ROME—Pope Francis will visit the United Arab Emirates in early February, continuing the outreach to the Muslim world that has been a signature theme of his pontificate. The pope will visit Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E. from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5 to take part in an interfaith gathering, the Vatican announced Thursday. “This visit, like the one to Egypt,... … [Read more...] about Pope to Continue Muslim Outreach With U.A.E. Visit
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DUBAI—The United Arab Emirates pardoned a British academic convicted this month for spying, ending a saga that strained ties between two long-time allies and drew rebukes from Western academics and officials who questioned the charges. Matthew Hedges will leave the U.A.E. after the pardon, he was sentenced last week. The pardon followed lobbying... … [Read more...] about U.A.E. Pardons Matthew Hedges, the British Student Convicted of Spying
Chinese President Xi Jinping met leaders of the United Arab Emirates on Friday to bolster China’s economic ties with a key ally of Saudi Arabia, just as Beijing is emerging as a critical partner for an increasingly isolated Iran. The three-day visit by Mr. Xi to the U.A.E. comes at a crucial time for a region buffeted by Saudi-Iran tensions. Mr. Xi, like other Chinese leaders before him, has taken an evenhanded approach to the Middle East, courting both the Sunni Muslim Arab states led by Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., as well... … [Read more...] about China Woos U.A.E. With Trade, Balancing Concerns Over Iran Ties
United Arab Emirates officials have engaged in secret talks with a Libyan military commander seeking the Gulf state’s help in exporting Libya’s oil outside of United Nations-approved channels, Libyan, Emirati and European officials said. With the U.A.E.’s assent last month, Khalifa Haftar, the military commander of forces in eastern Libya, moved to cut off his political rivals in Tripoli in western Libya from 850,000 barrels a day of oil production and begin exporting the oil through a breakaway company based in his part of... … [Read more...] about U.A.E. Backed Militia Leader’s Bid to Take Control of Libyan Oil Exports
By Nicolas Parasie Nicolas Parasie The Wall Street Journal BiographyNicolas Parasie @NicolasParasie [email protected] June 25, 2018 3:59 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS DUBAI—An Emirati public prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for Abraaj Group founder Arif Naqvi and a longtime associate for allegedly writing bad checks for a total of at least $48 million, according to court documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The arrest warrant adds to the troubles faced by Mr. Naqvi, whose private-equity firm in Dubai built a portfolio of nearly $14 billion but is now being sold off in pieces amid accusations that it misused investor money. Abraaj last week agreed to sell four funds to U.S. investment-management company Colony Capital Inc. The deal is still subject to a Cayman Islands court approval. The warrant stems from a June 5 criminal complaint made in the emirate of Sharjah by Hamid Jafar, a founding investor in Abraaj, and the father of Badr Jafar, who is a board … [Read more...] about Abraaj Founder Faces Arrest Warrant in U.A.E.