The Israeli president’s recent trip to the UAE served to send a message not only to the Emiratis, but also the wider Arab-Islamic world.
The US kicks off the IMX drill with 60 nations including Israel and countries that do not have formal diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv: Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Oman and Yemen.
Ankara and Abu Dhabi are expected to sign deals for energy and technology investments during the crown prince's first official visit to Turkey in nearly a decade.
Activists across the Arab world continue to fight for human and civil rights despite violence and intimidation.
Riyadh takes a shot at Dubai with an ultimatum to foreign firms on moving their Middle East headquarters to the Kingdom.
Humanitarian groups have hailed the decision as "historic," as it will determine a complete blockade on weapons sales to the Gulf countries.
US military says it has already tested unloading and shipping cargo overland from the country's port at Yanbu, a crucial terminal for oil pipelines in the kingdom.
While diplomatic relations remain tense, both countries are signalling at potential for improved ties.
Following UAE's normalisation with Israel, the gulf state - in collusion with Egypt - are openly supporting the oppressive Syrian regime, banding against Turkey in northern Syria.
Both Bahrain and Oman praised the UAE-Israel accord, although neither have commented on their own prospects for normalised relations.
The ruling, that rejected Riyadh's national security justification for not taking action against a pirate TV outfit, could have serious implications for Saudi Arabia's prospective takeover of English Premier League club Newcastle United.
A year ago some of its neighbours blockaded Qatar, accusing the tiny Gulf state of supporting terrorism, being too close to Iran and destabilising the region. With the aid of Turkey, and with a deepening relationship with Tehran, Qatar is resisting.
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