UAE spacecraft enters Mars orbit in historic first for Arab world – National

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has successfully put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars in a major accomplishment for the Arab world and its first mission to another planet. The UAE’s Amal spacecraft, which means “Hope” in Arabic, entered orbit around the Red Planet on Tuesday, some seven months after it first blasted off from […]

UAE says Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine 86% effective, but few details on data – National

The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday a Chinese coronavirus vaccine tested in the federation of sheikhdoms is 86% effective, in a statement that provided few details but marked the first public release of information on the efficacy of the shot. The UAE, home to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, conducted a trial beginning in September […]

Cargo ship attacked off Yemen in the Gulf of Aden: authorities – National

A cargo ship travelling past Yemen in the Gulf of Aden came under attack in unclear circumstances, maritime authorities said Saturday. The Gulf of Aden is a crucial route for global trade, and has seen a number of Somali pirate attacks that have mostly stopped in recent years. Read more: Yemen opens new coronavirus […]

Mike Pompeo touts Trump administration’s Iran policy during Gulf Arab states tour – National

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended his tour of Gulf Arab states and the Trump administration’s continued efforts to squeeze Iran, even as a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden prepares to enter the White House in January. Although Pompeo has not taken questions from U.S.-based reporters travelling with him […]

‘Jetman’ daredevil Vince Reffet dies in Dubai training accident – National

Vince Reffet, the French daredevil known for his BASE-jumping and jetpack stunts, has died in a training accident in Dubai. The 36-year-old died Monday, according to a brief statement from Jetman Dubai. The organization said he was killed “during training,” but did not provide further details. Read more: Airline pilots report ‘guy in a […]

1st flight carrying Israeli tourists lands in UAE after normalization deal reached – National

The first flight carrying Israeli tourists to the United Arab Emirates landed Sunday in the city-state of Dubai, the latest sign of the normalization deal reached between the two nations. FlyDubai flight No. FZ8194 landed at Dubai International Airport just after 5:40 p.m., bringing the tourists to the skyscraper-studded city after a roughly three-hour […]

CEO of Israel’s largest bank heading delegation to UAE – World

The head of Israel’s largest bank on Tuesday led a delegation of businesspeople on the first Israeli economy-focused visit to the United Arab Emirates since an agreement to normalise ties. The US-brokered deal between the UAE and the Jewish state was announced on August 13, with a group of Israeli officials landing in Abu Dhabi […]

Bahrain to allow Israel flights to UAE over its airspace

Bahrain will allow “all flights coming to and departing from the United Arab Emirates” to cross through the island kingdom’s airspace — a statement apparently allowing Israeli flights after neighboring Saudi Arabia issued a similar announcement. The state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) made the announcement without directly naming Israel, just as Saudi Arabia had. However, […]

Iran's Khamenei says Israel deal 'betrayal' of Islamic world by UAE

The United Arab Emirates has betrayed the Islamic world and the Palestinians by reaching a deal towards normalising ties with Israel, Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech on Tuesday. “Of course, the UAE’s betrayal will not last long, but this stigma will always be remembered. They allowed the Zionist […]

Israeli and US officials arrive in UAE to cement normalisation deal

Top aides to United States President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to put the final touches on a pact establishing open relations between the Gulf power and Israel. Even before discussions start in Abu Dhabi, the delegates made aviation history by taking an Israeli […]