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Comment: As the UAE moves out of Saudi Arabia's shadow, its developing ties with Iran are not as surprising as some might suggest, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Jamshid Sharmahd, a member of a militant Iranian opposition group, appears to have been taken from Dubai to Oman and then onwards to Iran.

Iran, UAE top diplomats discuss virus in rare talks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran, UAE top diplomats discuss virus in rare talks

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he discussed the region's coronavirus outbreaks and other issues with his Emirati counterpart in rare talks held via a videoconference call.

Mohammed <em>bin</em> Zayed's preferences regarding UAE foreign policy

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Mohammed bin Zayed's preferences regarding UAE foreign policy

Comment: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen takes a deep dive into what's driving bin Zayed's aggressive foreign policy agenda, the risks ...

Dubai deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan praises British colonialism

The New Arab Staff

Dubai deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan praises British colonialism

Dubai's controversial deputy police chief Dhahi Khalfan sparked an uproar on social media after he praised British colonialism.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE is gradually eclipsing Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Comment: The STC's takeover of Socotra indicates that the United Arab Emirates has marginalised Saudi Arabia into a weaker position, at least for now, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Muhammed Nafih Wafy

Saudi Arabia's erasure of its Ottoman history will backfire

Comment: Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from its Ottoman past to fuel its rivalry with Turkey, whipping up jingoistic sentiments, and ...

The New Arab Staff

Jordan's FM makes surprise visit to coordinate annexation response

Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi is meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to ensure the countries have a coordinated response to ...

Diana Alghoul

Dubai's ex-police chief slammed for pro-Israel tweets

Dubai's former police chief Dhahi Khalfan angered many Arab Twitter users when he called for referring to israel as a 'friend' and said he will ...

What UAE seeks to gain from the coronavirus crisis

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

What UAE seeks to gain from the coronavirus crisis

Comment: Abu Dhabi is seeking to bolster its international credentials, and thicken the smokescreen of international impunity under which its ...

The New Arab & agencies

Dubai extends 24-hour coronavirus curfew by a week

Dubai will have its 24-hour Covid-19 curfew extended by another week, as the rest of the country attempts to deal with the spread of the virus.

Three big lessons from Yemen's five years of war

Rami G. Khouri

Three big lessons from Yemen's five years of war

Comment: Arab autocracies, Saudi-Emirati military muscle-flexing and a mythical 'international community' have all contributed to five years of ...

Surgeon in UAE jailed, deported over botched nose job

The New Arab

Surgeon in UAE jailed, deported over botched nose job

A surgeon, anaesthetist and assistant have been jailed for a year and then deported after being found responsible for a botched surgery which ...

Saudis claim Ottoman governor planned to 'steal Prophet's body'

Kamal Afzali

Saudis claim Ottoman governor planned to 'steal Prophet's body'

The Arabic hashtag #desecration_of_the_prophets_grave has now appeared in thousands of posts across Twitter and Facebook.

White House hosted secret Iran meeting with Israel, UAE

The New Arab & agencies

White House hosted secret Iran meeting with Israel, UAE

The White House hosted a hushed trilateral meeting with the UAE and Israel to discuss countering Iran, according to an Axios report.

The New Arab

UAE foreign minister tweets in support of Israel alliance

The UAE’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed has tweeted an article saying that 'a new Arab-Israeli alliance' was 'taking shape in the Middle East'.

Courtney Freer

Davos in the Desert: Business as usual

Comment: Outrage over Jamal Khashoggi's killing has given way to a desire to put profits before politics, writes Courtney Freer.

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: UAE wants its Aden power-station back

This week we look at a bizarre move by the UAE in Aden, the end of its Red Crescent programme, Houthi execution and a five-year siege of Taiz.

Sabena Siddiqui

Can 'strategic ally' Pakistan help defuse Saudi Aramco tensions?

After the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco, Imran Khan's visit to the kingdom has strategic significance and can hold further implications for ...

UAE and Saudi foreign ministers meet Khan in Pakistan

The New Arab

UAE and Saudi foreign ministers meet Khan in Pakistan

The three countries have long-standing relations.

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen separatists after Aden 'coup'

The seizure of the presidential palace in Aden was decried by the Riyadh-backed Yemeni government as a UAE-supported coup, reflecting deep ...

UAE-backed Yemen separatists seize Aden presidential palace

The New Arab & agencies

UAE-backed Yemen separatists seize Aden presidential palace

Southern separatists in Yemen said Saturday they had seized the presidential palace in second city Aden after fierce battles with loyalist ...

Dozens killed as southern separatists capture Aden military camps

The New Arab & agencies

Dozens killed as southern separatists capture Aden military camps

Southern separatists have taken control of all government military barracks in Aden, the seat of power for Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour ...

Yemen in Focus: The war takes a new turn

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: The war takes a new turn

This week we take a look at the killing of a senior Houthi family member, as well as deadly clashes in Yemen's temporary capital between ...

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