Gulf in the News – December 13, 2013

SACM Confirms Dates for 2014 Job Fair and Graduation Ceremony, Launches New Website

Source: Saudi US Trade Group (Read full story)

The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) announced the official dates for the 2014 Job Fair and Graduation Ceremony through a new website: The 2014 SACM Job Fair will be hosted at the Gaylord National Harbor hotel just outside of Washington, D.C., on May 24-27, 2013. The launch of a new website dedicated to the job fair and graduation ceremony will bring all information about the massive event into one online location. The website is available in both English and Arabic. The site has step-by-step procedures for potential exhibitors to register to participate in the event.

GCC Announces a Joint Military Command

Source: Defense News (Read full story)

Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Wednesday announced the formation of a unified military command for the GCC countries. The unified command set-up has been mandated to the GCC Joint Military Committee, according to a statement released by the council’s secretariat at the end of the 34th Summit in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The council also announced the establishment of the Gulf Academy for Strategic and Security Studies in the United Arab Emirates. The academy will aim to bolster military cooperation through a unified education based institution, according to Matthew Hedges, analyst for the Institute of Near East and Gulf Military Analysis.

UAE and Poland agree to boost ties

Source: Khaleej Times (Read full story)

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland at Zabeel Palace on Thursday. Shaikh Mohammed held talks with the Polish President and addressed a number of issues of concern in the political, economic, regional and international situations, the friendship and cooperation between the UAE and Poland, and ways to enhance them by including tourism and financial market sectors, along with the investment sector.

Qatar Refuses To Set Deadline On Workers’ Rights Improvement

Source: Gulf Business (Read full story)

Qatar 2022 general secretary Hassan Al Thawadi has refused to set a deadline for the country to improve the rights of its migrant workers. “I don’t think you can set any timeline because it depends on each different nation and the level they are in,” he said at the Doha GOALS conference. “But, from December 2nd 2010, Qatar 2022 has been committed towards workers welfare and we have always indicated very clearly that the initiatives we are undertaking are a continuation of the initiatives the government is taking and governmental and non-governmental agencies are taking.”

Shale boom to top most Opec nations’ output in 2015: Exxon

Source: Gulf Times (Read full story)

Oil production from North American shale fields will outpace every member of Opec except Saudi Arabia within two years, according to Exxon Mobil Corp, the world’s biggest energy company by market value. Globally, crude output from shale and similar rock formations that require intensive drilling techniques will increase 11-fold by the end of 2040, led by explorers in the US, Canada and Russia, Exxon said yesterday in its annual long- term forecast for global energy. Burgeoning US production in shale hotspots such as North Dakota and Texas will soon overwhelm the capacity of domestic refineries and prompt the federal government to rethink its restrictions on crude exports, said Kenneth Cohen, the vice president who oversees Exxon’s lobbying efforts.

Geneva 2 invitation to KSA rekindles hope for Syrians

Source: Arab News (Read full story)

Saudi Arabia and Iran are among more than 30 countries invited to attend the Geneva 2 peace conference amid expectations that the Jan. 22 event would end the three-year-old Syrian tragedy that has killed more than 120,000 people and displaced millions. Saudi political analyst Jamal Khashoggi expressed hope that the participation of Saudi Arabia in the conference would help bring about peace in Syria. “Although Saudi Arabia is not happy with Iran’s invitation to the conference, being the supporter of the dictator (Bashar Assad), I strongly believe that we should attend this conference in support of the Syrian opposition,” Khashoggi told Arab News.