Most Popular


Want a job as a journalist? There are opportunities on offer in Dubai. (Shutterstock)
06:39 GMT
If you're a Millennial job hunter, here are five jobs in Dubai that you may want to consider.
Tadawul’s previous sector classification had limitations as it was not based on global classification standards. (File photo)
06:08 GMT
Adopting the GICS by January 2017 will enhance transparency in the local market and allow international investors access to better information on the performance of local sectors in Saudi Arabia.
In May, the General Authority for Petroleum announced an international tender for 11 oil and natural gas blocks in the western desert and Gulf of Suez. (File photo)
06:00 GMT
In its latest drive to lure back foreign investors to its energy sector, Egypt has received six bids for oil and gas exploration.
Palestinian protesters hold posters during a demonstration against administrative detention and in support of Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed (portraits) on August 24, 2016 at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
06:00 GMT
PPS said that Muhammad Ahmad al-Najjar, 32, a husband and father of two from the al-Fawwar refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, declared the boycott after being sentenced to a six month stay in Israeli prison without charge or trial.
Moroccan women protest extremism in this file photo. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
A rifle, ammunition "and documents inciting towards jihad" were seized during the operation on Thursday, the ministry said in a statement.

December 3, 2016

The Iranian men’s national beach soccer team (file photo)
15:44 GMT
The Iranian men’s national beach soccer team has maintained its place as the best squad in Asia in the newest edition of the Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) rankings, and claimed the fifth spot in the world.
Omar Abdul Rahman
15:25 GMT
UAE star Abdul Rahman has claimed continent’s most coveted individual prize — but where does talented playmaker go next?
Mohamed Salah
15:22 GMT
Roma released Friday an update on the condition of Mohamed Salah following further tests on his ankle, confirming the Egyptian winger will be out of action for three weeks.
Blatter, 80, headed football's governing body between 1999 and 2015
15:13 GMT
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will publish its ruling on the appeal by former FIFA president Joseph Blatter against a six-year ban from football on Monday, December 5.
Without elaborating, John Kerry said both countries saw the situation as urgent and were not waiting for the change of US administration. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Lavrov told a news conference the road to eastern Aleppo was now safe for humanitarian convoys.
Egypt has banned all but police-sanctioned protests since Sisi came to power. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
Rights groups have been calling for the amendment of the draconian protest law since its issuance in November 2013. The 25 article legislation outlines regulations and conditions for peaceful protest which practically ban protests.
Achieving gender equality in the Middle East will be a long process, requiring fundamental educational, social, and economic reforms. But giving women the right training now can kick-start the process, enabling half the population to reach their potential — to the benefit of all. (AFP/File)
10:44 GMT
Reforms and proper training can kick-start a process, thereby enabling half the population in the region to reach its potential.
Iran's Parliament is preparing legislature that would force the government to resume nuclear activities halted under the JCPOA.
10:00 GMT
Under the JCPOA, Iran put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of international sanctions against the country.
Another 73 per cent consider that the Article increases pressure on women to marry their rapists with the same number considering that the Article reflects society's preference for preserving a family's 'honour', rather than seeking justice for a woman's suffering. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Local NGO organises visual performance outside of parliament of a woman dressed in a white dress made out of bandages.
In a statement carried on the country's official news agency, the directorate said that a number of security officials -- it did not specify how many -- had been sent before a disciplinary board to be questioned over alleged "professional breaches". (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
High-ranking Moroccan security officials dismissed for alleged ‘professional breaches.’
"The heart of the UAE beats to the rhythm of its leaders, government and people; all united and invincible as one nation" tweeted His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Twitter)
07:00 GMT
The country’s young population willingly faces the challenges of a global world thanks to their strong national identity
This undated photo courtesy of Ahmad al-Khatib, a media activist in Aleppo, shows Syrian social worker Anas al-Basha, 24, dressed as a clown, distributing toys to children in Aleppo, Syria. (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
Known for dressing up as a clown, he was also a centre director for Space of Hope, which tries to provide services for people in opposition areas.
The tweet under Al Shehri's account has since been deleted, but death threats continue to pour in, with other social media users sharing the image. (Twitter)
06:00 GMT
One social media user demanded: "Kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs."

