Popular Saudi Shia Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr sentenced to death by Saudi court that tries terrorists and human rights activists.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud announces that Saudi Arabia will re-open its embassy in Qatar in the coming days, after a diplomatic crisis that saw the nations severing ties for three years.
The Gulf Cooperation Council formally designates Lebanon's Hezbollah militia a terrorist organization. The GCC member states are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The King of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa claims that the 2011 Bahraini protests were a foreign plot defeated by the intervention of forces from neighbors Saudi Arabia and the UAE of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf's Peninsula Shield Force.