Saudi Arabia hosts 41st GCC Summit (2021)

Saudi Arabia is set to host the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit at the ancient capital of historic civilizations, AlUla on January 5, 2101.

Kuwait’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of the upcoming 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in light of developments in the region.

There is a “fraternal and positive atmosphere” among GCC leaders “which reflects the spirit of responsibility and sincere belief in the importance of strengthening Gulf solidarity in facing common challenges and establishing peace and stability for the benefit” of the council, Sheikh Ali Al-Khaled Al-Sabah said.

Qatar has yet to confirm the attendance of Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who last week received a formal invitation from the Saudi king to attend the summit.

Egypt’s President Abdelfattah El Sisi is also expected to attend the meeting but has yet to confirm his attendance. His invitation to the Gulf summit signified that a final agreement to end the three-year-long regional crisis could indeed be reached on January 5.

While there have been no specific, announced threats to the summit, large gatherings of Gulf state leaders could pose an attractive target for militant groups. Security forces will respond swiftly and aggressively to any perceived threat. Authorities will likely increase security in and around the GCC’s headquarters Jan. 5.

Additional security measures, including checkpoints and road closures, are also likely along all major routes between the headquarters and King Khalid International Airport (RUH), including Airport Road (Highway 539), King Salman Road, King Khalid Road (Highway 535), Eastern Ring Road, and Makkah Al Mukarramah Road (Highway 522). Additional, unannounced closures of these and nearby roads are likely Jan. 5 as attendees travel to and from the venue.

The series of positive indicators to solve the Gulf crisis continues during the preparations for the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council and it is expected to have positive outcomes for the people of the region and citizens of Gulf countries.