December 2, 2016

British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson speaks at Chatham House in central London, on December 2, 2016. (AFP/Ben Stansall)
17:00 GMT
Johnson underscored the need for Syria to remain a united country, but said he could not 'see that happening under Assad.'
Authorities warned that Europe may see a rise in attacks by both coordinated militant groups or by lone wolf attackers. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT
The European law enforcement agency said in a report that defeats in Iraq and Syria may lead to a rise in attacks against western Europe.
A Google Doodle was on display on the search giant's website to commemorate the UAE national day on Dec. 2, 2016. (Google)
15:11 GMT
The doodle showed the UAE flag with its national colors and the number 45.
Around 200 men, women and children protested outside the parliament building in Amman demanding amendments to laws that discriminate against women in Jordan. (File photo)
15:00 GMT
Activists have noted a rise in murders of women, often at the hands of their male relatives, in Jordan.
In 2015, The Prophet’s birthday (PBUH) and Christmas fell on the same day, and both Christian and Muslim religious leaders congratulated one another on the holiday.
14:57 GMT
While xenophobia seems to be on the rise everywhere, these examples of tolerance make the future seem a little less bleak.
The proposal was supported by two-thirds of Slovakia's parliament. (File photo)
14:18 GMT
A far-right group more than doubled the amount of members a religion needs to have to be considered an official religion in the country.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said Abbas was an even greater threat to Israel than Yasser Arafat.
A Yemeni man inspects the damage on a street following clashes between pro-government militants and Shia Houthi rebels on November 22, 2016 in the country's third-city Taiz. (AFP/Ahmad al-Basha)
07:00 GMT
It is still unclear whether China intends to play a role in mediating between the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government.
A view of the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)
06:00 GMT
Last month the House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to renew the sanctions.

