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Saudi, UAE see sufficient oil supplies, rising stocks

May 20, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Oil exporting countries are discussing how to stabilize a volatile oil market amid rising US-Iran tensions in the Gulf, which threaten to disrupt global supply

Khalid Al-Falih, Saudi Energy and Oil Minister and Chairman of OPEC's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC), speaks to journalists during the 10th JMMC meeting in Algiers on September 23, 2018.  Ryad KRAMDI / AFP

UAE helps release 3 Filipinos held captive in Libya

May 17, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'The UAE is working on sending them to their home countries,' the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says in a statement

RELEASED. The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation says UAE is working on sending the detainees – 3 Filipinos and a South Korean – to their home countries. File photo from the ministry's Facebook page

Duterte bets enjoy landslide win in UAE

May 17, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Registered Filipino voters in the UAE have made their voices known after participating in the month-long electoral exercise that took place at the Philippine Embassy and Consulate from April 13 to May 13

PH ELECTIONS IN UAE. Registered Filipino voters in the UAE have made their voices known after participating in the month-long electoral exercise that took place at the Philippine Embassy and Consulate from April 13 to May 13. Photo courtesy of The Filipino Times

Saudi Arabia says oil facility attacks target world supplies

May 16, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Huthi rebels in Yemen shut down one of Saudi Arabia's main oil pipelines, two days after the mysterious sabotage of 4 ships, two of them Saudi tankers

A picture taken on May 13, 2019 off the coast of the Gulf emirate of Fujairah shows the A. Michel tanker under the flag of the United Arab Emirates, one of the four tankers damaged in alleged "sabotage attacks" in the Gulf the previous day. The United Arab Emirates said on May 12, 2019 that four commercial vessels of various nationalities had been targeted by acts of sabotage off the Emirati port of Fujairah. HANDOUT / AFP / Emirati National Media Council

Two Saudi tankers damaged in 'sabotage attack' off UAE

May 13, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The incident comes amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States which has strengthened its military presence in the region

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UAE drags Qatar to court over crisis

May 07, 2019 - 11:07 PM

Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott since June 2017 by Gulf rivals who accuse Doha of backing terrorism and being too close to regional rival Iran

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. A picture released by the International Court of Justice in The Hague on February 3, 2012 shows a general view of the court during the reading of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. AFP FILE PHOTO/UN-ICJ-FRANK VAN BEEK

Ambassador Quintana tells property developers: 'Give OFWs best deals'

Apr 29, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Quintana also advises overseas Filipino workers to exercise due diligence when it comes to buying properties

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Mother from UAE wakes up after 27 years in a coma

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:27 AM

Her son says: 'Many doctors had told us not to expect much after being in a coma for 15 or 20 years, but I would not accept that... This is all in God's hands, and I never lost hope.'

Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports – White House

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,' the White House says in a statement

TRUMP AND IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Turkey arrests 2 suspected UAE spies – report

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Turkey is probing if the 'spies' are tied to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

SPIES? Turkey arrests two men suspected of spying for the United Arab Emirates. File AFP photo

Filipino voters in UAE start casting their ballots

Apr 14, 2019 - 5:54 PM

'As overseas Filipinos, your vote is significant and important because this would have an impact on you and your families back home,' says Ambassador Hjayceelyn Quintana

OVERSEAS VOTING. Registered Filipino voters in Dubai start casting their ballots for the 2019 elections. Photo courtesy of Philippine Consulate General in Dubai

Uber to buy Mideast rival Careem for $3.1 billion

Mar 26, 2019 - 4:26 PM

'Careem and Uber are joining forces. We have reached an agreement in which Uber will acquire Careem for $3.1 billion,' a joint statement reads.

UAE regrets inclusion in EU tax blacklist

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:02 PM

'This inclusion was made despite the UAE's close cooperation with the EU on this issue and ongoing efforts to fulfil all the EU's requirements,' an official statement says

UAE. A general view of cranes at a construction site with the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa (background) in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 11, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

EU expands tax blacklist to 15 countries, including UAE

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Italy has long resisted the addition of the UAE. The Middle East powerhouse has recently made significant investments in the economically troubled European country.

