Rasanah annual report provides in-depth analysis of Iranian affairs in 2020

Rasanah annual report provides in-depth analysis of Iranian affairs in 2020
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Updated 24 February 2021

Rasanah annual report provides in-depth analysis of Iranian affairs in 2020

Rasanah annual report provides in-depth analysis of Iranian affairs in 2020

The International Institute for Iranian Studies (Rasanah) has published its Annual Strategic Report 2020, which provides in-depth data analysis on the interactions and developments in Iran last year. The report provides a clear picture of Iranian affairs and interactions, most prominently in the context of the emergence of a new international environment against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic — China has maintained its strong presence in the international arena in the post-COVID-19 world.

Despite the recent divisions generated by the departure of former US President Donald Trump from the White House, the report affirms that US policy is not solely crafted by Republicans and Democrats, but by US national institutions and national security interests. The report provides clarity on the phenomena of political Islam as local factions and organizations aspire to usurp power in many Arab and Islamic countries. This has become a serious concern for several countries, both in the East and the West.

By studying Iran’s intertwined files, its consecutive interactions and ramifications, the report reviews Iran’s internal affairs as follows: Ideologically, Iranian clerics have faced scathing public criticism amid rising political tensions. The deterioration of the economic and political situation at home has greatly exacerbated the most severe social problems.

The Economic File unveils the most important variables that have made the Iranian economy deteriorate further: US sanctions, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and the government’s continued adherence to the policy of the “resistance economy.”

In Arab Affairs, the report discusses the renewed cooperation between the Gulf states and and their diplomatic efforts to highlight the risks of Iran’s behavior in the region and the threat Iran poses to international security and peace. It also reviews the escalation of the Houthis in Yemen by launching missile and drone attacks targeting neighboring countries and international maritime navigation; how Iraq has turned into a battlefield for confrontation between Iran and the US; the enrichment of Iranian influence in Syria; and the continuous suffering of the Lebanese people due to Hezbollah’s hegemony on Lebanon’s political life.

In International Affairs, the report argues that international interactions still affect Iran at all levels due to the “maximum pressure” campaign of the US and the ramifications of the nuclear file on Iran’s international relations. The report also discusses the steady economic cooperation between Iran and Russia and mainly focuses on Iran-Europe relations in regard to the nuclear file, Iran’s human rights record, and the countermeasures to address the coronavirus pandemic.

The report touches upon China’s support toward Iran against the US move to extend the UN arms embargo imposed on Tehran, reviewing the long-term comprehensive agreement concluded between the two countries. It also discusses how Iran’s relations with India and Pakistan are affected by the US position. This is in addition to discussing how Iran and Afghanistan kept their relations active. The report discusses Iran-Turkey relations in relation to the Syrian crisis and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and their mutual political, military and economic convergences. Further, it underscores that Iran’s relations with the Central Asian states are politically and economically stable. The report concludes that Iran in 2020 was mainly keen to pursue appeasement and rely on the “wait and see” policy, i.e. betting on time.

The report forecasts that Iran in 2021 is likely to face deeper internal crises, more intense interactions with the new US administration, growing divergence with the Europeans and the loss of its influence in Syria and Iraq. It does not forecast a potential breakthrough between Iran and the Gulf states.

Finally, the report concludes that the Gulf states have realized the risks and looming threats of Iran, the need for better political understanding and to integrate their defense capabilities to curb Iran’s potential threats in addition to cooperate with their strategic allies across the world. 

 


Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19
Updated 20 April 2021

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Jameel Fund supports Saudi scientists to combat COVID-19

Community Jameel Saudi and King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) announced the launch of the Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation in Saudi Arabia to combat COVID-19 and related diseases, including the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The collaboration aims to accelerate the development of clinical solutions to treat a range of infectious diseases in the Gulf region and worldwide. The launch of the fund coincides with the 75th anniversary of Jameel family philanthropy.

The Jameel Fund targets several high-impact projects that advance our ability to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat coronaviruses and other infectious diseases. Alongside practical solutions, research articles to be produced out of the collaboration will be reviewed by specialist researchers before they are made available and published for free by both sides. The Jameel Fund for Infectious Disease Research and Innovation will also be supervised by a joint committee comprising representatives from KAU and counterparts from Imperial College London. The fund will support Saudi researchers through many phases, the first of which will be launched in 2021 by supporting the projects of researchers in KAU.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Obaid Al-Yobi, president of KAU, said: “This agreement is part of the strategic goals of KAU to contribute to developing an environment that stimulates and supports creativity and innovation. KAU also shares the same interest with Community Jameel Saudi for serving the community through remarkable contributions. We thank Community Jameel Saudi for their confidence in the ability of Saudi universities and researchers to combat a set of pressing health challenges in the Gulf region and world.”

