Irish trade mission to the Gulf States secures jobs and contracts. Photograph: Getty Images.

Enterprise Ireland has said its “five day, five city” trade mission to the Gulf States has resulted in the creation of 28 Irish-based jobs and €16 mil(...)

A view of the Dubai skyline. The UAE has indicated it plans a bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. File photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

The United Arab Emirates is planning a bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. While the sport is in its infancy in the Middle East, the country’(...)

Dubai’s ruler, Mohamed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is the visionary behind the emirate’s drive to be first, biggest and best in all things. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA

Dubai’s ever-expanding, futuristic airport is a concourse of Babel in the early hours of the morning, when flights from east and west converge. Thousa(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)

Egypt’s Republican Guard take their positions ahead of the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, March 28, 2015. Arab League heads of state will hold a two-day summit to discuss a range of conflicts in the region, including Yemen and Libya, as well as the threat posed by Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dals

Saudi Arabia’s navy evacuated dozens of diplomats from Yemen and the United Nations pulled out international staff on Saturday after a third night of (...)

Yemeni supporters of the Shia Houthi militia hold a portrait the movement’s leader, Abdul-Malik al-Huthi, yesterday.

Yemen’s president, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, left his refuge in Aden under Saudi protection yesterday and arrived in Saudi Arabia as Houthi rebels fou(...)

Tribal gunmen loyal to the Huthi movement brandish their weapons during a gathering in Sanaa on Thursday to show support for the Shia Huthi militia and against the Saudi-led intervention in the country. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday about pressing issues in the Middle East, including the crisis in Ye(...)

Zimbabwe intends to proceed with plans to export live elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France because the country has too many of the animals and needs to fund its national parks. Photograph: Getty Images.

Zimbabwe intends to proceed with plans to export live elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates and France because the country has too many of the (...)

‘None of these criticisms is likely to dent Blair’s belief in his own righteousness. He is doubtless buoyed by regular, gushes of praise for his involvement in the making of the Belfast Agreement.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tony Blair is set to step down as Middle East “peace envoy” for the Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He(...)

An artist’s impression of the Al-Wakrah stadium complex. Photograph: Getty Images 1:42

Meals for about 270 migrant workers, mostly from India and the Philippines, were cancelled by a catering and labour camp operator in Qatar because of (...)