- Iraqi authorities shut down Al Jazeera's Baghdad bureau Updated: Apr-28-16 1:19 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Al Jazeera Media Network says Iraqi authorities have shut down their bureau in Baghdad and banned its journalists from reporting in the country.
- Bahrain sentences 8 to life in prison on terrorism charges Updated: Apr-28-16 7:53 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A court in Bahrain has sentenced eight people to life in prison on various terrorism-related charges connected to protests by the country's majority Shiites demanding greater rights from the tiny-island nation's Sunni-led monarchy.
- Qatar's largest bank investigating alleged data breach Updated: Apr-27-16 2:21 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Qatar's largest bank is investigating a security breach that appears to have exposed sensitive personal data for what could be hundreds of customers, including employees of international broadcaster Al-Jazeera and potentially senior government officials.
- Etihad Airways announces $103M profit for 2015 Updated: Apr-27-16 10:02 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways on Wednesday announced profits of $103 million in 2015 off total revenues of $9.02 billion, marking a fifth year in the black on its strategy of partnering with other carriers.
- UAE considers new fire safety laws after skyscraper blazes Updated: Apr-27-16 8:53 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai will supervise construction crews more strictly and monitor the material they use after a series of skyscraper fires, including a New Year's Eve blaze that made headlines around the world, a top civil defense official said Wednesday.
- AP Interview: Saudi prince unveils plans to welcome tourists Updated: Apr-26-16 2:32 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia has plans to issue select visas to welcome tens of thousands of tourists a year as part of a sweeping national reform plan aimed at showcasing the country's rich heritage, including pre-Islamic sites, and encouraging Saudis to spend some of their tourist money at home.
- Emirates CEO not worried about next US leader amid air row Updated: Apr-26-16 10:57 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The chairman and CEO of long-haul airline Emirates said on Tuesday that he's not worried about the next U.S. president being more protectionist amid an ongoing row with American carriers.
- At Mideast tourism forum in Dubai, a surprising name: Trump Updated: Apr-26-16 7:27 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Tucked away behind stands at a Mideast tourism conference this week is a surprising name: Trump.
- Saudi Arabia outlines reform plan for oil-addicted economy Updated: Apr-25-16 3:27 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia unveiled a bold reform plan on Monday aimed at weaning the country off its "addiction" to oil in a bid to prepare the next generation of Saudi leaders for the domestic pressures of youth unemployment and revenues eroded by lower oil prices.
- Dubai pushes the pedal to the metal on driverless cars Updated: Apr-25-16 2:34 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants 25 percent of all trips on its roads to be done by driverless vehicles.
- IMF expects $500B revenue loss for Mideast oil exporters Updated: Apr-25-16 5:50 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Oil exporting countries in the Middle East lost a staggering $390 billion in revenue due to lower oil prices last year, and should brace for even deeper losses of around $500 billion this year, the International Monetary Fund said Monday.
- Dubai to open Marvel, Cartoon Network-branded theme park Updated: Apr-24-16 9:25 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Dubai will soon have a one-stop destination for families whose tastes run from Spider-Man to velociraptors to the Powerpuff Girls.
- UAE pledges $4B to boost Egypt's economy Updated: Apr-22-16 8:57 am
CAIRO - The United Arab Emirates' official news agency says the country's ruler has pledged four billion dollars to boost Egypt's economy.
- AP Exclusive: US Navy accuses Gulf commander of misconduct Updated: Apr-21-16 4:07 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A U.S. Navy officer relieved of commanding a Persian Gulf patrol ship allegedly failed to maintain equipment to the point of exposing "his crew to unnecessary risk," interfered with an inquiry into his actions and once slept drunk on a bench at a Dubai port, according to a naval investigation.
- In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.
- Obama pushes Saudis, Gulf allies to step up Iraq aid Updated: Apr-20-16 3:31 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - With fresh friction wearing on an old alliance, President Barack Obama pressed Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf nations on Wednesday to step up efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and help rebuild war-torn Iraq.
- UAE tycoon launches largest Arab education fund with $1.14B Updated: Apr-20-16 11:05 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A billionaire businessman from the United Arab Emirates launched the Arab world's largest education fund on Wednesday, setting aside $1.14 billion (4.2 billion dirhams) in grants for underserved youth from the region.
- Emirati officer wins appeal over filming Messi's passport Updated: Apr-20-16 4:49 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An Emirati police officer has won an appeal of his prison sentence over posting a video online of him holding Barcelona star Lionel Messi's passport.
- In Saudi visit, Obama faces 'curveball' in ties with kingdom Updated: Apr-19-16 11:35 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - When President Barack Obama arrives in the Saudi capital on Wednesday, he'll face an increasingly assertive leadership still heavily dependent on U.S. weapons and military might that nonetheless has little trust in him and essentially believes it's been thrown a curveball.
- Abu Dhabi plans $1 billion Warner Bros. theme park Updated: Apr-19-16 9:06 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates has announced plans for a $1 billion Warner Bros. theme park in Abu Dhabi, which will bring to the Middle East the studio's popular superheroes and cartoon characters ranging from Bugs Bunny and Scooby-Doo to Batman and Superman.
- FlyDubai launches mourning website month after Russia crash Updated: Apr-18-16 11:34 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Discount airline FlyDubai is marking one month since its deadly crash in Russia by launching a website where users can express their condolences.
- UAE fund says Malaysian fund, ministry default on over $1.1B Updated: Apr-18-16 9:49 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A government-backed investment fund in the United Arab Emirates said Monday that heavily indebted Malaysian investment fund 1MDB and the southeast Asian country's finance ministry have defaulted on more than $1.1 billion they owe.
- World Bank urges donors to fulfill Gaza pledges Updated: Apr-18-16 8:47 am
JERUSALEM - After Israel's war against Gaza militants in 2014, Arab countries led the way in pledging reconstruction aid to the devastated seaside enclave. But a new report released Monday by the World Bank shows that Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab donors have delivered only a small fraction of what was promised.
- New Saudi guidelines curtail powers of religious police Updated: Apr-13-16 1:57 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia has issued new guidelines to define and curtail powers of the country's religious police, instructing its members to be "gentle and kind" in dealing with the public.
- Dubai property developer Emaar to reorganize India business Updated: Apr-13-16 10:29 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The developer of Dubai's Burj Khalifa skyscraper says it is reorganizing its business in India.