R&D potential could be key to spark Saudi economy

The impact of COVID-19 and low oil prices has led to even further expected declines in Saudi Arabia's gross domestic product, but research and development could hold the key to an economic reset.

Reem Abdellatif | Economy and trade | Jul 9, 2020
al-monitor A billboard displaying an advertisement for Saudi Aramco, which has ramped up spending on technological innovation while its rivals cut back amid soft oil prices, is pictured in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Nov. 10, 2019. Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images.

Will formation of new government in Yemen lay groundwork for peace?

Despite agreeing to a cease-fire in south Yemen, it seems the chances of ending the conflict between the Saudi-backed government forces and the UAE-backed southern separatists and forming a new government are dim.

A correspondent in Yemen | Yemen war | Jul 9, 2020

UK to resume issuing Saudi Arabia arms export licenses

Licensing had been suspended last year after a British court ruled that the government violated British law by selling arms without examining whether the weapons may be used to harm noncombatants.

Al-Monitor Staff | Yemen war | Jul 8, 2020

Dubai welcomes back tourists

The Emirati city wants visitors to come back as the country emerges from its coronavirus closures.

Al-Monitor Staff | Tourism | Jul 7, 2020

Abu Dhabi to host 'Fight Island' MMA event

The United Arab Emirates will hold the isolated UFC event on Yas Island with health precautions in place, as the combat sport continues to grow in the Middle East.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 6, 2020