Latest United Arab Emirates News

Iran detains 5 over mixed-sex teenage skateboard gathering

Jun. 24, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian state media reported Friday that authorities have detained five people accused of organizing a skateboarding event where dozens of teenagers mixed freely and girls didn't wear headscarves. A video of the “Go Skateboarding Day” held off...

Sanctioned Russian oligarch yacht in Dubai as pressure grows

Jun. 23, 2022 10:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A sleek $156 million superyacht belonging to a sanctioned Russian oligarch and parliamentarian is now docked in Dubai, the latest reminder of how the skyscraper-studded sheikhdom has become a haven for Russian money amid Moscow's war on Ukraine. ...

Turkey, Saudi hail 'new era of cooperation' as prince visits

Jun. 22, 2022 15:15 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday declared their determination to start a “new era of cooperation” during a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as they set aside years of acrimony following the brutal slaying of a Saudi columnist. The...

Kuwait's crown prince dissolves parliament, calls elections

Jun. 22, 2022 09:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's crown prince on Wednesday dissolved Parliament and called for early elections, a move to ease government gridlock that has bred popular opposition and paralyzed the tiny country for months. In his televised national address, the...

Officials: Militants ambush security post in Yemen; 8 killed

Jun. 22, 2022 05:13 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Suspected al-Qaida militants on Wednesday attacked a security post in a southern Yemeni province, sparking clashes that left five troops and three militants dead, officials said. The early morning attack took place in Ataq, the capital of the mountainous...

US, Iran in tense sea incident; Tehran preps new centrifuges

Jun. 21, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship fired a warning flare to wave off an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat coming straight at it during a tense encounter in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, officials said Tuesday. The incident on Monday involving the Guard...

Syrian plane lands in base after Damascus airport attack

Jun. 21, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A flight by private Syrian airline Cham Wings landed on Tuesday at an airport used by Russia’s military in the coastal province of Latakia in western Syria, the country's state news agency reported. The flight from the city of Sharjah in the United Arab...

Emirati officials announce new plans for world's fair site

Jun. 20, 2022 14:57 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati officials Monday revealed plans to repurpose the Expo 2020 site in Dubai that received millions of visitors between October and March. At a press conference at the site's exhibition center, officials announced the property would be...

Syrian leader receives credentials from Bahrain ambassador

Jun. 19, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A new ambassador from Bahrain formally took up his post in Syria on Sunday, the country's first full diplomatic mission there in more than a decade as Damascus continues to improve its relations with Gulf Arab states. President Bashar Assad received the...

Saudi crown prince to meet Turkey's president in Ankara

Jun. 17, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman plans to visit Ankara next week, Turkey's president said Friday. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the official visit would take place Wednesday. Erdogan said he and the crown prince would discuss advancing...