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Saudi police were quick to arrest a security officer for patrolling the streets of Mecca on a camel, videos circulating online showed.

Saudi Arabia has suffered from low oil prices and the coronavirus epidemic.

Saudi burning record amounts of oil during coronavirus summer

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Saudi burning record amounts of oil during coronavirus summer

Saudis are staying at home this summer, as coronavirus continues to spread.

Oman declares full lockdown amid coronavirus spike

The New Arab Staff

Oman declares full lockdown amid coronavirus spike

As coronavirus cases continued to increase in Oman, authorities on Tuesday declared a full lockdown across the country for two weeks.

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Gasia Ohanes

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Running quickly out of options as talks over an IMF bailout stall, Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government says it wants to pivot to China, but ...

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Allies turn rivals on Socotra island

This week we focus on the capture of Socotra by UAE-backed southern separatists.

Kamal Afzali

Everything you need to know about Hajj 2020

This year's Hajj pilgrimage has been scaled back to 1,000 participants in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. Here is everything you need ...

The New Arab Staff

Yemen cracks down on Emirati charities for 'undermining stability'

Foreign charities will be reviewed by Yemen's government for attempting to sow discord across the war-torn country under the guide of ...

The New Arab Staff

'Saudi intervention failed', aide to Yemeni president says

An aide to Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi called the Saudi-led intervention in his nation a 'failure', after the recent recapturing of ...

Oman considers taking financial help from Gulf neighbours

The New Arab Staff

Oman considers taking financial help from Gulf neighbours

Officials in the region revealed that financial aid for Oman was discussed at a 'recent high-level political meeting' between officials from ...

The New Arab Staff

Emirates in new round of lay-offs after coronavirus woes

Emirates airline has sacked hundreds of staff after cutting routes to most destinations in the world.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Impending health crisis in the Sinai, outbreaks in UAE jails, Egypt opens gyms but prolongs curfew, Emirates lays off ...

'Thousands of Emirates staff and pilots sacked' in UAE

The New Arab Staff

'Thousands of Emirates staff and pilots sacked' in UAE

Thousands of employees working for the UAE's national carrier will lose their jobs, as the company struggles to keep afloat during the ...

Energy politics cripple Iraq's hopes for economic recovery

The New Arab

Energy politics cripple Iraq's hopes for economic recovery

Iraq is heavily reliant on the goodwill of its neighbours for both energy and investments, meaning Baghdad has very little leverage to stand up ...

France intercepts tanker bound for Libya

The New Arab

France intercepts tanker bound for Libya

The Libya-bound tanker was stopped on its way to complete the sale of refined products to a company registered in the United Arab Emirates.

The New Arab & agencies

Iran has spent $30bn propping up Assad regime: report

Iran has spent $20-30 billion in aiding Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the money must be paid back, an Iranian lawmaker has claimed.

The New Arab

Hundreds of foreign mercenaries withdraw from Libya's front lines

Foreign mercenaries fighting alongside Haftar's forces have been flown away from the front lines after the rogue general suffered major losses ...

The New Arab

Haftar urges forces to target 'colonial' Turkey in Libya

After losing battles in several strategic locations, Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar asked his loyalists "to fight Turkey's 'colonial' ...

James Snell

In Libya, Russia calls in its proxy, Assad

Comment: Transplanted to fight in another civil conflict, Syrian soldiers are finding themselves on opposing sides of Libya's crowded ...

Haftar announces air war against Turkish forces in Libya

The New Arab

Haftar announces air war against Turkish forces in Libya

Militias led by Khalifa Haftar have suffered a series of defeats in Libya following intervention by Turkey.

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Job cuts in the UAE, a spike in cases in Yemen, and a tragic death in Algeria.

Emirates airline 'planning to lay off 30,000 staff'

The New Arab

Emirates airline 'planning to lay off 30,000 staff'

Emirates is considering laying off 30 percent of its workforce in an attempt to cut costs after air travel demand fell off a cliff due to ...

Facebook apologises for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

The New Arab & agencies

Facebook apologises for role in 2018 Sri Lanka unrest

Facebook has apologised for its role in the 2018 deadly unrest in Sri Lanka, after an investigation found incendiary content on the platform may ...

Cash-strapped Venezuela sends tons of gold to Iran

The New Arab

Cash-strapped Venezuela sends tons of gold to Iran

Crisis hit Venezuela has payed Iran nine tons of gold in exchange for help to rebuild its troubled oil industry.

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