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Old September 2nd, 2015, 06:32 PM   #1
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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Thread

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Member States

Bahrain



Kuwait



Oman



Qatar



Saudi Arabia



United Arab Emirates



Sources:

1. http://www.gcc-sg.org/indexc64c.html?action=GCC (in Arabic)

2. http://www.gcc-sg.org/eng/indexc64c.html?action=GCC (in English)

E-Government Links

Bahrain:

1. http://www.bahrain.bh/wps/portal/!ut...vZ0FBIS9nQSEh/ (in Arabic)

2. http://www.bahrain.bh/wps/portal/!ut...KVXBDQSEhL2Vu/ (in English)

Kuwait:

1. http://www.e.gov.kw/sites/KGOArabic/...ortalMain.aspx (in Arabic)

2. http://www.e.gov.kw/sites/KgoEnglish...ortalMain.aspx (in English)

Oman:

1. http://www.oman.om/wps/portal/index/...WRko5TDYzREQ0/ (in Arabic)

2. http://www.oman.om/wps/portal/index/...vZ0FBIS9nQSEh/ (in English)

Qatar:

1. http://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/...ngeLanguage=ar (in Arabic)

2. http://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal (in English)

Saudi Arabia:

1. http://www.saudi.gov.sa/wps/portal/ (in Arabic)

2. http://www.saudi.gov.sa/wps/portal/ (in English)

United Arab Emirates:

1. http://www.government.ae/ (in Arabic)

2. http://www.government.ae/en/web/guest/home (in English)

Other Useful Links

GCC home page (in Arabic):

http://www.gcc-sg.org/

GCC home page (in English):

http://www.gcc-sg.org/eng/index.html

GCC Twitter pages:

1. https://twitter.com/gccsg

2. https://twitter.com/GCCStat

GCC YouTube channels:

1. https://www.youtube.com/user/gccsgyouth/feed

2. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7W...sMahypfvQ/feed

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Old September 2nd, 2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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Gulf railway project to be completed in 2018

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/...leted-in-2018/



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KUWAIT: The Gulf railway project that links Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries will be completed and operating by 2018, said the GCC Secretariat General. The project with a total cost of more than $15.4 billion will have a total length of 2,117 km and links Kuwait City and passes through GCC countries all the way to Muscat. It also includes the link between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia by a bridge. It said the passenger trains’ speed will be 220 km/hr, while cargo trains will be between 80-120 220 km/hr, with the use of diesel to generate power.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 06:44 PM   #3
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 06:55 PM   #4
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Bahrain ranks top in GCC on Human Freedom Index

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Tunis: Bahrain ranks first in the GCC and third in the Arab world on the Human Freedom Index.

Bahrain (89) is placed ahead of Kuwait (97), Oman (112), Qatar (114), UAE (117) and Saudi Arabia (141), according to a report for 2015, co-published by the Cato Institute, the Fraser Institute and Liberales Institute at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

In the Arab world, Bahrain comes after Jordan (78) and Lebanon (87).

The top 10 jurisdictions in order were Hong Kong, followed by Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand while Iran is last on the list.

The index covers 152 countries and presents the state of human freedom based on a broad measure that encompasses personal, civil and economic freedom.
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 07:18 PM   #6
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IN PICTURES: 10 GCC healthcare projects

https://www.thebig5hub.com/news/2015...s/#prettyPhoto

1. King Faisal Medical City in Abha, KSA: It is a part of King Abdullah's vision to create world-class healthcare centres throughout the kingdom. The project consists of 1,350 beds in a general hospital and five specialty hospitals: cardiology, neurology, oncology, rehabilitation and ophthalmology.





2. Rashid Hospital, Dubai, UAE: A $817m masterplan for the revamp of Dubai’s Rashid Hospital, which will include six new specialised health centres, a four-star and a five-star hotel, and villas and flats for more than 5,400 staff and their families.



3. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Security Forces Medical Complex: KSA’s largest medical project, and also the largest medical project in the GCC, is the estimated $6.7bn. Two separate medical cities for security forces that are being developed in Riyadh and Jeddah on behalf of the Kingdom’s Interior Ministry.





4. Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Doha, Qatar: The primary infrastructure of the38-hectare development. The $2.4bn hospital includes a nine-storey hospital with 512 beds, a seven-storey clinic, accommodation for 350 nurses and a parking facility to cater for 2,000 vehicles.





