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Max's Group bringing Sizzlin' Steak to UAE

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:15 PM

The Philippine casual dining giant teams up with Kasamar Holdings to open 7 Sizzlin' Steak outlets in the United Arab Emirates over the next 5 years

Hopes fade as Gulf crisis hits 100-day landmark

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Experts warn the increasingly bitter dispute could last into 2018 and beyond

SUPPORTING THE EMIR. In this file photo, Qataris write comments on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in Doha, on July 6, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Saudi vows pressure on Qatar until demands met

Sep 10, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Demands include Doha ending its alleged support for Islamist extremist groups closing a Turkish military base in the emirate and downgrading diplomatic ties with Tehran

Louvre Abu Dhabi to open on November 11 – French minister

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first establishment outside of the original Louvre in Paris which houses the world s largest collection of art to carry the famed French name

OPENING SOON. This file handout photo taken on May 24, 2016 and made available on June 15, 2016, by Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) shows Abu Dhabi's Louvre museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, surrounded by sea water. TDIC/Handout/AFP

Gulf diplomatic crisis splits families, dashes dreams

Aug 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

For Qataris affected by the diplomatic crisis rocking the Gulf the reality of politics is stark: families divided assets frozen and dreams put on hold

CALM DAY. People walk on the corniche of the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Bahrain, UAE open flight corridors for Qatar Airways – ICAO

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:27 AM

ICAO: Some existing air route availability has been assured and some new temporary or contingency routes have also been developed

FLAG CARRIER. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

Aug 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Authorities say no casualties are reported from the blaze which erupted in the middle to upper floors of The Torch once the tallest residential developments in the world

THE TORCH. A picture taken on August 4, 2017 shows a general view of "The Torch", one of the tallest towers in Dubai, after a fire blaze ripped through it early in the morning. Photo by Karim Sahib/ AFP

Qatar files WTO complaint over Gulf trade 'siege'

Aug 01, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Qatar: The complaint accuses the siege countries of violating the WTO s core laws and conventions on trade of goods and services and trade related aspects of intellectual property

CLOSED BORDER. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

4 Arab states double down on Qatar boycott

Jul 30, 2017 - 9:26 PM

Saudi Arabia the United Arab Emirates Bahrain and Egypt say they are open to talks with Qatar on condition it stops its support and financing of terrorism

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

Dubai bans popular business website over 'false news'

Jul 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Arabian Business withdraws the report entitled 51 Dubai projects under liquidation process and posts an apology stating the information published related to projects dating from 2010 and as such are now outdated

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar 'terrorist' blacklist

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The move by the 4 Arab governments comes despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks old boycott of their fellow US ally

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

WATCH: Men's choir performs Ryan Cayabyab's 'Da Coconut Nut' on plane

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Catch the dance moves and great voices of the Baylor University Men s Choir as they perform the catchy tune

Qatar emir ready for Gulf crisis talks with conditions

Jul 22, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The emir also says Qatar was fighting terrorism relentlessly and without compromises and the international community recognizes this

EMIR ADDRESSES QATAR. An image grab taken from Qatar TV shows the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, delivering a televised speech to the nation in the capital Doha on July 21, 2017. HO/Qatar TV/AFP

Qatar says UAE source of hacking that sparked Gulf row

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:40 AM

General Ali Mohammed al Mohannadi tells a news conference the hacking was undertaken from two sites in the Emirates

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

Qatar is 'undermining' GCC allies – UAE minister

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:51 AM

The UAE state minister for foreign affairs also denies a Washington Post report saying that his country had been behind an alleged cyber attack on Qatar in May which sparked a crisis

This file photo taken on June 24, 2017 shows UAE state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, speaks during a press conference at his office in Dubai. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

France aims to be 'facilitator' in Gulf crisis talks

Jul 15, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Qatar s foreign minister welcomes France s support for mediation aimed at finding a solution based on constructive dialogue and respect of state sovereignty and international law

FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET. French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani pose for a photo after a press conference in the Qatari capital Doha on July 15, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Tillerson meets Arab ministers over Qatar boycott

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:07 AM

The United States a longtime ally of Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia has given mixed signals about its policy on the Gulf crisis

WITH THE KING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on July 12, 2017, shows Saudi's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Jeddah. SPA/Handout/AFP

U.S. looks to defuse Qatar-Gulf row with counter-terror deal

Jul 12, 2017 - 9:21 AM

But the initiative has met a dismissive reaction from the Arab countries that imposed sanctions on Qatar last month

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

Tillerson in Qatar as leaks spark fresh Gulf tension

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will shuttle between Kuwait Qatar and Saudi Arabia in what is the first serious intervention by Washington in the Gulf crisis

TILLERSON IN KUWAIT. A photo provided by the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA on July 10, 2017 shows Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (C) receiving US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City. KUNA / Handout / AFP

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

Saudi Arabia says Qatar boycott to remain in place

Jul 06, 2017 - 8:06 AM

UPDATED Saudi Arabia and its allies have not said what steps they could take next but there are fears of a wider embargo that would hurt the Qatari economy

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (C) talks to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (R) as their Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir (L) stands by, during a joint press conference after their meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo on July 5, 2017, discussing the Gulf diplomatic crisis with Qatar. Khaled Elfiqi/Pool/AFP

Emirates, Turkish Airlines win exemption from U.S. laptop ban

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

They are the latest carriers after Abu Dhabi s Etihad to win a reprieve after Washington imposed new rules in March on direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey the Middle East and North Africa

An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Saudi Arabia to discuss Qatar crisis with allies

Jul 05, 2017 - 10:57 AM

Saudi Arabia says they have received Qatar s response and that they will respond at the right time

OUTPOST. A picture taken on June 6, 2017 shows the Qatari embassy in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Khaled Desouki/AFP

