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(...)

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(...)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. The hereditary monarchy ruled by him is the site of the Muslim world’s two most sacred cities, Mecca and Medina. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

Founded by Abdel Aziz Ibn Saud in 1932, the deeply conservative tribal kingdom of oil-rich Saudi Arabia occupies most of the Arabian peninsula and dom(...)

Screen grab of new culturally specific Ireland.com portal for the Gulf States.

Tourism Ireland is ramping up its online presence in the Middle East, with a new culturally-specific version of its online portal, ireland.com.The mov(...)

Egypt’s interim president Adli Mansour (right) meets US deputy secretary of state William Burns  in Cairo. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Three Egyptian workers were killed and 17 wounded in an attack on a bus mounted by suspected radical fundamentalists in northern Sinai yesterday as US(...)