Saudi Arabia Executes Yemeni, Two Saudi Shiites
The Saudi authorities executed Mohammed Abdulbaset Al-Muallami, Yemeni national, and two Saudi Shiite prisoners of conscience from Al-Qatif.
Mohammad bin Zayed Elected as UAE President after Demise of Khalifa bin Zayed
The Kuwaiti New Agency announced on Saturday (May 14, 2022) that the Kuwaiti Higher Federal Council elected Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohmmad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as UAE president.
Kushner Establishes New Fund to Invest Saudi Money in Israeli Startups
Jared Kushner's new private-equity fund is planning to invest millions of dollars of Saudi Arabia's money in Israeli startups, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), who cited people familiar with the investment plan.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Plead Guilty to Illegal Lobbying and Hiding Gifts
Richard G. Olson, a retired diplomat who recently served as ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, said he would plead guilty to charges of illegally lobbying for the government of Qatar and failure to disclose gifts he received while he was an ambassador, according to court documents.
UAE's First Fully Equipped Jewish Neighborhood to be Established: Israeli Newspaper
The United Arab Emirates' senior-most rabbi has revealed plans to develop the Gulf Cooperation Council's first dedicated Jewish neighborhood, containing faculties and institutions for the thousands of Jews who have made the Emirates their home.
Israel, Middle Eastern Allies Working on Air Defense Pact
Israel and Middle Eastern allies are reportedly working to develop a joint defense system to shield their territories against Iranian missiles and drones.
Yemenis Launch Attacks with Drones and Missiles on Targets in Saudi Arabia, including an Aramco Oil Terminal
Saudi Arabia admitted on Friday (March 25, 2022) to being attacked by Yemeni drones and missiles in a number of areas. The most notable consequence of these strikes was a huge fire at an Aramco station in Jeddah.
Saudi Arabia Says It's not Responsible for Any Oil Shortage from Houthi Attacks
Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would not bear responsibility for any global oil supply shortages after attacks on its oil facilities by the Iran-aligned Houthis, in a sign of growing Saudi frustration with Washington's handling of Yemen and Iran.
Syria's Assad Visits UAE, First Trip to Arab State since War Began
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad traveled to the United Arab Emirates on Friday, his first visit to an Arab state since the Syrian war began in 2011, underlining warming ties with a U.S.-allied country that once backed rebels who sought his ouster.
HRW: Saudi's Execution of 81 Men is Brutal Show of its Autocratic Rule and Justice System
Human Rights Watch condemned on Tuesday (March 15, 2022) what it deemed rampant and systemic abuses in Saudi Arabia's criminal justice system after the recent mass execution of 81 individuals, suggesting that it is highly unlikely that any of the men received a fair trial.
UN Decries Mass Execution in Saudi Arabia
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned "the mass execution" carried out on Saturday against 81 convicts in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Released after 10 Years in Prison
Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was released from prison on Friday after spending 10 years behind bars, his wife said, but rights groups said he is still banned from travel for another 10 years.
U.S. Urges Saudis to Review Cases of "Prisoners of Conscience"
The United States urged ally Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to review cases of "prisoners of conscience" and lift travel bans and other restrictions imposed on women's rights activists previously released from jail.
Saudi Crown Prince Didn't See Khashoggi Important Enough to Kill: The Atlantic Magazine
Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, underestimated the importance of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying he was not important enough to kill and that he'd never read a Khashoggi article in his life.
UAE Extends Grounding of Private Drones until Further Notice
The United Arab Emirates' Interior Ministry extended on Monday a decision to ground all private drones and light sports aircraft used for recreational purposes until further notice, state news agency WAM said.
Kuwait Lifts Many COVID Restrictions, Allows Travel Abroad
Kuwait's cabinet has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions including a ban on foreign travel, a move that will also apply to those who are not vaccinated, Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah said on Monday.
Iran Says Some of its Demands on Sanctions not Yet Addressed in Talks
Some of Iran's demands over lifting economic sanctions against it have not yet been addressed in the nuclear talks in Vienna, Iran's foreign minister said on Monday in Tehran.
Qatar and UAE Leaders Meet for First Time since Gulf Thaw
Qatar's emir met the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates during an official event at the Beijing Winter Olympics, in the first such interaction between the two Gulf leaders since four Arab states agreed to end a dispute with Doha over a year ago.
Saudi Arabia: Death Row Convict Dawood Al-Marhoon Released after Sentence Commuted to 10 Years Imprisonment
The Saudi security authorities released Dawood Al-Marhoon after commuting his sentence from death penalty to 10 years in prison.
Ansarullah Fires Ballistic Missiles, Drones at Abu Dhabi and Dubai as Israeli President Visits UAE
Yemen's Ansarullah group said on Monday it had fired a number of ballistic missiles at Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, and had also fired several drones at Dubai, the regional business hub.