UAE claims Qatari fighter jets intercepted civilian plane

By Middle East Affairs UAE state news agency WAM reported Sunday that the United Arab Emirates claims Qatari fighter jets intercepted a civilian aircraft on its way to Bahrain. The plane, with 86 passengers aboard, had to maneuver around the fighter jets to avoid a collision, the agency quoted UAE's civil aviation

UAE ends training program in Somalia over Qatar dispute

By Middle East Affairs The United Arab Emirates is discontinuing its military training program in Somalia after Somali security seized millions of dollars and held a UAE plane in response to a Gulf Arab dispute with Qatar, Reuters reported. The UAE has led a military training program in Somalia since 2014 that's

Qatar economy rapidly growing despite Gulf neighbors’ boycott

By Middle East Affairs Qatar, despite facing a boycott from its neighbors since last June, is experiencing rapid economic growth, its finance minister told Reuters. As the world's top exporter of liquefied natural gas, Qatar's economy, Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi said, is set to grow 2.6 percent this year and closer