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Members of the media watch Russia's President Vladimir Putin address via videolink the 2023 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. Jerome Delay/AP hide caption

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The Emirati Minister of State and the CEO of Abu Dhabi's state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. Sultan Ahmed al-Jaber speaks at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Oct. 31, 2022. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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In this photo made available by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, center, talks with Gulf Arab leaders during the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in December. Gulf Arab leaders and others in the Mideast met as part of a state visit by Chinese leader Xi Jinping. AP hide caption

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Itamar Ben-Gvir, the minister of national security in Israel's new government, attends the weekly cabinet meeting on Tuesday in Jerusalem. Atef Safadi/AP hide caption

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An Israeli far-right leader's Al-Aqsa visit sparks outrage and calls for U.N. meeting

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People leave a grocery store with Christmas decorations on Rigga Street in Dubai. Many Filipinos working in Dubai call this area home. Nino Consorte for NPR hide caption

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Filipino workers in Dubai gather to celebrate Christmas far away from home

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with a payload including two lunar rovers from Japan and the United Arab Emirates, lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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Lessons from the 'Pandemic MVPs'

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CNBC's anchor and session moderator Hadley Gamble, Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Premier Masrour Barzani, and the United Arab Emirates' Energy and Infrastructure Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei attend a session titled "Is the World Ready for A Future Beyond Oil?" at the World Government Summit in Dubai on March 29. Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Getting more oil from Saudi Arabia or the UAE could require U.S. concessions

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People enjoy drinks at a restaurant overlooking the Marina district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2019. The country is loosening its liquor laws and other restrictions. Kamran Jebreili/AP hide caption

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Why United Arab Emirates is relaxing laws on sex, marriage, liquor, vapes and more

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Gas prices are displayed at a Chevron station on June 14 in Los Angeles. A meeting of the oil cartel known as OPEC+ ended in drama, leading to intense volatility in crude prices. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Oil Prices Are In Turmoil Right Now. Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan (center) and Bahrain Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa during the Abraham Accords signing ceremony in September. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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'An Embarrassing Time': The Challenges For Arab Nations That Made Peace With Israel

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Israeli tourists walk through the Deira district near Dubai's grand souk in December. Christopher Pike for NPR hide caption

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As Israelis Flock To UAE, They See A New Precedent: Peace Deals Without Giving Ground

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Rabbi Levi Duchman lights a menorah during Hanukkah at a private residence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in December. Christopher Pike for NPR hide caption

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As Thousands Of Israeli Tourists Visit Dubai, A Small Jewish Community Gets A Boost

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The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday that the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine provides 86% protection from the virus. The UAE said it has registered the vaccine following analysis by health officials. Zhang Yuwei/Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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An official stands at the door of an Israeli El Al airliner after it landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday after flying in from Tel Aviv. Nir Elias/Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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