Latest Abu Dhabi News

UAE overturns prison sentence for former Khashoggi attorney

Aug. 10, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday overturned a three-year prison sentence for an American citizen who had represented slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, one of his lawyers and the Emirati judicial department said. Instead, Virginia-based...

France, United Arab Emirates sign deal on energy cooperation

Jul. 18, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France and the United Arab Emirates on Monday signed an agreement on energy cooperation to ensure oil and natural gas supplies from the Gulf country as Europe prepares for the possibility of a total gas cutoff from Russia in retaliation for sanctions over the war in Ukraine. ...

UAE sentences former Khashoggi lawyer to 3 years in prison

Jul. 17, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has sentenced an American citizen and the former lawyer of Jamal Khashoggi — the dissident Saudi journalist who was killed at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018 — to three years in prison on charges of money laundering...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia downplays normalization with Israel

Jul. 16, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the Mideast: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat on Saturday downplayed talk of normalization with Israel after the kingdom opened its airspace to Israeli commercial flights and hammered out a complex deal over...

India's prime minister visits the UAE, showcasing deep ties

Jun. 28, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Emirati President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on a visit to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, showcasing deep ties between the major trade partners. From the oil-rich capital of Abu...

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. ...

United Arab Emirates bans Pixar's 'Lightyear' from showing

Jun. 13, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear" from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters. The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly...

Israeli PM Bennett in snap UAE visit amid standoff with Iran

Jun. 09, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett made a surprise visit to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, with the snap trip coming as efforts to salvage a deal over Iran's nuclear program are stalled in a deepening standoff with Tehran. The visit was Bennett's...

Abu Dhabi hosts a pandemic-delayed Bollywood awards ceremony

Jun. 04, 2022 02:08 AM EDT

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian celebrities and Bollywood stars walked a green carpet at the start of the International Indian Film Academy awards in Abu Dhabi. The Friday night ceremony had been twice canceled in the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic....

Sanctioned Russian oligarch's megayacht hides in a UAE creek

Jun. 01, 2022 02:13 AM EDT

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In the dusty, northern-most sheikhdom of the United Arab Emirates, where laborers cycle by rustic tea shops, one of the world's largest yachts sits in a quiet port — so far avoiding the fate of other luxury vessels linked to sanctioned Russian...