News from the MENA region

US president urges growth for Kenya-US relations

US president Barack Obama spoke about fostering entrepreneurship and trade with the African state.

Top officials from anti-ISIL coalition to meet in Canada

Coalition Small Group comprises 20 nations, including Gulf countries Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of making threats to neighbours

Bahrain said it had foiled an arms smuggling plot by two Bahrainis with ties to Iran and recalled its ambassador to Tehran

UK checking two suspected MERS cases in northern England

Manchester Royal Infirmary briefly closed its emergency department

Kuwaiti faces US security board for Guantanamo Bay decision

Suspected al Qaeda recruiter Faez Mohammed Ahmed al Kandari has been held at the military prison for 13 years

flydubai denies talks with India’s SpiceJet on stake deal

Dubai-based low cost carrier refutes claims in Indian media linking it with move for airline stake

Saudi forces respond to Houthi shelling as Yemen truce stumbles

Saudi-led coalition had announced ceasefire for five days from Sunday to allow delivery of humanitarian aid

Cheap oil hits demand for Abu Dhabi office space

New JLL report says low oil prices result in depressed demand for corporate space in UAE capital in Q2

Dubai’s Nakheel says H1 net profit up by 53% to $770m

Developer says sharp increase is mainly due to continued strong performance by its development business

FDI into Arab states falls 8% – report

Foreign direct investment into Arab states is still 33% below pre-Arab Spring levels, according to a new report by an investment firm based in Kuwait

Yemen truce ‘urgent’ as doctors run out of medicines

Yemen has been rocked by months of fighting between Houthi Shia rebels and Hadi loyalists.

Iran launches charm offensive among wary Gulf Arabs

Foreign minister on a one-day, three-country tour to Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq

US Secretary Of State defends Iran nuclear deal

Turkey steps up its offensive against ISIL and PKK

The Turkish government has defended its decision to carry out air strikes on ISIL targets in Syria and Kurdish targets in northern Iraq.

US Secretary of State defends Iran nuclear deal in Senate testimony

John Kerry has mounted a defence of the Iran nuclear deal, telling members of Congress that rejection of the accord would give Tehran “a great big green light” to swiftly accelerate its nuclear programme.

Yemen Houthi leader captured – report

Warplanes carried out raids near the Yemeni capital Sanaa late on Saturday

Ships cross Egypt’s New Suez Canal in first test-run

Three cargo ships successfully pass through new canal ahead of formal opening on Aug 6

9m more people use Dubai public transport in H1

Transport authority says 271.3m people use metro, buses, taxis and marine transit in first six months of 2015

Dubai Int’l Motor Show set for major growth amid car sales boom

Organisers of 2015 event report ‘unprecedented interest’ from top auto names for November show

Abu Dhabi farmers eye rise in crop production this year

More than 31,000 tons of produce is expected to be harvested with cucumbers making up 41% of total

KidzMondo inks deal to build $133m Saudi theme parks

Ten-year development plan will include seven entertainment zones with first opening in Riyadh

UAE’s Al Ahli launches new premium lifestyle brand

Private label Aktive Fit will initially be aimed at members of Gold’s Gym, whose local franchise is run by Al Ahli

Qatar Airways Cargo says to expand fleet in August

Freighter unit will introduce the first 747 freighter to its expanding fleet on August 1

Jebel Ali port named world’s most productive in 2014

DP World’s port records world-leading 131 moves per ship per hour, according to JOC Port Productivity data

UK chief orders new inquest into death of Brit in Dubai jail

New investigation to be carried out into death of tourist Lee Bradley Brown who was found dead in Dubai prison cell

Dubai’s HMH targets China, India to offset ‘market challenges’

Hospitality Management Holdings chief says weak Euro, MidEast instability, CIS crisis have resulted in tough summer for hotel operators

Dubai’s DHA issues 171 licences to healthcare facilities in H1

Dubai Health Authority also says it issued licences to 6,139 healthcare professionals in first half of 2015

Iran agrees more than $2bn of projects with EU companies

Mohammad Khazaei said investors are starting to return to Iran

Is the Middle East on the verge of an arms race?

One consequence of the Iran nuclear deal could be a weapons build-up in the region.

Holy Quran manuscript found in UK may be world’s oldest

Fragments of the holy Quran held by Birmingham University have been found to be among the oldest – if not the oldest – in the world.

Prince Ali tells Blatter to stay away from FIFA reform process

Jordanian prince says he fears Blatter is trying to rush through reforms before he leaves office on February 26

Oman fund said to seek ruling against Bulgaria over bank collapse

Oman’s State General Reserve Fund owned a 30% stake in Corpbank, Bulgaria’s fourth-largest lender, which collapsed last year

Qatar says Tennessee shooting suspect only transited through Doha

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez’s family say deep depression and shame over a drunken driving charge may have led him to go on the rampage

The impact of nuclear deal on Iran

An analysis of what opportunities lie ahead for Iran after striking a nuclear deal with world leaders.

Boeing claims Middle East needs 60,000 new pilots

Report forecasts thousands of new commercial airline pilots required over 20 years

Britain eyes business opportunities in wake of Iran nuclear deal

$150 billion of Iranian assets estimated to be released by the deal, with significant investment due to go into Iran’s hydrocarbons infrastructure

Emaar said to mull split from Indian JV partner

Both parties reportedly working on deal to separate assets; JV set up in 2005 with $1.5bn investment from Emaar

Bombs target Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials in Gaza

While Hamas was quick to say the situation was under control and a number of arrests had been made, it did not name a specific group.

Emirati serviceman killed in Yemen

Non-commissioned officer dies in Saudi-led operation