Posted by Ivo Cerckel on 20th December 2011
In an explicit reference to the gold trail (1)
- ” Whoever stands still will end up at will end up at the back of the caravan [GOLD] trail and will be lost. (2) –
the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia,
called yesterday, Monday, at the opening of the Annual Meeting of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) in Riyadh for
“moving from a phase of co-operation to a phase of union within a single entity”.
King Abdullah did not elaborate on what form such a union might take, nor any proposed steps to create it. (3)
Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi flag carrier, has therefore thrown down the gauntlet to European and Middle Eastern rivals by snatching a 29 per cent stake of Air Berlin, says The Times. (4)
Etihad Airways, the fast-growing Gulf airline, underlined its ambition to expand in Europe via industry alliances by unveiling plans to become the largest shareholder in Air Berlin, the struggling German carrier. says The Financial Times. (5).
The GCC Annual Meeting continues today, Tuesday.
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UPDATE 1-Saudi says its security targeted, urges Gulf unity
Mon Dec 19, 2011 8:00pm GMT
* Saudi king’s warning alludes to regional rival Iran
* Calls for GCC states to mull idea of “single entity”
* GCC “confederacy” would require greater political will (Adds background, detail, analyst quotes)
By Asma Alsharif and Angus McDowall
RIYADH – The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, called for the formation of a Gulf union in response to growing threats, as rulers of the Arab GCC met on Monday.
“I ask today that we move from a phase of cooperation to a phase of union within a single entity,” said the Saudi king, addressing his counterparts at the opening of the annual Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh.
He did not elaborate on what form such a union might take, or any proposed steps to create it.
(Saudi king calls for Gulf union
19 December 2011
Gulf airline steps up competition on two fronts with arrival in Berlin
Robert Lea Industrial Editor
Last updated December 20 2011 12:01AM
December 19, 2011 10:38 am
Etihad takes 29% stake in Air Berlin
By Andrew Parker in London Camilla Hall in Abu Dhabi