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Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voices delight after an opening dinner where he spoke in the same room as top officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain

WARSAW TALKS. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Pope Francis holds historic public mass in UAE

Feb 05, 2019 - 2:53 PM

(UPDATED) Francis, who has made outreach to Muslim communities a cornerstone of his papacy, wraps up his historic three-day visit with the mass

POPE FRANCIS IN UAE. Pope Francis delivers a speech during the Founders Memorial event in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis makes history with Muslim dialogue in UAE

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:49 PM

The pope's highly publicized 48-hour visit to the United Arab Emirates will also include an open-air Mass on Tuesday, February 5, for 135,000 of the Muslim country's million Catholic residents

HISTORIC VISIT. Pope Francis (L) is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince along with the Dubai ruler upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Pope Francis lands in UAE for historic visit

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:19 AM

The Pope is greeted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and is warmly embraced by Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's prestigious seat of learning

Pope Francis smiles upon his arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE capital on February 3, 2019. Pope Francis arrived in the UAE on February 3 for a 48-hour trip, the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, birthplace of Islam, where he will meet leading Muslim clerics and hold an open-air mass for some 135,000 Catholics. Andrew Medichini / POOL / AFP

Mighty Sports holds off UAE national team, clinches Dubai quarters

Feb 03, 2019 - 1:43 AM

Justin Brownlee tallies a double-double as Mighty Sports-Philippines rolls to a second straight victory

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Pope Francis, who has made strengthening ties between the two largest religions a cornerstone of his papacy, will head to Abu Dhabi on Sunday, February 3

POPE FRANCIS. The faithful greet and take photos of Pope Francis (R) as he arrives for the weekly general audience at Paul-VI hall on January 30, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Pope Francis to visit United Arab Emirates in February 2019

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:27 PM

The pontiff is invited to the United Arab Emirates by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the local Catholic church

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis leads the Palm Sunday mass at St Peter's square on March 25, 2018 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Yemen government team heads to crunch peace talks with rebels

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Although no date has been announced for the start of the negotiations, Yemeni government sources say they could begin as early as Thursday, December 6

PEACE TALKS. Members of a Yemeni rebel delegation prepare to fly accompanied by a UN peace envoy, heading for high-stakes talks in Sweden with the government aimed at ending the country's devastating war, on December 4, 2018 in Sanaa. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Sweden talks 'critical opportunity' for Yemen peace – UAE

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The comments from the United Arab Emirates come as UN envoy Martin Griffiths is in the rebel-held capital Sanaa seeking to push forward the planned talks

PEACE TALKS. This file photo shows Yemeni pro-government forces gathering on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida on November 10, 2018.  File photo by AFP

Saudi prince lands in UAE on first foreign tour since Khashoggi murder

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:45 AM

Prince Mohammed will visit a 'number of brotherly' Arab states at the request of his father, King Salman

CROWN PRINCE. In this file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. File photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Yemen peace talks set for early December in Sweden – U.S.

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Saudis and United Arab Emirates 'are fully on board, by the way'

CLASH. In this file photo, Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 9, 2018. 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

Tangled web of claims, blame for Iran attack

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:00 AM

There have been two claims of responsibility for the gun assault against a military parade

ATTACKS. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP

Iran warns UAE over 'offensive remarks' on Ahvaz attack

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The ministry did not disclose the advisor's name or the controversial comments

Envoy to UAE gets top award from Quezon province

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

A native of Lucena City and Mauban, incoming Philippine ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana receives the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan

QUEZON NATIVE. Incoming Philippine Ambassador to the UAE Hjayceelyn Mancenido Quintana receives the Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan on August 16, 2018. Photo from DFA

FIBA Asia U18: Batang Gilas rolls past UAE for 2nd win

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The Philippine basketball youth team shares the Group B lead with powerhouse China

YOUNG STALWARTS. AJ Edu and Kai Sotto power Batang Gilas to a second straight victory. Photo from FIBA

Warner Bros unveils $1 billion indoor theme park in UAE

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The theme park boasts 29 rides and 6 themed areas, including a cartoon junction and the fictional Gotham City made famous by Batman

Shakey's Pizza opens first store in Dubai

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The pizza chain seeks to expand in the Middle East, 'where it is leveraging on the large population of Filipinos' for future growth

