Etihad, Gulf Air re-route Iraq flights

Two Gulf-based airlines on Saturday announced that they have re-routed flights over Iraq because of the deteriorating security situation there, even as Turkish Airlines said it has resumed flights to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

UAE launches Arab Social Media award

The UAE has launched the first `Arab Social Media Award in the Gulf region to encourage Arab societies for responsible use of social media and increase awareness about the issues of concern to the community.

Iran warns against military intervention in Iraq

Iran warned today that "any foreign military intervention in Iraq" would only complicate the crisis, after the US said it was deploying a warship in the Gulf.

Iraq insurgent advance slows, US sends carrier to Gulf

An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to slow on Saturday after days of lightning advances as government forces regained some territory in counter-attacks, easing pressure on the Shi`ite-led government in Baghdad.

Kuwait`s emir embarks on landmark visit to Iran

Kuwait`s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah flew to Tehran on Sunday for a landmark visit expected to focus on mending fences between Shiite Iran and Sunni-ruled Gulf states.

Iran`s Rouhani extends hand to Gulf monarchies

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sought Thursday to mend fences between his mainly-Shiite country and Sunni-dominated Gulf monarchies distrustful of Iran`s nuclear ambitions and its support of the Syrian regime.

Qatar `regrets` Gulf envoys recall, will not reciprocate

Qatar said on Wednesday it regretted the decision of three fellow Gulf monarchies to recall their envoys to Doha, but pledged not to withdraw its ambassadors from those countries.

US, Gulf Arab states pledge $1 billion in fresh Syria aid

Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday for UN humanitarian efforts in Syria, devastated by almost three years of civil war.

UAE prime minister launches seven-year national plan

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, vice president and PM of UAE, announced national agenda outlining economic, social and cultural objectives to achieve within the next seven years.

Oman detects first MERS infection

Oman has discovered the first case of the MERS coronavirus in the Gulf sultanate, Health Minister Ahmed al-Saeedi said today.

Social security scheme for Indians launched in UAE

Aiming for the welfare and security of overseas Indian workers, the government has launched a special social security scheme at the consulate here.

Indian aviation market would turn into battle-field: Experts

The Indian market would turn into a battle-field between Gulf and Southeast Asian airlines targeting the growing air traffic, with Jet and Etihad and start-up airlines like Air Asia India and Tata-Singapore Airlines also wooing Indian travelers, experts said on Friday.

Keralites celebrate Onam across Gulf

Expatriates from the south Indian state of Kerala celebrated the harvest festival Onam with traditional fervour across various Gulf countries.

Eid to be celebrated across Gulf today

Eid al-Fitr, the festival that follows the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated across the Gulf region.

Direct Hyderabad-Mashhad flight from June 30

A direct flight between Hyderabad and Mashhad in Iran is set to take off from June 30, making it the first such service between South India and the Persian Gulf nation, a senior diplomat said on Saturday.

No panic situation due to new Saudi job law: Chandy

Saudi Arabia`s new labour policy, which is expected to affect expatriate workers of Kerala has not created a panic situation and India is trying to find a solution Oommen Chandy said.

More Andhra migrants return from Gulf

Another group of migrants from Andhra Pradesh granted amnesty for overstaying in the United Arab Emirates returned home on Sunday.

Shah Rukh Khan to star in Gulf-based film

Shah Rukh Khan’s next movie will be largely based in Dubai, the actor has announced.

Gulf states called to ‘halt crackdown on pro-democracy protestors’

A Gulf civil society organisation has called on Gulf states to free all political prisoners and stop the security crackdown on those urging democratic reforms.

Iran accuses US Navy of `illegal` acts in Gulf

Iran is accusing the US Navy of carrying out "illegal and provocative acts" in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.