Foreigners on front lines of pandemic in Gulf Arab states

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Front-line workers across Gulf Arab countries are uniquely almost entirely foreigners. That’s the case whether it’s in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, an isolation ward in Kuwait or a grocery store in the United Arab Emirates. The global pandemic has drawn attention to just how vital foreigners are to the Gulf Arab countries where they work. It has also shed a brief light on the systemic inequality that drives so many to the region in the first place. Foreigners make up the vast majority of the roughly 78,000 confirmed coronavirus cases overall in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain Oman and Saudi Arabia.