Arab states split with Qatar citing its ties with Iran, terrorism

Arab states split with Qatar citing its ties with Iran, terrorism

by WorldTribune Staff, June 5, 2017 Four Sunni Arab states have severed ties with Qatar over its close ties with Iran and terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain on June 5 announced they would break diplomatic ties with Qatar, Arutz Sheva reported. Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of supporting “multiple terrorist and […]

First robot cop joins the force in Dubai; Here come the surgeons, authors of best-sellers

First robot cop joins the force in Dubai; Here come the surgeons, authors of best-sellers

by WorldTribune Staff, June 1, 2017 A new study says that artificial intelligence will outperform humans at all tasks within the next 50 years. Dubai is already making an AI investment in one of those tasks – policing. The largest city in the United Arab Emirates has assigned its first robocop for duty near the […]

Congressional report: Pentagon maintains strategic presence in wealthy UAE despite post-Iran deal drift

Congressional report: Pentagon maintains strategic presence in wealthy UAE despite post-Iran deal drift

by WorldTribune Staff, August 24, 2016 The U.S. continues to base some 5,000 military personnel in the UAE despite that country’s drifting away from the U.S. in the wake of last summer’s nuclear deal with Iran, a Congressional Research Service report said. UAE’s regional policy “is becoming increasingly assertive, in some cases not necessarily acting […]

Report: Small arms imports by Middle East nations increased 84 percent in one year

Report: Small arms imports by Middle East nations increased 84 percent in one year

by WorldTribune Staff, June 13, 2016 Small arms imports by Middle East nations surged by 84 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to a new survey. The UAE and Saudi Arabia accounted for the largest budget increases, with Saudi tripling its import of small arms from $54 million in 2012 to $161 million a year […]

Thou shalt not use thy neighbor’s WiFi: Dubai authorities issue fatwa

Thou shalt not use thy neighbor’s WiFi: Dubai authorities issue fatwa

Special to WorldTribune.com In Dubai, it is against Islamic Law to covet your neighbor’s WiFi. Dubai’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department recently published a fatwa (Muslim religious ruling) forbidding Muslims from using open WiFi networks without permission, the Associated Press reported. The department’s official statement says “there is nothing wrong in using the line […]

Saudi companies fail to make payrolls, Gulf states weigh taxes as oil prices strain economies

Saudi companies fail to make payrolls, Gulf states weigh taxes as oil prices strain economies

Special to WorldTribune.com Sinking oil prices are weighing heavily on Mideast economies. In Saudi Arabia, the construction sector has been hit hard by low oil prices as several firms with government contracts are failing to make payroll. The Riyadh government has significantly cut spending on building projects as it seeks to reduce a budget deficit […]

UAE’s new ‘Minister of Happiness’ one of 8 women in cabinet

UAE’s new ‘Minister of Happiness’ one of 8 women in cabinet

Special to WorldTribune.com The United Arab Emirates has named an official “Minister of Happiness” who will be tasked with creating “social good and satisfaction.” UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid appointed Ohood Al Roumi to the post as he announced his new Cabinet on Feb. 10. Al Roumi is one of eight women in […]

Obama lectures Arab leaders on importance of being ‘responsive’ to citizens

Obama lectures Arab leaders on importance of being ‘responsive’ to citizens

Special to WorldTribune.com The U.S. president, who many critics say would rather be on the golf course than dealing with his constituents, gave Arab leaders a lecture on Feb. 8 on the importance of being “responsive” to their citizens. “As we’ve seen in the tumult across the Middle East and North Africa, when governments do […]

Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia and Turkey are considering sending ground troops into Syria to support rebels fighting the Russia-backed Bashar Assad regime, analysts say. “The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is very limited,” said Mustafa Alani of the independent Gulf Research Center. “They don’t see that […]

Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Sunni Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf have expressed support for Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Iran, condemning what they described as Iranian interference in Riyadh’s internal affairs. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and warned that the kingdom was considering […]