Hassan Jameel, vice chairman of Community Jameel, said: “This agreement builds on the broad efforts made by Community Jameel Saudi in developing skills and its commitment to support scientific research and empowering Saudi community and scientists by providing innovation opportunities for a better future. It also aims to strengthen the relationship between Community Jameel Saudi and KAU and its partners from international institutions such as Imperial College through many programs that aim to open new research horizons that have a profound impact on enabling Saudi scientists and researchers to find new ways to respond to some urgent health challenges in the Kingdom.”

Out of its keenness to create a safe and healthy society, Community Jameel Saudi recently signed several cooperation agreements with KAU to support scientific research focusing on infectious diseases, and also promote collaboration in various academic and development fields. The agreements also aim to support Saudi researchers at KAU and encourage cooperation with research bodies from inside and outside Saudi Arabia to enhance the quality of scientific research.


MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7
Updated 20 April 2021

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

MYNM launches attractive prices on BMW 7 Series & BMW X7

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM) Company, the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia, has launched a number of special seasonal offers across select BMW models for the holy month of Ramadan.

Prospective customers will now be able to enjoy great savings and benefits on the groundbreaking BMW X7 and the BMW 7 Series, BMW’s flagship full-size sedan.

Valid throughout the holy month, MYNM has launched a special promotion for cash buyers, who can take home the BMW 7 Series 730Li Design Pure Excellence for SR423,000 ($112,800). Additionally, clients can opt for the BMW X7 40I M Sport package, which boasts seven seats and is priced at SR497,000, or the BMW 7 Series 730Li Sport package, starting at SR443,000, both featuring the exclusive M Sport package.

In accordance with the spirit of giving and generosity, the offer will include MYNM’s flagship offering, BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which will be available as standard across these selected vehicles. Customers can take advantage of the BSI and BMW Repair Inclusive (BRI) package for five years or 100 kilometers (whichever comes first) and warranty up to three years or 200 kilometers (whichever comes first) — all for an attractive, all-inclusive price. 

To ensure the journey to owning a new BMW is as seamless as possible, MYNM will deliver the vehicle to each customer’s doorstep, completely sanitized in advance by one of the dealership’s detailing specialists.

Mark Notkin, BMW Group managing director at MYNM, said: “The holy month is almost upon us, and it brings with it joyful moments and exclusive benefits across some of Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company’s most sought-after vehicles.”

He added: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our customers such unique and fantastic deals and make it easy for them to own one of the world’s best-loved vehicle marques. We are confident that our Ramadan campaign will be well received by car buyers as there has never been a better time to own a premium vehicle from the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia.”


Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh
Updated 20 April 2021

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Ascott offers a well-deserved family escape in Riyadh

Planning a city escape with family and friends this holy season? Ascott Rafal Olaya is offering the perfect staycation deal for guests. 

The Riyadh hotel is currently offering up to 25 percent off with its “Escape in Style” promotion. Guests can indulge in varied exclusive lifestyle amenities, separate for men, women and children. These include swimming pools, a gymnasium, sauna, children’s playroom, prayer rooms, and locally popular restaurants that are situated on its ground floor — Don Puro and Opaline, which offer delicious Lebanese cuisine, and are an ideal choice for families wanting to celebrate iftar outdoors. 

With world-class hospitality and sophisticated serviced spaces that are designed to pamper guests, Ascott Rafal Olaya is among Riyadh’s prominent hotel apartments. Home to both leisure and business travelers, the property offers studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments that boast urban city views. 

Located in the capital city’s modern business district of Olaya, Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh sits among two of Riyadh’s tallest skyscrapers, which not only supply guests with an exceptional view of the city, but serve as handy orientation points: Faisaliah Tower and Kingdom Centre.

Opened in 2017, the Ascott residence is just a five-minute drive to the up-and-coming King Abdullah Financial District, where many multinational companies, embassies, and international banks are setting up shop. Ascott Rafal Olaya Riyadh provides easy access to these business associates as well as a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and other conveniences nearby. 

In view of the COVID-19 situation, Ascott Rafal Olaya has implemented the Ascott Cares’ nine commitments to hygiene, cleanliness and safe distancing. 

Bookings for the “Escape in Style” offer can be made at the-ascott.com/offers


Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV

Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV
Updated 19 April 2021

Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV

Intigral marks Ramadan with unmatched content selection on Jawwy TV

Intigral, a leading provider of digital entertainment and sports in MENA, has announced an exciting lineup of content titles to be aired on its flagship entertainment platform Jawwy TV during the holy month of Ramadan. This includes exclusive and original releases alongside a curated selection of Arabic and Khaleeji shows, all of which began airing from April 12 on the platform.

