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Oman, Saudi sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

30 June, 2018

UNESCO have added two sites from the Gulf to their exclusive World Heritage List.

Oman town breaks record with hottest night temperature ever

29 June, 2018

The Omani town of Quriyat has broken a record of having the highest 'low' temperature in a 24-hour period.

Saudi Arabia plays dirty but cries foul anyway

25 June, 2018

Comment: At its first World Cup match, Saudi Arabia complained of mixing politics with sport, but SWAFF, its new footballing federation, is guilty of just that, writes Anthony Harwood.

Yemen: The fate of Hodeida

25 June, 2018

Comment: Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition say they want to avoid a battle. UN envoy Martin Griffiths must help find the middle ground, writes the International Crisis Group.

America uses Tajikistan as Iran substitute language teacher

22 June, 2018

Analysis: Tajikistan's role as an international classroom for Americans studying Persian may prove its greatest contribution to the US, writes Austin Bodetti.

Saudi 'pirate channel' accused of stealing World Cup broadcasts

21 June, 2018

Saudi Arabia's attempt to sidestep the Qatar blockade by stealing content from Doha-based sports channel beIn has been condemned by football governing bodies.

Anthony Bourdain, Middle East food advocate, dies in France

08 June, 2018

Celebrity chef and travel journalist Anthony Bourdain, has died aged 61 in France.

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

05 June, 2018

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

BeIN channels in UAE pulled ahead of World Cup

03 June, 2018

Qatari sports broadcaster BeIN has stopped working for customers in the United Arab Emirates, the channel said on Sunday, just eleven days ahead of the World Cup.

Oman bans pirate beIN decoders ahead of World Cup

31 May, 2018

Oman has banned the import of decoders that would infringe upon Qatar-based broadcaster beIN's purchased rights for the upcoming World Cup.

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