Middle East

Iran urges UN to launch talks over 'alarming' Gulf tensions

In letter to UN chief, Iran's ambassador calls for talks between Tehran and Gulf countries to ease rising tensions.

Iran urges UN to launch talks over 'alarming' Gulf tensions

Weather

Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of the Arabian Peninsula

Overnight thunderstorms hammer parts of Yemen, Oman and the UAE.

Heavy rain and flooding hit parts of the Arabian Peninsula

Middle East

US warns airliners flying over Gulf amid Iran tensions

FAA notice says commercial aircraft flying over the Gulf face potential risk of 'miscalculation or misidentification'.

US warns airliners flying over Gulf of 'misidentification'

Oman

Oman calls on Arabs to ease Israel's 'fears for its future'

Jordan's foreign minister dismissed Oman's remarks at World Economic Forum saying 'issue is that there's an occupation'.

Oman calls on Arabs to ease Israel's 'fears for its future'

Opinion

Gulf women have come a long way

My generation saw Gulf women rising from ground zero to remarkably high levels of education, accomplishment and wealth.

Saadia Mufarreh

by Saadia Mufarreh

Saadia Mufarreh

Middle East

Gulf Arab blue-collar workforce continues to grow: UN

Migrant workers continue adding to the labour force of oil-rich Gulf due to mega-construction projects, UN data shows.

Gulf Arab blue-collar workforce continues to grow: UN

AJ IMPACT

Saudi stocks plummet, Dubai index rebounds

Budget release and oil price drop hurt Saudi stock index, as Dubai market recovers from worst regional performance.

Saudi stocks plummet, Dubai index rebounds from worst day

Middle East

Israeli minister in Oman to attend transport conference

Yisrael Katz's trip comes less than two weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Sultan Qaboos in Muscat.

Israeli minister in Oman to attend transport conference

Israel

Secret no more: Israel's outreach to Gulf Arab states

Prime Minister Netanyahu has for years boasted about ties with key Arab states, but those ties were rarely visible.

 Secret no more: Israel's outreach to Gulf Arab states

Oman

Netanyahu visits Oman, says opposing Iran unites Gulf and Israel

The Israeli prime minister visited Oman just three days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a move expected to increase pressure on Palestine to participate in US-led peace negotiations.

Oman

Oman says 'Israel is a state' in the Middle East

Muscat says it is offering ideas to help regional peace efforts but denies acting as Israel-Palestine mediator.

Oman says 'Israel is a state' in the Middle East

Israel

Israel's Netanyahu meets Sultan Qaboos in surprise Oman trip

Visit by Israeli prime minister forms part of policy of 'deepening' ties with the states of the region, statement says.

Israel's Netanyahu meets Sultan Qaboos in surprise Oman trip

Opinion

Are Trump's plans for an Arab NATO realistic?

If the Trump administration has failed to resolve the GCC rift, how can it have the GCC form a military alliance?

Khalid Al-Jaber

by Khalid Al-Jaber

Khalid Al-Jaber

Oman

Oman on alert as tropical cyclone begins to form in Arabian Sea

Forecast models predict the development of a tropical cyclone that could make landfall on Thursday or Friday.

Oman on alert as tropical cyclone begins to form in Arabian Sea

GCC

Gulf states' defence budgets to hit $100bn in 2019: report

In the next five years, military spending by the six GCC countries is likely to reach $117bn.

Gulf states' defence budgets to hit $100bn in 2019: report