The Debate: All the influence UAE can buy?

Published on 29 November 2023
  • Anna CRETI, France 24 guest.

The planet is burning up, humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels is to blame and the host of a crucial UN climate summit is the United Arab Emirates, a Gulf petromonarchy whose stated aim is a 25 percent ramping up of activity at its state oil company ADNOC.

In fact, it’s ADNOC’s boss, Prince Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber, who’s official chair of the COP28 summit. In fairness to the UAE, these annual gatherings rotate between regions and it just happened to be the Middle East’s turn.