Latest United Arab Emirates News

RYDER CUP '21: A capsule look at the European team

Sep. 17, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

JON RAHM Country: Spain. Age: 26. World ranking: 1. Ryder Cup record: 1-2-0. Career victories: 13. 2021 victories: U.S. Open. Majors: U.S. Open...

Israeli FM to visit Bahrain in first after diplomatic accord

Sep. 17, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister said Friday that he will visit Bahrain later this month, the first such visit by an Israeli minister to the Gulf country following a diplomatic agreement reached last year. Yair Lapid announced the visit in a conference call...

With foreign funds frozen, Afghan aid groups stuck in limbo

Sep. 16, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows more urgent by the day. With the Afghan government...

Saudi conglomerate to repay $1.9B to banks after law change

Sep. 15, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi company that owes billions of dollars will pay banks back $1.9 billion after an agreement was reached with creditors following more than decade of efforts, according to a news report on Wednesday. The website of the Abu...

3 former US officials charged in UAE hacking scheme

Sep. 14, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former U.S. intelligence and military officials have admitted providing sophisticated computer hacking technology to the United Arab Emirates and agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to resolve criminal charges in an agreement that the Justice Department described...

As Dubai's food delivery booms, dangers and casualties mount

Sep. 13, 2021 02:08 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Running late, the delivery driver threaded his motorcycle around lurching cars, speeding against time and traffic to satisfy a customer’s burger craving — the day's last delivery in Dubai. Moments later, a car sideswiped him. ...

Saudi Arabia, 20 years after 9/11: 'A country in the making'

Sep. 11, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi Arabia of today is far different from the Saudi Arabia of Sept. 11, 2001. All but four of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi citizens, and the Saudi kingdom was the birthplace of Osama bin Laden, the head of al-Qaida and...

US pulls missile defenses in Saudi Arabia amid Yemen attacks

Sep. 11, 2021 02:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. has removed its most advanced missile defense system and Patriot batteries from Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, even as the kingdom faced continued air attacks from Yemen's Houthi rebels, satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press show. ...

EXPLAINER: What was, and is, al-Qaida?

Sep. 08, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Born out of the 1980s war against the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan, the terror group al-Qaida under Osama bin Laden grew into a generational threat to America that culminated in its Sept. 11, 2001, attack that brought down the World Trade...

US Navy launches Mideast drone task force amid Iran tensions

Sep. 08, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran. Navy officials...