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Op-Ed: Agreement between Saudis and Yemen separatists breaks down

The ongoing Saudi-led operation in Yemen is intended to defeat the Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control much of the north including the capital Sanaa. The Saudis are supported in the battle against the Houthis by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Peace deal for Yemen's south stumbles as deadline expires

Dubai - The Yemeni government and southern separatists have failed to meet a deadline to establish a power-sharing government, an ominous sign for hopes of a wider deal to end years of war.

UAE mines history to assert legitimacy in major documentary

Dubai - The United Arab Emirates is renowned for skyscrapers and mega-projects, but as the emerging regional power seeks to build legitimacy, it is campaigning to glorify its past as well.

US flexes muscles in Gulf to reassure allies

Dubai - A US aircraft carrier's passage through the Gulf is the latest demonstration of the superpower's enduring military presence in the Middle East aimed at reassuring allies, experts and officials say.

US approves $830 million sale of 10 Chinook helicopters to UAE

The US Dept. of State has approved a possible sale of 10 Chinook heavy lift helicopters to the United Arab Emirates for more than $830 million, according to a release from the Defense Security Cooperation (DSCA).

Hashtag Saudi Arabia: Chasing critics on Twitter

Dubai - The US Justice Department has charged three people, including two Saudis, with spying on Twitter users critical of the kingdom's royal family.

Unemployment fuels unrest in Arab states: IMF

Dubai - Unemployment and sluggish economic growth are fuelling social tension and popular protests in several Arab countries, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.

Dubai's vast Expo 2020 site rises from the desert

Dubai - With a year to go until the Expo 2020 trade fair, the mammoth venue in Dubai's desert is currently a tangle of steel, concrete and dust.

Global warming eclipses nuclear war as top concern: Nobel laureate

Dubai - The threat of climate change has overtaken the prospect of nuclear war as the most pressing concern facing humanity, a former Colombian president and Nobel peace laureate warned Monday.

High hopes as Dubai marks one-year countdown to Expo 2020

Dubai - Fireworks exploded over Dubai's skyline on Sunday to mark the one-year countdown to Expo 2020, a big-budget global trade fair the glitzy emirate's rulers hope will restore its flagging fortunes.

Diplomatic stalemate fuels dangerous Saudi-Iran standoff

Abu Dhabi - The dangerous rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, played out in proxy wars and mystery strikes, is destined to fester as long as neither reaches across the gulf that divides them, observers say.

Saudis to temporarily take control of Aden in agreement with STC

Saudis will temporarily take control of the port city of Aden in a power-sharing deal meant to end the infighting between the Saudis and the UAE allied with southern separatists. Aden is the capital of the Saudi supported Hadi government.

Putin talks investments and space in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed deals worth over $1.3 billion with the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, wrapping up a tour of the Gulf where he also courted investment in Saudi Arabia.

IMF sharply cuts Iran, Saudi growth forecasts

Dubai - The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday sharply downgraded growth projections for Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two largest Mideast economies, citing the impact of US sanctions, geopolitical tensions and low oil prices.

Dubai seeks investment to bolster flagging economy

Dubai - With the highest tower in the world, grand commercial centres and artificial islands, Dubai projects an image of prosperity, even as the city-state races to court investors to bolster a flagging economy.

Rights groups demand justice on Khashoggi murder anniversary

Dubai - International human rights groups demanded justice Wednesday for slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that a year after his brutal murder, Saudi authorities had yet to provide any "meaningful accountability".

Fitch downgrades Saudi credit rating over military tensions

Dubai - Fitch Ratings on Monday downgraded Saudi Arabia's credit rating by one notch, citing "rising geopolitical and military tensions in the Gulf region" after unprecedentedly large attacks on the kingdom's oil industry.

British-flagged tanker docks in Dubai after Iran release

Dubai - The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero docked in Dubai on Saturday after sailing from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas where it was held for more than two months, according to pool footage and a tracking website.

In search of glory, Yemen athlete drowns in Med trying to reach Europe

Dubai - Slim and with a tight-trimmed beard, Yemeni Kung Fu champion Hilal al-Haj dreamed of finding athletic glory in Europe, but a risky sea journey to get there ended in tragedy.

Yemen town mourns family of 15 killed in air strike

Dubai - It took medics and residents of Qatabah in southern Yemen more than 12 hours to retrieve the bodies of the Al-Halimi family from under the rubble of their collapsed home.
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