US secretary of state John Kerry at a news conference with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh on Thursday. Mr Kerry met Gulf Arab foreign ministers  to brief them on progress in the nuclear talks with Iran. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, and said a nuclear dea(...)

Reporters  outside flats in west London believed to be where Mohammed Emwazi used to live. Photograph: PA

The British man named as the extremist glorying in the beheading of journalists and aid workers had been known to intelligence agencies for five years(...)

The Irish population in the the United Arab Emirates now numbers around 7,000, mainly in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai (pictured). Photograph: iStock

A decade ago, it would have been rare to hear about an Irish person moving to the Gulf States. But over the past few years, the Irish population in(...)

HSBC’s Expat Explorer league table  placed Bahrain in fifth position  in terms of attractiveness for expats out of 34 countries, followed by Oman (6), Qatar (10) and the UAE (13).

There are six Gulf Co-operation Council states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Irish expats hea(...)

Tourist visas (often given to Irish passport holders on arrival at your destination) can be obtained for up to 30 days (renewable up to 60 days in the UAE), which will allow you to travel there and find a job before making a move.

Broadly speaking, to work in the Gulf States you will need a visa - and to get a visa you will need a job. “A worker has to be sponsored for a (...)

‘I love that the attire is all about utility.’ File photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Bikram yoga takes place in a room that is heated to 40 degrees. That’s essentially like doing yoga outdoors in Kuwait during August, but without th(...)

A Houthi fighter  in Sanaa. Yemen’s  rebels have welcomed proposed concessions but their gunmen still hold positions outside the presidential palace. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned yesterday, throwing the country deeper into chaos days after Houthi rebels battled their way into h(...)

An airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobani, Syria, in November. Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, in September.  The fighting continues with most residents having fled but the city is being defended by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Last September nine Arab states agreed at a meeting in Jeddah to join the US-led military campaign against Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria, bu(...)

Members of the Kurdish security forces who took part in the offensive to regain control of Iraq’s Sinjar mountain on Thursday. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces, backed by a surge of US airstrikes in recent days, recaptured a large swath of territory from Islamic State militants on Thursday, (...)

A fruit vendor  at a Cairo market. Government interventions aim to improve life for Egyptians. Photograph: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images

The Egyptian economy has begun to show signs of recovery from the turmoil that followed the 2011 ousting of then president Hosni Mubarak during the Ar(...)