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EU-GCC Relations

The Path to a New Relationship

The overall objective of this workshop is to examine how the GCC and the EU countries can deepen their cultural, economic and political relations and the kind of challanges that they need to overcome in order to achieve this goal.

Expert conference

Promoting and Advocating for Civil Sector Enhancement (PACE) in Kuwait

En.v and KAS Launch the final Phase of PACE Project

In line with their objective to support civil society organizations, the En.v initiative (en.v) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) launch the final phase of the project ‘Promoting and Advocating for Civic Sector Enhancement’ (PACE) in 2018.


AStepAhead 2018

Number one career fair for women in Saudi Arabia

Also in 2018, the Regional Programme Gulf States continues to support "AStepAhead", the number one career fair for women in the Kingdom. In this year’s edition, KAS will also organise two workshops.


Regional Startup Competition

The most creative business ideas from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Germany

The German-Saudi Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation organise another startup competition. This time, entrepreneurs from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Germany compete to make it to the finals.

Study and Information Program

The Role of Female Young Leaders in Socio-Economic Change

A visitor programme for a female Saudi delegation to Berlin

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is organising a visitor programme for a female Saudi delegation, in order to connect with peers from Germany and to develop jointly solutions.

Expert talk

Promoting & Advocating for Civic Sector Enhancement (PACE) in Kuwait

Next round for our PACE-project with KAS partner en.v

KAS Partner en.v develops a needs assessment and mapping of Kuwait’s civil society sector.


Connecting Entrepreneurs from Saudi Arabia and Germany

A Start-Up Competition Selecting Most Promising Business Ideas

The German-Saudi Liaison Office for Economic Affairs (GESALO) and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) are organising a start-up competition for Saudi entrepreneurs. The winners travel to Berlin in mid-April to connect with their German counterparts.

Expert talk

Saudi-German Relations: Opportunities for Joint Cooperation

Round-table on challenges and opportunities of Saudi-German Foreign Relations

With a kick-off roundtable, the Prince Saud Al Faisal Institute for Diplomatic Studies (IfDS) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) seek to identify synergies and areas of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Germany.


Supporting Saudi Women on the Labour Market

Career-Workshop for Female Young Professionals in Saudi Arabia

Glowork and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) are organising a workshop for success strategies at work, which shall improve the soft skills of Saudi women who have started their careers recently and strengthen their role in the professional sphere.


AStepAhead 2017


With its sponsorship of the 2017 edition of the Glowork AStepAhead Career Fair, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) seeks to contribute towards empowering women in Saudi Arabia’s society and enhancing their abilities to participate in the labour market.

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"


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“


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).

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.