December 1, 2016

Riyad Mahrez
18:48 GMT
Spurs were Leicester City's final title rivals last season but a two-goal collapse at Chelsea in early May handed the Foxes a famous title win
Photo: Algeria Press Service
18:18 GMT
The draft agreement on the organization of the 3rd African Youth Games 2018 in Algiers was signed Wednesday at the headquarters of Algiers province, in the presence of Minister of Youth and Sport El Hadi Ould Ali.
The most prestigious African tournament is set to be held in Gabon from 14 January to 5 February
16:44 GMT
The most prestigious African tournament is set to be held in Gabon from 14 January to 5 February
Turkish Prime Minister and leader of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Binali Yildirim addresses the AKP group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara on November 29, 2016. (AFP/Adem Altan)
16:00 GMT
The country is expected to vote on a new constitution next year, which would most likely change Turkey to a presidential system.
The son of the legendary Frenchman scored in his first appearance for Real Madrid against Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday and is excited to convince his father to use him more
15:55 GMT
The son of the legendary Frenchman scored in his first appearance for Real Madrid against Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday and is excited to convince his father to use him more
Paris and her friend at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in AD. (Instagram)
15:46 GMT
She matched outfits with her friend who was visiting with her.
The victorious Al Ittifaq Club players receive the trophy from H H Mona bint Fahad al Said at the awards ceremony held at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Tuesday (Photo: Muscat Daily)
15:44 GMT
A new chapter in Oman's football history was written on Tuesday when the Oman Football Association (OFA) successfully concluded the inaugural edition of the women's futsal league at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
Trump previously offered to facilitate a solution to the tension between India and Pakistan. (AFP/File)
15:18 GMT
Pakistan released a transcript from a phone call with the US president-elect, in which he described Pakistan as a 'fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people.'
Israel and Turkey are exchanging ambassadors for the first time in six years. (File photo)
15:00 GMT
Eitan Naeh previously served with the Israeli embassy in Ankara during the 1990s.
Lohan is more famous for roles in "Mean Girls" and "The Parent Trap" than her political beliefs (Wikimedia Commons)
14:47 GMT
The actress has caused people to stop and think with her Twitter post on Syria.
Impression of Mina Sultan Qaboos Waterfront Project. (OmanGBNews)
14:01 GMT
Omran holds 51 percent of the operating company launched to develop the 64-hectare Mina Al Sultan Qaboos Waterfront and is launching the first phase of development while waiting for potential partners to come onboard.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said neither Russia nor the Syrian government had anything to do with the strike that killed four Turkish soldiers inside Syria. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
Turkey earlier blamed the Syrian government for the strike that killed four Turkish troops.
Members of the Iranian parliament have legal immunity (Wikimedia Commons)
13:36 GMT
Never underestimate the strength of Twitter and Facebook
An Egyptian anti-regime protester shouts slogans during a demonstration calling for the interim military rulers to step down in Tahrir Square in Cairo on 27 November 2011. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
13:00 GMT
The UNDP urged Arab governments to seize "historic opportunities" provided by a new generation of highly-educated, urban youth.
Victoria's Secret Angels Bella and Gigi. (Instagram)
13:00 GMT
Other catwalk stars to storm the stage include Kendall Jenner, Alessandra Ambrosio and Irina Shayk.
Carter brokered a peace between Israel and Egypt at Camp David (Wikimedia Commons)
12:40 GMT
Responses have been mixed to the former president's words.
Police in Germany arrested an intelligence official suspected of planning to bomb his agency's headquarters in Cologne. (AFP/File)
12:33 GMT
German officials investigating noticed the intelligence agent's user name in an online chatroom was the same as an adult entertainment actor's stage name.
Get ready to watch him live next weekend. (Facebook)
12:30 GMT
And it's happening next weekend.
Careem has experienced rapid growth since its lauch four years ago. (File photo)
12:00 GMT
App-based car booking service Careem plans to add 15 cities in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan to its current roster of 47 cities.
On Wednesday, Iraqi Special Forces wrested the control of the al-Shaqaq neighborhood from Daesh. (AFP/File)
11:59 GMT
The victims were heading to government security checkpoints along with their families when they were hit.
Queen Rania dedicated the award to Jordanians, whom she described as the “greatest humanitarians I know” for opening their homes and hearts to Syrian refugees. (Twitter/Rania Al Abdullah)
11:31 GMT
The Foreign Press Association has presented its newly-created Humanitarian Award to Jordan's Queen Rania in recognition of her work addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.
While there are some software bugs peppered through the Xperia XZ, at its heart it is still a great phone with a superior camera that is worth boasting about. (Phone Arena)
11:09 GMT
