Gulf - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Gulf

ARTICLE FINDER

Gulf economies to shrink 7.6% over virus, oil slump – IMF

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:40 AM

The International Monetary Fund's 2020 projection for the 6-nation Gulf Cooperation Council dramatically worsens

EMPTY. An aerial view shows a deserted highway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Saudi capital Riyadh on May 24, 2020. Photo by Faisal al-Nasser/AFP

Gulf stocks battered by coronavirus, oil price war in Q1 2020

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The 5 major bourses in the Gulf region plummet in the first 3 months of the year, with Dubai's market losing more than a third of its value

SLUMPING STOCKS. A Kuwaiti trader wearing a protective mask follows the market at the Boursa Kuwait stock exchange in Kuwait City on March 1, 2020. Photo by Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Gulf shares slump after OPEC fails to agree on virus action plan

Mar 08, 2020 - 11:55 PM

All the 7 bourses in the Gulf close in the red on Sunday, March 8, amid a panic sell-off over fears that energy prices could collapse

A picture taken with a fisheye lense shows traders walking by beneath a stock display board at the Dubai Stock Exchange in the United Arab Emirates, on March 8, 2020. - Saudi's stock exchange fell 6.5 percent and other Gulf markets tumbled to multi-year lows at the start of trading after OPEC and its allies failed to clinch a deal over oil production cuts. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Coronavirus compounds Gulf economic woes as oil prices slump

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:25 AM

Capital Economics estimates the 6 Gulf Cooperation Council states will lose some $40 billion of oil revenues in 2020

This picture taken on December 11, 2019, shows a view of a refinery at the Jubail Industrial City, about 95 kilometres north of Dammam in Saudi Arabia's eastern province overlooking the Gulf. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Gulf bourses dive as coronavirus hits oil price

Mar 01, 2020 - 10:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Gulf region's stock markets are badly hit on Sunday, March 1, with oil prices sagging below $50 a barrel amid novel coronavirus fears

A Kuwaiti trader wearing a protective mask follows the market at the Boursa Kuwait stock exchange in Kuwait City on March 1, 2020. - Boursa Kuwait decided to close the main trading hall due to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease developments. Stock markets in the oil-rich Gulf states plunged on March 1 over fears of the impact of the coronavirus, which also battered global bourses last week. All of the seven exchanges in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which were closed the previous two days for the Muslim weekend, were hit as oil prices dropped below $50 a barrel. The region's slide was led by Kuwait Boursa, where the All-Share Index fell 10 percent, triggering its closure. Kuwait's bourse was closed for most of last week for national holidays. (Photo by YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP)

China virus threatens to hobble Gulf economies

Feb 13, 2020 - 3:15 PM

The 6 Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates – count China as their main trading partner and crude buyer

Tourists wearing surgical masks are pictured on a beach next to Burj Al Arab in Dubai on January 29 2020. - The United Arab Emirates announced the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the Middle East, with a four-member Chinese family from Wuhan found to be infected. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

Without reforms, Gulf oil wealth could vanish by 2034 – IMF

Feb 07, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says Gulf states have no choice but to accelerate and widen economic reforms

OIL PRODUCTION. A picture taken on May 10, 2016, shows Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Ian Timberlake/AFP

Prospect of U.S.-Iran conflict threatens Gulf economies

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Saudi economist Fadhl al-Bouenain says a US-Iran war would further dampen economic growth in Gulf Cooperation Council states, just as many of them are attempting to diversify towards a post-oil future

GULF ECONOMIES. This file photo taken on September 20, 2019, shows employees of Aramco oil company working in Saudi Arabia's Abqaiq oil processing plant. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Qatar emir skips summit but warm words point to thaw with Saudi

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:48 PM

In a sign of the changing mood, the Doha delegation receives a warm welcome in Riyadh, with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the Qatari prime minister exchanging smiles and pleasantries

THAW? Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar's Prime Minister, is seen waiting for a family picture during the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council summit held at the Saudi capital Riyadh on December 10, 2019. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Iran downs unidentified drone near Gulf coast – reports

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:28 PM

The unmanned aircraft is downed over Iranian territory with a domestically manufactured Mersad surface-to-air missile

Locator map of Iran

[ANALYSIS] 75 years after MacArthur's return, WW2 combatants face common threat

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Why were the US and Japan forces in the Philippines for joint 'warrior' exercises? Because China desires regional and global domination, and the Philippines is standing in its way.

