Iran is one of the countries hardest-hit by COVID-19 in the Middle East. Iran’s regional neighbours, including its supposed competitors and adversaries in the Gulf, have quickly stepped up to provide aid to Iran. Is an end to the regional rivalry between Iran and its neighbours in sight?
Six Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the tiny natural gas-rich Gulf emirate of sponsoring terrorism and destabilising the region. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have closed their borders with Qatar, stopping flights into the country and giving Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries. Kuwait and Oman … Continue reading The Qatar spat: The crack in the GCC’s armour deepens
When we think of the Gulf, we picture towering skyscrapers, dazzling wealth, and the unique mix of cultures, languages and fashions. We rarely think about the unseen people who built the chrome jungles, or those responsible for keeping them clean, pristine and tourist-ready. The recent arrest of a team of BBC journalists reporting on the … Continue reading Qatar 2022: A Golden Opportunity in the Fight for Workers’ Rights in the Gulf