The Xperia XZ features an impressive camera but there are some bugs that need ironing out.
The new group will seek to encourage self-regulation among advertisers, agencies and publishers. (Flickr/Elvert Barnes)
11:00 GMT
A new advertising industry association which includes brand giants PepsiCo, Emirates, Google and Unilever aims to promote ethical, responsible advertising in the Middle East.
Palestinians with Israeli citizenship constitute 20 percent of the population of Israel, and have long been targeted by discriminatory Israeli policies. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
They said that “many, many people complained to the municipality,” which in turn took the matter to the Ministry of Transportation.
24 year old Anas al-Basha was killed in an airstrike in Aleppo. (Twitter)
10:55 GMT
24-year-old Anas al-Basha brought smiles to the faces of the area’s traumatized children.
Women in Saudi Arabia face considerable limitations to their rights (Wikipedia)
10:22 GMT
A Saudi mother has allegedly been forced to flee abroad due to the actions of her ex-husbands and an unhelpful judge.
Yemenis wave the national flag during a gathering in support of the Huthi-led parliament, in the capital Sanaa on August 20, 2016. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
In a ceremony marking the 49th anniversary of South Yemen's independence from the British colonial rule, the parties voiced their readiness to cooperate with the new government.
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal: Tunisian Assembly President Mohamed Ennaceur; the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani; Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed at Tunisia 2020.  (AFP/Fethi Belaid)
10:00 GMT
Tunisia's International Investments Conference 2020 assembled global leaders under the theme of 'Road to Inclusion, Sustainability and Efficiency.'
Scores of Palestinian prisoners have launched hunger strikes in Israeli prisons to protest various issues, most notably administrative detention. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Shadid, 20, and Abu Farah, 29, have been on hunger strike for 68 and 69 days respectively, in protest of being placed under administrative detention.
Al-Rajhi Bank is the largest Islamic bank in the world, with assets of SR331.4 billion ($88 billion) at the end of first half of 2016. (Al Rajhi Bank)
09:00 GMT
Saudi Islamic banks will continue to operate in a tougher environment due to slower financing growth, but liquidity has now stabilized with the recent government injection.
Hundreds of civilians have been killed in both sides of the divided city by government airstrikes and rebel shelling since November 15. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The meeting came hours after 45 people died attempting to flee rebel-held areas in the city's east under shelling.
The finance for this water project is also in response to Jordan’s call to help in dealing with the consequences of the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT
The French Development Agency will provide two soft loan agreements totalling 132 million euros to support the state budget and the water sector.
Will Angham reconnect with her dad after hearing what he had to say? (Facebook)
07:56 GMT
Will Angham reconnect with her dad after hearing what he had to say?
Women's rights activists in Lebanon have been protesting an article that allows rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victim. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT
Article 522 of Lebanon's penal code allows rapists to escape punishment for marrying their victim.
The Coca-Cola beverages produced in the new bottling plant will be distributed in Gazan communities through 18 branded trucks which will move from city-to-city and from village-to-village. (Flickr)
07:00 GMT
Following a planned future expansion within the next three years, the Gaza plant will eventually employ 270 people, bringing the total number of direct Palestinian jobs across the West Bank and Gaza to more than 750.
According to prisoners rights group Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons as of August. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT
Kifah Hattab has been held in prison since 2003 after receiving two life sentences for alleged involvement in an armed group during the Second Intifada.
Banking sources estimated CI Capital's market value at near 1 billion Egyptian pounds ($56 million). (File photo)
06:00 GMT
Egypt's largest listed bank is in talks to sell 70-80 percent of its stake in investment banking arm CI Capital.
Tough luck for those who were hoping to attend their Abu Dhabi concert on New Year's Eve. (File photo)
06:00 GMT
Tough luck for those who were hoping to attend their Abu Dhabi concert on New Year's Eve.
The deal promises to revive the tattered finances of countries from Venezuela to Libya and restore flagging confidence in the producer bloc that controls 40 per cent of the world’s oil. (File photo)
05:04 GMT
Oil prices jumped to a five-week high on news that OPEC will reduce production by 1.2 million bpd to 32.5 million bpd a day, in the first output cut since 2008.
Nearly 50,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo for the government-held west and a Kurdish-held district over the last few days, as fighting intensifies. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT
Nearly 50,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo for the government-held west and a Kurdish-held district since government forces advanced deep into the enclave in recent days.