Yemen pro-gov't forces seize Hodeida airport from rebels – coalition

Jun 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control,' says Abdul Salaam al-Shehi, coalition commander for the Red Sea coast

CLEARED. A grab from a AFPTV video shows Yemeni pro-government forces backed by the Saudi-led military alliance advancing during their fight against Huthi rebels in the area of Hodeida's airport on June 19, 2018.AFP PHOTO/AFPTV

UN envoy in Yemen for Hodeida crisis talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:07 AM

Martin Griffiths is expected to propose to rebel leaders that they cede control of the Red Sea port to a UN-supervised committee and halt heavy clashes against advancing government troops

CRISIS TALKS. Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

Yemen rebel leader defiant as dozens die in battle for key port

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:57 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The clashes come as the UN Security Council meet for urgent talks on the military operation and call for the vital Red Sea port to be 'kept open'

RED SEA PORT. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. Photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

May 27, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Qatar's Government Communications Office says it is trying to 'protect the safety of consumers,' amid the Gulf diplomatic crisis

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

Maradona quits as coach of second division UAE team

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The lawyer of the Argentine legend says the decision came after his team failed to gain promotion

MOVING ON. Diego Maradona’s lawyer says the departure of the former World Cup winner “has been a mutual agreement.” Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

CA confirms envoys to Vatican, UAE, 5 other countries

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Lawmakers confirm the nomination of the Philippines' ambassadors to the Vatican, UAE, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic

CONFIRMED ENVOYS. The Commission on Appointments confirms 7 ambassadors on February 21, 2018. Photo courtesy of Alex Nueva España/PRIB

Getting work permit just got harder for visit visa-holding job seekers in UAE

Feb 08, 2018 - 8:07 PM

A new law in the United Arab Emirates that took effect last February 4 requires Filipinos on visit visas to get a Certificate of Good Conduct from their home country

WORK PERMIT. Filipinos job-hunting in the UAE for the first time on visit visas will have to wait longer to get work permits. File Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dubai airport retains top international spot in 2017

Feb 05, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Dubai airport was the world's busiest for international passengers in 2017 for the fourth year running, with 88.2 million travelers

BUSY AIRPORT. A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows Emirates planes parked at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

UAE accuses Qatar of 'intercepting' 2 passenger planes

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:38 PM

(UPDATED) A spokeswoman for Qatar's foreign ministry denied the accusations. 'The state of Qatar announces that the claims of Qatari fighter planes intercepting a UAE civil aircraft (are) completely false,' Lulwa al-Khater says on Twitter.

PH mulls talks with UAE over 'good conduct certificate' requirement

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:07 PM

'The certificate is a new addition. But without talks, this means it is a unilateral decision only,' Labor Secretary Sylvestre Bello III says

DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they will be talking with the UAE government after it released a Cabinet resolution requiring a 'good conduct and behavior certificate' from expats. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

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

UAE 'deporting' Egypt presidential hopeful Shafiq to Cairo – aides

Dec 03, 2017 - 12:36 AM

The move comes days after Shafiq, in exile in the UAE since 2012, announced his candidacy in next year's election and then said he was being prevented from leaving the country, angering his Emirati hosts

AHMED SHAFIQ. An image grab obtained from a handout video provided by the aide of former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafiq on November 29, 2017, shows him speaking to the camera from the United Arab Emirates. Photo by Ahmed Shafiq's Aide/AFP

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint against UAE over blockade

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The World Trade Organization agrees to hear Qatar's complaint against the United Arab Emirates over a 5-month old blockade that has triggered a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf

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

Louvre Abu Dhabi gears up for launch

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:48 AM

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors this week, bringing the famed name to the Arab world for the first time

LOUVRE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Louvre Abu Dhabi'­s exterior. Photo by Mohamed Somji, copyright Louvre Abu Dhabi

UAE and Qatar stake billions in 'soft power' showdown

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Culture, media and sports have turned into battlegrounds for branding and global recognition

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

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

Qatar emir accuses blockade countries of wanting 'regime change'

Oct 30, 2017 - 7:54 AM

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani: 'They want a regime change. It's... so obvious.'

QATAR LEADER. In this file photo, Qatar's Emir Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani addresses a joint press conference with the German Chancellor after talks at the Chancellery, in Berlin, on September 15, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP