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The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) is a regional organisation created in May 1981 by



Bahrain
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Kuwait
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Oman
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Qatar
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Saudi Arabia
and



United Arab Emirates
. Behind the creation was a general perception by these states of their vulnerability arising from their oil wealth in contrast to their small and dispersed populations (28 million), their vast surface area (2.6 million km2) and their limited military capabilities in a generally instable region.

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In 2018, it's estimated that $79.1bn worth of construction contractor awards will be attributed to buildings in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), followed by energy projects ($44.9bn), and infrastructure ($24.6bn). The total value of expected construction contractor awards in 2018 is slightly up on the 2017 ...
Majid Majidi's Beyond the Clouds Heads To Iran, Pakistan. The film will see a 34 territory release including a wide release in Iran as well as over 70 screens in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regions including Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, read a statement. IANS. Updated:March 30, 2018, ...

Saudi air defense forces intercepted a missile fired by Houthi fighters in neighboring Yemen at the southern Saudi city of Najran on March 31, Reuters reported. The Iran-aligned Houthis have launched scores of missiles at Saudi Arabia since the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council coalition intervened in ...
There are concerns among most Gulf Cooperation Council countries and Egypt that Turkey plans to build a naval base on the island. Ankara denies the rumours. Saudi Arabia and its allies do not agree with Turkey on many issues, especially its support for the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which is ...
Labour law experts who participated in a panel debate said initiatives implemented by the UAE to enhance access to justice for foreign workers have brought positive results and could be replicated on a broader basis in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Dr Jill Wells, senior policy adviser at Engineers ...
For many traditional brick and mortar retailers in the Gulf Cooperation Council the last few years have represented a period of contraction rather than growth. Factors linked to the lower oil price including reduced consumer spending have challenged the margins of many businesses at a time when they are ...

Following the 2011 popular uprisings — longer and more widespread than anywhere else in the Arab world — the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, alongside the US, UK, and other Western powers, had assisted in the formation of a transitional regime. Given two years to bring about a “new” Yemen, ...
Sharjah: The Sharjah Government Media Bureau on Wednesday honoured government institutions with the Sharjah Government Communication Award (GCA) at Al Majaz Amphitheatre. The award ceremony of the fifth edition was held under the patronage of Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Bin Sultan Al ...
The US Ambassador acknowledged the continued discord among Gulf Cooperation Council states, saying that “Diplomatic cooperation between the United States and Kuwait seeks a settlement to the Gulf Cooperation Council dispute. We appreciate the efforts of the Amir to restore GCC unity – which is ...
RIYADH, March 26 (KUNA) -- The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned in the strongest terms a barrage of missiles fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels into Saudi Arabia late Sunday, in which cities across the Kingdom were targeted. The "terrorist attack was an act of cowardice that threatens the ...
Two agreements were reached by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates- in order to end a major crisis with Doha that included pulling out ambassadors from Qatar for months. Al Qahtani insisted that there would be no ...
Advisor at the Saudi Arabia's royal court Saud al-Qahtani, responded on Friday to tweets made by the former prime minister of Qatar, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, for criticizing Riyadh and the Gulf Cooperation Council. In his tweet, Qahtani said that the only solution to Qatar's problem is through ...
The results are based on GulfTalent's survey of over 1,100 CEOs and executive managers of firms across the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, conducted in February-March 2018. The biggest factor driving employment growth is the recent rise in oil prices and resulting upturn in business optimism.
It is no secret that many of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have begun opening other channels to generate income and age-old traditions such as no taxes or levies are slowly fading away in one country after another. The value added tax (VAT), introduced by some of the GCC countries, ...
LONDON - All eyes in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, are fixed westward as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz continues his global tour with a visit to the United States. The crown prince's trip, in which he seeks to present a modern Saudi ...
The eight-member GCC has certainly been busy in the five years since it formed at Art Dubai in 2013. Comprised of artists, designers, musicians, writers and architects with strong links to the Arabian Gulf region, GCC (a reference to the Gulf Cooperation Council) has, among other initiatives, held a highly ...
The isolation of Qatar is contributing to a high degree of tension in the Gulf Cooperation Council, traditionally led by the Saudis. And his reforms on behalf of women, from permission to drive to allowing custody of children after a divorce, are stirring up trouble in traditional sectors of Saudi society. There will ...

