BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS|Saudi King Earmarks $2.4 Billion To Pay Private – Sector Workers: State News Agency

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

NEWS ALERT

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.

NEWS ALERT

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.

NEWS ALERT

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

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 ARABIA

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.


MONACO

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

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.

DUBAI

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.


SAUDI ARABIA

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 ARABIA

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

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’.


SAUDI ARABIA

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.

ABU DHABI

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

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.

SAUDI ARABIA

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.

ROMANIA

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.

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud on Tuesday thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Cabinet’s approval to establish the bodies which will each have their own financial and administrative independence.

Under the new structure, Prince Badr will preside over their boards of directors, which the authorities covering the areas of literature, publishing and translation, fashion, film, heritage, architecture and design, visual arts, museums, theater and performing art, libraries, music, and culinary arts.

SAUDI ARABIA

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.

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CORONAVIRUS ALERT

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SAUDI ARABIA

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.

KING SALMAN

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

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.


MONACO

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

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 lockdowns

DUBAI EXPO 2020

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.


SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia will suspend international flights for a two weeks from Sunday to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.The suspension will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Some flights will be permitted in exceptional cases, the ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

FRANCE

France will shut most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from midnight on Saturday and people should stay home as much as possible as the spread of coronavirus is accelerating, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced. He was speaking at a news conference after the public health authority said 91 people had died in France and almost 4,500 were now infected

SAUDI ARABIA

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.


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SAUDI ARABIA

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN

BREAKING NEWS | 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.


RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – 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.


TRAVEL ALERT | Uber Suspends Services in Several Parts Of Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Uber said on Tuesday it was temporarily halting its services in several Saudi cities and governments after a round – the – clock curfew was announced to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Unber will ‘pause’ its services in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf, and the … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Uber Suspends Services in Several Parts Of Saudi Arabia

BREAKING NEWS | Registration Start for Saudi Wishing To Return Home

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Foreign Ministry said Sunday it plans to fly home any citizens abroad who wish to return to the country during the coronavirus outbreak, and has launched an electronic service to register those interested. The ministry said in a statement that the decision comes in line with the directives … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Registration Start for Saudi Wishing To Return Home

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Makes Telephone Call To Crown Prince Of Britain

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, made Thursday a telephone call to Crown Prince of Britain and Prince of Wales Prince Charles who has recently recovered from the novel Coronavirus. During the phone conversation, HRH Crown Prince was reassured … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Makes Telephone Call To Crown Prince Of Britain

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Announces 157 New Cases Of Coronavirus

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health announced 157 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the Kingdom 1,720. Of the new cases reported, 78 were recorded in Madinah, 55 in Makkah and the rest in Riyadh, Qatif, Jeddah, Hufof, Tabuk, Taif and Al-Henakiyah. The ministry … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Announces 157 New Cases Of Coronavirus

BREAKING NEWS | Trump Says He May Join Saudi, Russia In Talks On Oil Prices

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would join Saudi Arabia and Russia, if need be, for talks about the sharp fall in oil prices resulting from a price war between the two countries. ‘The two countries are discussing it and I am joining at the appropriate time if … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Trump Says He May Join Saudi, Russia In Talks On Oil Prices

ENTERTAINMENT | Manga Production Partners With Sumitomo Group To Air Saudi-Anime Series ‘Future’s Folktales’ In Japan

RIYADH | Saudi Arabia – Manga Production, a subsidiary of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘Misk’ Foundation, announced Monday its partnership with Sumitomo Group to air the Saudi-anime series ‘Future’s Folktale’ across ‘J-com’ channel in Japan starting Saturday April 4th , 2020. The partnership was signed by two key representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Manga Production Partners With Sumitomo Group To Air Saudi-Anime Series ‘Future’s Folktales’ In Japan

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia To Process Requests To Travel Between Its 13 Provinces

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia on Sunday a dedicated team to process requests to travel between its 13 provinces following the ban on traveling across provincial borders under the 21-day curfew established by King Salman bin Abdulaziz last week to slow the spread of coronavirus. ‘Based on the curfew order and no-movement restrictions … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia To Process Requests To Travel Between Its 13 Provinces

