ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - October 22, 2007) - King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, will host a VIP reception on October 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the firm's Atlanta office to kick off the Southeast portion of the American-Kuwaiti Alliance's national "Eye on Kuwait" tour. Atlanta is one of three American cities, including Washington, D.C., and Chicago, visited by Kuwaiti business leaders and experts on a trip aimed at fostering cultural understanding between the United States and Kuwait.

"King & Spalding is pleased to host this flagship event," said Robert D. Hays, Jr., chairman of King & Spalding. "We have strong ties to the Middle East. For more than 20 years, our lawyers have been handling client matters in the Arabian Gulf region. Our office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and our affiliated office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, allow the firm to more easily handle work for clients in the Middle East and U.S. companies that do business in this important region."

Under the patronage of His Highness, Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the tour provides an opportunity for senior Kuwaiti dignitaries, business leaders, and academics forefront in their fields to meet with local business, student, community, media and political leaders. The "Eye on Kuwait" tour provides a medium for dialogue between Kuwait and the United States to promote and enhance business, investment, political and academic relationships between the two countries.

The Kuwaiti officials include Rola Dashti, PhD, chairperson of Kuwait Economic Society; Nader H. Sultan, senior partner of F&N Consultancy and former CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC); Abdul Majeed Al Shatti, chairperson & managing director of the Commercial Bank of Kuwait; Abdullah Al-Murad, permanent representative of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations; Haila Al-Mekaimi, PhD, assistant professor of political science at Kuwait University and head of Euro-Gulf Research Unit; Shafeeq N. Ghabra, PhD professor of political science at Kuwait University and founder and president of Jusoor Arabiya; Yousef H. Al-Ebraheem, PhD, member of the board of AKA and advisor to H.H. The Amir in the capacity of Minister.

On October 25, 2007, the Halle Institute at Emory University is sponsoring a luncheon and public forum event as an opportunity for faculty, students and guests to ask questions of the delegates and learn more about opportunities for future cooperation in areas of higher education, business and industry. The panelists will discuss a wide range of issues, such as financing, energy, democratic development and geopolitics in Kuwait.

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