The emerging political and economic rivalry between Saudi Arabia and the UAE burst into the public spotlight last week as the two regional heavyweights locked horns during a tempestuous set of Opec+ meetings (MEES, 2 July). In the immediate aftermath, Riyadh announced new regulations which seem calibrated to frustrate the UAE.

Saudi Arabia has said that it is suspending flights to the UAE, citing the prevalence there of the Delta coronavirus variant, and has ended a tariff exemption on goods from GCC Free Zones, a move that will hit the UAE the most. (CONTINUED - 1028 WORDS)