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United Arab Emirates 2006

Yearbook 2006 United Arab Emirates. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in United Arab Emirates include Independence Day (December 2) and New Year (January 1). The United Arab Emirates Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Maktum ibn Rashid Maktum, as well as Emir of Dubai since 1990, died on January 4 during a visit to […]

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Qatar 2006

Yearbook 2006 Qatar. The TV channel al-Jazira, which has its headquarters in Qatar, began broadcasting in English on November 15. It happened ten years after the premiere in Arabic. In 2007, the channel planned to broadcast around the clock. Initially, they were sent twelve hours a day. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Qatar […]

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Oman 2006

Yearbook 2006 Oman. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Oman include Independence Day (November 18) and New Year (January 1). A free trade agreement with the United States was signed on January 19. In the past, the US has entered into similar agreements with Bahrain, Israel, Jordan and Morocco. However, tea products were excluded. […]

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Jordan 2006

Yearbook 2006 Jordan. On February 15, a security court sentenced Jordanian Abu Musab az-Zarqawi, leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist network in Iraq, to death. He was convicted of his absence for planning a series of chemical attacks in 2004 in Jordan. Eight other supporters were also sentenced to death, including designated chief Azmi al-Jayusi. Two […]

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Iran 2006

Yearbook 2006 Iran. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Iran include Independence Day (April 1) and New Year (January 1). Iran’s foreign policy relations during the year were marked by the controversy surrounding the decision to resume the country’s peaceful nuclear research program. This triggered international concern that Iran was also thinking of trying […]

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Iraq 2006

Yearbook 2006 Iraq. The Election Commission announced the result on January 20 following the parliamentary elections in December 2005. Voters voted in large part according to ethnic and religious affiliation. The Shi’ite United Iraqi Alliance (UIA), which represented Iraq’s largest religious group, was the largest, with 128 out of 275 seats. In the last election, […]

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Israel 2006

Yearbook 2006 Israel. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Israel include Independence Day (April 14) and New Year (January 1). Israel was given a new government during a year marked by a 34-day war against Lebanon and a multi-month offensive in Gaza. The ceasefire was announced at the end of November in Gaza, which […]

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Kuwait 2006

Yearbook 2006 Kuwait. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Kuwait include Independence Day (February 25) and New Year (January 1). Sheikh Jabir al-Ahmad as-Sabah, who ruled Kuwait since 1977, died on January 15. He turned 78 and had been ill since he suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2001. His cousin, Crown Prince Sheikh Saad […]

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Saudi Arabia 2006

Yearbook 2006 Saudi Arabia. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Saudi Arabia include Independence Day (September 23) and New Year (January 1). King Abdullah visited China, India, Pakistan and Malaysia at the end of January. It was his first trip outside the Middle East since he became king in August 2005, and the first […]

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Syria 2006

Yearbook 2006 Syria. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Syria include Independence Day (April 17) and New Year (January 1). President Bashar al-Asad carried out a government reform on February 11. Faruq al-Shara, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, was appointed new Vice President. He replaced Abdel Halim Khaddam, who resigned in June 2005 […]

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Turkey 2006

Yearbook 2006 Turkey. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan said in a speech to EU ambassadors in January that Turkey would continue to push for political reform to join the EU and that Turkey did not accept a partial membership that some EU countries flagged for. In June negotiations started. They include a total of 35 […]

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Yemen 2006

Yearbook 2006 Yemen. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Yemen include Independence Day (November 30) and New Year (January 1). President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has held the post since 1978, announced in June that he would seek re-election on September 20. A year earlier he had talked about retiring. Chief challenger, former Oil […]