UAE and Qatar officials hold first meeting since Gulf detente

Delegations from two neighbouring countries meet in Kuwait, weeks after agreement to end diplomatic rift. Official delegations from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar have met in Kuwait for the first time since an agreement last month to end a bitter dispute of more than three years, according to the Emirati state news agency […]

UAE unveils $1.36bn in arms deals at Abu Dhabi weapons show

Major arms makers are attending a weapons show in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, hoping to seal deals with militaries across the Middle East. At the opening, the UAE revealed that it had signed $1.36bn in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces with everything from South African drones to […]

Taking flight: UAE clears Boeing 737 Max’s return to its skies

Local airlines must first outline a plan and address concerns before they will be permitted to fly the 737 Max in Emirati airspace, UAE authorities said. The United Arab Emirates cleared Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jet to fly again in its airspace, marking another step toward the aircraft’s global return to service. Local airlines must […]

Saudi HQ: Kingdom will require foreign firms to set up shop

Saudi Arabia has offered firms a package of incentives including tax breaks to urge them to set up shop in the kingdom under a plan dubbed ‘Project HQ’, which is also designed to shift the Gulf’s business hub away from Dubai. Saudi Arabia said it will stop working with foreign firms that don’t base their […]

Red Sea coral reefs ‘under threat’ from Israel-UAE oil deal

Israeli environmentalists are warning that a UAE-Israeli oil pipeline deal threatens unique Red Sea coral reefs and could lead to “the next ecological disaster”. The agreement to bring Emirati crude oil by tanker to a pipeline in the Red Sea port of Eilat was signed after the two nations normalised ties late last year and […]

UAE jails Jordanian for 10 years for criticising Jordan’s gov’t

The decision by a United Arab Emirates court to sentence a Jordanian resident to 10 years in prison in October for criticising Jordan’s government was based entirely on a series of peaceful Facebook posts, a rights group has said. Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged authorities in the UAE to immediately release 46-year-old Ahmed Etoum, saying […]

UAE royal’s investment in Israeli football club put on hold

Questions over the sheikh’s finances have halted his proposed purchase of a 50 percent stake in Beitar Jerusalem. The acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem Football Club by a United Arab Emirates royal has been frozen due to questions over the sheikh’s finances. The club, which has gained notoriety for the […]

UAE removes foreign affairs minister Gargash in cabinet reshuffle

Sheikh Shakhbout will replace Gargash, who was appointed an adviser to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has removed minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash from his post in a cabinet reshuffle. Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan will replace Gargash, who was appointed an adviser to UAE President […]

UAE’s space probe Amal enters Mars orbit

The feat makes UAE the fifth space agency to reach the planet while its plans for a Mars settlement by 2117. The United Arab Emirates’ first mission to Mars has entered the red planet’s orbit after a seven-month, 494 million kilometres (307 million miles) journey, allowing it to start sending data about the Martian atmosphere […]

Space race: UAE, US and Chinese missions prepare to explore Mars

The Red Planet is about to get a little crowded. Three separate missions to Mars launched by the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will all reach their destination this month after taking flight within just 11 days of each other in 2020. The uncrewed missions promise to yield new insights for […]

UAE spies monitored Michelle Obama, Sheikha Moza emails: Report

New York Times says email communications between former US first lady and Qatari royal were surveilled. UAE spies hacked devices belonging to Qatar’s royal family and intercepted private communications between then-US First Lady Michelle Obama and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, according to a new book by a New York Times reporter. Previous news […]

UAE drastically cut funding for Palestinian refugee agency

The United Arab Emirates drastically reduced its funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees in 2020, the year it signed a United States-brokered normalisation accord with Israel that was heavily criticised by the Palestinian Authority. The UNRWA provides education, healthcare and other vital services to some 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees across the […]

UN’s top court dismisses Qatar discrimination case against UAE

The ICJ upholds objections raised by the UAE that the 2017 blockade measures were not racially motivated. The United Nations’ top court has dismissed a case brought by Qatar against the United Arab Emirates alleging it had imposed blockade measures, which have since been lifted, that amounted to racial discrimination. The court, formally known as […]

Vaccine v virus: Race to curb COVID spurs uneven Mideast recovery

The IMF warns that emerging markets in the Middle East and Central Asia will not recoup 2019 gross domestic product levels until 2022. The Middle East will see an uneven economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) official said, as countries move at different speeds to secure vaccines and fiscal policy […]

Netanyahu postpones UAE, Bahrain trip due to COVID lockdown

Israel closed its airport to virtually all air traffic last month in a bid to halt the arrival of new COVID variants. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will postpone a trip to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain planned for next week due to Israel’s COVID-19 lockdown. “Despite the importance of the trip […]

Ethiopia arrests 15 people over UAE embassy attack plot: Reports

The country’s intelligence and security service said suspects were working on direction of foreigners, local media report. Ethiopia’s state-run media have said authorities arrested 15 people over a plot to attack the United Arab Emirates’ embassy in the capital, Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) on Wednesday cited a statement from the National Intelligence […]

UAE confident F-35 jets sale will go through, says ambassador

Yousef al-Otaiba says sale agreed under Trump when UAE established ties with Israel ‘still proceeding’ while undergoing review by Biden administration. The United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Washington says he is confident the sale of F-35 jets to his country will proceed after a review by the new US administration of some pending arms sales […]

In reversal of Trump move, Biden to keep levies on UAE aluminium

The White House has also paused a Trump-era deal to sell 50 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets to the UAE. United States President Joe Biden will maintain a tariff rate of 10 percent on aluminium imports from the United Arab Emirates, reversing Donald Trump’s move to end the levies on his last day as […]

UAE to offer citizenship to select expats in rare move for Gulf

Investors and professionals, including scientists, doctors and writers, will be eligible for naturalisation. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced it is opening a path to citizenship for select foreigners, but it is unclear if new passport holders will benefit from the public welfare system. Dubai ruler and UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al […]

UAE ready to cooperate with UN, new US administration on Libya

The announcement comes a day after the US called out the UAE for its role in the North African country’s civil war. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it is ready to work with the United States to find a peaceful solution to the war in Libya, a day after being accused by the new […]

Italy permanently halts arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

Italy’s figures from 2019 show Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ranked as the 10th and 11th biggest markets for Italian arms exports. Italy has halted the sale of thousands of missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to their involvement in the Yemen conflict, making permanent an 18-month temporary […]

Wife of Sharjah ruler criticises Israeli educational cooperation

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi tweeted that the Israeli curriculum ‘advocates for the killing and raping of Arabs’. The wife of the ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has criticised a virtual meeting held between her country and Israel’s Ministry of Education in a rare public critique. The meeting, which was held via […]

UK bans UAE flights, closing world’s busiest international route

The UAE is home to thousands of British expatriates and also serves as a hub for travellers to the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific. Britain is banning direct passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. Britain […]

Music service Anghami moving from crisis-hit Lebanon to UAE

Beirut, Lebanon – Music streaming service Anghami is relocating its headquarters from Beirut to Abu Dhabi, in a move that will be seen as a blow to the startup scene of crisis-hit Lebanon. Founded eight years ago in the Lebanese capital by entrepreneurs Eddy Maroun and Elie Habib, the service has now grown to cater […]