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Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

Oct. 17, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai. This is the site of Expo 2020, a...

UN labor body: Qatar pledges to end 'kafala' employment laws

Oct. 16, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The energy-rich nation of Qatar is pledging to fully eliminate a labor system that ties foreign workers to their employer and requires them to have their company's permission to leave the country. That's according to the United Nations' International Labor Organization,...

Bus near Saudi holy city of Mecca crashes, killing 35 people

Oct. 16, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday that four others were injured in the crash. The agency, quoting police in Saudi Arabia's Medina province,...

AP Analysis: Gulf Arab states worry after US Syria pullout

Oct. 16, 2019 9:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For decades considered a U.S. national security priority, the Persian Gulf remains home to tens of thousands of American troops spread across sprawling bases protecting crucial routes for global energy supplies. But while U.S.-Iran tensions in the Gulf appeared close to...

Kuwait's ruler, 90, returns home after US hospital visits

Oct. 16, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's ruling 90-year-old emir has returned to his oil-rich nation after undergoing medical checkups in the U.S. following a health scare. Kuwait state media showed Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah on his arrival Wednesday in Kuwait City. Sheikh Sabah wore a nasal cannula...

2 contractors killed, 2 injured at Saudi oil refinery

Oct. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi oil refinery owned by its state-run energy company says an apparent industrial accident has killed two workers and injured two others. SASREF, based in Jubail on the Persian Gulf, said Tuesday that the deaths happened "on a vessel while contractors were working on...

Russia's Putin seeks to enhance ties to US-allied UAE

Oct. 15, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, as part of a Mideast tour aimed at strengthening ties between Moscow and this longtime U.S. ally amid tensions in the wider Persian Gulf. Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed Al...

Russia's Putin visits Saudi Arabia on Mideast trip

Oct. 14, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to Saudi Arabia on Monday, meeting with the oil-rich nation's king and crown prince as he seeks to cement Moscow's political and energy ties across the Mideast. Putin received all the trappings of a state visit, with a mounted...

Images show damage after mysterious Iran oil tanker attack

Oct. 14, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New images have emerged of an Iranian oil tanker that Tehran says came under missile attack off Saudi Arabia's coast in the Red Sea. Video broadcast by the Saudi-owned satellite news channel Al Arabiya show what appears to be an oil slick behind the Sabiti. Meanwhile,...

For Huda Kattan, beauty has become a billion-dollar business

Oct. 14, 2019 1:48 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — From a humble start of leaving the world of finance to write a beauty blog, Huda Kattan now has become one of the most recognizable names in makeup around the world. The 36-year-old Iraqi-American now runs her eponymous empire Huda Beauty, a makeup line valued at $1.2...