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Ali Allawi met with his Saudi counterpart in Riyadh on Friday, seeking emergency funds from the GCC to stave off an impending financial crisis in the country.

Doha has confirmed it has taken legal action against companies in the country after migrant labourers launched a rare but peaceful protest against unpaid salaries.

Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

Sabena Siddiqui

Mapping China's Health Silk Road in the Middle East

China is using medical diplomacy as a soft power tool in the Middle East.

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

Courtney Freer

What will be left of Saudi Vision 2030, post-coronavirus?

Comment: As coronavirus and oil revenues force the Saudi government to make cuts that will impact its citizens, the fate of its grandiose Vision ...

Three Gulf states seek Israel coronavirus 'partnership'

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Three Gulf states seek Israel coronavirus 'partnership'

Half of the GCC have reached out to Israel for assistance amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.

Courtney Freer

Can Gulf countries survive without their foreign workers post-pandemic?

Comment: Some Gulf states are looking to capitalise on coronavirus and prioritise jobs for citizens, but expatriate flight is problematic, writes Courtney Freer.

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Kuwaiti FM meets Qatar leader amid Gulf blockade

Kuwait, which enjoys friendly relations with Qatar, has been seen likely leader of any future negotiations with other GCC states, ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: Iran re-opening mosques, free flights for healthcare workers, Gulf states reaching out to Israel, a new lockdown for Lebanon ...

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Outrage as Kuwait food drive volunteer beats migrant worker

A volunteer at a Ramadan food distribution event was filmed beating a recipient in Kuwait.

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 ...

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'Omanisation' to takeover foreigners' jobs by July 2021

Omani nationals should replace foreign staff at jobs across the public sector by July 2021, authorities urged on Wednesday.

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

Ali Bakeer

Saudi-Turkey media war reflects MBS's growing internal problems

The recent Saudi media escalation against Turkey coincides with a growing list of internal problems for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Less than zero: The great US oil crash

Paul McLoughlin

Less than zero: The great US oil crash

A price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia has seen US oil prices crash.

Coronavirus could make a mirage of Saudi's Vision 2030

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Coronavirus could make a mirage of Saudi's Vision 2030

Comment: Mohammed bin Salman's grand plans to diversify the economy and reduce its oil dependency could be one of coronavirus' biggest ...

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IMF: Middle East set for huge economic coronavirus hit

The IMF has warned that the Covid-19 pandemic will hit economies hard across the world, particularly those in the Middle East.

Stasa Salacanin

Gulf migrant workers count the cost of coronavirus

Migrant workers in the Gulf are bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic as states introduce strict quarantine measures and travel bans.

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Indian minister slams 'inadequate' UAE quarantine facilities for migrants

Around three million Indian citizens work in the UAE, often living and working in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.

Paul McLoughlin

Can Gulf supply chains cope with the coronavirus crisis?

The Gulf appears immune to the panic buying engulfing Europe and North America.

Gulf states urged to free activists, migrant workers

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Gulf states urged to free activists, migrant workers

Human Rights Watch has raised concerns over the health of political prisoners and rights activists detained across the Gulf, as the region ...

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Baker arrested in UAE for allegedly spitting on bread

The UAE has imposed further strict quarantine measures to tackle an outbreak of the coronavirus.

Could MbS' power grab unravel Al Saud rule?

Emile Nakhleh

Could MbS' power grab unravel Al Saud rule?

Comment: The Saudi crown prince's rise to power has in effect destabilised his country, and by extension Al Saud control, writes Emile Nakhleh.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Malaysia tells wives how to behave during the lockdown, prisoners riot in Iran, and the Syrian regime records its second death.

Oil rises after US and Russia plan talks

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Oil rises after US and Russia plan talks

Oil prices have risen after talks of a possible deal between producers Russia and the US being on the cards.

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