UAE’s First Abu Dhabi gets securities licence in Saudi Arabia

Monday, 5 February 2018

First Abu Dhabi Bank, the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates by assets, has been given the go-ahead by Saudi Arabia’s regulator to conduct arranging and advising activities in the securities sector, a source close to the matter said. It is the latest foreign bank attracted by opportunities in Saudi Arabia, which is embarking on an investment drive to diversify its economy beyond oil revenues. FAB, created by last year’s merger between National Bank of ...

Oman wins Gulf Cup 5-4 on penalties against UAE

Friday, 5 January 2018

Oman defeated the United Arab Emirates 5-4 on penalties in Kuwait on Friday take home the Gulf Cup for the second time in the history of the championship. The 23rd Gulf Cup final at the  Jaber International Stadium in Kuwait proved to be a thrilling encounter as the game went into penalty shoot after the two teams were goalless even after extra time. Oman’s goalkeeper emerged the day’s hero by denying UAE’s star player Omar Abdulrahman twice - saving an 88th minute penalty ...

IN PICTURES: Thick fog covers the UAE prompting flight delays

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Dense fog and mist appeared in most parts of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, causing flight delays and cancellations. The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has issued an advisory for residents as foggy days are set to continue this week. Earlier this week, Dubai airline Emirates canceled ten flights due to the heavy fog. Christmas Eve is historically one of the busiest times for the UAE’s airlines as people travel to celebrate the festive period. Flights affected were between ...

Saudi, Emirati football teams withdraw from press conferences ahead of Gulf Cup

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Saudi and Emirati football teams which are present in Kuwait for the Arabian Gulf Cup withdrew from press conferences ahead of their scheduled matches on Friday because a microphone bearing the logo of the Qatari beIN sports channel was among those covering. The organizing committee later intervened and replaced the microphones with one microphone bearing the cup’s logo. The Arabian Gulf Cup opens tomorrow in Kuwait. Saudi Arabia will play versus Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates ...

Banning extremist Muslim scholars

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt added two radical Islamic organizations and eleven extremists to their terror list. Truth be told, listing the Union of Muslim Scholars, which was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood and embraced by Qatar, and the International Islamic Council is a step long overdue. Prohibiting dealing with these two entities, particularly the Union of Muslim Scholars, should have been imposed before now. The Union of Muslim Scholars has posed a threat to ...

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UAE soldier killed in southern Saudi: Military

Friday, 27 October 2017

An Emirati soldier has been killed in southern Saudi Arabia while taking part in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the United Arab Emirates military said.The body of corporal Saeed Matar al-Kaabi was repatriated on Friday, the official WAM news agency reported.The military said Kaabi was killed while “performing his national duty” in Najran province bordering Yemen, without elaborating.A ballistic missile fired from Yemen early Friday wounded an expatriate ...

US Treasury Secretary to visit Middle East over Iran threats

Saturday, 21 October 2017

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin will be visiting the Middle East this week to discuss the Terrorist Financing Target Center (TFTC) partnership and other matters on Iran. Accompanying Mnuchin is Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker. The visit is set to take place from October 25 through to October 30. The US representatives will be stopping in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. Discussions will also touch upon national security initiatives against ...

UAE criticizes ‘colonial’ role of Iran, Turkey in Syria

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The United Arab Emirates urged Iran and Turkey on Monday to end what it called their “colonial” actions in Syria, signaling unease about diminishing Gulf Arab influence in the war. Allied to regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia, the UAE opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backer Iran, and is wary of Turkey, a friend of Islamist forces the UAE opposes throughout the Arab world. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan urged “the ...

Yousuf Otaiba: Qatar is a ‘destructive element’ in the region

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al-Otaiba, described Qatar as a ‘destructive force’ in the region.Otaiba denied to the Atlantic magazine what Qatar claims about its blockade. He pointed out that Qataris do not suffer from famine and the ports and airports are open. He stressed that the measures against Doha were taken to protect the security of the Arab Quartet countries.Otaiba said that Qatar is the second country in the world to host the largest number of terrorists, ...

Emirati Islamist exposes Qatar’s plans to destabilize the UAE

Saturday, 19 August 2017

A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s chapter in the United Arab Emirates has revealed both the moral and financial support Qatar has given the outlawed group that sought to undermine the security and stability of the country. Isa Khalifa Al Suwaidi confessed of Qatar’s involvement in the organization’s secret meetings and the numerous donations Doha has made to support the banned Islamist members in the UAE. His confessions were broadcasted on local UAE television ...

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