Middle East

Hard times for Oman's Strait smugglers

New taxes and the lifting of sanctions on Iran could contribute to smuggling's decline in the Strait of Hormuz.

Eid Al-Adha 2016

Eid al-Adha holiday: How many days is it by country?

Eid al-Adha is celebrated for four days but holidays in 2016 range from 12 days in Saudi Arabia to three in Pakistan.

Guantanamo Bay

Washington transfers 15 Guantanamo prisoners to UAE

The move marks the largest single transfer of Guantanamo prisoners under Obama's government.

Oil Price

Oil surges on report OPEC will cooperate to cut output

Wall Street Journal report quotes UAE energy minister saying OPEC will work with other producers to lower production.

War & Conflict

UAE 'ready' to put boots on the ground in Syria

Announcement comes after Syria issues threat, warning to send back any unwelcome foreign troops "in coffins".


Pakistan Super League: Morale booster or gimmick?

Will a 19-day Twenty20 league held offshore revive the ailing fortunes of the national cricket team?

Middle East

Analysis: How can war-torn Yemen find peace?

The country needs a dealer who can "redistribute the cards" and convince the various players to invest in peace.

Middle East

Dubai firm pledges to restore gutted luxury hotel

Property developer Emaar says the Address Downtown will be restored "to all its glory" after New Years Eve fire.

War & Conflict

Gulf States: A burning priority for ISIL?

Recent history shows that ISIL operatives and followers will stop at nothing in striking countries they target.

by Olivier Guitta


Addressing fault-lines within the Saudi-led coalition

Before embarking on peace negotiations, the coalition should agree on how to deal with al-Islah party.

by Sultan Barakat

War & Conflict

Yemen truce starts as warring sides meet in Switzerland

Seven-day ceasefire called by Saudi-led force takes effect, while warring sides hold closed-door talks in Switzerland.

War & Conflict

Arab coalition pushes Yemen ceasefire back after attack

Delayed truce announcement by Saudi-led force comes after two senior officers killed in an attack near the city of Taiz.

Counting the Cost

Shutting up shop: Why's ADIA closing its London office?

We look at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's decision to close its London office and what this means for UK-UAE ties.

War & Conflict

Yemen's exiled president returns to Aden

Hadi returns from exile in Riyadh to oversee Arab coalition offensive in Houthi-controlled Taiz.

War & Conflict

Leaked emails suggest UAE violated Libya arms embargo

UN envoy to 'seek clarification' from UAE amid accusations of a conflict of interest between him and the Emirates.