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi King Offers To Pay For Coronavirus Patients’ Treatment

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA –  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. The kingdom has registered eight deaths among 1,453 infections, the highest … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi King Offers To Pay For Coronavirus Patients’ Treatment

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi’s King Salman Orders Treatment For All, Including Visa Violators

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – 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. Al-Rabiah urged all of those showing symptoms not to hesitate in going to … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi’s King Salman Orders Treatment For All, Including Visa Violators

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Condoles Indonesian President On Death Of His Mother

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, made a telephone call today to Indonesian President Joko Widodo. During the telephone call, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman expressed his condolences and consolation to the President on the death … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Condoles Indonesian President On Death Of His Mother

BREAKING NEWS | U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia It Has Opportunity To Reassure Markets Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty: State Department

WASHINGTON  – U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud discussed in a phone call the need to maintain stability in global energy markets as the world responds to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, with Pompeo saying Saudi Arabia can reassure markets, the State Department said on Wednesday. … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | U.S. Tells Saudi Arabia It Has Opportunity To Reassure Markets Amid Coronavirus Uncertainty: State Department

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Congratulates President of Bangladesh On Independence Day

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense has sent a cable of congratulations to President Muhammad Abdul Hamid of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh on the anniversary of his country’s Independence Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Congratulates President of Bangladesh On Independence Day

BREAKING NEWS | King Salman To Chair G20 Leaders Virtual Meeting On Coronavirus On Thursday

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz will chair an extraordinary virtual meeting of the leaders from the Group of 20 major economies on March 26 to advance a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic. As well as the leaders of the G20 group, the heads of state of Jordan, Spain, … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | King Salman To Chair G20 Leaders Virtual Meeting On Coronavirus On Thursday

BREAKING NEWS |Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Discusses Coronavirus With South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud received a phone call on Tuesday from South Korean President Moon Jae-In. They discussed the strong relations between the two countries and their peoples, and their desire to effectively combat the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. The South Korean … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS |Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Discusses Coronavirus With South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President of Greece on Independence Day

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense has sent a cable of congratulations to President Katerina Sakellaropoulou of the Republic of Greece on the anniversary of her country’s Independence Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman constant … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President of Greece on Independence Day

BREAKING NEWS | King Salman Imposes Curfew Across Saudi Arabia To Contain COVID-19

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – King Salman on Sunday issued an order imposing a curfew across Saudi Arabia from Monday evening to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease. Saudi royal court statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the curfew will start at 7P.M. every day for 21 days from the evening … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | King Salman Imposes Curfew Across Saudi Arabia To Contain COVID-19

ECONOMY & BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia Implements Urgent Measures To Mitigate Impact Of Coronavirus On Economy

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi government is moving decisively to address the unprecedented effects and consequences of the COVID-19 , Saudi Minister of Finance, Acting Minister of Economy and Planning, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, has said. “The Kingdom is taking immediate measures to ensure the safety of its citizens and residents, and to … Continue reading ECONOMY & BUSINESS | Saudi Arabia Implements Urgent Measures To Mitigate Impact Of Coronavirus On Economy

ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Cancels ‘Jeddah Season’ Festival Over Coronavirus: State TV

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia canceled ‘Jeddah Season’, a weeks-long entertainment and cultural festival in the Red Sea port city, as part of measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak, state television reported on Thursday. The event, which had been scheduled for June and July, was first run last year under efforts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Arabia Cancels ‘Jeddah Season’ Festival Over Coronavirus: State TV

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince, Merkel Discuss Coronavirus Fight

RIYADH | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received on Wednesday a telephone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel. They discussed means to unite efforts to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak. They also tackled arrangements for the extraordinary virtual G20 summit, which Saudi Arabia had called for to … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince, Merkel Discuss Coronavirus Fight

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Suspends Work In Private Sector, UAE Halts Visas On Arrival Over Virus

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia on Wednesday suspended work in most of private sector for 15 days and directed business to implement work-from-home policies to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has infected 171 people in the Kingdom. The human resource ministry directed businesses to close their main office, reduce staff levels at secondary locations, … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Suspends Work In Private Sector, UAE Halts Visas On Arrival Over Virus

