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A number of organisations have responded to Beirut's tragic explosion with an influx of volunteers, fundraising and support.

Pilgrims well up with tears of joy after being handpicked from among millions of Muslims vying for this year's hajj pilgrimage, which has been drastically curtailed due to coronavirus.

Restricted Hajj hits Somalia's livestock economy

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Restricted Hajj hits Somalia's livestock economy

Exports are predicted to be sliced in half this year, primarily due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Saudi Arabia considering income tax and asset sales

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Saudi Arabia considering income tax and asset sales

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

Yemen in Focus: Oil tanker spill spells 'global disaster'

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Oil tanker spill spells 'global disaster'

This week we focus on the Safer tanker 'ticking time bomb', which environmentalist groups warn would be disastrous not only for Yemen, but for ...

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

The geopolitics of ports in the Horn of Africa

Analysis: Ports in the Horn of Africa risk becoming new flashpoints in Middle East rivalries.

The New Arab Staff

Turkey leads anti-piracy maritime mission in Gulf of Aden

Turkey will lead the Joint Task Force to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

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Massive fire strikes oil pipeline on major Cairo highway

A huge blaze was reported on a major Cairo highway on Tuesday, torching dozens of cars and injuring at least 17 people, authorities said.

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Houthis allow UN team to visit 'time bomb' tanker

A breach of the vessel would have disastrous results for Red Sea marine life and tens of thousands of impoverished people who ...

Top UK architect under fire over Saudi airport deal

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Top UK architect under fire over Saudi airport deal

Climate-concerned architects have demanded answers from Norman Foster and his firm Foster and Partners over the airport contract.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN to hold crisis Yemen talks as tanker decays

The UN is holding talks on Yemen as a tanker on a Yemeni coast could rupture, causing disastrous consequences for Red Sea ...

UN 'hopeful' team can visit oil tanker off Yemen

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN 'hopeful' team can visit oil tanker off Yemen

Houthi rebels control the western Red Sea ports, including Ras Issa, 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from where the FSO Safer tanker ...

Egypt eases restrictions despite surge in Covid-19 infections

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt eases restrictions despite surge in Covid-19 infections

Egypt has lifted restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic, despite a rise in infections.

UN warns oil tanker abandoned in Yemen could explode

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UN warns oil tanker abandoned in Yemen could explode

The UN has warned that an abandoned tanker carrying a million barrels of oil off Yemen’s coast could explode as Houthi rebels refuse to allow ...

Divide and survive: Ethiopia balances Gulf, Turkey ties

Giorgio Cafiero and Corrado Čok

Divide and survive: Ethiopia balances Gulf, Turkey ties

Ethiopia is the most coveted target of the ongoing scramble for the Horn of Africa.

Gaia Caramazza

Saudi spends $1.7 million on NEOM megacity PR plan

Saudi Arabia has invested heavily in the NEOM project.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt to reopen airports, resume beach tourism

Egypt will reopen its airports on July 1 and begin welcoming to beach resorts tourists kept away by the coronavirus pandemic, the government ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Ancient Petra empty, silent as pandemic hits Jordan tourism

As the novel coronavirus spread around the world, Jordanian authorities imposed a lockdown, and the last tourists left on March 16, a day before ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi wealth fund 'shopping spree' disguises economic pain

Amid its worst economic crisis in decades, the seemingly contradictory state policy to splurge billions on overseas assets is raising eyebrows.

Egypt to open tourist destinations less hit-hard by virus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt to open tourist destinations less hit-hard by virus

The decision comes even as the pandemic surges in the densely populated capital of Cairo and other major cities, where many people say they ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi coronavirus cases top 100,000 ahead of the hajj

Saudi Arabia's total number of coronavirus infections rose to 101,914 – the highest in the Gulf.

Saudi Arabia reimposes lockdown on Jeddah following coronavirus spike

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia reimposes lockdown on Jeddah following coronavirus spike

Saudi Arabia has renewed lockdown restrictions in Jeddah for two weeks following a resurgence of virus cases, a week after measures were eased.

The Gulf crisis's 'internationalisation' makes it harder to resolve

Courtney Freer

The Gulf crisis's 'internationalisation' makes it harder to resolve

Comment: The more the GCC rift spreads, the more difficult it will be to negotiate or to change the status quo, writes Courtney Freer.

The human cost of Saudi Arabia's dystopian Neom megacity

James Reinl

The human cost of Saudi Arabia's dystopian Neom megacity

The killing of a tribal activist has shone a spotlight on the Western firms helping to build Saudi Arabia's Neom megacity.

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