Oman to close land borders again to curb coronavirus

Oman will close its land borders for one week from Monday to curb the spread of the coronavirus, especially a more contagious variant, state news agency ONA said on Sunday.The measure will come into effect from 6 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Monday and can be extended for longer than the initial one week cl


First Qatari vehicles cross border into Saudi after Gulf detente

Qatari vehicles crossed into Saudi Arabia through a land border on Saturday for the first time since Arab states severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha in mid-2017, Saudi state TV said, following a deal this week to restore relations. "It's good the crisis has been resolved, and the


UAE to reopen all entry points with Qatar on Saturday

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will reopen all of its land, sea and air entry points with Qatar starting Saturday, state news agency (WAM) reported on Friday. Khalid Abdullah Belhoul, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said the UAE will begin to end


Qatar Airways restarts flights through Saudi Arabia’s airspace

Qatar Airways resumed flights through Saudi Arabia’s airspace on Thursday evening, with the first plane flying from Doha to Johannesburg. The move came two days after Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, said Riyadh would restore diplomatic relations af


Japan welcomes restoration of the relations among the Gulf countries

TOKYO: The Japanese government on Jan. 6 welcomed “the restoration” of ties between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, and the AlUla declaration adopted at the GCC Summit held in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, adding that unity among Gulf countries was important to ensure peace and stabi


UAE minister: Gulf region shares Iran security concerns after AlUla Declaration

JEDDAH: The UAE Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash has said that the GCC is “collectively in agreement with any threat towards its security” from Iran. In a virtual press conference on Thursday, the minister addressed the 41st GCC summit held in AlUla where an agreeme


GCC Summit commits to co-operation on AI, women's empowerment and centre to fight disease

At the conclusion of the 41st Gulf Co-operation Council summit, the members of the organisation and Egypt signed the final communique. Alula Communique issued by 'Summit of Sultan Qaboos and Sheikh Sabah' emphasise on supreme goals of GCC.#WamNews #Gulf_Summit_in_AlUlahttps://t.co/eVfVcuPM


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gives Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim a tour of ancient Al Ula

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman joined Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on a walking tour of the ancient ruins of Al Ula. They made the trip after the Gulf Co-operation Council gathering on Tuesday, where a joint declaration was made of renewed co-ordinatio


Khalid bin Salman: The Gulf summit established a new stage for a bright tomorrow

Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz believed that the Gulf summit in Al-Ula province established a new phase towards a bright future for the region. Khalid bin Salman: The Gulf summit established a new phase for a bright tomorrow, Saudi Foreign Minister: We have c


New faces keep spirit of mediation alive at GCC summit

The Gulf Co-operation Council summit was marked by the presence of a new guard in the two countries that have played important roles for reconciliation in the six member group. Sultan Qaboos of Oman and Sheikh Sabah of Kuwait, elder statesmen and pillars of Gulf diplomacy, died nine months apart


GCC summit: Saudi crown prince calls for unity in face of Iran challenges

Regional states must show unity to combat Iran's regional interference, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said at the GCC summit on Tuesday. The call came amid signs that a years-long rift with Qatar had been resolved. The Saudi crown prince and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim excha


Saudi foreign minister in discussions with Omani, Kuwaiti counterparts

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan discussed relations between the Kingdom and the two gulf nations with the Omani and Kuwaiti foreign ministers, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.In phone calls, Prince Faisal discussed issues of common interest with Ku


Qatar’s Emir greeted by Saudi Crown Prince at Al-Ula ahead of landmark summit

 Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman welcomed on Tuesday the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani to Al-Ula ahead of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, as the Qatari leader stepped off the plane.The two men embraced and then spoke briefly before walking dow


The Saudi city of Al-Ula prepares to host the 41st Gulf Summit

The historic city of Al-Ula in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the 41st Gulf summit on Tuesday in the "Maraya" hall, hoping to heal the rift and consolidate reconciliation between the Gulf states and enhance cooperation among them. The Saudi newspaper "Okaz" reported that at the


Kuwait’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia highlights importance of upcoming GCC summit

Kuwait’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia stressed the importance of the upcoming 41st Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit in light of developments in the region.There is a “fraternal and positive atmosphere” among GCC leaders “which reflects the spirit of responsibility and si


Saudi king, Kuwait emir exchange letters on bilateral relations

 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received a message from Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday.The letter was received by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Adel Al-Jubeir, during a meeting with the emir’s envoy and forei


GCC Summit: what to expect from the 41st meeting on January 5

Regional, social, political and economic co-operation are on the agenda for the Gulf Cooperation Council when they meet on January 5. But, the main topic is expected to be ways to resolve the Qatar crisis and regional responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Pr


A census showing the population of the Arab Gulf states and the ratio of males and females

The Gulf Statistics Center announced that the population of the Arab Gulf states is 57.4 million, and that the percentage of males among them is 61.3%, while the percentage of females is 38.7%. The center indicated that there are 159 males for every 100 females, noting that the annual population




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