November 30, 2016

For protesting against the referee during his side's 1-1 league draw with Zamalek, Mido will miss Wadi Degla's upcoming four games
18:16 GMT
Wadi Degla boss Mido has been hit by a four-match ban and an EGP 10,000 fine for remonstrating against the referee during his side's 1-1 Egyptian league drawn with Zamalek on Tuesday.
Newly-appointed Zamalek manager Mohamed Helmi (Photo: Ahram)
16:37 GMT
Mohamed Helmi was reinstated after the club managed to claim only 5 points from 3 league games under interim boss Mohamed Salah
Raneem El Welily
16:14 GMT
On Wednesday, the 2016 Women’s World Team Squash Championship held the third round of the first group, in which Egypt defeated Mexico with a 3-0 victory.
The Oman Hockey Association logo
16:01 GMT
The newly-elected board of the Oman Hockey Association (OHA) under Talib al Wahaibi is keen to develop hockey in public and private schools involving expatriate and Omani children.
Chapecoense were flying to Colombia for the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional when the disaster struck
15:41 GMT
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and Brazil coach Tite sent their condolences to those affected by the Chapecoense plane crash.
Women wearing niqab visit the Senate on November 23, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands. (AFP/ANP/STR)
15:00 GMT
Muslim women can still wear the burka in streets but will be fined up to EUR400 if in public places. This law was faced with huge objection because "it contradicts with the freedom of religion," as stated by the Council of State.
She's going all out to make it a wedding to remember. (File photo)
14:03 GMT
She's going all out to make it a wedding to remember.
Workers at the four newspapers believe the seizure comes as a punishment for covering the news of the civil disobedience. (AFP/File)
14:00 GMT
At dawn on Tuesday, NISS agents confiscated print runs of Al-Tayyar, Al-Jareeda, Al-Youm Al-Tali and Al-Ayam newspapers from the printing house without stating reasons.
Almost 50,000 people have fled Aleppo as fighting continues. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT
If Assad wrests control of the city, “the war is essentially over,” a US defense official told the Huffington Post earlier this year.
Ezz was sentenced to three years in jail for defaming Zeina. (File photo)
13:16 GMT
Ezz was sentenced to three years in jail for defaming Zeina.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (top-L) listening as Ali Abdel Aal (top-R), speaker of Egypt’s parliament, delivers a speech to the parliament headquarters in Cairo, 23 February, 2016. (AFP/HO/Egyptian presidency)
13:00 GMT
The law gives existing NGOs one year to adjust their legal status and creates a new regulatory body.
40,000 people were arrested following the unsuccessful coup (Wikimedia Commons)
12:48 GMT
His stance has been criticized by some as hypocritical.
The ministry has received many complaints from domestic workers about how they are treated by their employers, as well as from households employing domestic workers. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT
Lebanon's labor ministry has made an appeal to improve recruitment agencies as it is revealed that just 441 out of over 700 domestic worker recruitment firms meet legal standards.
Policemen look at a group of refugees waiting on a platform of the main station in Munich, Germany. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT
The 51-year-old German national began working for Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency in April 2016 and was tasked with observing radical Islamists in the country.
A key factor behind declining construction costs has been the lower profit margins charged by building contractors. (File photo)
11:30 GMT
Construction costs have plummeted since the oil-price crash began in 2014, which led to a massive scaling back of building works, the cancelation of many projects, and contractors slashing profit margins.
Turkish soldiers sit in a tank driving to Syria from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 27, 2016. (AFP/File)
11:00 GMT
Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria in August, sending tanks, fighter jets and special forces over the border. It aims to sweep Daesh from a roughly 90-km strip of the Syrian border and prevent Kurdish militia groups from seizing territory in their wake.
Overplayed with the sounds of a Muslim call to prayer, the shirt hacked footage flashed various messages written in Hebrew in reference to divine retribution. "Punishment from God," read the text of one message with others reading: "The fire burned hearts" and "To for big great God [is] war from God (the fire burns you)." (Twitter)
10:55 GMT
The hacker appeared to be from Saudi Arabia, allegedly hacked the satellites due to the "muezzin bill," which has struck anger in many Muslim communities both inside Israel and abroad.
The UK flight ban was put in place after the October 2015 crash of a Russian airliner in Sinai shortly after it took off from Sharm El-Sheikh. (File photo)
10:30 GMT
The UNWTO and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have appealed to the British Prime Minister to lift the ban on flights to the Red Sea resort, adding that Egypt has taken significant measures to improve security.
Prince Andrew said it was an honour to cooperate with Shaikh Mohammad and with the Khalifa Fund to introduce Pitch@Palace in Abu Dhabi and the Gulf. (Twitter/Khalifa Fund)
10:21 GMT
Britain's Prince Andrew was in Abu Dhabi for the UAE launch of his entrepreneurship initiative Pitch@Palace alongside Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
A sculpture of an Israeli soldier standing guard is seen next to a sign for tourists. (AFP/File)
10:06 GMT
The Syrian report stated that two missiles were fired from Lebanese airspace and that no one was injured in the strikes.
The ban on women driving is the most famous of Saudi's sexist restrictions (Wikimedia Commons)
10:05 GMT
A hashtag has been trending in support of his words.
Spokesman for Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement Mohammad Abdulsalam. (AFP/File)
10:00 GMT
The “national salvation” government was sworn in on Tuesday after the Houthi Ansarullah movement and their allies announced its formation on the previous day.
The British rock band will be performing in Abu Dhabi. Yay! (File photo)
09:48 GMT
The British rock band will be performing in Abu Dhabi. Yay!
Three suspects allegedly assaulted duo with swords in flat that turned out to be a brothel. (File photo)
09:33 GMT
The Emirati man and his Indian friend were said to be searching for a place to dine when a group of Vietnamese men lured them to have a massage in a flat at Dubai International City in January.
The Anglo-Dutch is the operator of the giant Majnoon field near Basrah in southern Iraq which started production in 2014. (Shell)
09:30 GMT
The Anglo-Dutch company, which has been present in Iraq for over a century, has found only limited financial benefits in recent years from its involvement in Iraq’s oil production.
The singer will perform in Abu Dhabi on NYE. (Facebook)
09:24 GMT
She will be performing in Abu Dhabi.
Since mid-November, more than 694 civilians have been killed in regime attacks on eastern Aleppo. (AFP/File)
09:00 GMT
Warplanes targeted civilians as they attempted to flee the Al-Myassar district to the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood in opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo.
The song sends a clear message demanding gender equality and refusing gender discrimination. (YouTube)
08:51 GMT
The song sends a clear message demanding gender equality and refusing gender discrimination.