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses Virus Outbreak With Macron, Modi

RIYADH – 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 … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses Virus Outbreak With Macron, Modi

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Suspends Government Work

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended government work and ordered public-sector workers to stay home for 16 days in the Kingdom’s latest measures against the spread of coronavirus. Only those working in health, security and the military are exempted from the decision to stop people attending the work place. Earlier, the Kingdom closed malls … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Suspends Government Work

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Telephone Call From Prime Minister of Spain

RIYADH – Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, received Monday a telephone call from Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of Spain. During the phone conversation, they reviewed the international efforts to combat the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevent its spread. For his part, HRH Crown Prince Mohammad … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Telephone Call From Prime Minister of Spain

BREAKING NEWS | Spain Says Saudi Arabia To Call G29 Meet On Coronavirus In Coming Days

RIYADH – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday that he would call in the coming days an extraordinary G20 meeting to tackle coronavirus and its economic impact, Sanchez’ office said. Saudi Arabia is the host of the next G20 summit – an annual gathering of representatives of … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Spain Says Saudi Arabia To Call G29 Meet On Coronavirus In Coming Days

BREAKING NEWS | Saudis Told To Stay Home As Bahrain Reports Gulf’s First Coronavirus Death

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Bahrain reported the Arab Gulf’s first death from the coronavirus on Monday and Saudi Arabia urged its citizens to stay at home, as the region broadened measures to shield populations and economies from the outbreak. Qatar, where most of the population is made up of expatriates, reported 38 new cases … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudis Told To Stay Home As Bahrain Reports Gulf’s First Coronavirus Death

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President of Ireland on National Day

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister and Minister of Defense, has sent a cable of congratulations to President Michael D. Higgins of Ireland on the anniversary of his country’s National Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wished … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President of Ireland on National Day

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince, U.K.’S PM Discuss Cutting Coronavirus Economic Impact

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed how to reduce the economic consequences of coronavirus, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said on Sunday. Johnson briefed Salman in a phone call on Britain’s efforts to find a vaccine against coronavirus, and the leaders also discussed coordination of efforts … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince, U.K.’S PM Discuss Cutting Coronavirus Economic Impact

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Prime Minister Of Malaysia On Assumption Of His Country’s Premiership

RIYADH – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense sent a cable of congratulations to Prime Minister Muhyddin Yassin of Malaysia on assumption of his country’s premiership. HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed his best of congratulations and wishes of … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates Prime Minister Of Malaysia On Assumption Of His Country’s Premiership

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Condoles Ruler Of Sharjah, On The Death Of Sheikh Ahmed Al-Qassimi

RIYADH – Prince Mohmmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense sent  a cable of condolence and consolation to Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Sharjah, on the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Khalid … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Condoles Ruler Of Sharjah, On The Death Of Sheikh Ahmed Al-Qassimi

SAUDI ARABIA | CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ORDERS EXTENSION OF RIYADH SEASON TO JANUARY

RIYADH/SAUDI ARABIA – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, ordered the extension of the Riyadh Season festival until the end of January 2020.

The announcement was made by General Authority for Entertainment Chairman Turki Al Al-Shikh through a tweet.


SAUDI ARABIA | MOHAMED BIN SALMAN

During the telephone conversations, the Crown Prince expressed his deepest condolences and sympathies on the death of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, praying to Almighty God to bestow His Forgiveness and Mercifulness for the soul of the deceased.

Saudi Crown Prince Condoles Abu Dhabi Crown Prince On Death Of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed

RIYADH/SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, has made a phone calls to Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abdu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Premier and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

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ART & CULTURE

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | 2020 Daytime Emmys Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced on Thursday that due to the coronavirus outbreak it has postponed the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which had been scheduled for June. ‘Given out concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | 2020 Daytime Emmys Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Postponed Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – France’s renowned Canned Film Festival has been postponed. Organizers of cinema’s largest annual gathering, scheduled to take place May 12-23, said Thursday that they are considering moving the festical to the end of June or the beginning of July. ‘As soon as the development of the French and international health … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Postponed Due To The Coronavirus Pandemic

