The sad and happy tails of stray dogs in Qatar | AFP

Stray dog Izzy was found in a stretch of barren wasteland in Qatar, so emaciated she could barely stand. She is one of many thousands of stray and abandoned animals who roam the scorched streets of the wealthy Gulf nation, struggling to survive. While she was lucky enough to be rescued, many more are destined to a sadder fate.

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Gaza families receive Qatari financial aid | AFP

Palestinians queue up at a post office in Gaza City to receive Qatari aid payments of $100 allocated per family, as part of millions in support from the Gulf emirate. The Hamas communications ministry says it has received $30 million in aid from Qatar, a rare Middle East ally.

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Restaurants and hair salons reopen in Saudi Arabia | AFP

Traffic is back on the streets of Riyadh, and restaurants and hair salons have reopened as Saudi Arabia lifts its coronavirus curfew. Saudi Arabia has been the hardest-hit Gulf state during the pandemic, with over 150,000 confirmed cases.

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Iranian warship hit by “friendly fire” | AFP Animé

An Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said Monday, amid tensions with the US in Gulf waters.

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10 years after BP spill, companies drill deeper

Ten years ago, an oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and unleashed an environmental nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, companies are drilling in even deeper waters where the payoffs can be huge but the risks are greater. (April 18)

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Doha pharmacy offers drive-thru services amid pandemic | AFP

Qatar residents collect their prescriptions at a drive-thru pharmacy service offered at Doha’s Sidra hospital, a women’s and pediatrics hospital, as part of preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Gulf country.

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Coronavirus: Qatar residents get prescriptions at drive-thru pharmacy | AFP

Qatar residents collect their prescriptions at a drive-thru pharmacy in the capital Doha as part of preventive measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease in the Gulf country which has registered 693 cases and suffered one death. IMAGES

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UAE steps up measures against coronavirus | AFP

Police use drones equipped with a loudspeaker flying over the Gulf emirate of Sharjah ordering people to stay at home as part of the United Arab Emirates’ plan to curb coronavirus outbreak. Dubai is closing its famous malls and halting all passenger flights, capping a series of shutdowns on once-thriving sectors that serve as its economic lifeline but which have been sacrificed to curb coronavirus.

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Gulf island is restored ahead of nesting season

A Louisiana island vital to the state’s brown pelicans has been restored after decades of erosion and crippling oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. (Feb. 4)

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Astronaut to return home after 11 months in space

After nearly 11 months onboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Christina Koch can’t wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico. She holds the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman. (Jan. 28)

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US military bases in the Middle East | AFP Animé

Iran warns of ‘severe revenge’ after US kills top general. Videographic showing US military bases in the Gulf. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Saudis resist ‘throwaway’ culture of food waste | AFP

The plate is designed to make a meal look bigger — a gastronomic illusion and an innovative way to tame Saudi Arabia’s pervasive throwaway culture which results in colossal food waste. Across much of the Gulf lavish displays of food are seen as a cultural totem of generosity and hospitality.

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Counting the cost, as Gulf states thrive on desalinated water | AFP

In Sur, which lies south of the capital Muscat, water for residents and businesses comes from a large desalination plant along the coast, improving the quality of life for some 600,000 people.

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On Emirates’ glittering coast, pearl trade lives on | AFP

At a time of increasing awareness of cultural traditions in the UAE, pearl farmer Abdullah al-Suwaidi hopes to revive the tradition of pearling — once a vital source of wealth to the Emirati people before the discovery of oil transformed the Gulf into one of the world’s wealthiest regions.

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Russian President Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the airport in Riyadh for his visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. IMAGES

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Oil production in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Gulf region and showing oil production. Oil prices surged more than two percent on Friday after an Iranian tanker was hit by two explosions in Saudi Arabia, sparking fresh supply concerns in the already-tense Gulf region.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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US military bases in the Middle East | AFP Animé

Videographic showing US military bases in the Gulf. Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world’s top exporter by half, fuelling fresh geopolitical fears as Donald Trump blamed Iran and raised the possibility of a military strike on the country.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Oil production in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Gulf region and showing oil production. Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world’s top exporter by half.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Sargassum seaweed invading Caribbean and Gulf beaches is “the new norm” | AFP

Sargassum seaweed “invasions” are “the new norm” say experts as a massive clear up operation to remove seaweed gets underway on Miami Beach.

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2019’s Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” is 8th largest

Scientists say this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is the eighth largest on record. They are just back from measuring the underwater region where there’s too little oxygen to sustain marine life. (Aug 1)

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