5. International Medical City, Salalah, Oman: Oman’s grand design for a $1bn ‘International Medical City’ in Salalah is in the early stage of development with a completion date of 2017. Its 870,000 sqm waterfront plot overlooking the Arabian Sea was allocated by the Ministry of Tourism, while the Ministry of Health is also a project partner.





6. Cleveland Clinic, Al-Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi: The project comprises a multi-specialty academic medical centre across 409,234 sqm of vertical floorspace including five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, 13 floors of inpatient units with a total of 364 beds, and parking for 3,100 vehicles. Cleveland Clinic will run the hospital with an initial 364-bed capacity.





7. King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, KSA: The design phase project will cover an area of 350 hectares and cost an estimated $1.2bn. The capacity of the primary five-story hospital building will be 1,500 beds, of which 500 beds have been allotted for specialist referrals.





8. Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait: Kuwait’s biggest medical project is the Jaber Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Hospital, under construction since December 2009, when the main contract was awarded to the Arab Contractors (OAO&Co).



9. Expansion of Al-Jahra Hospital, Kuwait: A new 1,000-bed healthcare facility at a cost of approximately $1bn, comprising 25 operation rooms, 50 intensive care units. Completion is expected by the end of 2015.





10. Expansion of Al-Ain Hospital, UAE: Abu Dhabi Health Services $708m project to expand Al-Ain Hospital. A 688-bed hospital across 358,000 sqm with 150 dedicated beds for rehabilitation and section for women, children and intensive and post-natal care.

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Old September 2nd, 2015, 07:35 PM   #7
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23rd Gulf Cup to be held Dec 22: KFA

http://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/...ld-dec-22-kfa/

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KUWAIT: Kuwait Football Association (KFA) Chairman Sheikh Talal Al-Fahad Al-Sabah wrote to football association in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, as well as Iraq and Yemen, inviting them to a meeting to confirm that the 23rd Gulf Cup of Nations will be held between December 22, 2015 and January 4, 2016, the KFA said in a statement. This step comes after the Cabinet and Public Authority for Youth and Sports (PAYS) confirmed that fields and sports facilities will be ready to host the tournament, the KFA said. A crisis had risen earlier when the KFA took a unilateral decision that 23rd Gulf Cup will be postponed for one year, angering sports officials because there was no coordination with PAYS; which had confirmed that Kuwait fields will be ready and Kuwait can host the event without the need for postponement.
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GCC to register modest economic rebound in 2016

https://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/gc...063743983.html

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UAE remains a triple hub for finance, trade, infrastructure.
The GCC region in 2016 will generate a modest economic rebound for most countries at 3.7 per cent after facing tough year in 2015 - GDP growth of three per cent, said Paris headquartered Euler Hermes on Thursday.
The optimism is supported by its claim that there might be a slight rebound in oil prices - forecast to reach $60/barrel and supported by strong financial assets - as four of the top 10 sovereign wealth funds globally are based in the GCC.
"The current economic situation is an opportunity for GCC countries to press ahead with diversification - not just away from energy, but also within the energy sector itself. Given climatic and meteorological conditions, and the current appetite for policies promoting the green economy, solar energy is high on the list such as Solar GCC Alliance.
The UAE plans to invest $35 billion in 'clean energy' by 2021 and Saudi Arabia plans to spend $100 billion on solar projects by 2030," Ludovic Subran, chief economist of Euler Hermes told Khaleej Times during 2015 International Trade Observa-tory summit on Thursday.
The worldwide leader in trade credit insurance, Euler Hermes, explained GCC could leverage on wealth based in its own domestic markets. In particular, UAE and the Dubai International Airport are al-ready retail centres.
"This is the right time for the GCC countries to make some significant improve-ments," said Subran, who was on a visit to Dubai for the summit.
"Its structural business environment needs transparency and less bureaucracy, the private sector needs to be promoted, further trade liberalisation is required and aspects of competitiveness need to be addressed. The GCC influence worldwide is based on real estate, financial services and energy, but key for future growth is promoting regional cooperation rather than national competition."
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i like the topic much appreciated ...it would be nice if post the top 20 Mega Projects in GCC.. i can help u if u want
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1. HISTORICAL PLACES OF KUWAIT IN GOOGLE EARTH