FAST FACTS: The destructive earthquakes that hit Mindanao

Oct 31, 2019 - 6:01 PM

(UPDATED) Since the 1900s, Mindanao has been hit by at least 35 earthquakes. Here are the 3 earthquakes classified by Phivolcs as ‘destructive.’

Tulunan, Cotabato earthquke. Photo courtesy of the Tulunan MDRRMO

Spanish falcons feed Arab passion for raptor hunting

Oct 26, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Spain is the world's number one exporter of falcons in 2018, exporting some 2,800 specimens, almost all of them to Gulf countries

Breeder Juan Antonio Sanchez holds a falcon at the Nebli Falcon Center in Fuentespina on August 25, 2019.  Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Israeli minister seeks 'non-aggression' pacts with Arab nations

Oct 06, 2019 - 7:32 PM

It is the latest sign of Israel's push to improve ties with Gulf Arab nations with whom it has no formal diplomatic relations

Foreign forces raise Gulf 'insecurity' – Iran's Rouhani

Sep 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

President Hassan Rouhani adds that Iran would present to the United Nations a regional cooperation plan for peace

ROUHANI. A file handout picture made available by the Iranian presidential office shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivering a speech on April 9, 2019. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran says U.S. Gulf mission will 'increase insecurity'

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The US has been seeking to form a coalition whose mission – dubbed Operation Sentinel – it says is to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Gulf

IRAN ON US GULF MISSION. In this file photo, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami attends the VII Moscow Conference on International Security MCIS-2018 in Moscow on April 4, 2018. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

U.S. urges Germany to 'help secure' Strait of Hormuz

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:30 AM

'Members of the German government have been clear that freedom of navigation should be protected... Our question is, protected by whom?' says the US Embassy in Berlin

UK warship arrives in Gulf to escort tankers

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:58 PM

HMS Duncan will help accompany vessels through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker there earlier in July

HMS DUNCAN. A March 22, 2013 handout photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defence in London on July 12, 2019, shows the British Royal Navy's HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, as it prepares to arrive in Portsmouth, southern England. AFP PHOTO / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2019

Swedish owner of tanker seized by Iran says crew 'safe'

Jul 25, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Aside from a Filipino seafarer, the rest of the 23 detained crew of the oil tanker Stena Impero hail from India, Russia, and Latvia

An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on July 22, 2019 shows crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, after it was seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. Britain on July 23, said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. In a ramping up of tensions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the Stena Impero on July 19 in the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz. IRIB / AFP

Iran 'does not seek confrontation,' says foreign minister after tanker seizure

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:40 AM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says, it 'is very important for Boris Johnson as he enters 10 Downing Street to understand that Iran does not seek confrontation, that Iran wants normal relations based on mutual respect'

Manila asks Iran to free Filipino on seized British-flagged tanker

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says one of the crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero is a Filipino citizen

This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero seized by Iran is now at anchor off the port of Bandar Abbas with all its crew aboard after colliding with a fishing boat, authorities said on July 20, 2019. The Swedish-owned Stena Impero "collided with a fishing boat", said Allah-Morad Afifipoor, director-general of the Hormozgan province port and maritime organisation.  Nico KEMPS / VESSELFINDER.COM / AFP

Gulf tensions rise as U.S. shoots down Iranian drone

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:52 AM

It is the first US military engagement with Iran following a series of increasingly serious incidents

(FILES) This US Navy file photo taken on March 7, 2016 shows the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) as it transits the East Sea during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. The US military shot down an Iranian drone on July 18, 2019 that came within 1,000 yards of one of its naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump said."The (USS) Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards," Trump announced at the White House.  Craig Z. Rodarte / US NAVY / AFP