Topping the Ramadan list are two new original productions exclusive to Jawwy TV — the Bedouin drama series “Al-Kahif,” which sheds light on tribal struggles and tells the tale of twin brothers unraveling the mysteries of a curious cave, and “Al-Awael,” an inspiring Saudi docuseries that highlights stories of pioneering Saudi women across various fields and sectors. 

Jawwy TV will also air the exclusive Lebanese drama “Rahou,” and a couple of digital-exclusive Egyptian dramas — “Al-Tawoos” and “Faris bela Zawaj,” as well the Egyptian series “Thahab,” the animation series “Sohbet El-Ayat,” — and the Syrian drama “Bab Alhara 11” from StarzPlay.

Jawwy TV will bring its viewers numerous and varied Khaleeji titles to keep them entertained throughout the month, including dramas “Beit Al-Thol,” “Al-Rouh wo Al-Riah,” “Alwaseya Alghaybah,” “Hath Aljamelat,” and “Waraqah,” in addition to comedies “Yejeb Allah Matar,” “Abu Tar,” “Ghareb,” and “Kan ya Makan,” and thriller-romance “Seqar.” 

The rich content additions coincide with Jawwy TV’s recent expansion into regional markets including Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE, where more people will be able to enjoy watching Jawwy TV’s growing library of content and in particular its Ramadan lineup.

Markus Golder, CEO at Intigral, extended his warmest wishes to viewers across the region on the arrival of Ramadan, and reiterated Intigral’s commitment to offering the very best in entertainment to its valued subscribers. “We strive to continually augment Jawwy TV to the highest standards by producing and curating content that delights viewers of different tastes and preferences in the region, and we are certain that our Ramadan offerings will meet the expectations of those seeking the highest quality entertainment experience.”

Jawwy TV is widely regarded as a next-generation application for paid channel solutions. It focuses on providing entertainment offerings fit for the Arab family through utilizing world-class HD display technologies via smart devices, tablets, smart TVs and set-top-boxes. Jawwy TV also provides more than 25,000 shows in both Arabic and English, in addition to an array of special features, including the rewind feature, which adds value to the platform’s live channel offerings, including a full lineup of MBC channels, and enables viewers to enjoy previously-broadcast episodes at their convenience.


Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan

Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan
Updated 19 April 2021

Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan

Rosewood Jeddah hosts ‘Arabian Nights’ in Ramadan

No matter how much the world changes, timeless traditions will always be worth treasuring. Amid the rich heritage and culture of the Middle East, Rosewood Jeddah offers a magical setting for celebrating the spirit of Ramadan and coming together in a venue, where the desert meets the sea in a display of majestic splendor. 

Guests are invited to tuck into the hotel’s Arabian Nights-themed sahoor and iftar fare that serves the best of Saudi Arabian, Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian and Lebanese flavors. Surrounded by breathtaking views straight out of the beloved stories, Habsburg complements its mouthwatering cuisine with its dedication to service, ensuring memorable dining experiences at affordable prices for groups or individuals. 

For guests looking to bask in the charm of an oasis-inspired backdrop, Soleil offers a cocoon of tranquility for cozy gatherings among families and friends. Bringing scenes from the Arabian Nights to life with its distinct decor, the lounge’s warm and welcoming ambience sets the tone for evenings to remember.

 On top of special menus at both restaurants, guests will be able to savor mezzeh assortments and drinks at their table with a selection of soups, grilled classics, clay pot mains, and desserts from the iftar food carts. The hotel will also offer group booking options for business gatherings of up to 100 people at Habsburg restaurant.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosewood Jeddah is taking all the necessary precautions and protocols mandated by the government to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all its guests. The restaurants will be operating at a 50 percent capacity to allow for social distancing and greater peace of mind.

“Ramadan is all about remembering what matters and sharing moments with the people who matter,” said Mazen Allam, managing director of Rosewood Jeddah Hotel. “With our guests’ health and safety as our top priority at all times, we are looking forward to providing families and friends with the opportunity to celebrate a meaningful occasion — and life itself.”

The award-winning Rosewood Jeddah is a flawless combination of spectacular design and unprecedented sophistication. Ideal for both the business and leisure traveler, the hotel is situated on the Jeddah Corniche, one of the city’s most impressive locales, which runs parallel to the Red Sea for more than 20 miles. It is within easy reach of key business, diplomatic, government and designer shopping districts. 

The hotel features individually designed and handcrafted rooms. The 101 guest rooms and 26 suites are elegantly furnished and reflect a contemporary aesthetic. Many offer stunning views of the Red Sea and all enjoy 24-hour butler service and state-of-the-art entertainment and business solutions. 

Those interested to book iftar or sahoor can contact Rosewood Jeddah at +966 12 260 7111.