DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Intent on making a flawless impression as the first host of the world's fair in the Middle East, Dubai sought to leave nothing to chance.
It poured billions of dollars into its pristine fairgrounds and jubilant festivities that opened last month, aiming for 25 million visits to the pandemic-delayed Expo 2020.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Intent on making a flawless impression as the first host of the world’s fair in the Middle East, Dubai poured billions of dollars into the pandemic-delayed Expo 2020, hoping to attract 25 million visitors to its pristine fairgrounds and jubilant festivities that opened last month.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on Saturday, in a significant gesture amid an unprecedented crisis between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Africa achieved a Dubai double in an unbeaten start to the rugby sevens world series after edging Australia 10-7 in the final on Saturday.
The South Africans have won four tournaments in a row -- the two in September that constituted the shortened 2021 series, and the two Dubai Sevens opening the 2022 series over the last two weekends, making up for the canceled South Africa Sevens.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Africa was on track for a Dubai Sevens double after reaching the quarterfinals unbeaten again on Friday.
Dubai is doubling up on consecutive weekends as a stop in the rugby sevens world series, after the pandemic canceled the South Africa Sevens.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France announced multibillion-euro deals Friday to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, aiming to boost military cooperation with its top ally in the Persian Gulf amid their shared concerns about Iran.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After a monthslong hiatus, Iran has returned to negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving its cratered nuclear deal with world powers. But Tehran isn't slowing down the advances in its atomic program, further raising the stakes in talks crucial to cooling years of tensions boiling in the wider Mideast.
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The Hero World Challenge has all the trappings of a working vacation on a Caribbean island with a 20-man field, no cut and warm tropical air in December. It just doesn't feel that way to Collin Morikawa.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said Wednesday they detected their first cases of the new coronavirus variant, recording the first known instances of omicron infections in the Persian Gulf region.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Actress Lindsay Lohan has told her followers on Instagram that she's engaged.
Lohan announced her engagement to boyfriend Bader Shammas and showed off a traditional oval diamond ring with a photo of the couple looking happy, locked in an embrace.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has eased some of its harsh drug laws, relaxing penalties for travelers who arrive in the country with products containing THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Africa won the Dubai Sevens final after beating the United States 42-7 on Saturday, with Ronald Brown scoring three tries and 25 points.
Their 18 straight match wins in the sevens rugby world series broke their team record of 16 in 2008-09.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels launched airstrikes early Saturday morning targeting the country's capital, Sanaa.
Saudi state-run television reported the strikes, citing the Saudi-led coalition as urging civilians to stay away from the sites, without identifying them.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police fired tear gas and birdshot while fighting protesters with batons on Friday in a central Iranian city that has seen days of demonstrations demanding government action over a drought, online videos show.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iowane Raturaciri's maiden try in his first world series match saved Fiji in a last-minute 17-12 win over Australia at the Dubai Sevens on Friday.
Australia came from behind to lead 12-10 and time almost up but replacement Raturaciri came through for the Olympic champions, who have retained only captain Waisea Nacuqu and Josua Vakurunabili from their Tokyo squad.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Security forces in Qatar detained two journalists from Norwegian state television for over 30 hours and deleted footage they gathered at a migrant labor camp as they tried to report on worker issues ahead of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, authorities said Wednesday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The island kingdom of Bahrain announced plans Wednesday for over $30 billion in spending to spur investment and build up infrastructure over the next several years, promising to create five brand-new cities on man-made islands.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian state media on Monday published photographs of the trial investigating the shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger jet in 2020 by the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, trying to tamp down criticism of the largely closed-door proceeding.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Collin Morikawa capped off a sensational year with five birdies in his last seven holes to close with a 6-under 66 and win the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday, making him the first American to capture the Race to Dubai as the European Tour's top player.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian military court Sunday began a hearing over the military's shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane in 2020 that killed 176 people, the official IRNA news agency reported.
British Open champion, Ryder Cup winner and now the first American to finish a season as the European Tour’s No. 1 player.
It’s been quite the year for Collin Morikawa.
The 24-year-old Californian demonstrated patience after a slow start and then world-class iron play down the stretch in making five birdies in his last seven holes to overhaul a fading Rory McIlroy and win the DP World Tour Championship with a final-round 6-under 66 on Sunday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pop star Justin Bieber is facing growing calls to cancel his concert in Saudi Arabia next month as the fiancee of slain Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi joined a chorus of voices on Sunday urging him not to perform at the kingdom's Formula One race.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Israel is set to sign a declaration of intent with neighboring Jordan on building a major solar power plant in the kingdom that will be used to generate electricity for Israel, as well as power a desalination plant there to send water onto Jordan, an Israeli official said Sunday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The International Cricket Council has appointed Geoff Allardice as its permanent chief executive officer after he served more than eight months in the role on an interim basis.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The foreign minister of Yemen's government in exile warned Sunday that a rebel takeover of the crucial, energy-rich city of Marib would be a disaster on the scale of the collapse of its ancient dam that decimated an entire kingdom.
