Latest United Arab Emirates News

Oman's ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

Dec. 13, 2019 8:13 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after traveling to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate’s state-run news agency reported Friday. Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God...

Denmark to send frigate to European-led mission in Gulf

Dec. 12, 2019 11:12 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark said on Thursday that it will send a frigate with a crew of about 155 and a helicopter to a European-led military mission aimed at monitoring shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf. The mission was put together after Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in...

UN experts: Libya is new focus of Islamic State extremists

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say the interference of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya is “a direct threat” to the security and stability of the war-torn country, which a leader of the Islamic State extremist group has declared “one of the main axes” of its future...

Gulf leaders meet in Saudi Arabia under looming Iran threat

Dec. 10, 2019 2:56 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab Gulf leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an annual summit that was intended to showcase their unity in the face of shared threats. But looming over the meeting were their frayed ties and heightened worries about Iran. For all their diverging views and...

Trump, Obama advisers say Russia, Iran remain threats to US

Dec. 10, 2019 10:24 AM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Russia's challenge to NATO and democratic nations, as well as Iran's influence on the wider Middle East, remain two of the top threats to world peace, two former White House advisers to presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump said Tuesday. The comments by the two...

Cheney warns disengagement in Mideast benefits Iran, Russia

Dec. 9, 2019 7:51 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned Monday that “American disengagement” in the Middle East will benefit only Iran and Russia, indirectly criticizing President Donald Trump's pledges to pull forces out of the region. While stressing that he's no longer...

Oman's sultan, 79, travels to Belgium for medical checks

Dec. 7, 2019 8:23 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman's 79-year-old ruler will travel to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate's state-run news agency reported. Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported Saturday,...

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

Dec. 7, 2019 3:55 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of...

Saudi Aramco plans $25.6B share sale in biggest ever IPO

Dec. 5, 2019 4:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company Aramco on Thursday set a share price for its IPO — expected to be the biggest ever — that puts the value of the company at $1.7 trillion, more than Apple or Microsoft. The company said it will sell its shares at 32...

Saudi oil producer Aramco announces $25.6 billion share sale, valuing company at $1.7 trillion in world’s biggest IPO

Dec. 5, 2019 2:15 PM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi oil producer Aramco announces $25.6 billion share sale, valuing company at $1.7 trillion in world’s biggest IPO.