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March 7, 2012

Al Boom - Future of the Emirates

Online Portal of the 6th Annual German-Arab Journalists' Academy gone live

KAS Regional-Program Gulf-States conducted the 6th Annual German-Arab Journalists' Academy in Abu Dhabi in October 2011. Eight scholars from the KAS journalism program in Germany worked together with eight young journalists from the United Arab Emirates(UAE). Together they explored new reporting and narrative styles and created a multi-media online portal titled: "Al Boom - Future of the Emirates"! The website is now live and can be found more…

March 5, 2012



The political impact of the “Arab spring”, which began a little over a year ago in Tunisia, has been at the centre of academic and political reviews. KAS-Regional Program Gulf-States took the analysis to another level and invited Raed H. Charafedinne, Vice Governor of the Lebanese Central Bank, to Abu Dhabi to speak about the economic aspects of the Arab transformation process, which have been largely neglected in the political discourse. more…

March 5, 2012

KAS Regional-Program Gulf-States expands Journalism training to further GCC – countries

Following the successful establishment of training courses for young journalists in the United Arab Emirates, KAS Regional-Program Gulf-States expands its training activities and offers its courses now also in Oman and Kuwait. The first seminar is currently running in Muscat in cooperation with the Cultural Club of Oman and the Oman Journalist Association. During the 1-week course 16 junior journalists are given the opportunity to get first hand insights into the principles of journalistic work. more…

February 14, 2012

A window of opportunity for Islamic Finance - KAS hosted Economic Policy Talk with Simon Gray, DFSA

With conventional financial systems struggling to master the global financial crisis, alternative economic models such as Islamic Finance have become more interesting. “The obvious failures in the conventional financial system have at least created a willingness to listen to alternatives. With that Islamic Finance is given the opportunity to proof itself and to play a key part in the world economy;” stated Simon Gray, Director of Supervision at the Dubai Financial Services Authority last night. more…

January 18, 2012

New Conference Publication: Im Plenum Kompakt: „Europe-Gulf-Africa. New Approaches to Sustainable Cooperation”

To discuss the principles and perspectives of future development and cooperation between Europe, the Gulf Region and Africa the KAS Regional Program Gulf-States and the international business school INSEAD Abu Dhabi Campus had jointly organized the conference: „From Private Action to Public Good". Featuring local projects and private entrepreneurships in Africa that had been supported by development programs the conference investigated the question how the Gulf region and further contribute more…

December 20, 2011

Fourth edition of DubaiDebates

Women’s rights are universal

A large audience witnessed Mishaal Al Gergawi moderating a debate, which did not in the least reflect the traditional picture so often associated with women in the Arab culture. The four panelists engaged in a passionate debate about the current and future role and activism of women in the ongoing transformation process in the Arab world. more…

December 20, 2011

Claiming social responsibility:

KAS-partner Tawasul bestows awards for civil society engagement

It was the third annual ceremony of the Civil Society Leaders Awards that brought together renowned figures of the public, the private and the civil society sectors. The awards honor extraordinary individuals, organizations and projects in the region. They are granted for strong commitment to civil society and outstanding contribution to sustainable social and economic development. more…

December 12, 2011

Dubai Debates on December 18th

Women, Civil Society and Leadership in a New Arab World

The fourth Dubai Debates will raise awareness of women’s ongoing struggle for freedom in the region and allow for a reflective discussion of their role as leaders in the emerging new Arab world order. Prominent activists like Mozn Hassan from Egypt as well as Amira Yahyaoui from Tunisia will discuss together with Political Science Professor Dr. Ebtissam Al Kitbi on December 18th in Dubai about the current and future role of women in the change of the Arab World. more…

December 8, 2011

Women's Empowerment in Kuwait

Women should play a greater role in public life in Kuwait. On this point, the fifty, mainly female participants agreed during a discussion forum. This holds particularly true for the acceptance of women in leadership positions. more…

December 6, 2011

Boost for young entrepreneurs in Kuwait

Twenty young women gathered in the Lady's Lounge of the Regency Hotel in Salmiya on November 28, to participate in a three-day workshop for young female entrepreneurs. more…