Event Reports

Al Boom - Future of the Emirates

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

KAS Regional Programme Gulf States conducted the 6th Annual German-Arab Journalists' Academy in Abu Dhabi in October 2011. Eight scholars from the KAS journalism programme 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 at:

ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES ON THE ARAB SPRING

KAS AND INSEAD ORGANIZE POLICY-BREAKFAST WITH RAED H. CHARAFEDINNE, BANQUE DU LIBAN

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 Programme 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. The Policy Breakfast "The Economic and Financial Prospects of the Arab Awakening - A Year On" had been jointly organised with the INSEAD Business School Abu Dhabi.

KAS Regional Programme 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 Programme 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.

A Window of Opportunity for Islamic Finance

KAS hosts 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 created a willingness to listen to alternatives. Islamic Finance is given the opportunity to proof itself and to play a key part in world economy,” stated Simon Gray, Director of Supervision at the Dubai Financial Services Authority last night in his presentation “Responsibility in Islamic Finance“ hosted by the KAS Regional Programme Gulf States in Abu Dhabi.

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 Programem Gulf States and the international business school INSEAD Abu Dhabi Campus had jointly organized the conference: "From Private Action to Public Good- How Can the Gulf Region Contribute to Sustainable Socio-Economic Development in Africa?" which took place on June 2, 2011.

Claiming social responsibility: KAS-partner Tawasul bestows awards for civil society engagement

120,000 online voters have selected their favorite candidates

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 event took place on November 14 at the Diplomatic Club in Muscat. 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. For the first time, organizations from all states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were invited to participate.

Women’s rights are universal

4th DubaiDebate on “Women, Civil Society and Leadership in a New Arab World”

„We as women now have the opportunity to do away with antiquated structures in Arab countries and to redefine our role in society.” This crisp statement by Syrian Blogger Sumaya Tayara kicked off the 4th edition of the DubaiDebates on Sunday, Dec. 18th, 2011. Sumaya Tayara was joined on the panel by Tunisian activist Amira Yahyaoui, renowned Emirati Professor of Political Science Dr. Ebtisam Al Kitbi, as well as the „Arab Feminist” Mohamed Abu Obaid. The four engaged in a passionate debate about the current and future role of women in the ongoing transformation process in the Arab world.

"Europe up close"

LECTURE BY PROFESSOR DR. GODELIEVE QUISTHOUDT-ROWOHL, MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AT HIGHER COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Her visit to the United Arab Emirates signalled the great potential Professor Dr. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl sees in the cooperation between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf-States. The project of European Integration could serve as an example for the integration efforts undertaken by the Gulf-Cooperation Council (GCC).

Across borders: A Plea for „Global Governance“

PROFESSOR DR. GODELIEVE QUISTHOUDT-ROWOHL, MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, VISITS THE UAE

International crisis don’t stop at national borders. Consequently the ongoing European financial crisis calls for „Global Governance“, according to Professor Dr. Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl, Member of the European Parliament . She elaborated on this thesis during her lecture „From Global Crisis to Global Governance” and stated: “If we truly live in a global village then we also have to make decision at a global level.”

Women’s Empowerment in Kuwait

More women in leadership positions

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. In partnership with Business & Professional Women Kuwait (BPW), KAS Regional Program Gulf-States organized this awareness rising event based on the “Women’s Empowerment Principles” of the United Nations Development Fund of Women (UNIFEM).

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