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Created 30 years ago, CSTO steps out for the first time in Kazakhstan

Created 30 years ago, CSTO steps out for the first time in Kazakhstan

By Habib Toumi Manama: As the events were unfolding dramatically in Kazakhstan, a new actor with a major role made its first appearance since it was created 30 years ago: The Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO). It was the first time that the CSTO agreed to send “peacekeepers”, a clear departure from its stance since […]

Visiting Expo 2020 Dubai: The flamboyant charm of connecting cultures, minds

Visiting Expo 2020 Dubai: The flamboyant charm of connecting cultures, minds

By Habib Toumi DUBAI: Wading through the large avenues and alleys in the huge Dubai EXPO 2020, I can sense the excitement and enthusiasm among the thousands of people coming from around the world for a unique experience of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” It is the United Nations in motion and the togetherness of […]

NATO recommendations should be used to save lives

NATO recommendations should be used to save lives

With Anders Fogh Rasmussen NATO Secretary General (2009 – 2014) and Nicola de Santis By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: Going through the recent assessment of NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan and the ensuing recommendations, I had an eerie feeling of déjà-vu. One recommendation read: “When planning and conducting future operations, Allies should continuously assess strategic interests, remain […]

Lessons learned: A divided world will continue to struggle in 2022

Lessons learned: A divided world will continue to struggle in 2022

Bu Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: Although 2021 cannot be really described as “annus mirabilis” compared with 2020, a dramatic “annus horribilis”, I will always recall it as the year of renewed hope even though new tragedies have struck a world that has lamentably remained divided and lacking in general care. No matter how many books and […]

Bahrain tops Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index for November

Bahrain tops Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index for November

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain topped the list of the countries on the Nikkei’s COVID-19 Recovery Index for November as the Kingdom consolidate its achievements in confronting the pandemic and returning to a normal way of life. The index, first published in July, assesses 122 countries and regions in terms of COVID recovery by calculating […]

Recalling an interview with Yasser Arafat on the anniversary of his death

Recalling an interview with Yasser Arafat on the anniversary of his death

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: It was around midnight when we got the much-awaited call announcing that the “Chairman” would meet us within a couple of hours at an hotel transformed into the temporary headquarters of the Palestinian authority in Tunisia. We immediately leapt into action, rushed our cameras, stands and microphones and headed towards Borj […]

First Jewish wedding in Bahrain in 52 years

First Jewish wedding in Bahrain in 52 years

By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: For the first time in more than half a century, a Jewish couple was married in Bahrain. The groom was the son of Houda Nonoo, Bahrain’s former ambassador to the United States, first Jewish ambassador from an Arab country and the first woman Bahraini ambassador to the US. “Yesterday was historic […]

Hunting, equestrian show in UAE capital: The skill of foresight, the power of success

Hunting, equestrian show in UAE capital: The skill of foresight, the power of success

By Habib Toumi ABU Dhabi: When the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan initiated the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) in Abu Dhabi in 2003, very few thought that it would achieve huge success locally, regionally and internationally, turning into a landmark event for enthusiasts, fans, and companies across the world. […]

Madam Ambassador: UAE appoints first woman ambassador to France

Madam Ambassador: UAE appoints first woman ambassador to France

By Habib Toumi ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates has appointed a woman as its new ambassador to France, the first time the Gulf country has named a woman to such a post in Paris. Hend Manea Saeed Al Otaiba has presented a copy of her credentials as UAE Ambassador to the French Republic. “I had […]

Saudi-bred falcon sold for $72,000 in international auction

Saudi-bred falcon sold for $72,000 in international auction

  By Habib Toumi RIYADH: A rare falcon was sold at a record $71,994 (270,000 Saudi riyals) during an auction in Saudi Arabia. The International Falcon Breeders Auction (IFBA) said the auctioned falcon was the most expensive bred by Saudi breeders. The falcon, bred at Al Aradi’s Farm in Saudi Arabia, weighs 1,105 grams and […]

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