Arabs subsist in miserable conditions in Iran, you can be forgiven. The shameful fact is that their plight goes under the Arab world’s radar, and is rarely highlighted by either the Western or Arab media.

September 06, 2017

Why halting US aid to Egypt is unfair and unwise

Egyptians saw a potential friend in the 2016 US presidential candidate Donald Trump. His win delivered hope that the frosty relationship between Cairo and Washington, triggered by the Obama administration’s support of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood regime, was poised to thaw.

August 28, 2017

We must wake up to Iran’s dangerous games

I do not wish to sound alarmist, but after piecing the puzzle together I cannot escape the conclusion that Tehran’s mid-to-long term strategy is not only aimed at dominating the region but also targets Makkah and Madinah.

August 26, 2017

Britain must fight fire with fire

When news of last month’s terrorist attack in Manchester first broke, I experienced feelings of sorrow. England, where I have a country home, has always held a special place in my heart.

June 09, 2017

Egypt’s future rests on its people’s shoulders

Unlike several of its neighbors, the Arab world’s most populous nation has thankfully succeeded in regaining its political, security and social equilibrium following years of turmoil. Egypt is on the right track, and with wise governance could emerge as a regional success story.

May 16, 2017

Iran’s declaration of war must not go unanswered

The pretense has ended. The gloves are off.

May 10, 2017