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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

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

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

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

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

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

Gulf states skip Qatar crisis, blast Huthis as summit ends

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:53 AM

The 6-nation regional alliance affirms in a joint declaration the importance of preserving the GCC's existence which is threatened by a bitter dispute between its members

GCC SUMMIT. A man walks past the flags of the countries attending the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit at Bayan palace in Kuwait City on December 5, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

IMF tells Gulf states to speed up switch from oil

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The IMF advises energy-rich Gulf economies to speed up their diversification away from oil after projecting the worst growth for the region since the global financial crisis

This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Bahrain suggests freezing Qatar's GCC membership

Oct 30, 2017 - 4:10 PM

GCC members are supposed to meet before the end of the year, but the crisis could see the bloc's annual meeting postponed or cancelled

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:56 AM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, in an address to parliament, also says that Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

KUWAITI LEADER. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah attends the opening ceremony of the new legislative year in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Kuwait emir warns against Gulf crisis escalating

Oct 24, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed Al-Sabah says Kuwait's goal is to save the Gulf Cooperation Council union from 'cracking and collapsing'

MEDIATOR. Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves during the opening ceremony of the new legislative year at the National Assembly in Kuwait City, on October 24, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Gulf states say goodbye to tax-free reputation

Oct 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

The 6 states are now taking austerity measures a step further with the plan to introduce value-added tax, ending their decades-old reputation for being tax havens

In this file photo, people shop at the Dubai Mall on June 1, 2016 in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. Marwan Naamani/AFP

'Lot of time' needed to rebuild trust in Gulf – Qatar FM

Aug 16, 2017 - 6:46 AM

As the impasse between Doha and 4 Arab states led by Saudi Arabia enters its 11th week Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani says regional relations have been transformed by the dispute

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, 14 July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Hopes of a swift resolution seem as remote as a summer downpour in the desert

LEADER. A young boy poses for a photo after writing a comment on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighboring countries, in Doha, Karim Jaafar/AFP

UK foreign minister urges Arab states to end Qatar boycott

Jul 08, 2017 - 11:46 PM

The blockade is unwelcome and we hope there will be a de escalation says Boris Johnson

'END QATAR BOYCOTT.' British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson speaks during an interview at the British embassy in Kuwait City on July 8, 2017. Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Qatar to respond after Arab nations extend deadline

Jul 03, 2017 - 8:55 AM

3rd UPDATE Saudi Arabia and its allies say they have decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade

CALM. A man fishes off the corniche in the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Qatar says Saudi-led ultimatum unreasonable

Jun 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM

UPDATED Qatar has been given 10 days to meet the demands which apparently include a call to close down broadcaster Al Jazeera but Doha said the requests are unrealistic

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. File photo by Patrick Baz/AFP

Gulf cyber attacks on rise, conference told

Feb 27, 2017 - 10:03 PM

All Gulf Cooperation Council countries are at risk Saleh Almotairi director general of the Saudi National Cyber Security Center tells the conference

BEWARE OF CYBERATTACKS. Director General of National Cyber Security Center in the Saudi Interior Ministry Saleh Ibrahim Almotairi attends the second International Cyber Security Conference, in Riyadh on February 27, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/ AFP

IMF's Lagarde 'optimistic' about U.S. economy

Feb 12, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Christine Lagarde predicts tax reform and more investment in infrastructure are both likely under US President Donald Trump

International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde attends a session at the Congress centre on the second day of the World Economic Forum, on January 18, 2017 in Davos. With the world's elite holding its breath until Donald Trump becomes the next US president, outgoing Vice-President Joe Biden addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

IMF: Oil exporters must do more to balance budgets

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:40 PM

The International Monetary Fund says deep structural reforms are needed to create jobs for the growing labor force

epa05329527 (L-R) Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al Khalid al Sabah, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Oman's Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Qatar's Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash and Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani pose during the family photo of the 4th meeting of the strategic dialogue Russia-Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, or the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in Moscow, Russia, 26 May 2016. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY

Gulf countries, Canada to cooperate in anti-ISIS fight

May 24, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The campaign against [ISIS] and other terrorist organizations is not religious or linked to a religion or sect but rather a war on terror says a statement from the Gulf Cooperation Council ministers

IMF urges Gulf states to adapt to lower oil prices

Apr 25, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Given falling revenues from oil exports the International Monetary Fund says affected countries must cut spending and implement other measures

