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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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My advice to the new US president

Donald Trump the businessman was impressive. Reality star Trump equally so. But I fear the journey he is taking us on as US president and leader of the free world.

January 28, 2017

Gulf states are the Arab nation’s backbone

I cannot help thinking there is an architect with a plan to weaken Egypt and create distance between Egyptians and the peoples of the Arabian Gulf. I fear this plot is working and, if we are not careful, will soon near completion.

January 17, 2017

Obama’s perfidious parting gift to Iran

Barack Obama’s emotional farewell speech before a crowd of thousands was another fine example of the type of inspirational oratory that saw him elected eight years ago as US president.

January 14, 2017

Russia and its dubious friends deserve to be frozen out

Russia is on a roll. Vladimir Putin has displayed anguish over the break-up of the Soviet Union and now he is intent on getting as many states as he can back under Moscow’s wing. He is out to expand his nation’s powerbase throughout the Middle East.

December 25, 2016

UAE economy set to be a regional outperformer

At a time of global geopolitical uncertainty fueled by Brexit’s potential domino effect on the European Union’s cohesiveness, the feebleness of Italian banks, the as of yet non-decipherable polices of America’s President-elect Donald Trump and heightened strains between world powers, I envision t

December 21, 2016

Tears alone cannot wash away Syria’s wounds

This is my message to world powers and all Arab states: How much more must the Syrian people suffer before you choose to take action? How much longer will you stand by watching atrocities that would not even pass Hollywood censors? Until when must we lower our heads in shame and guilt?

December 18, 2016

A warm UAE welcome for the Saudi monarch

The surprise visit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the occasion of our 45th National Day is a testament to the close relationship between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE founded on mutual respect, shared values and brotherly feelings
December 03, 2016

A day for celebration, appreciation and reflection

Drawn from the generation privileged to have witnessed the transition of the United Arab Emirates from one of the little-known Trucial States under British administration, when our lives were fraught with daily struggles to survive, each National Day my heart swells with pride at my country’s a
December 02, 2016

Armies should be tools of defense, not oppression

Armies fall into two loose categories. There are those whose prime objective is to defend their soil and people from foreign aggression, and those that prioritize defense of the leadership and state institutions against civil uprisings.
November 27, 2016

Gulf economic unity is long overdue

I have been urging Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) heads of state to form an economic bloc for over a decade, and in light of increased instability the move is not only necessary but also urgent. 
 
November 21, 2016