Gulf states - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Gulf states


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

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, UAE introduce VAT in first for Gulf

Jan 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The other Gulf states – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar – are also committed to introducing VAT but have delayed the move until early 2019

Qatar seeks 'siege' compensation for firms, citizens

Jul 09, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Potential plaintiffs such as Qatar Airways banks or individuals will be able to file claims over what Doha has labelled a siege in courts at home and abroad

CLOSED. A picture taken on June 7, 2017 shows a notice sign informing customers that the Qatar Airways bureau in the Saudi capital Riyadh has been closed until further notice, as per instructions by the Saudi Authority of Civil Aviation. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi, allies slam Qatar non-compliance as threat to security

Jul 07, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Saudi Arabia and its allies say Qatar s rejection of a list of demands they set to lift sanctions on Doha reflects its intention to continue its policy aimed at destabilizing security in the region

DOHA. A man fishes off the corniche in the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. AFP PHOTO

Qatar crisis, martial law, Duterte and Carpio | Evening wRap

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:49 PM

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Jun 06, 2017 - 1:31 PM

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Jun 05, 2017 - 8:26 PM

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Palace denies PH troops will fight in Gulf states

Apr 16, 2017 - 2:34 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says the Philippine military s assistance to the Gulf States would be on the basis of training

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with a Bahraini official before boarding his flight bound for Qatar following a visit to Bahrain on April 14, 2017. Malacanang Photo

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

Moody's places Gulf states on review for downgrade

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:35 PM

After lowering Oman and Bahrain s credit ratings Moody s is reviewing countries like Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates Kuwait and Qatar for possible downgrades

DOWNGRADE. Moody's cites lowering oil prices leading to weakened economies as reasons for downgrading Gulf States' credit ratings. AFP file photo

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

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Sep 30, 2015 - 7:21 PM

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G7, Gulf states pledge $1.8B for UN refugee aid

Sep 30, 2015 - 10:32 AM

German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier urges the other Group of Seven members European countries and Gulf states to step up their financial contributions too

REFUGEE AID. German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier talks to the media upon his arrival at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris, France, 24 September 2015. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Kerry assures Middle East allies Iran deal makes them 'safer'

Aug 02, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Egypt and other countries in the region such as Saudi Arabia are suspicious of Iran which they view as bent on destabilizing their countries

STATEMENT. A handout picture provided by the US Department of State shows US Secretary of State John Kerry delivering a statement, 05 May 2015.

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

US President Barack Obama to host Gulf leaders in May

Apr 17, 2015 - 10:54 PM

The White House will welcome the leaders of Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates during the May meetings

CENSORSHIP? US President Barack Obama says US will respond to the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has enough information to conclude North Korea is behind the attack. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

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

HR Watch: Migrant domestic workers 'trapped, abused' in UK

Mar 31, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Human Rights Watch says the UK government is failing in its duty to protect migrant domestic workers