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Event Report – UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2020, “Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies,” held December 15-17, 2020 virtually.

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Pressure Builds on Gulf Countries To Take Climate Action

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic dealt a significant blow to global climate diplomacy, but the strengthening of a number of trends might signal more momentous changes to come.

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Coronavirus and Climate Agenda Complicate Outlook for Oil Demand Growth

The coronavirus pandemic has altered perceptions as to the direction of energy demand growth and more weight has been given to the net-zero commitments by major consuming countries and how these will shape the energy system in the decades ahead.

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Oman’s Tradition of Environmental Protection Runs Into Economic Headwinds

The Omani government’s focus on protecting the natural environment and wildlife goes back decades, but a shift in authorities might jeopardize the country’s progress toward advancing its national climate strategy.

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Strategic Shifts Needed for Sustainable Recovery in Gulf Aviation and Tourism

The coronavirus pandemic has tested few industries as much as aviation and tourism, but Gulf governments have an opportunity to emerge as frontrunners in creating truly sustainable growth and jobs.

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Gulf States’ Climate Change Policies Amid a Global Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic represents an opportunity to reevaluate existing policies and tools, and climate change provides the needed lens for redirecting development onto sustainable trajectories.

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What BP’s Claim of an End to Peak Oil Demand Means for Gulf Producers

Gulf oil producers need to show some urgency and establish a strategy compatible with a carbon-neutral world.

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Water Worries: The Future of Desalination in the UAE

With few available alternatives for accessing water resources, the UAE is continuing to expand existing desalination facilities and construct new desalination plants.

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Petro Diplomacy: Challenges to the Energy Transition in the Gulf Countries

On October 2, AGSIW held its fifth annual Petro Diplomacy conference, exploring what measures the oil-producing states are adopting to manage the global transition to renewables and alternative energy sources and how this will impact demand for oil in the decades ahead.

Challenges to the Energy Transition in the Gulf Countries

The energy world is entering an era of disruption, where traditional methods of extracting, using, and trading energy are changing rapidly and where old rules no longer apply.

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