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Female as Entrepreneurs

Overcoming Obstacles

A jointly organized Workshop between KAS, the Department of Economic Development and GIZ that focus on young emirati female students.


Konrad Adenauer meets Scheich Zayed

Lecture as part of the UAE University German Day

Shaikh Zayed and Konrad Adenauer fundamentally influenced their countries with their ideals.


Entrepreneurship as Social Policy

Within the framework of the CSR networking evening this time Justin Sykes, from Qatar-based Silatech, will give a lecture about "Entrepreneurship as Social Policy". For RSVP please send an email to


“Regional Integration as an Opportunity for Political Development in the Arab Gulf States”

In response to the recent transformations in the Arab world, KAS Regional Program Gulf-States is convening a closed-door workshop, in which various experts, researchers and policy-makers are given a platform to discuss the current developments.

Expert conference

Think Tank Development

Conference in Salalah, Oman

The conference will determine the status quo of Think Tanks in the GCC region and identify their strenghts, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It will further deduce a framework of action to synergize sustainable development of local Think Tanks.


"Human rights and globalization -- challenges to the media"

4th Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Germany

"Islamic Media in a secular environment and vice versa" is the topic of a panel organized by KAS at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "Human rights and globalization -- challenges to the media" in Germany.

Expert conference

The role of the media in Arab Societies

Gemeinsam mit der Zayed University Abu Dhabi lädt die KAS zu der Konferenz "The role of the media in Arab Societies". Thema ist die Rolle der Arabischen Medien vor dem Hintergrund der jüngsten politischen Ereignisse des Arabischen Frühlings.

Expert conference

From Private Action to Public Good

How can the Gulf Region contribute to sustainable socioeconomic development in Africa?

The workshop will examine innovative and more sustainable ways of cooperation with a focus on the interaction between donors fromGulf countries and communities in sub-economic environmentsin Africa.

Expert talk

After the Arab Awakening: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Arab World

Dubai Debates

Where is the region going after the Arab Awakening? Which ideals will it embrace? How can the Arab world create more than 100 million jobs for its youth by 2020? What are the forces that will shape the future of the Arab World?


Encouraging the role of women in traditional societies - The Example of South Africa

Guest speaker: Sizani Ngubane from the Rural Women's Movement South Africa

Sizani Ngubane of the Rural Women's Movement (RWM) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa,will give an insight into the work of her organization and how they encourage women to play a strong role in the advancement of South African society.

EU-GCC Relations

The Path towards a New Relationship

On the 14th of October 2019, the Regional Programme Gulf States hosted a workshop in Brussels on the relations between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Attended by experts, scholars and officials from Gulf States, Europe and the US, this workshop took place under Chatham House Rules. In the following, we summarize the debate and main outcomes.


Start.Up! Germany – Bringing entrepreneurs from the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia to Germany

The number of startups in Saudi Arabia is growing steadily and is actively promoted under the Saudi Vision 2030. One goal of the Vision is to diversify the Saudi economy and in particular to enable young people and women to participate in the economy by helping them to set up their own businesses.

Saudi-German Relations: Opportunities for Joint Cooperation


Diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany date back to the 1950s. Particularly in the areas of economic cooperation and security cooperation, both countries have long been on a path of active exchange and close coordination. Despite this positive track record, bilateral relations between the two countries have recently also experienced diplomatic setbacks. Overcoming these developments remains a key challenge for the foreign policy of both countries.

Supporting Saudi Women in the Labour Market

A Career Workshop to Strengthen the Economic Role of Women in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on a steep path of economic transformation. This development has also attributed Saudi women with a greater economic and social role. Flanked by fundamental economic reforms, Saudi Arabia has seen a remarkable increase in women in employment in recent years. Despite this success, however, there are cultural challenges for working women that still need to be addressed.

Arts, Culture and Dialogue over Conflict

Al-Madaniya – Yemen’s platform for peace and contemporary art

Supporting the innovative new online platform “al-Madaniya magazine”, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Programme Gulf States aims at making the case for a more differentiated perspective on Yemen.

AStepAhead 2017

A Career Fair for Women as an Entry Point into the Labour Market

In addition to its commodity wealth, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a resource for which it is far less well-known: highly qualified labour, especially women. Unlike its oil reserves, however, this vast human resource has been partially underutilized in recent years. This is illustrated by the following key figures: Although a notable proportion of 51.8% of graduates in Saudi Arabia today are female, still 32.8% of all Saudi women remain unemployed.

Establishment of sector-wide networks for civil society organizations in Kuwait

The Second and Third Event of the PACE Workshop Series

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have always been the driving force behind social transformation and have made a significant contribution in Kuwait, especially in the face of current economic and social challenges. Nevertheless, the sector lacks visibility towards other actors, which adversely affects the legitimacy of NGOs and their ability to defend civic interests. Networks and collaboration between the organizations promise a great potential to improve this situation, as civil society actors could jointly better position themselves.

"We Want to See Actions"

H.E. Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir about Saudi relations to Qatar, Iran and the US

Saudi Arabia is a key state in a region which is marked by instability and conflict. The Kingdom just recently proved its influence: Several Gulf States, led by Saudi Arabia, cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar. The Saudi Foreign Minister H.E. Al Jubeir spoke about various topics at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin: the difficult relations of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar, to the Islamic Republic of Iran, but also about the good relationship to the US.

Empowering Kuwait’s CSOs through Enhanced Networks

A Workshop Series Seeks to Strengthen the Civil Society Sector in Kuwait by Fostering Thematic Networks

Kuwait is in many ways exceptional as a country with a relatively well-developed civil society compared with its peers in the Gulf region. Nevertheless, the country’s sector is plagued by fragmentation. Still, civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the same or similar fields lack awareness of each other’s activities. Thus, they fall short of tapping into tremendous synergies. Unlocking this potential could bolster the effectiveness and legitimacy of the civil society of Kuwait.

Improving Mutual Understanding

GCC Delegation in Berlin

On 7 April, a delegation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) visited the headquarters of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin where they met with Dr Gerhard Wahlers, Deputy Secretary General of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Head of the International Division.