A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood has accused Qatar of using the outlawed group to target education institutions, youth and women to spread separatist ideologies. Appearing on an Abu Dhabi TV programme on Friday, Essa Khalifa Al Suwaidi said he joined the Muslim brotherhood in 1989. He worked for educational organisations in the UAE and moved to Qatar in 2009 where he was employed with a private company and became more involved with the Muslim Brotherhood. “The underground organisation concentrated on educational institutes,” said Al Suwaidi.
Somalia’s neutralitiy in the ongoing Gulf region crisis has generated a lot of pressure for the Horn of Africa country to join the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates faction against Qatar. The latest call is from the autonomous Somali state of Puntland which on Wednesday called on the federal government to change its neutral position due to the good relations it has with Saudi Arabia and UAE.
Doha has become a training hub to undermine the UAE’s security and stability, according to a documentary that was broadcast Friday by local television channels in the UAE. The 30-minute episode entitled, “Qatar’s terrorism support files,” featured the confessions of Eisa Khalifa Al Suwaidi, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was a senior member of the organisation’s “Majlis Shura Al Jama’a,” or the advisory board.
A former Emirati Muslim Brotherhood member Issa al-Suwaidi said that Doha has become a training hub for suspicious groups with direct and indirect links to international organizations that are training youths to destabilize their states. The documentary featured the confessions of Suwaidi, a senior member of the organization’s advisory board. Suwaidi referred to a Qatari national, Mahmoud al-Jaidah, who acted as the Qatari government’s liaison in providing financial and moral support to the fugitives in Doha. He dismissed Jaidah’s claims that he was tortured while serving his sentence in the UAE, adding that he received excellent treatment, and was allowed to call his family and meet with the Qatari Ambassador to the UAE.
Demands by the Gulf states to cut defence ties with Turkey is an “obvious intervention of internal affairs,” said Qatar’s Ambassador to Ankara. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in June, and imposed a sea and land blockade while accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.
Qatar has raised a complaint to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the second time after an animation video that Al Arabiya Channel aired earlier this month. Qatar’s complaint stipulates that the video in question allegedly claims to take-down Qatari carriers upon entering boycotting countries’ airspace and has raised fears among passengers.
Oman has implemented the GCC Trade Mark Law with effect from 31 July 2017. As a result, Oman becomes the fourth member state of the Gulf Cooperation Council (the GCC) to implement or adopt the GCC Trade Mark Law. This follows in the footsteps of Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As yet, the remaining two GCC member states, the UAE and Qatar, are yet to implement the new Law.
Ambassador Sam Terrence Condor and Ambassador H.E. Sheikha Alia Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, both permanent representatives to the United Nations, met at the permanent mission to the State of Qatar to the United Nations to officially sign a pact of diplomatic relations Aug. 17 to strengthen bilateral relations between the two nations.
Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company, signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with a group of companies that include GE and Spain TSK to build a wind farm in Oman, the first large scale project of its kind in the Gulf. “Oman has immense untapped potential in renewable energy, particularly in solar and wind. Masdar is proud to be supporting the historically close ties between the UAE and the Sultanate by providing our experience and expertise from delivering cutting-edge renewable energy solutions across the world," said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar.
Hundreds of people have fled a town in eastern Saudi Arabia where government forces are fighting Shi'ite Muslim gunmen, activists and Saudi media reported on Tuesday. Fighting has intensified in recent days in Awamiya where authorities have been trying since May to tear down the old quarter to prevent militants using the narrow streets to evade capture.
Saudi Arabia proposed on Thursday that the United Nations reopen and run the international airport in Yemen’s capital, which has been closed for a year because of a Saudi blockade to pressure the Houthi rebel movement. The Saudi proposal, made by a spokesman for the military coalition that has been bombing the rebels in a war that began more than two years ago, appeared to take the United Nations by surprise.
As the crisis with Qatar entered its third month, efforts to break the stalemate intensified on Tuesday with renewed diplomatic efforts by Kuwait and the US. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received on Tuesday a letter addressed to President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan from Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
Kuwaiti media on Sunday quoted local oil experts as saying the spill originated from an old 50-kilometre pipeline from Al Khafji. Emergency workers are battling to contain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield in the Gulf, an official said on Sunday. "Emergency oil teams are still struggling to put an oil spill near Kuwait's southern Ras Al Zour area under control," said Kuwait Petroleum Corporation spokesman Talal Al Khaled in a statement carried by the official Kuna news agency
In a move that surprised many analysts, Moqtada al-Sadr — a controversial Iraqi Shiite cleric and political leader — visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, late last month. This followed a season of marked improvement in relations between Baghdad and Riyadh over the past year, which allowed for a measure of guarded optimism toward the future of Iraqi diplomacy among some Iraq-watchers.
