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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.

Europe – Gulf –Africa

New Approaches to Sustainable Development Cooperation


Success of „Dubai Debates“ surpasses expectations

KAS-Regional Program Gulf-States organized high-profile panel on the Arab Spring – life tweets reach 15.000 followers

With the newly established „Dubai Debates“ the KAS Regional Program Gulf-States in cooperation with bridgemedia and CNN explored new territories of public debate formats in Dubai: A life audience of more than 120 guests, among them leading national and international political analysts and journalists, followed the intense discussions on the issue „After the Arab Awakening: Opportunities und Challenges for a New Arab World“. Listeners and participants in the high-profile panel alike twittered the debate proceedings life and reached out to more than 15.000 Twitter-followers.

Expert-Meeting on Gender and Public Policy

On May 31, 2011 KAS Regional Program Gulf-States and Dubai School of Government (DSG) held an experts' meeting on Gender issues and the role of women in traditional societies. Sizani Ngubane, founder of the Rural Women’s Movement (RWM) in South Africa, and Gender/Public Policy experts from the DSG used the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences in their common field of activity.

Women’s rights in traditional societies: The South African example

Sizani Ngubane, founder of the Rural Women’s Movement in South Africa spoke on female participation in local government

In a captivating account of the situation of women in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region Sizani Ngubane, founder of the Rural Women’s Movement(RWM), shared her experiences of the organization’s work. On invitation of the KAS Regional-Program Gulf-States Mrs. Ngubane spoke yesterday in Abu Dhabi to representatives of institutions that are engaged in development work. In her remarks she explained the challenges women are facing in the traditional societal structures of the region and how the RWM has contributed significantly to enable them to participate in local political decision-making.

Business Journalism - a genre of its own

KAS Regional Program Gulf-States continues its Journalist Seminar successfully

“Business Journalism” was the topic of a highly specialized seminar that continued the KAS training program for Emirati junior journalists. In addition to an introduction into the basics of Business Journalism the seminar’s main goal was to provide the participants with practical work experience. Visits to regional companies, presentations by commercial experts as well as research in local shopping malls provided ample opportunity. The articles written by the young journalists gave clear evidence of the seminar’s success.

Member of European Parliament Burkhard Balz visits the UAE

The visit of Burkhard Balz, MEP and EPP expert on Economic and Monetary Affairs, is part of the KAS principles for a better understanding between the GCC and the European Union.

INSEAD and KAS Seminar highlights the European Union’s Current Innovations in Financial Market Policy

European Member of Parliament, Burkhard Balz, calls on supervisory authorities to build a more credible and reliable gov

On invitation of the Regional Program Gulf-States of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Mr. Burkhard Balz, German Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, spoke at a seminar on ‘European Union’s Current Innovations in Financial Market Policy’at INSEAD’s Abu Dhabi campus. The seminar is part of the series of INSEAD Policy Breakfast’s held in Abu Dhabi, which allows leaders from the region to discuss current policy issues.

Journalist Seminar in Abu Dhabi successful

KAS Regional Program Gulf-States and National Media Council of Abu Dhabi train Emirati Journalists

Nine Emirati journalists successfully completed the first journalism training course offered by KAS Regional Program Gulf-States and the National Media Council in Abu Dhabi. During the week-long intense course the participants learned about the basics of journalistic research and writing. Dr. Muhammad Ayish, Media Advisor at the Office of the Chairman of the National Media Council and Jochen Markett, Journalism Trainer at KAS, devoted the first two days to reviewing the basic tools of good journalistic work and reemphasizing the importance of complying with these.

Exhibition on Life in East Germany before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall inaugurated in Kuwait

KAS Regional Program Gulf-States participated in panel discussion

In context of the opening of the exhibition "The ideal world of dictatorship" on the Fall of the Berlin Wall at the American University in Kuwait (AUK), the Gulf Studies Center of AUK hosted a panel discussion titled "The Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Retrospective of Life in Germany Before & After 1990" on December 20th, 2010. Thomas Birringer, Regional Representative to the Gulf-States represented the KAS. He explained the effects of the Berlin Wall on people in both parts of Germany.

Values and Economic Policies:Islam and Social Market Economy


Experts from more than a dozen Islamic and European countries followed the invi-tation of the Regional Program Gulf-States of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and gathered in Abu Dhabi for the conference „After the crisis – approaches for a value based economic policy” from Octo-ber 11th – 13th, 2010. Guest of Honor was Holger Haibach, Member of the Ger-man Parliament and Majority Speaker on Economic Development and Cooperation. The conference aims to identify possible approaches that can contribute signifi-cantly to avoiding future economic crises and to enhancing sustainable economic growth.