Qatar slams 'unrealistic' demands as deadline looms

Jul 05, 2017 - 12:04 AM

It s not about terrorism it s talking about shutting down the freedom of speech says Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/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

U.S. lifts laptop ban for Etihad flights

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:32 AM

The decision to lift the ban on US bound Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi comes after the airline implemented enhanced security measures

TOUCHDOWN. In this file photo, an Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederick J Brown/AFP

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Qatari FM: This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can t just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate

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

UAE president in first appearance since 2014 stroke

Jun 25, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan is shown meeting a number of prominent officials during the celebration of Eid l Fitr

A handout image provided by United Arab Emirates News Agency (WAM) on June 25, 2017 shows President of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (R) speaking to a relative in Abu Dhabi.  Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan made his first public appearance since suffering a stroke more than three years ago, to mark the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday. / AFP PHOTO / WAM / STRINGER / === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / WAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

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

Qatar accuses 'neighbors' over hacking that led to crisis

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:57 AM

Attorney General Ali bin Fetais al Marri says the case is very clear that the alleged hacking emanated from countries responsible for the siege

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

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Jun 20, 2017 - 9:39 PM

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Jun 20, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Qatar demands 'blockade' be lifted for talks to begin

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:37 AM

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls measures imposed against Qatar by Saudi Arabia the UAE Bahrain and others an act of aggression

In this photo, Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Turkey FM in Doha as UN 'alarmed' by Gulf crisis

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:25 AM

The United Nations secretary general urges the Gulf countries to find a peaceful solution to the row

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

Turkey's Erdogan slams 'inhumane' isolation of Qatar

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:04 AM

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia

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. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for dialogue based on clear foundations over accusations that Qatar supports extremist groups

IN MOSCOW. Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Gulf air embargo only applies to Qatar companies – UAE

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED The ban does not apply to aviation companies and aircraft not registered in Qatar and the 3 neighboring countries and which wish to cross their airspace to and from Qatar they say

ARRIVAL. A Qatar Airways plane lands at the Hamad International Airport in the Qatari capital Doha on June 12, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Calida: Military knew Marawi terror plot as early as April

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED Solicitor General Jose Calida reveals the government knew the Maute Group had been planning to attack Marawi to establish an ISIS province in Mindanao

MARAWI SIEGE. Police commando from the 3rd Maneouver company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion -ARMM watches a crucial street where heavy fighting occured an hour earlier. Sniper fire from the Maute group targets government forces as they move forward to reclaim lost territories. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler


Qatar says Gulf citizens can stay despite crisis

Jun 11, 2017 - 3:39 PM

3rd UPDATE Iran meanwhile announces it has sent tons of vegetables to Qatar since the diplomatic crisis began

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

Jokowi telepon Presiden Turki dan Emir Qatar membahas krisis diplomatik

Jun 10, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Jokowi menegaskan Indonesia siap mengambil peran dalam krisis diplomatik di Timur Tengah

TELEPON. Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo mengaku telah berkomunikasi dengan Presiden Turki dan Emir Qatar menyangkut krisis diplomatik di Qatar. Foto oleh Rosa Panggabean/ANTARA

Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalates

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED Trump s warning overshadows an earlier declaration from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who encouraged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea blockade of Qatar

TRUMP ON QATAR. US President Donald Trump demands that Qatar halt its alleged funding of extremists. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Qatar slams Saudi, allies' terrorism list as 'baseless'

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Qatar does not support terrorist groups it stressed pointing out that our position on countering terrorism is stronger than many of the signatories of the joint statement

VISITING GERMANY. German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (l) and Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al-Thani attend a press conference on June 9, 2017 at the Duke August library in Wolfenbuettel. Philipp von Ditfurth / dpa / AFP

Saudi, allies issue Qatar-linked 'terrorism' list

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:46 AM

They issued the list hours after Qatar says it will not surrender and rejects any interference in its foreign policy

LIFE GOES ON. A Qatari man sells balloons in front of the Fanar mosque at the popular Souq Waqif market, in the Qatari capital, Doha, on June 7, 2017. Stringer/AFP

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Jun 08, 2017 - 12:32 PM

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PAL's Middle East flights continue, but restrictions to be followed

Jun 06, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Philippine Airlines will not carry Qatari nationals into the UAE and UAE nationals into Qatar in line with guidelines from Abu Dhabi authorities

Qatar flight ban begins, first efforts seen to resolve crisis

Jun 06, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Doha s Hamad International Airport was virtually deserted early on Tuesday June 6 More than 30 flights were shown cancelled on airport television screens and the departures hall was eerily quiet

QATAR FLIGHTS. In this file photo, passengers walk at a terminal upon their arrival at the new Hamad International Airport on April 30, 2014 in Doha. File photo by Al-Watan Doha/Karim Jaafar/AFP

UAE demands guarantees before mending Qatar ties

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:53 PM

UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash has accused Doha of turning to money and media and partisanship and extremism in a series of tweets

MORE ENGAGEMENT. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash (L) arrives for a meeting with foreign ministers of the GCC in the Saudi capital Riyadh, on October 13, 2016. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

BSP keeping close watch over Middle East developments

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:45 PM

BSP Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr says it is too soon to draw anything from this but it bears close watch

4TH BIGGEST. There are as many as 260,000 Filipinos living in Qatar as of January 2017, making it the fourth biggest group of foreign workers in Qatar. Rappler file photo

Turkey's Erdogan speaks to leaders in Qatar-Gulf row

Jun 06, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Spokesman: Erdogan has initiated diplomatic efforts to resolve this dispute between friends and brothers in line with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan

SEASIDE. A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows pigeons flying above the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

Qatar diplomatic crisis spirals

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for a dialogue of openness and honesty to resolve the crisis

A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP