Event Reports

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. The event was organized by Business & Professional Women Kuwait (BPW) in cooperation with KAS Regional Program Gulf-States. The Woman’s Leadership & Entrepreneurship Project aims at the development of economic structures, at the empowerment of small businesses, and at greater participation rights of young women.

“Good Governance is key to sustainable transformation in the MENA region”

“Failure [economical as well as political] always goes back to poor governance.’ stated Dr. Nasser Al Saidi, Chief Economist of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Executive Director of the Hawkamah Institute for Corporate Governance at a lecture in Abu Dhabi.

KAS supports entrepreneurship in Kuwait

Within the frame of the “Women's Leadership & Entrepreneurship Project”, Business & Professional Women Kuwait (BPW) and KAS Regional Program Gulf-States have launched an exhibition on “young female entrepreneurs”. The project aims at the development of economic structures and the enhancement of small businesses. It further promotes greater participation rights of young women.

Who's got the Power? The Future of energy in the Arabian Gulf

Third Dubai Debates on the Future of Energy

The future of energy in the Arabian Gulf“ was the topic of the third “Dubai Debates”. Leading experts discussed the long journey from “black gold” towards “solar gold” and shed the light on opportunities and risks of nuclear energy, challenges of renewables and raised questiones about energy efficiency in the Arab Gulf.

6. German-Arab Journalism-Academy ended successfully

International Team creates multimedia Online-portal

For the 6th time the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Regional Program-Gulf-States brought together German and Arab junior journalists for a 10-day-academy-training. But it was the first time ever that the international team created a multimedia online-portal. And the experiment turned out successfully. The ten day academy ended on October 27th, 2011. Thomas Birringer, KAS Regional Representative to the Gulf-States, presented the participants with their graduation certificates and thanked them for their work and efforts.

The future of the Arab world: "Dialogue is the Way!"


A dialogue between the government and the opposition, between the "old guard" and the young generation, is what the region needs, said Ambassador (ret.) and Director of the German Orient Institute, Dr. Gunter Mulack during the "German Week" in Kuwait. As a guest of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Regional Program Gulf-States, Dr. Mulack held the keynote speech on German-Kuwaiti relations and a lecture on recent developments in the Arab world.

Energieeffzienz in Abu Dhabi – Noch viel zu tun

“Die beste erneuerbare Energie ist die, die man am Ende nicht braucht.” Mit diesem Tenor endete die Roundtable-Diskussion zum Thema Energieeffizienz. Zusammen mit der Environment Agency Abu Dhabi und der Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit hatte das Regionalprogramm Golf-Staaten der KAS Vertreter von Energie- und Umweltbehörden sowie Städteplaner aus Abu Dhabi eingeladen, die im Austausch mit deutschen Experten Lösungen für den immens hohen Energiekonsum der VAE diskutierten.

Stronger political awareness

Elected members of the Federal National Council discuss their role publically for the first time in UAE history

Late September almost 130.000 Emiratis were called to the ballot box to cast their vote for the 20 candidates to be elected to the Federal National Council (FNC). This was only the second time that elections were held in the UAE. How significant they were for the country was topic of discussion at a conference jointly organized by KAS Regional Program Gulf-States and Zayed University on October 20th 2011. Newly elected FNC candidates, well-known Emirati commentators, and campaign communication experts analyzed the media coverage as well as the election process in two separate panels.

6. German -Arab Journalists’ Academy

Following the great success of the previous German-Arab Journalists’-academy KAS decided to invite once more young journalists from Germany and the Arab world. The 6th academy of the series takes a slightly different approach: for the first time the participants in the UAE will work with multimedia. The 20 participants will jointly create a German-Arab webpage on the new developments in the UAE.

Female Entrepreneurs needed

Workshop "Females as Entrepreneurs" targets future female entrepreneurs

„The chances for a young woman to work have always been better in United Arab Emirates (UAE) than in any other Arab State,” stated Emirati State Minister Dr. Maitha Al Shamsi, in her opening remarks to the workshop „Females as Entrepreneurs – How to overcome the obstacles.“

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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