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Key dates in the MENA region in 2021

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This calendar lists key dates in the MENA region in 2021, broken down by month. It is subject to change and will be updated over the course of the year.

 

January

3: One-year anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force, in Baghdad

5: Annual GCC summit held in Saudi Arabia; member states sign “solidarity and stability” deal pledging to end the Qatar crisis and restore full diplomatic ties

14-15: 10th anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution and of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fleeing to Saudi Arabia

15: 10th anniversary of first organized Cairo protests in Tahrir Square

15: U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq will be reduced to 2,500 by this date

February

The first UAE Mars expedition, the probe Al-Amal, is expected to reach Mars for a 2-year expedition

11: 10th anniversary of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepping down

14: 10th anniversary of Bahraini uprisings

10: 42nd anniversary of Iranian Islamic Revolution

16: 2nd anniversary of Algerian “Revolution of Smiles” 

28: 30th anniversary of Gulf War

March

6: Pakistani Senate elections are scheduled to be held

11: 10th anniversary of pro-democracy protests in Syria

31: Expiration of EU Operation IRINI to enforce arms embargo on Libya in coordination with UNSC

April

Presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Syria (between April 16 and May 16 by law)

1: Oman will implement a new 5% value added tax

11: 2nd anniversary of the Sudanese coup d’etat that deposed former President Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power

May 

Planned withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan

15: 75th anniversary of Jordanian independence 

June

The UN Security Council will hold elections for two year terms; the UAE is a candidate

6: Iraq will hold general elections (early)

7: 1st anniversary of the start of the Suweida protests in Syria

18: Presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Iran

24: 3rd anniversary of women’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia

July

1: Serbia will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem 

1: 10th anniversary of Moroccan voters approving constitutional changes that limit the monarchy’s control 

August

Second phase of filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to begin

20: 10th anniversary of Libyan rebels’ fight for Tripoli 

September

6: 30th anniversary of the end of the Western Sahara War 

18: Expiration of United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Daesh/ISIL

October

20: 10th anniversary of death of Muammar Gaddafi 

21: World Expo 2020 is set to open in Dubai (delayed due to COVID-19)

November

Moroccan parliamentary elections are expected to be held

1: 40th anniversary of 1st multi-party elections in Tunisia

December

Council of the Nation elections are expected to be held in Algeria

30th anniversary of the beginning of the Algerian Civil War

2: 50th anniversary of UAE independence 

11: 10th anniversary of the end of the Iraq war 

24: Elections are scheduled to be held in Libya

 

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