RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered up to 9 billion riyals ($2.4 billion) to be disbursed to pay part of the wages of private-sector workers to deter companies from laying off staff, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Friday. The latest measure to tackle the fallout from the coronavirus … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS|Saudi King Earmarks $2.4 Billion To Pay Private – Sector Workers: State News Agency
Saudi Arabia will finance treatment for anyone infected with the coronavirus in the country, the health minister said on Monday, while the agriculture ministry took steps to boost wheat and livestock supplies and global fears of a food shortage.
Saudi Arabia halted entry and exit into Jeddah governorate on Sunday, expanding lockdown rules as it reported four new deaths from a coronavirus outbreak that continues to spread in the region despite drastic measures it.
The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi Militia in Yemen at 11:23 p.m. local time on Saturday toward civilian targets in the cities of Riyadh and Jazan, the Arab Coalition confirms in a statement.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ordered coronavirus treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom, Health Minister Tawfig al-Rabiah said on Monday.
Saudi authorities announced a lockdown and a partial curfew in seven neighborhoods of the Red Sea city of Jeddah, starting on Saturday, as part of measures to contain the new coronavirus outbreak, the interior ministry said in a statement.
Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus but his health is not a cause for concern, his office said on Thursday.‘Prince Albert is continuing to work from the office in his private apartments’, it said in a statement.The office said that Prince Albert is in constant contact with members of his cabinet, the government said and his closest staff.
Saudi Arabia suspended on Friday all domestic flights, buses, taxis and trains for 14 days starting Saturday, state news agency reported quoting a source in interior ministry.The source said the move comes as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus which has spread panic in global markets and put several countries on virtual lockdown.
Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be postponed by one year due to the global coronavirus pandemic, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters and two sources familiar with the matter.An estimated 11 million overseas visitors were expected to attend the nearly six-month-long showpiece of culture, business and technology featuring pavilions from 192 countries that was due to start in October.
U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a call on Monday to discuss global energy markets, among other issues, the White House said on Tuesday without giving other details.Oil prices were up about 8% on Tuesday, a day after facing their biggest route in nearly 30 years as Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, escalated tensions over its plan to ramp up production.
SAUDI ARABIA & UAE
The central banks of the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), the two largest Arab economies, on Saturday announced stimulus plan worth a combined $40 billion to ease the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in their respective countries.The UAE regulator plans to support banks and businesses in the country, where the outbreak is affecting major economic sectors such as tourism and transport, with a 100 billion dirham ($27 billion) economic plan, it said on Saturday.In a separate statement, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority said it had prepared a 50 billion riyal ($13.32 billion) package to help small and medium – sized enterprises (SMEs) cope with the economic impacts of coronavirus.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received on Tuesday a telephone call from French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss global efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, reported the Saudi Press Agency.Crown Prince Mohammed underlined the importance of coordinating efforts to combat the epidemic and adopting appropriate policies to reduce its burden on the global economy within the framework of the G20.
Amaala, the ultra-luxury development located along Saudi Arabia’s northwest coast, has announced its Advisory Board.Amaala is one of the giant projects belonging to the Kingdom Vision 2030. Dubbed the ‘Riviera of the Middle East’, Amaala is set out to become a unique destination by all standards.The Members of the Advisory Board will employ their broad experience and deep knowledge, along with best practices, modern trends and innovative ideas to develop and reinforce the brand.Nicholas Naples, Chief Executive Officer of Amaala, said: ‘This is an unprecedented project build with sustainability and philanthropy at its core. From the ground up, we are creating an integrative approach to health, well-being and experiential luxury’.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met in Riyadh today with President Borge Brende of the World Economic Forum (DAVOS).During the meeting, they reviewed a number of issues related to global and regional economic developments, in addition to discussing partnership opportunities between the Kingdom and the Forum in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Celebrities from all over the Arab flew to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Bulgari’s new Jannah Collection. The glorious high jewelry designs unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi are the results an unprecedented collaboration between the Italian house and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the ruling UAE Royal Family, that took almost two years to manifest.Inspired by the intricate five-petal flower mosaics that adorn the pristine white marble ceiling of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the UAE’s capital, the latest pieces bloom into exquisite strands weaving together diamonds and precious gemstones – each more extravagant than the next in true creative representation of ‘paradise’ the Middle – Eastern – inspired collection is named after. However, ‘flower petals may adorn, but they only epitomize the roots that run deeply’, explained Her Highness.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received in Riyadh on Tuesday President Alpha Conde of the Republic of Guinea Conarkry.They reviewed aspects of bilateral relations between the two countries and opportunities for boosting ties.The Crown Prince also reviewed with the Guinean President regional and international issues of common concern, including efforts exerted to combat extremism and terrorism.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received in Riyadh on Tuesday Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah, reported the Saudi Press Agency.King Salman threw o luncheon banquet in honor of his guest and the accompanying delegation.Sheikh Sabah had arrived in Saudi Arabia earlier on Thuesday.
President Klaus Iohannis of the Republic of Romania received today Adel Bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of the State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Cabinet, during his official visit to Romania.At the outset of the meeting, Al-Jubeir conveyed greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to the President, government and people of Romania as well as their wishes of steady progress, prosperity and stability.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Saudi Arabia and Oman on a diplomatic mission this month, announced the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.
Pompeo will be in Riyadh from February 19 to 21 to discuss regional issues including Iran and Yemen, according to the State Department. Pompeo is set to leave the U.S. on February 13 and will travel to Germany, Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia before arriving in Saudi Arabia.
RIYADH CAPITAL OF ARAB WOMAN 2020
The 39th session of the Arab Women’s Committee kicked off on Feb.9 and declared Riyadh as the Capital of Arab Women 2020. The new phase is held under the slogan ‘Empowering Women…Development of Society’.
The session’s first day was dedicated to the regional preparatory meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women 64 (CSW), in which the 25-year long activities and performance of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Beijing +25 Regional Review Meeting were reviewed.