Britain sends second warship to the Gulf after Iran tanker standoff

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) British officials say the naval deployment is part of a pre-planned rotation and meant to ensure a continued British naval presence in one of the most important but volatile oil shipment routes in the world

HMS DUNCAN. A March 22, 2013 handout photo released by Britain's Ministry of Defence in London on July 12, 2019, shows the British Royal Navy's HMS Duncan, a Type 45 Destroyer, as it prepares to arrive in Portsmouth, southern England. AFP PHOTO / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2019

[ANALYSIS] Is Duterte ready to handle a looming Middle East crisis?

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:38 PM

The attack on two cargo ships in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 poses a grave problem for President Duterte, as the country risks getting entangled in a larger power play that could result in a major regional conflict

Iran 'categorically rejects' U.S. tanker attack allegations

Jun 19, 2019 - 11:06 PM

'Accusations levelled against Iran's armed forces and the published film with regards to the incident [that] happened to the vessels...are unsubstantiated,' says Defense Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami

TANKERS. This grab taken from a video released by the US Central Command (USCENTCOM) on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows an Iranian navy patrol boat in the Gulf of Oman approaching the Japanese operated methanol tanker Kokuka Courageous and removing an unexploded mine. File photo from US Central Command/AFP

Saudi urges world powers to secure waterways after twin attacks

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:31 PM

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih has also urged world powers to cooperate on keeping shipping lanes open for oil and other energy supplies

TWIN ATTACKS. A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian news agency Tasnim on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows an Iranian navy boat trying to control fire from Norwegian owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. Photo by Tasnim News/AFP

Iraq looking at options in case Gulf oil route cut – spokesman

Jun 17, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Lawmakers have also called for an emergency session with Iraq's ministers of oil, trade, planning and transport to 'prepare to confront the possible dangers'

TO PORT. This picture taken on June 15, 2019 shows tanker ships in the waters of the Gulf of Oman off the coast of the eastern UAE emirate of Fujairah. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Damaged tankers reach safe waters after Gulf attacks

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says he would not hesitate to tackle any threats to the oil-rich kingdom

Iran hints U.S. could be behind 'suspicious' tanker attacks

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Iran's Ali Larijani says the attacks 'seem to complement the economic sanctions against Iran considering that (the US) has not achieved any results from them'

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

British envoy denies Iran summons over tanker attacks claim

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:03 PM

'I asked for an urgent meeting with the Foreign Ministry yesterday and it was granted. No 'summons',' says Britain's ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at an undisclosed location. AFP Photo/ HO/IRINN

2 tankers catch fire after suspected Gulf of Oman attacks

Jun 13, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The mystery incident comes amid spiralling tensions between Tehran and Washington, which has pointed the finger at Iran over tanker attacks in May

GULF OF OMAN. An undated picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRNN on June 13, 2019, reportedly shows the two tankers involved in an incident off the coast of Oman, according to the Iranian State TV at un undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRINN

Riyadh rallies allies against Tehran at Mecca summits

May 31, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Tehran expresses disappointment that Riyadh plans to level the same 'baseless accusations' at a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

ON IRAN. This handout photo taken and released by the Jordanian Royal Palace on May 31, 2019 shows Arab leaders and officials attending an Arab League summit meeting at al-Safa Royal Palace in the Saudi holy city of Mecca. AFP PHOTO / JORDANIAN ROYAL PALACE / YOUSEF ALLAN

Saudi king calls on Gulf states to tackle Iran's 'criminal' acts

May 31, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Saudi Arabia, a staunch US ally, is hosting leaders from across the Arab and Muslim world for emergency Gulf and Arab summits and a meeting of heads of state from Islamic nations

This handout photo taken and released by the Saudi Royal Palace on May 31, 2019 shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz addressing the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) held at al-Safa Royal Palace in the Saudi holy city of Mecca.  BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Iran 'almost certainly' behind ship attacks off UAE – Bolton