Ministry of Interior meet to consider alternative voucher options to speed up process The UAE's Ministry of Interior (MoI) is studying a proposal to do away with residence visa stamping on passports of expatriates. Currently, all UAE residents are required to stamp their passports with the residence visa. The proposal was discussed during a meeting of the directors-general of the residency and foreigners affairs departments of the MoI.
Indian students can now apply for a new scholarship programme in Oman, the Ministry of Higher Education has announced. Indian students below 25 years of age are eligible for scholarship under the Omani Programme for Cultural and Scientific Cooperation for the academic year 2017. The scholarship is for higher studies and covers engineering, administrative, IT language and art specialisation and is open for Indian expatriates living in Oman, as well as India to study in Oman for a period of five years.
Stalwart U.S. ally Kuwait will continue to grant visas to North Korean laborers whose wages allegedly aid Pyongyang in evading international sanctions, its government told The Associated Press on Thursday before its ruler travels to Washington to meet President Donald Trump. In a statement responding to an AP story , Kuwait also said it never stopped issuing work visas for North Koreans, refuting a major State Department human trafficking report released in June that applauded the Mideast nation for taking steps to limit their presence.
The Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) launched in 2015 has become a central arm of the UAE’s humanitarian efforts, alleviating human suffering, regardless of gender, race or religion, in accordance with the noble values that stem from the principles of Islam and Arab traditions. The establishment Suqia confirms that the approach of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan is continuing and that the UAE’s wise leadership is continuing its efforts in the service of humanity.
Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi was the first to volunteer for a new programme that sees members of the public inspire many of the young patients going through treatment at Dubai's flagship children's hospital. The minister donned the special volunteers' uniform and read to children on the first day of the Al Jalila Heroes project.
The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, in co-operation with the UAE Embassy in Lebanon, has launched a humanitarian initiative supporting a charity market in Lebanon set up to provide displaced Syrians and Palestinians with clothing and other supplies before Eid Al Adha. Organised by the Dar Al Fatwa Relief Organisation, the event will see the distribution of clothing, shoes, blankets and other goods to the underprivileged until Aug.24.
The International Humanitarian City (IHC) held a photo exhibition on victims of famine, disaster and conflict at Mall of the Emirates metro station in Dubai on Saturday to mark World Humanitarian Day. The event was held under the patronage of Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, chairperson of the IHC. and wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
A Dubai high school student is sending handmade dolls to children in conflict areas with the aim of putting a smile on their faces. British expat Philippa Wareham, 15, a student at the Dubai International Academy started the project two years ago, when she made over 100 dolls out of old clothes, sheets, and blankets, and sent them to children in Iraq through the Rags2Riches Charity group.
Saudi Arabia will open its land border to Hajj-bound Qatari pilgrims and pay their expenses, according to the Kingdom's state media. Saudi's King Salman also offered to dispatch private jets to transport pilgrims from Qatar to Jeddah. The developments came more than two months into a diplomatic rift in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism -- a charge it has denied. Early Thursday, the king ruled that: 1) The Salwa land border crossing with Qatar be opened 2) Offered to pay for Qatari flights to Saudi Arabia to perform Haj 3) Offer for Saudi Arabian Airlines to fly the pilgrims in for free 4) Waive electronic permits for Qatari pilgrims.
Under the patronage of the UN Secretary General’s Humanitarian Envoy, Dr. Abdullah Matouq Al-Matouq, the Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organization and the Consultant of the Amir of Kuwait, we are putting together an event on the 19th of August 2013 in partnership with UNDP to join communities and organizations all over the world in celebrating World Humanitarian Day (WHD) for the first time.
There are urgent calls for Saudi Arabia to allow more aid into Yemen as children across the country continue to starve to death. According to the United Nations (UN), 2 million children in Yemen are currently suffering from acute malnutrition. Despite repeated UN warnings and ongoing pleas from aid agencies, aid to Yemen is still heavily restricted by the Saudi-led coalition that is blockading the war-torn country.