Saudi Arabia has plans to dig a canal the length of its border with Gulf rival Qatar, to turn the peninsula into an island and further isolate it, Saudi media have said. “The project is to be funded entirely by Saudi and Emirati private sector investment — under full Saudi[…]
Twitter users in the Middle East have mocked a Saudi plan to develop a maritime channel along the Saudi-Qatari border, saying it will never see the light of day. Saudi newspaper Sabq reported on Thursday that the project, which is still awaiting official approval, involves the construction of a maritime[…]
Qatar’s central bank has asked US regulators to investigate an Emirati bank that Doha accuses of waging “financial warfare” against it. Qatar claims NBAD Americas, the US subsidiary of First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), is engaging in “bogus” foreign exchange deals intended to undermine the Qatari riyal and harm its[…]
The economic and financial impact on Qatar of a nine-month Saudi-led blockade is fading, but some risks for the Gulf emirate remain, the International Monetary Fund has said. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut all diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar last June, closing its only[…]
An exclusive Al Jazeera documentary has uncovered evidence of the involvement of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain in supporting a foiled coup attempt to overthrow the Qatari government in 1996. Airing for the first time on Sunday, the first episode of the investigative documentary incorporates interviews[…]
As its journalist Mahmoud Hussein marks one year of being detained by Egypt, Al Jazeera Media Network has upped a call for the 51-year-old’s release. In a statement released on Wednesday, exactly one year after Hussein was held, the Qatar-based network condemned repeated renewals of his detention – the tenth[…]
Families are being torn apart by the rift between Qatar and some other Gulf Arab states that began six months ago, Amnesty International said on Thursday, in spite of measures to ease the impact of the crisis on ordinary citizens. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along with[…]
It remains unclear whether the upcoming Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait will have any positive effect on the ongoing fractures between Qatar and a number of Gulf states, analysts say, as the regional body gears into a symbolic rather than functional role. The 38th summit approaches amid the backdrop[…]
A Kuwaiti criminal court has sentenced a Twitter user to seven years in prison with hard labour on charges that include “defaming Saudi Arabia” and “disseminating false news”, local newspaper Al-Qabas reported. The paper did not name the defendant; however the ruling pointed to a number of tweets referring to[…]
The Bahraini judiciary on Wednesday accused imprisoned leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, of communication with Qatar over regarding potential future hostile acts in the kingdom. The prosecution issued arrest warrants for two more people without specifying whether Salman would be tried on the case. Salman was arrested in 2014 and was[…]
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