Sporting events and initiatives could help strengthen ties between the Gulf states and Israel.
Sports diplomacy has eased relationships between nations before – here's how it could help Israel, Bahrain and the UAE as they enter into new peace accords.
Rohit Sharma will captain the Mumbai Indians in the IPL after winning the tournament in 2019.
Originally scheduled for March, the IPL 2020 kicks off in the UAE on September 19 with tight coronavirus restrictions.
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'Beta testing' of bold ideas is rare in foreign affairs, but the UAE and Bahrain have provided just such a test case for the Saudis in their own push to normalise relations with Israel.
Turkey’s Oruç Reis vessel has been carrying out seismic work in contested waters.
With France on manoeuvres and Germany struggling to play peacemaker, Turkish-Greek relations are close to 1974 lows.
Rocket carrying the Hope probe.
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In just a few years, the Hope mission has boosted UAE's economy and science capacity.
Construction underway at Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE.
A new nuclear plant called Barakah is nearing completion in the UAE. But it risks further stabilising the volatile Gulf region.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II greets Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Buckingham Palace in central London on March 7, 2018.
To ensure its energy security and influence in the Gulf region, the United Kingdom will likely deepen its relations with GCC nations in a post-Brexit world.
Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa gave an interview to Israel’s Channel 13 in June – a first.
Screenshot, Official Youtube of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain
With the opening of a synagogue in Dubai and warmer relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, some Arab states suddenly appear to be more open to friendship with Israel and Jews. Why?
The ongoing conflict between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours could be about to spill onto the football fields of northern England.
Here’s … Donny.
From May 2, any countries buying oil from Iran can expect US sanctions.
Cyber attacks need two components – the tools to exploit vulnerabilities and the people with the expertise to deploy them.
Durham University student Matthew Hedges has been jailed for life for 'spying' in UAE.
The Daily Mile started in a primary school in central Scotland six years ago. Now it has spread to 3,600 schools in 35 countries.
Everybody needs good neighbours.
With Iran and India on manoeuvres and the war in Yemen still unfolding, Pakistan's stakes in the Middle East are as high as ever.
Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
The Libyan warlord and presidential hopeful looks likely to avoid a summons to The Hague.
The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain convene to discuss their common enemy.
There are strong signs that Riyadh has begun a campaign to promote regime change. But the Saudi strategy appears to be backfiring.
Nearly all of Qatar’s residents live in its capital, Doha.
Doha skyline via www.shutterstock.com
Saudi Arabia and the UAE led a group of countries that have severed all ties to fellow American ally Qatar over its foreign policy. The US will play a key role in whether it accedes to their demands.
What's so 'brotherly' about a major diplomatic spat?
The skyline of Doha, Qatar.
Gregory Hawken Kramer
Qatar has used its wealth to adopt policies sometimes rivaling Saudi Arabia’s. Think, for example, of the popular Al-Jazeera. Now the Saudis seem determined to limit Qatari influence as much as possible.
Doha, under a cloud.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar have butted heads before, but this time seems different.