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

Business & Economy

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

Opinion

Is the GCC dead?

After the December 9 summit in Riyadh, it became clear that the GCC has lost its raison d'etre.

Marwan Kabalan

by Marwan Kabalan

Marwan Kabalan

Weather

Flooding disrupts air traffic in Kuwait

Flights were diverted to nearby Manama, Dubai and Dammam airports as another round of rains battered the Gulf nation.

Kuwait: Flights resume after flooding disrupted air traffic

Weather

Kuwait faces flooding as rains lash Middle East

Rains hit parts of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran with many cities in Kuwait forced to shut schools due to flooding.

Kuwait faces flooding as rains lash Middle East

Saudi Arabia

Oil output from Saudi, Kuwait shared zone on hold as ties sour

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait struggle to resume oil production from joint fields amid souring ties over Turkey, Qatar.

Oil output from Saudi, Kuwait shared zone on hold as ties sour

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

Jordan

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE to give Jordan financial support deal

Gulf Arab nations will on Thursday sign an agreement to provide credit guarantees and grants to Jordan.

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE to give Jordan financial support deal

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

Middle East

Beauty brands ban Kuwaiti blogger over comments on Filipino maids

Beauty blogger Sondos al-Qattan doubles down on initial comments on Kuwaiti law granting Filipino workers more rights.

Beauty brands ban Kuwaiti blogger over comments on Filipino maids

Inside Story

Is the Gulf bailout enough for crisis-hit Jordan?

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait pledge $2.5bn help for cash-strapped kingdom.

Kuwait

Jared Kushner 'annoyed' with Kuwait's Palestine resolution at UN

White House denies report saying Kushner told Kuwait's initiative embarrassed him in front of US officials, allies.

Jared Kushner 'annoyed' with Kuwait's Palestine resolution at UN

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Kuwait seeks UN support for Palestinian protection

Draft resolution circulated at the UNSC calls for safety guarantees for the Palestinian civilian population.

Kuwait proposes 'international protection' for Palestinians

Qatar

Qatar Human Rights Committee condemns arrest of Qatari national

Nawaf Talal al-Rasheed was arrested in Kuwait and then transferred to Saudi Arabia, according to Qatari rights group.

Opinion

Why Duterte banned workers from going to Kuwait

Can the murder of a Filipino worker change the Philippines' decades-old labour export policies?

Richard Javad Heydarian

by Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian