Latest Persian Gulf News

UN envoy: US sanctions on Iran worsen humanitarian situation

May. 18, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Sweeping U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran have badly impacted the country’s economy and worsened the humanitarian situation in the Persian Gulf nation, a United Nations special envoy said Wednesday. According to Alena Douhan, the U.N. special rapporteur on...

UAE's long-ailing leader Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies at 73

May. 13, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates' long-ailing ruler and president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died Friday, the government announced in a brief statement. He was 73. Sheikh Khalifa oversaw much of the country’s blistering economic growth and...

Analysis: Oil prices, Ukraine war create Saudi pivot point

Apr. 01, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world is looking to Saudi Arabia to boost oil production as global energy prices spike because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But that could mean rethinking how to deal with the kingdom’s controversial crown prince. Crown...

Infantino: Qatar 'not paradise' but World Cup seeing changes

Mar. 29, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Through the enduring howls of outrage over Qatar, Gianni Infantino is not completely isolated from the divisiveness of the looming World Cup. “I was one of those as well criticizing when I was elected president,” the FIFA leader recalled. No...

Juxtaposition: Opulent resort hosts climate summit in Dubai

Mar. 26, 2022 03:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East is the most water-scarce region in the world, but participants at an upcoming climate summit in Dubai will be ensconced in a resort with one of the world’s largest water parks, complete with artificial lagoons, encounters with dolphins and a...

Iranian pop star Googoosh wows Dubai despite Tehran's outcry

Mar. 17, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It was music fit for the troubled times. Her voice full of heartache and tender resolve, Iranian pop diva and national icon Googoosh delivered old hits and songs from her new album to a packed stadium on Thursday in Dubai — just across the...

Emirati-flagged cargo ship sinks in Persian Gulf off Iran

Mar. 17, 2022 06:34 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Emirati-flagged cargo ship, longer than a soccer field, sank in stormy seas off Iran’s southern coast in the Persian Gulf on Thursday, authorities said. Rescuers were trying to account for all of the vessel’s 30 crew members. Capt. Nizar...

Dubai-based shipper tells AP its Emirati-flagged cargo ship has sunk in Persian Gulf, efforts underway to rescue 30 crew

Mar. 17, 2022 04:34 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai-based shipper tells AP its Emirati-flagged cargo ship has sunk in Persian Gulf, efforts underway to rescue 30 crew.

Kuwait's pardoned dissidents return to a country in crisis

Mar. 02, 2022 05:59 AM EST

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — More than a decade after a wave of uprisings swept across the Middle East, countless dissidents have encountered grim fates: exiled, imprisoned, disappeared, dead. Until mere months ago, Musallam al-Barrak, the icon of opposition in Kuwait, seemed another Arab...