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 22, 2018 10:54 am. Discussion on Israel-Palestine will be about 'one-state solution' in future. Last year, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries– Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE –cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism. (Source: AP photo/file).
Conversely, the U.S. needs Saudi Arabia (and the UAE as well) to re-unite the Gulf Cooperation Council, whose disarray is an open door to Iranian influence. MbS is likely to point out that Qatar, in spite of the huge U.S. base there, has supported strongly anti-American groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, ...
... Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, on the other. The rift has divided the Gulf Cooperation Council group of countries and hurt U.S.-led efforts to maintain a strong front against Iran. (Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; editing by Tom Brown and James Dalgleish). Copyright 2018 Thomson Reuters.
... discussed areas in which the United States and Qatar can partner to bring more stability to the region, counter malign Iranian influence, and defeat terrorism," the statement said. Trump also "reiterated his support for a strong, united Gulf Cooperation Council that is focused on countering regional threats".
Riyadh, March 20 (BNA): Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani received Riyadh-based Moroccan Embassy Charge d'Affaires Said Hal at the GCC headquarters in the Saudi capital. The two sides discussed relations binding the GCC member states and the ...
Region of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) witnessed another year of disappointing economic performance in 2017, however expectation shows that economic growth should improve between 2018 and 2019, according to the World Bank's biannual Gulf Economic Monitor released on Monday in Kuwait.
Egyptian Armed Forces personnel headed on Monday to participate in a joint military exercise with the armed forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) armies in Saudi Arabia dubbed “Gulf Shield 1”. Army personnel from land, navy and air forces of the Gulf countries are taking part in the exercise.
A Lebanese-American businessman with close ties the United Arab Emirates crown prince organised a meeting of Arab leaders on a yacht in the Red Sea three years ago and proposed to start an "elite group" that would supersede the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), according to a news report. George ...
According to Tourism Ireland, between 65,000 and 75,000 travellers from the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council states) visited Ireland in 2016. There were strong indications of increased visitors from the GCC in 2017 with approximately 65 per cent of total GCC visitors originating from the UAE. “We welcome ...
During the meeting, she said, the three leaders discussed an already-strong defense relationship and the need for Gulf Cooperation Council unity. Mattis expressed his appreciation for Bahrain's continued support of the U.S. military presence in the kingdom since shortly after World War II, White said, ...
The plan — Qatar's second five-year development strategy following one between 2011 and 2015 and the first since oil prices collapsed in 2014 — comes amid continued enmity between Doha and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and ...
In 2008, Turkey became the first country to have a mechanism of strategic dialogue with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Thanks to this partnership, Turkey's economic and political ties with the individual GCC countries have strengthened in recent years. However, it is hard to say the same successful ...
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is in the process of setting up a company to allow the bloc's member states to transfer funds without relying on foreign denominations such as the US dollar. In what is an unusual instance of regional cooperation, the company's board will include Qatar, the Gulf state ...
Four states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are now in the spotlight as they prepare to implement a value-added tax. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar are due to begin collection this year, according to the GCC Unified Agreement for VAT, known as the framework agreement, first ratified by Saudi Arabia in ...
IRJ at Middle East Rail, Dubai: The United Arab Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Railway project, confirming that it will complete its connection to the Saudi network within four years. Dr Abdullah Salem al-Kathiri, director general of the Federal Authority for ...
The Bahrain ministry land transportation under-secretary, Mariam Jumaan, said a technical group was in place to work on the scope of work that would connect between five and six countries in the region, known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Also in the pipeline for the area is a light transit ...
Insurers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will face moderate credit risk over the next 12-18 months due to muted economic growth driven by low oil prices and relatively high exposure to volatile investment assets, according to Moody's. Low range-bound oil prices have reduced insurance ...
For years the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) successfully turned their natural resources – oil and gas – into material economic dividends, but how sustainable is this in the face of lower-for-longer oil prices? GCC countries are now among the world's 30 richest countries in terms of GDP per capita and ...
DUBAI: The Higher Committee of the Mohamed Bin Zayed Award for the Best Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, Teacher announced the start of its first stage of application assessments. They will select 25 applicants per country, which will be followed by personal interviews to prepare a shortlist for the final ...
... of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation told Asharq Al-Awsat that his country's position regarding the Qatari crisis has been clear from the beginning, highlighting the fraternal relations that bind King Mohammed VI with his brothers, kings, princes and heads of the Gulf Cooperation Council states.
Over the past nine months, the quartet has consistently asked Qatar to accede to 13 reasonable measures than would ensure it abides by its previously stated commitments to anti-terror treaties and agreements to its brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and to its wider allies in the international ...
Western observers of relationships within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) tend to view them through the prism of their own legal-rational processes, taking official professions of amicability, solidarity, and unity of vision and mission at face value. Reality, how-ever, is quite different. Relations between Saudi Arabia and ...
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Front) attends the 38th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in Kuwait City, Kuwait, on Dec. 5, 2017. (Xinhua/Muhammed Ayaan). The leaders also agreed on the importance of regional cooperation and a united GCC for mitigating regional threats and ...
Trump expressed the hope that all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states could better counter Iran's "destabilizing" activities and defeat terrorists and extremists. The two leaders also said that a united GCC is important "to mitigate regional threats and ensure the region's economic prosperity." In a separate ...
Trump expressed the hope that all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states could better counter Iran's "destabilizing" activities and defeat terrorists and extremists. The two leaders also said that a united GCC is important "to mitigate regional threats and ensure the region's economic prosperity." In a separate ...
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consisting of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait remains central to India's foreign policy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been pushing for much stronger and vibrant relationships with GCC. In his recent visit PM Modi ...
LONDON: The US State Department has fired off a message to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, saying they should set aside their differences and work toward unity — not least in order to defeat Daesh. In response to a question about America's current thinking on the rift with Qatar, US State ...
Dubai: Gross commercial long term borrowings of GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) governments are expected to come down by 15 per cent this year to $68 billion (Dh250 billion) from $80 billion in 2017, according to ratings agency Standard & Poor's. S&P anticipates sovereign borrowing in the Middle East ...
He even tried to propose in his speech the idea of closing down the Gulf Cooperation Council when he said that the Gulf crisis “caused by our neighbors” prevented the existence of the Gulf region to function as a political entity. Perhaps, he forgot that his father's administration had been destabilizing the ...
Banks across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are expected to see stabilisation of the financial profiles and performance from the second half of 2018 after two years of significant pressure, according to S&P Global Ratings. While analysts expect to see further easing of liquidity and funding with ...
From June 2014 to January 2018, oil prices plummeted from $115 per barrel to $68 per barrel, a 41 percent decline. Prices reached a low of $28 on January 19, 2016. As a result, the oil-exporting countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) faced the longest period ever recorded of monthly ...
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is reopening U.S. arms sales to Gulf Cooperation Council member states, which he levied to pressure a resolution with Qatar. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images). WASHINGTON — The powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...
... the emir had already gained over 54,000 followers, with his first share receiving more than 36,000 likes. Al Thani's pioneering move shouldn't come as a surprise, considering he is the youngest reigning monarch in the Gulf Cooperation Council and one of the youngest sovereigns in the world, at age 37.


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