A lone gas flame is seen in the desert at Khurais oil field, about 160 km from Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 23 June 2008. A top executive at Saudi Aramco said that the company's plans are on track for its Khurais project south of Riyadh which puts put 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), Gulf Daily News reported. A statement said the project is valued at $10 billion and would be on time giving another major boost to capacity from the Khursaniyah oil field. The processing facility will handle oil from the Abu Jifan and Mazalij fields, as well as Khurais. EPA/ALI HAIDER

Iran says Gulf Arab moves against Hezbollah harm Lebanon

Mar 03, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Those who call Hezbollah terrorists have intentionally or unintentionally harmed the unity and security of Lebanon

epa05191041 Members of Hezbollah hold their party flags as they pay tribute next to the coffin of Hezbollah military commander Ali Fayyad, who was reportedly killed fighting alongside Syrian Government forces in Aleppo, during the funeral procession, in Ansar village, southern Lebanon, 02 March 2016. EPA/STR

Gulf states declare Lebanon's Hezbollah 'terrorist' group

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:33 PM

They cite terrorist acts and incitement in Syria Yemen and Iraq as basis for the declaration

epa05190286 (FILE) A file photo dated 14 August 2015 shows Hezbollah militia members posing with Hezbollah flags as they listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen during the 'Victory Festival' to mark the 9th anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War between Hezbollah and Israel in Wadi Al Hujeir area, southern Lebanon. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on 02 March 2016 it had designated the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement a terrorist group. The move comes a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of fomenting sectarian sedition in the Middle East. EPA/STR

Kerry in Riyadh to reassure allies over Iran

Jan 23, 2016 - 8:37 PM

The US Secretary of State also announces that the Syria Support Group of 20 nations and organizations will meet very shortly to help push peace in the war ravaged country

AFP file photo

Saudi-Iran crisis widens as Kuwait recalls envoy

Jan 05, 2016 - 6:03 PM

UPDATED Washington and other Western powers have called for calm amid fears the dispute could raise sectarian tensions across the Middle East and derail efforts to resolve conflicts from Syria to Yemen

In this file photo, a man drives his motorcycle decorated with Kuwaiti flags on a highway in Kuwait City on February 25, 2015, as Kuwaitis celebrate their 54th National Day. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP

Max's Group to open 200 overseas stores by 2020

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Restaurant chain operator Max’s Group Inc plans to open 70 80 stores in 2016 in line with its target to have 1 000 stores by 2020

US agrees to 'expedite' arms sales to Gulf states – Kerry

Aug 03, 2015 - 11:15 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US and states in the region will also increase efforts to share intelligence

. File photo from the US Department of State

Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal

Aug 03, 2015 - 4:14 PM

Kerry is set to hold discussions with his 6 counterparts from the Sunni dominated Gulf Cooperation Council in a bid to allay fears about Shiite Iran after the nuclear deal

MEET THE PRESS. US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to journalists' questions at a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (unseen) following their meeting in Cairo, Egypt, August 2, 2015. Mohamed Hossam/EPA

John Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Middle East tour

Aug 02, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Many Gulf states are concerned about Iran s ambitions in the region following the pact with the US and five other world powers – Britain China France Germany and Russia

KERRY. US Secretary of State, John Kerry speaks during an official press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria on 15 January 2015. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived on a one day official visit in Sofia. Photo by Vassil Donev/EPA

Gulf expat workers send home $100 billion: report

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:55 PM

Saudi Arabia topped the list with its estimated 10 million expats sending home 44 billion

Obama offers Gulf allies 'ironclad' security pledge

May 15, 2015 - 9:13 AM

Obama faces the tough task of convincing skeptical emirs princes and sheikhs that his ambition to reach a nuclear deal with Tehran will not come at their expense

SHAKING HANDS. US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (R), Amir of the State of Kuwait, at Camp David, Maryland, USA, 14 May 2015. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Saudi King Salman to miss US-Gulf summit

May 11, 2015 - 7:59 AM

Six Gulf Cooperation Council leaders are due to visit the White House on Wednesday May 13 and attend the summit at the bucolic Camp David presidential retreat the next day

A file picture dated 21 May 2004 shows then Saudi Arabian Prince Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud (now King) waving as he arrives to Barajas Airport in Madrid, Spain. Jose Huesca/EPA