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Louvre Limits Number Of Visitors Amid Coronavirus Fears

PARIS – The Louvre has said it was restricting entry to the world’s most visited museum. Only people who have already reserved a ticket online, or those who normally benefit from free entry, will be allowed into the Paris landmark, the Louvre said Monday. According to AFP, the restriction comes after the vast museum was … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Louvre Limits Number Of Visitors Amid Coronavirus Fears

ARTS & CULTURE | Spain Shuts Prado, Other Madrid Museums Due To Coronavirus

MADRID – All of Madrid’s state-run museum, including the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, will be closed to the public due to the coronavirus epidemic that has hit the Spanish capital, authorities said on Wednesday. ‘The measures takes effect from tomorrow, March 12, until further notice’, Spani’s Culture Ministry tweeted. The Reina Sofia, … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Spain Shuts Prado, Other Madrid Museums Due To Coronavirus

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Louvre Museum Closed Again As Workers Fret Over Coronavirus

PARIS | FRANCE – The Louvre Museum in Paris shut its doors to arts lovers and tourists for a second day on Monday as management held talks with workers over the risks associated with coronavirus. Queues quickly in the rain outside the world’s most visited museum, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and there … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Louvre Museum Closed Again As Workers Fret Over Coronavirus

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Morocco May Postpone Sports, Cultural Events Over Coronavirus

RABAT – Morocco is considering the postponement of sports and cultural events over coronavirus fears, a national committee charged with overseeing the state’s response to the disease said on Sunday, state media reported. Mass gatherings may also be canceled the committee said, adding that travel to and from countries suffering from coronavirus outbreak would continue … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Morocco May Postpone Sports, Cultural Events Over Coronavirus

TRAVEL ALERT | Paris’ Louvre Closes For Staff Meeting On Coronavirus

PARIS – – Art lovers were left locked out of the Louvre in Paris on Sunday morning as the world’s most-visited museum held a staff meeting about the coronavirus outbreak. Long lines of disgruntled tourists snaked outside the museum, the home of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait and the Venus de Milo sculpture. A … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Paris’ Louvre Closes For Staff Meeting On Coronavirus

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ‘Singing Trees’ Highlights Environment Awareness

ABU DHABI – Tomorrow, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Thetre du Chatelet, with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, will launch the world premiere of Singing Trees,  a new interactive installation created by award-winning digital artists from London, Umbrellium, in collaboration with Paris’ Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/MUSIC, IRCAM, and independent producer, Katherine Jewkes. Combining … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Louvre Abu Dhabi’s ‘Singing Trees’ Highlights Environment Awareness

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Dubai Culture To Present A Series Of Films At ‘Al Marmoom: Film In The Desert’

DUBAI – – Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Dubai Culture, will present a series of films at the first edition of ‘Al Marmoom: Film in the Desert’, which will take place from 4th – 7th March in the Al Marmoom Desert. As part of Dubai Art Season, the event aligns with the new cultural vision … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Dubai Culture To Present A Series Of Films At ‘Al Marmoom: Film In The Desert’

ARTS & CULTURE |Invader’s ‘Rubik Mona Lisa’ Beats Estimate At Paris Auction

PARIS | FRANCE – – A French street artist’s interpretation of the Mona Lisa made of 330 Rubik’s Cubes sold for 480,200 euros on Sunday at a modern art auction in Paris, well above presale estimates of up to 150,000 euros, organizers Artcurial said. The 2005 artwork by anonymous street artist Invader uses the plastic … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE |Invader’s ‘Rubik Mona Lisa’ Beats Estimate At Paris Auction

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Red Sea International Film Festival Reveals Details Of Its First Edition

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Red Sea International Film Festival announced on Monday the program details, competition lineup and industry initiatives of its first edition at a press conference held in Al-Balad Historic Jeddah, Bait Qabil. Set to take place March 12-21 at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Festival will shed light on … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Red Sea International Film Festival Reveals Details Of Its First Edition

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Will Stream Six Saudi Films Worldwide This February