May 29, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The new war of words comes on the eve of emergency Arab and Gulf summits called by Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia to discuss the standoff and ways to isolate Tehran

U.S. fingers Iran on Gulf attacks but eases tone

May 22, 2019 - 12:20 AM

Top Trump officials appeared to be toning down weeks of fiery warnings to Iran before delivering a classified briefing to the full Congress

US-IRAN. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump delivering a televised address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC on January 8, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings over tensions

May 19, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The Saudi Press Agency says King Salman had invited Gulf leaders and Arab states to two emergency summits in Mecca on May 30

HIS HIGHNESS. File photo of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaking during a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/POOL/AFP

Iran wants 'good' relations with Saudi Arabia, UAE

May 02, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country hopes to improve relations with its regional archrival

RIVALS. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. Photo by  Adem Altan/AFP

Against the tide: Thailand 'floating temple' defies coastal erosion

Apr 13, 2019 - 2:26 PM

In Thailand, a quarter of the country's shores – or about 700 kilometers – are eroding, some 'severely', according to data by the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources

FLOATING TEMPLE. This aerial photo taken on March 9, 2019 shows a view of a Buddhist temple isolated by coastal erosion in Samut Chin village, off the shore of Samut Prakan. Photo by Jonathan Klein/AFP

Pompeo to push for end to Gulf dispute during Qatar visit

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:33 PM

'It is time for old rivalries to end for the sake of the greater good of the region,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018.  JOHN THYS / AFP

Qatar says Gulf alliance needs replacing

Dec 15, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The Gulf Cooperation Council 'has been undermined by the crisis' between the emirate and its neighbors, says Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

DOHA FORUM. Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani speaks at the opening session of the Doha Forum in the Qatari capital on December 15, 2018. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Qatar emir skips Saudi-hosted summit with Gulf rivals

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:17 PM

Qatar is represented by its minister of state for foreign affairs, Sultan al-Muraikhi

File photo by AFP

Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility – IMF

Nov 13, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund urges Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to expand reforms

10 Filipino seafarers kidnapped in Gulf of Guinea

Oct 31, 2018 - 6:30 PM

The 10 Filipino seafarers were kidnapped in two separate incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

Images from Shutterstock

Hurricane Michael death toll hits 17

Oct 13, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, warns that he expects the toll to rise

GONE. Claire mourns as she sees the damage caused by Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Florida, on October 12, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

1 dead as monstrous Hurricane Michael tears into Florida

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long says Michael is the most intense hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since 1851

AFTER MICHAEL. Damaged buildings and a flooded street are seen after Hurricane Michael passed through the downtown area on October 10, 2018 in Panama City, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall on US Gulf Coast, one death reported

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:28 PM

The fatality came in Pensacola, Florida when a tree fell on a mobile home and killed a child, the National Weather Service says

TROPICAL STORM GORDON. This satellite image obtained from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Tropical Storm Gordon moving towards the US Gulf Coast on September 4, 2018. Photo from NOAA/AFP

Iran conducts naval exercise in Gulf – U.S. official

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The timing of the exercise is unusual, as it appears to be similar in scale and nature to a drill that ordinarily happens later in the autumn

IRAN NAVAL EXERCISE. In this file photo, the Iranian Corvette Admiral Naghdi is seen docking in the Red Sea Sudanese town of Port Sudan on October 31, 2012. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

BBL's hot issue: Who gets to control rich Sulu Sea, Moro Gulf?

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:01 PM

It's a deadlock at the bicameral conference committee

HOT ISSUE. Maguindanao 1st District Representative Bai Sandra Sema (middle) and Tawi-Tawi Representative Ruby Sahali (R) fight for the Bangsamoro's jurisdiction over the Sulu Sea and Moro Gulf. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Qatar says 'stronger' despite year-long Gulf dispute

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'One year on and Qatar and its people are stronger,' says Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, one of the most prominent voices in the region's worst diplomatic crisis for years,