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Saudi Arabia has announced it will replace its controversial kafala system, according to local reports.

According to reports, the Israeli Prime Minister is set to make his first official trips to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain next week.

Israeli delegation in <em>Bahrain</em> to start diplomatic, commercial relations

The New Arab Staff

Israeli delegation in Bahrain to start diplomatic, commercial relations

Senior Israeli delegates are due to meet with Bahraini and American officials to sign diplomatic and commercial deals with the gulf state.

Israel, <em>Bahrain</em> to sign diplomatic agreement on Sunday: report

The New Arab Staff

Israel, Bahrain to sign diplomatic agreement on Sunday: report

Israeli and US officials will sign an agreement in Bahrain to establish the opening of embassies in the respective countries.

How the Arab League failed Palestine

Ali Adam

How the Arab League failed Palestine

Analysis: The Arab League's failure to condemn normalisation deals with Israel has soured already complicated ties with Palestine.

Giorgio Cafiero and Daniel Wagner

Normalisation with Israel: Russia's delicate balancing act

Analysis: The UAE and Bahrain's normalisation of ties with Israel presents both challenges and opportunities for Russian interests in the Middle East.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US push for Arab-Israel normalisation divides Sudanese leaders

Sudan removing its name from a list of state sponsors of terrorism is Washington's leverage to push for normalisation with Israel, but ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump defiantly presses 'UN' sanctions on Iran

President Donald Trump said that he was imposing sanctions on Iranians for violating a UN arms embargo and demanded enforcement by US allies.

Muhammad Shehada

The Saudi-UAE axis defeats Palestinians at the Arab League

Comment: The Saudi-Emirati alliance is at the heart of attempts to delegitimise the Palestinian cause and normalise Arab ties with Israel, ...

Israeli healthcare giant agrees technology deal with UAE

The New Arab Staff

Israeli healthcare giant agrees technology deal with UAE

Israel's Sheba Medical Center will ink a deal with UAE's APEX National Investment to develop a range of health technology, and said more deals ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi Arabia 'agreed to open airspace to Israeli flights'

Senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner added that Bahrain also agreed to a similar move after Saudi Arabia

Palestinians to soften UAE normalisation criticism at Arab League

The New Arab Staff

Palestinians to soften UAE normalisation criticism at Arab League

The PA initially described the UAE normalisation deal as a 'betrayal'.

Trump rejected Saudi proposal to invade Qatar: report

The New Arab Staff

Trump rejected Saudi proposal to invade Qatar: report

In a phone call with Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman proposed a ground invasion of Qatar.

US diplomat says America pushing to end Qatar crisis

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US diplomat says America pushing to end Qatar crisis

"I think our role and the role of Kuwait is to do what we can to foster dialogue, to help them make progress," the American diplomat said.

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Jan-Peter Westad

Fears grow for Egypt's political prisoners as Covid-19 surges

Fears grow for political prisoners in Egypt's jails as Covid-19 spreads amid deplorable conditions.

Amr Salahi

Explainer: Why is Qatar under blockade by Saudi Arabia?

Today marks the third anniversary of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain still imposing a blockade on Qatar three years later

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Taking stock of the anti-Qatar blockade three years later

As the Gulf crisis enters its fourth year, fake news and hostile narratives run rife in the region hindering attempts to salvage the GCC's ...

The New Arab

Saudi crown prince could meet Netanyahu in Cairo summit

Intensive talks are taking place between Washington, Tel Aviv, Riyadh and Cairo to arrange a summit in Egypt where Arab and Israeli ...

The New Arab

Mahmoud Abbas suspends relations with the US, Israel

Mahmoud Abbas threatens to cut security ties with both Israel and the US on Saturday, in a lengthy speech delivered at an Arab League meeting in ...

Ten things to look out for in 2020

The New Arab

Ten things to look out for in 2020

From Iran to Lebanon, Trump to Netanyahu, 2020 is looking jam-packed. Here's The New Arab's list of top ten things to look out for as we enter a ...

The New Arab

Israeli FM thanks Bahrain for spearheading normalisation

Israel's foreign minister Yisrael Katz has praised Bahrain's efforts in normalisation.

Qatar FM says talks with Saudi Arabia break 'stalemate'

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar FM says talks with Saudi Arabia break 'stalemate'

'There (is) some progress... We have broken the stalemate of non-communication to starting communication with the Saudis.'

Qatar sees 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute

The New Arab

Qatar sees 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute

Qatar's prime minister recently visited Saudi Arabia to attend the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) annual meeting.

Qatar says will stand by Lebanon during financial crisis

The New Arab

Qatar says will stand by Lebanon during financial crisis

Qatar has offered support to Beirut through a trying economic times.

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