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Plans for a new Egyptian capital were first announced in March 2015 and it has been touted as a solution to overcrowding, pollution and rising house prices in Cairo.

Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin Salman purchased the $500 million painting.

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Naveed Ahmad

Abe's Japan entices GCC with military hardware

Comment: As Saudi Arabia and Iran's regional tension continues to build, the Gulf's appetite for western, Chinese and Japanese arms will only grow, writes Naveed Ahmad.

Shafiq saga sheds light on Egypt's shady media

Gehad Quisay

Shafiq saga sheds light on Egypt's shady media

Comment: Egyptian media has supported the Sisi regime, but when Shafiq, an old ally, threatened Sisi's dominance, the true nature of Egyptian ...

MBS's friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Jesus painting

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MBS's friend was mystery buyer of $450-million Jesus painting

A friend of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman revealed as mystery buyer of a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for ...

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Yemen's Houthis 'fire ballistic missile' at UAE nuclear reactor

Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed to have fired a ballistic missile towards a nuclear power plant in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi, the group's television has claimed on Sunday

Robert Springborg

A role in search of a hero

Comment: The Arab world seems destined to continue to offer a leadership role in search of its hero, writes Robert Springborg.

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Meet Zahra Lari, the world's first headscarf-wearing professional figure-skater

The UAE has become the first Arab state to join the International Skating Union thanks to up-and-coming athlete Zahra Lari, the first ...

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UAE 'preventing Shafiq from leaving' to challenge Sisi

The former Egyptian prime minister has told media he has been banned from leaving the Emirates after announcing his intention to run against ...

Heartbreak and golden-boys: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Heartbreak and golden-boys: This week in Middle East football

In the Asian Championship League, Arabs received heartbreaking news this week with Al-Hilal's dramatic loss, but on the other side of the world, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Man executed for raping and murdering boy in Dubai

Jordanian citizen Nidal Eisa Abdullah has been executed for crimes he committed against a child he kidnapped in the emirate of Sharjah in May ...

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint over economic blockade

The New Arab

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint over economic blockade

Qatar took the final step on Wednesday to start litigation at the World Trade Organization against the UAE over an economic blockade imposed on ...

History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

For the first time in football history, Palestine will beat Israel in the FIFA rankings, as the country sees a resurgence in confidence on the ...

Egypt arrests popular social media satirist over 'illegal group'

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Egypt arrests popular social media satirist over 'illegal group'

Egyptian prosecutors have detained a satirist known for his ribald humour on suspicion of joining an 'illegal group', his lawyer said on Tuesday.

UAE, Egypt must reveal whereabouts of missing prisoner: HRW

The New Arab

UAE, Egypt must reveal whereabouts of missing prisoner: HRW

An Egyptian detainee held in the UAE due to be released last month after serving his three year sentence is now missing after being deported to ...

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Abu Dhabi businessman buys teen's virginity for $3 million

A 19-year old American model said she was offered nearly $3 million for her virginity by a UAE-based businessman, UK press reported.

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Former Palestinian ambassador claims Saudi-UAE links to Abu Nidal

Following a wave of attacks on Gulf targets by Abu Nidal Organisation, Saudi Arabia and the UAE attempted to rein in the radical ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia 'employing Blackwater mercenaries to guard Hariri'

Lebanon's president has accused Saudi Arabia of having "detained" Prime Minister Saad Hariri and using a notorious private security contractor ...

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UAE introduces tough laws against 'unauthorised' religious meetings

Unauthorised religious gatherings and Quranic recitations in the UAE have been outlawed by the state's Federal National Council, in the latest ...

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Tom Charles

UK courting UAE despite human rights alarm

Comment: For the UK, cultural ties, such as the British Council-UAE collaboration act as a lubricant to facilitate the easy flow of capital, ...

The New Arab

Iraq investigating 'stolen artifacts' at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The Iraqi government is investigating reports claiming stolen Iraqi antiquities are on display at the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabu ...

UAE arrests two Swiss journalists over Louvre coverage

The New Arab & agencies

UAE arrests two Swiss journalists over Louvre coverage

Journalists covering the opening of Abu Dhabi Louvre museum for a Swiss broadcaster were arrested and held for two days, their ...

UAE oil giant to float stake in fuel subsidiary

The New Arab & agencies

UAE oil giant to float stake in fuel subsidiary

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is set to float a minority stake in one of its subsidiary companies for the first ...

Qatar investigates claims UAE tried to rig the riyal

The New Arab

Qatar investigates claims UAE tried to rig the riyal

Doha said it is looking into claims that the UAE attempted to sabotage the Qatari riyal and take the World Cup from the Gulf state.

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