MILAN | ITALY – – As awards season draws to a close and most of the winning films have already debuted in the region, many of us are looking for the next cinematic masterpieces to add to our thinning watch list. However, Netflix is coming to rescue later this month with the addition of six … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Will Stream Six Saudi Films Worldwide This February

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Red Sea Film Festival Unveils Official Poster

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – – The Red Sea International Festival on Monday unveiled the official poster of its inaugural edition, which will begin on March 12. The 10 – day event will feature a number of local and regional movies. The official poster features an image of Saudi ballerina Samira Al-Khamis emerging from the … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Red Sea Film Festival Unveils Official Poster

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Cabinet Launches 11 New Cultural Development Authorities For Kingdom

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA  – – Eleven new Saudi cultural authorities responsible for developing sectors such as fashion, film, music, heritage and arts are to be set up in the Kingdom. Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud on Tuesday thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Cabinet’s … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Saudi Cabinet Launches 11 New Cultural Development Authorities For Kingdom

EVENTS | This Saudi Modern Art Exhibition Is Shining A Spotlight On Sustainability

As the global spotlight on climate change continues to shine brighter, artists in Saudi Arabia aim to tackle the ongoing environmental crisis and increase dialogues on sustainability in the Middle East through 21, 39 Jeddah Arts, an almost three – month – long contemporary art festival featuring gallery exhibitions, workshops, and panel discussions with many … Continue reading EVENTS | This Saudi Modern Art Exhibition Is Shining A Spotlight On Sustainability

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ENTERTAINMENT | Opera Star Bocelli To Sing From Empty

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, one of the world’s most famous tenors, will perform from Milan’s empty Duomo cathedral on Eastern Sunday in a livestreamed concert intended as a symbol of love, hope and healing amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Bocelli will be accompanied only by the cathedral organist, Emanuele Vianelli playing … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Opera Star Bocelli To Sing From Empty

ENTERTAINMENT | DISNEY+ Content To Make Exclusive Middle East Debut On OSN

Walt Disney Co’s Diseny+ content will be available for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa on regional pay television and online streaming provider OSN from April 9. RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Dubai –headquarter has signed a ‘long-term’ exclusive distribution rights agreement, OSN Chief Executive Patrick Tillieux told Reuters by telephone, … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | DISNEY+ Content To Make Exclusive Middle East Debut On OSN

ROYALS | Meghan Markle Narrating Elephant Documentary On Diseny+

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Duchess of Sussex has narrated an upcoming documentary about elephants, titled ‘Elephant’,  for Disney’s streaming service, Disney +, and it becomes available watch on April 3. ‘Disneynature’s Elephant, an Original Movie narrated by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, starts streaming April 3, only #DisneyPlus’, the medica company announced on … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle Narrating Elephant Documentary On Diseny+

ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Slowing Down In Europe To Save Internet From Crashing As Coronavirus Ramp Up At-Home Streaming

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The coronavirus has left millions around the globe staying indoors to self-quarantine, of course leading to a major spike in at-home viewing on streaming services as Netflix. Now, after European Commissioner Thierry Breton revealed that he’s been in talks with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings about the importance of reducing high-definition … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Netflix Slowing Down In Europe To Save Internet From Crashing As Coronavirus Ramp Up At-Home Streaming

ENTERTAINMENT | Fund Announced For Saudi Filmmakers

RIYADH | The non-profit Red Sea International Film Festival Foundation announced on Tuesday a fund of SR200,000 ($53,283) in the form of emergency community relief grants to support Saudi filmmakers. The fund aims to help freelance Saudi filmmakers who have sustained a financial loss resulting from cancelled or postponed gigs or opportunities directly related to … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Fund Announced For Saudi Filmmakers

SPORTS | Horse Racing: Dubai World Cup Meeting To Be Held ‘Without Paid Spectators’

DUBAI – The Dubai World Cup horse race meeting will go ahead on March 28 ‘without paid hospitality spectators’ due to concern of the new coronavirus outbreak, Dubai Racing Club said in  a statement. Spectators have been banned at race meetings this month across the United Arab Emirates, which has recorded 98 cases of the … Continue reading SPORTS | Horse Racing: Dubai World Cup Meeting To Be Held ‘Without Paid Spectators’

