Investment helps emirate rediscover its verve

Strong dollar and decline of oil price remain sources of concern


The Israeli settlement of Har Homa (foreground), built in East Jerusalem, is seen in front of the West Bank city of Bethlehem (background) on September 1, 2014. Israel said it would expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land around Bethlehem, and allowed 45 days for any appeal. The Israeli army said the move stemmed from political decisions taken after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched from a roadside in the same area, known to Israelis as the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images) ©AFP
Israel’s plan to build thousands of settler homes in East Jerusalem is sparking international ire
– John Reed

Prisoners’ mothers in Saudi Arabia appeal

Local reports say dozens of ‘terrorists’ will soon be executed

We feel Europe’s fear — and need its help

Isis is a threat but so is the general chaos and collapse in the Arab world, says Jamal Khashoggi

How to disown ‘Islamist’ terrorism

We should hope that Isis will not be a permanent feature, writes HA Hellyer

Loans to UAE businesses under pressure

Head of banking federation warns of growing risk to banks

Saudi Arabia seeks to cut energy subsidies

Kingdom eyes spending reductions but wary of public backlash

Russia to sell S-300 missiles to Iran

Israel and Gulf countries unlikely to welcome the sale

UK considers stronger military ties to Gulf

London pulls out stops for Typhoon jet order

Philip Hammond faced a barrage of Conservative eurosceptic flak as he piloted the referendum bill through the Commons
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UK and Saudi Arabia in diplomatic surge

Hammond aims to mend relationship after prison contract furore

UK praises Saudis after grandfather released

74-year-old was to be flogged for possessing home-made wine

Risk to Saudi Typhoon jet contract after prison row

Riyadh’s ambassador warns of danger to commercial links

IMF warns on Gulf states growth

Big spending cuts needed to balance budgets, fund says

Gove’s brave stand on Saudi human rights

Britain should rethink its uncritical relationship with Riyadh

Putin vs Obama: the battle for best ally

The Gulf states are at odds with both America and Russia over involvement in Syria

UK backs out of Saudi prison deal

Contract was part of shortlived scheme to sell civil servants’ expertise to foreign governments

Outside powers at risk from Syria’s fire

Proxy wars can be very dangerous for nations fuelling the conflict

UK-Saudi ‘secret deal’ on UN rights panel

WikiLeaks cables say London, Riyadh helped elect each other to council

Mecca stampede leaves 717 dead

Tragedy comes two weeks after crane collapse killed more than 100

Obama gets it right and wrong about Iran

Chance to engage beyond nuclear deal is at risk of being lost

Saudi-led forces launch anti-Houthi attack

New offensive in oil-rich region of Mareb marks latest sign coalition preparing to retake Sana’a