2. HISTORICAL PLACES OF BAHRAIN IN GOOGLE EARTH



3. HISTORICAL PLACES OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES IN GOOGLE EARTH



4. HISTORICAL PLACES OF QATAR IN GOOGLE EARTH PART ONE ( 1/2 )



5. HISTORICAL PLACES OF QATAR IN GOOGLE EARTH PART TWO ( 2/2 )



6. HISTORICAL PLACES OF OMAN IN GOOGLE EARTH PART ONE (1/2)



7. HISTORICAL PLACES OF OMAN IN GOOGLE EARTH PART TWO (2/2)

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1. HISTORICAL PLACES OF SAUDI ARABIA IN GOOGLE EARTH PART ONE ( 1/7 )



2. HISTORICAL PLACES OF SAUDI ARABIA IN GOOGLE EARTH PART TWO ( 2/7 )



3. HISTORICAL PLACES OF SAUDI ARABIA IN GOOGLE EARTH PART THREE ( 3/7 )



4. HISTORICAL PLACES OF SAUDI ARABIA IN GOOGLE EARTH PART FOUR ( 4/7 )



5. HISTORICAL PLACES OF SAUDI ARABIA IN GOOGLE EARTH PART FIVE ( 5/7 )



6. HISTORICAL PLACES OF SAUDI ARABIA IN GOOGLE EARTH PART SIX ( 6/7 )



7. HISTORICAL PLACES OF SAUDI ARABIA IN GOOGLE EARTH PART SEVEN (7 / 7)

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UAE Wants to Reduce Share of Oil Revenues to 20% of GDP

In the future, revenue from oil and gas should not exceed around 20-25 percent of the UAE GDP, an official said.


http://sputniknews.com/business/2015...onomy-gdp.html
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Here comes the sun: Saudi Arabia looks to export solar energy as fossil fuel starts to run out

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GCC chases 'Gulf union' dream at Riyadh summit

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Fast food, filipino style: Jollibee chain plans massive GCC expansion

http://www.albawaba.com/business/fas...pansion-795062



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Philippines-based fast food chain Jollibee has revealed plans to open 100 stores across the Gulf Cooperation Council countries by 2020 as part of an aggressive Middle East expansion strategy.

Under the plan, Jollibee will open six new outlets across the United Arab Emirates in 2016. One of the new stores will be located in Mall of the Emirates while another will be in Burjuman Centre.

The brand opened its first UAE store in Dubai Mall in May 2015 – also coinciding with its 1000th location worldwide.
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Al Zayani inaugurates GCC Supreme Council building in Muscat

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Muscat: GCC Supreme Council Consultative Authority building, which was funded by the Omani government to act as key player in enhancing Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) joint work, was opened under the auspices of Dr. Abdulatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, GCC Secretary General on Sunday.
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1. GCC railway projects under discussion in Kuwait

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Experts shared their experiences of railway projects and explained Kuwait and GCC countries’ need for considering these projects for economic development, at a seminar organized by the Kuwait Economic Society. The roundtable was titled ‘Effective strategies of metro and railway projects’ and held on Wednesday at the Regency Hotel. GCC member states are working on implementing railway projects to connect their cities and capitals with each other. Establishing the infrastructure is estimated to cost $15.4 billion.

Steve Lankester of Parsons Brinckerhoff said Kuwait needs metro and railways projects to face continued expansion of new urban areas in the southern and northern parts of the country. “To realize such projects, we have to think about the land and spaces that we need to build on, and also consider structures for stations, tunnels and public areas. Metro projects need concerted efforts of both the private and public sectors as they have many technical details during the phases of construction,” he explained. Lankester pointed out that metro projects need a number of technical steps which should be implemented accurately after conducting detailed studies on the goals of these projects.
2. GCC railway network project to create investments of $250 billion

Total length of track estimated at 2,117 kilometres


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The GCC General Secretariat said that the GCC railway network and infrastructure project would provide 10,000 jobs in addition to investments worth $250 billion.

Nada Abu Al Samh, a financial analyst at the GCC General Secretariat, said that the establishing of infrastructure is estimated at $15.4 billion and the network in Kuwait will be connected with the rail network that links all GCC countries and will end at Muscat, reports UAE-based Aliqtisadi.
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