ENTERTAINMENT | Heidi Klum Unable To Get Coronavirus Test, Says She’s Sick At Home Feeling ‘Feverish’

RIYADH – The supermodel opened up about her absence from ‘America’s Got Talent’ this week, just days after news broke that she showed up at the set on Tuesday only to return home after falling ill. Klum 46, filmed herself lying down in bed in an Instagram Story to her more than 7 million followers … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Heidi Klum Unable To Get Coronavirus Test, Says She’s Sick At Home Feeling ‘Feverish’

ENTERTAINMENT | Entertainment Destinations Temporarily Closed In Abu Dhabi On Coronavirus Concerns

ABU DHABI  – The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development has directed entertainment destinations in the Emirate to temporarily suspended as part of the precautionary measures taken nationwide to curb the proliferation of the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. This came in two separate circulars, addressed to the owners of entertainment halls, including movie theaters and videogame … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Entertainment Destinations Temporarily Closed In Abu Dhabi On Coronavirus Concerns

ENTRTAINMENT |Dubai Closes Four Theme Parks Until End Of March Over Coronavirus

RIYADH – Dubai said on Saturday it was temporarily suspended operations at for major theme parks and tourist attraction until the end of March amid coronavirus concerns. The emirate’s government media office said in a statement that Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dunai, Legoland Waterpark Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai would be closed to ensure the health … Continue reading ENTRTAINMENT |Dubai Closes Four Theme Parks Until End Of March Over Coronavirus

ENTERTAINMENT | ‘Mulan’ Star Stuns In Elie Saab Gown Yet Again

RIYADH – Shortly after ‘Mulan’ lead star Liu Yifei stunned in an Elie Saab princess gown at the global premiere of Disney’s latest live-action remake in Los Angeles last week, the Chinese actress delivered another head-turning style moment wearing the Lebanese couturier. This weekend, Yifei attended the London premiere of the film in Leicester Square … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | ‘Mulan’ Star Stuns In Elie Saab Gown Yet Again

ENTERTAINMENT | Daniel Craig: James Bond Star Confirm No Time To Die Will Be His Last Film As 007

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The actor made clear his intention during an appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, in which he referenced Phoebe Wall-Bridge. There were reports the British actor was considering another outing as the spy but he took the opportunity to outline his intentions when he hosted Saturday Night Live in the U.S. … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Daniel Craig: James Bond Star Confirm No Time To Die Will Be His Last Film As 007

ENTERTAINMENT | Actor Tom Hanks Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Actor Tom Hanks says he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, has been diagnosed with coronavirus. In  a statement posted to Instagram, Hanks said the two were traveling in Australia when they were tested. ‘Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Actor Tom Hanks Diagnosed With Coronavirus

ENTERTAINMENT | Madonna Cancels Remaining Paris Gigs Over Coronavirus

PARIS – Pop Singer Madonna on Monday called off two concerts in Paris, the last dates in her Madam X world tour, after French authorities banned large gatherings to stem the coronavirus spread. ‘It is with profound regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the last two Madame X shows’, the venue for the … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Madonna Cancels Remaining Paris Gigs Over Coronavirus

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Closed Riyadh Boulevard Winter Wonderland Over Coronavirus Fears

RIYADH – The Saudi Entertainment Authority announced early on Monday the closure of Riyadh boulevard winter wonderland due to concerns about the new coronavirus, state TV reported. The country recorded for more cases of the fast-spreading respiratory disease on Sunday, raising the total to 11 cases. Earlier on Sunday, Saudi Arabia  said it was suspended … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Arabia Closed Riyadh Boulevard Winter Wonderland Over Coronavirus Fears

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | ‘No Time To Die’ Was The First Major Film To Delay Its Release Due To Coronavirus

‘No Time To Die’, the latest James Bond film, was the first major Hollywood film the shift its opening because of coronavirus. It may not be the last. The outbreak, which has caused more than 3,000 deaths worldwide, the majority in Asia, has disrupted the global theater marketplace. It’s forced the closure of theaters in … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | ‘No Time To Die’ Was The First Major Film To Delay Its Release Due To Coronavirus