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Czech model sentenced in 2019 to eight years in prison on charges of attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates was released on Saturday from prison following her acquittal earlier this month, her lawyer said.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy was on the rocks late in his third round at the DP World Tour Championship.
Some cliff-edge improvisation, followed by a final-hole birdie, put him back in control.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — America's top defense official vowed Saturday to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and to counter its “dangerous use” of suicide drones in the wider Mideast, a pledge coming as negotiations remain stalled over Tehran's tattered atomic deal with world powers.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan is facing a looming humanitarian crisis as aid organizations struggle with ways to pay doctors, nurses and others on the ground because there is currently no way to transfer salaries to bank accounts there, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Collin Morikawa got a big stroke of fortune at the DP World Tour Championship.
Rory McIlroy felt he got no luck at all.
The drama in the second round of the European Tour’s season-ending event was reserved for the final hour at Jumeirah Golf Estates on Friday — and the tournament’s two headline players were at the center of it.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran's flamboyant ambassador to the United States during the rule of the shah who charmed both Hollywood stars and politicians with his lavish parties until the 1979 Islamic Revolution, died on Thursday, Iranian state media reported.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy is back playing his best golf again, even if it has come too late to win another Race to Dubai title.
Fresh off his 20th career victory on the PGA Tour, the former No.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — India's startup Akasa Air announced on Wednesday it had chosen CFM International's LEAP-1B turbofan engines to power its newly bought Boeing 737 Max jets, a deal valued at some $4.5 billion.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The ICC will review cricket in Afghanistan following the takeover of the country by the Taliban and a reported ban on women participating in the sport.
“The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men’s and women’s cricket moving forward,” ICC chairman Greg Barclay said in a statement on Wednesday.
The chances of an American golfer being crowned as European No. 1 for the first time were already strong heading into the Race to Dubai finale this week.
Jon Rahm’s withdrawal from the season-ending DP World Tour Championship has made it even more likely.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The president of long-haul carrier Emirates said Tuesday that an initial public offering of stock in the Dubai-based airline could happen as the city-state tries to boost its local financial market, while promising that its fleet of iconic double-decker jumbo jets would soon ply the skies again.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States will host a cricket World Cup for the first time after global events from 2024-31 were allocated on Tuesday.
Pakistan will also stage a first major event in 29 years when it defends the Champions Trophy in 2025.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. remains “fully committed” to a proposed sale of advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates, despite the Biden administration slowing down the deal, a senior American official overseeing arms exports said Tuesday.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airbus clinched a major deal on Monday valued into the billions of dollars to sell 111 new aircraft to the Air Lease Corporation, its second blockbuster order at the Dubai Air Show.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait has temporarily handed its crown prince some of the ruling emir's constitutional duties, the royal family's secretariat announced on Monday, without explaining why the transfer was necessary.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mitchell Marsh and David Warner plundered half centuries as Australia won its first Twenty20 cricket World Cup with an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in Sunday's final.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai's biennial Air Show opened Sunday to a world still reeling from the pandemic and an aviation industry hard-hit by the coronavirus, but on the mend.
Boeing and Airbus have traditionally been the stars of the aviation trade show, competing for multibillion-dollar Gulf-based airline purchases and hammering out final details minutes before back-to-back press conferences.
LONDON (AP) — Jon Rahm has pulled out of the DP World Tour Championship, despite having a chance to win the Race to Dubai for the second time in three years.
Rahm, who won the money list title in 2019, is third on the standings behind British Open champion Collin Morikawa and Billy Horschel but will not contest the European Tour’s season-ending event.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's emir issued a long-awaited amnesty decree, pardoning and reducing the sentences of nearly three dozen Kuwaiti dissidents in a move aimed at defusing a major government standoff.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Joachim B. Hansen and Francesco Laporta, players outside the top 150 in the world and with one win between them on the European Tour, share the lead heading into the final round of the Dubai Championship.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The top U.S. Air Force general in the Mideast said Saturday that American airmen would continue to be stationed in the region even as military planners consider competition with China and Russia as Washington's next major challenge.
Two years after an obscure tiebreaker cost Kane Williamson's squad the 50-over World Cup, New Zealand is lining up for a third straight International Cricket Council tournament final.
The New Zealanders have already won a major trophy in the sport's longest format this year and they're aiming to add one in the shortest when they take on Australia in Sunday's Twenty20 World Cup final at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Antoine Rozner took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of his title defense at the Dubai Championship, rolling in a right-to-left birdie putt from eight feet at No.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan spent two nights in a hospital due to a chest infection before the team's semifinal loss against Australia on Thursday in cricket's Twenty20 World Cup.