Saudi king warns of Iran threat, rebels hit border town

May 05, 2015 - 11:36 PM

Saudi Arabia s King Salman says that Gulf leaders must stand up to Iran as Yemeni rebels backed by Tehran attacked a Saudi border town with mortar shells

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. Yemeni children, forced to flee their family homes, due allegedly to ongoing air-strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition, take shelter in an underground water tunnel in Sana’a, Yemen, 30 April 2015. Photo by Yanya Arhab / EPA

Gulf leaders hold summit as concern grows over Yemen

May 05, 2015 - 10:52 AM

The 6 Sunni dominated Gulf Cooperation Council states meet in the Saudi capital with their region also threatened by jihadists and amid concerns over a potential final nuclear deal with Iran

IN RIYADH. French President, Francois Hollande (R), is greeted by the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (L), upon his arrival at Riyadh airport, Saudi Arabia, May 4, 2015. Christophe Ena/Pool/EPA

Qatar recalls envoy to Egypt after dispute over Libya strikes

Feb 19, 2015 - 4:10 PM

The diplomatic row comes just 3 months after a thaw in relations between the two countries

READY FOR TAKEOFF. A handout photo made available by the Egyptian Army on 16 February 2015 shows F-16 fighter preparing to take off to carry an airstrike against militants loyal to Islamic State (ISIS) in Derna in eastern Libya, from a base in an undisclosed location, 15 February 2015. Egyptian Army/Handout/EPA

Shiite militia tightens grip on Yemen after 'coup'

Feb 07, 2015 - 10:16 PM

The Huthi coup marks a grave and inacceptable escalation and endangers the security stability sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen the Gulf Cooperation Council says

COUP.  Photo shows a general view of the  Al-Saleh mosque in Sana'a, Yemen taken on May 26, 2014. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Qatar joins Gulf partners in backing Sisi's Egypt

Dec 10, 2014 - 8:08 AM

Leaders of the 6 nation Gulf Cooperation Council GCC states in their final statement announce their full support to Egypt and the political program of President Abdel Fattah al Sisi

GULF LEADERS. A general view for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Foreign Ministers meeting ahead of leaders annual summit, in Doha, Qatar, 09 December 2014. Ali Haider/EPA

PH welcomes new domestic workers' contract in Gulf states

Nov 28, 2014 - 3:06 PM

Still the New York based Human Rights Watch says a standardized contract is no substitute for labor law protection and institutional reforms

Rights groups urge Gulf states to protect migrant workers

Nov 23, 2014 - 5:39 PM

International rights and labor groups call for urgent actions to protect the rights of migrant workers ahead of the Abu Dhabi Dialogue on labor migration

Yemen to name new PM, raising hopes for end to standoff

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:09 PM

Yemen s president offers to appoint a new premier within 48 hours under a potential deal with Shiite rebels in return for ending their protests after a weeks long standoff

Yemenis loyal to the mainly Shiite Houthi anti-Government protest movement shout anti-Government slogans at an encampment on the outskirts of Sana’a, Yemen, 11 September 2014. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Go for Middle East market, PH tuna processors urged

Sep 05, 2014 - 8:32 PM

The Philippines agricultural attaché to the UAE says PH can take advantage of a US 2 B market in Saudi Arabia Kuwait Bahrain the UAE Oman and Qatar

Gulf monarchies condemn Islamic State jihadists

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:34 PM

The 6 nation Gulf Cooperation Council strongly condemns Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria and their extreme interpretation of Islam as it opened a meeting in Saudi Arabia

JIHADIST. An image grab taken from a propaganda video released on July 5, 2014 by al-Furqan Media allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, aka Caliph Ibrahim, addressing Muslim worshippers at a mosque in the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Baghdadi. From Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Saudi Arabia demands Qatar shut down Al Jazeera – source

Mar 14, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Saudi Arabia reportedly demanded that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi, Bahrain, UAE recall envoys to Qatar

Mar 05, 2014 - 5:29 PM

The three Gulf Arab states made the decision following what newspapers described as a stormy meeting of foreign ministers from the 6 nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh

Gulf states call for rapid Syria political transition

Dec 25, 2012 - 7:48 PM

Representatives of the six oil rich Gulf Cooperation Council states call for a rapid political transition in war torn Syria