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This week we focus on the risks of damage to Yemen's historical heritage sites after weeks of torrential rain.

The flash floods have dealt a new blow to the war torn country.

Hundreds killed as disastrous floods ravage war-torn Yemen

The New Arab Staff

Hundreds killed as disastrous floods ravage war-torn Yemen

Floods across Yemen have left thousands of people homeless and destroyed homes country's iconic historic Old Sanaa city.

Beirut Explosion: Be angry, not just sad, for Lebanon

Karim Traboulsi

Beirut Explosion: Be angry, not just sad, for Lebanon

The New Arab's Managing Editor, Karim Traboulsi, writes a scathing indictment of the Lebanese government and its negligence over the devastating ...

Turkey invites Pope Francis for Hagia Sophia ceremony

The New Arab Staff

Turkey invites Pope Francis for Hagia Sophia ceremony

Pope Francis is among several world leaders invited to the ceremony marking the re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia, founded as a Christian ...

The New Arab Staff

What will happen to Turkey's Hagia Sophia?

First a Byzantine church, then an Ottoman mosque and finally a museum, Turkey's Hagia Sophia will now be reconverted into a Muslim place of worship.

The New Arab Staff

UK Jews reject Israel's 'racist' new UK ambassador

Israel has appointed a right-wing minister who supports unilateral annexation of the West Bank as its ambassador to the UK.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Morocco artisans fear 'knockout punch' from coronavirus

Moroccan artists are worried that the Covid-19 pandemic can ruin their businesses.

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

In today's roundup: As Lebanon reports no new coronaviruses cases for 24 hours, one bizarre study has claimed that Middle Eastern genes make ...

Gentrification and grassroots resistance in Amman's oldest district

Marta Vidal

Gentrification and grassroots resistance in Amman's oldest district

Residents, shop owners and activists are organising themselves to prevent multinational corporations from taking over one of the oldest ...

Hadani Ditmars

In Erbil's citadel, Amjad Assad keeps forgotten melodies alive

The New Arab Meets: 64-year-old Amjad Assad, who has almost single handedly digitised thousands of cassettes and old 78's that span a century of ...

Saudi appoints princess as UNESCO representative

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi appoints princess as UNESCO representative

In a rare move, Saudi Arabia has appointed a female - Princess Haifa al-Mogrin - as its envoy to UNESCO.

Cultural <em>sites</em> should never be a target of war

Paul Iddon

Cultural sites should never be a target of war

Comment: Trump's threat to target Iranian cultural sites shows complete disdain for Iran's people and their rich heritage, ...

Iran to 'directly respond' to US military: Khamenei adviser

The New Arab & agencies

Iran to 'directly respond' to US military: Khamenei adviser

In an interview with CNN, the military adviser to Iran's supreme leader affirmed that the response to the killing of top Iranian General Qasem ...

We'll see who will receive 52 target strikes: Iran

The New Arab

We'll see who will receive 52 target strikes: Iran

Tehran has increased its tit-for-tat threats with the US as anger rises over the death of General Qasem Soleimani.

The New Arab

Iranian officials compare Trump to Hitler amid flaring tensions

Iranian officials have compared Trump to Hitler and Genghis Khan, whilst Zarif accused Trump of breaking international law after the killing of Qasem Soleimani.

The New Arab

Saudi aims to be in world’s top tourist destinations

The National Tourism Strategy aims to create a million new jobs in the tourism industry, in a move to diversify the Kingdom’s economy from oil.

The New Arab

Saudi woman arrested for dancing at Riyadh concert

A young Saudi concert goer was accused of 'disrupting social etiquette' after a viral video showed her dancing in the traditional black abaya ...

The New Arab

Global leaders, tycoons attend Saudi 'Davos in desert'

Some 300 speakers from over 30 countries are attending the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), nicknamed 'Davos in the desert', in ...

Saudi Arabia to abolish male guardianship for Umrah pilgrimage

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia to abolish male guardianship for Umrah pilgrimage

A decision to abolish male guardianship during Umrah pilgrimage has been authorised by Saudi authorities.

Sabena Siddiqui

Is the Saudi tourism industry sustainable?

Saudi Arabia's travel and tourism sector could generate $70.9 billion to the country’s GDP this year, but negative perceptions about the country ...

Flamboyant Saudi influencer faces prison 'for wearing leopard-print shorts'

The New Arab

Flamboyant Saudi influencer faces prison 'for wearing leopard-print shorts'

The 23-year old social media was arrested by security forces after posting an image of himself wearing shorts on Twitter.

Visiting Saudi Arabia? 19 things illegal for tourists

The New Arab

Visiting Saudi Arabia? 19 things illegal for tourists

Saudi Arabia said it would issue fines for 19 offences related to public decency, such as immodest dress and public displays of affection.

Riyadh will allow foreign women tourists to shun headscarf

The New Arab

Riyadh will allow foreign women tourists to shun headscarf

Female tourists visiting the ultra-conservative kingdom will be allowed to go without wearing the body-shrouding abaya robe that is still ...

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