Dubai/UAE – – The United Arab Emirates said on Friday residents who had been fully vaccinated with a shot approved by the World Health Organization could return as of Sept.12 from a list of previously suspended countries. Dubai, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, is due to open the EXPO 2020 world fair on Oct.1 … More UAE Lifts Ban On Entry From Certain Countries For Vaccinated Residents
Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – – Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST has unveiled the official lineup for its 2021 SOUNDSTROM festival, a record – setting event that launched as MDLBEAST Festival in December. Being staged in Riyadh from Dec.16 to 19, SOUNDSTORM will feature musicians from around the world with more than 150 superstar and international dance … More Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST Announces Lineup For 2021 SOUNDSTORM Festival
Paris / France – – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal decree to terminate the public security director Khalid Al – Harbi and refer him to investigation with corruption charges, the state news agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday. Charges include embezzlement of public money, forgery, bribery and abuse of influence.
Paris / France – – Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), has hired five international banks as members of an environmental, governance and social (ESG) panel for its medium – term capital – raising strategy, IFR News reported on Monday. Sources told Reuters in July that PIF sent banks a request … More Saudi Arabia’s PIF Hires Banks To Advice On ESG – IFR
Milan / Italy – – Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund and the Saudi stock exchange Tadawul plan to establish a voluntary exchange in Riyadh for offset and carbon credits within the Middle East and North Africa Region, the state news agency SPA reported on Friday. This initiative aims to be the primary … More Saudi PIF, Tadawul To Set Up Exchange For Carbon Offset Market – SPA
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Last month, Seychelles become the first destinations to open its borders to vaccinated visitors. Between a four – and five hour flight from the most GCC countries, the archipelago is boosting its tourism industry by getting rid of any quarantine requirements for incoming visitors who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – travelers just need … More These Nations Are Opening Their Frontiers To Vaccinated Visitors: Seychelles
Kuwait – – More than 42 million old vehicle tyres dumped in Kuwait’s sands have started to be recycled, as the Gulf state tackles a waste problem that created one of the world’s largest tyre graveyards. The massive dump site was mere 7 km (4 miles) from a residential suburb. Residents were bothered by periodic large fires releasing noxious black smoke. But this moth Kuwait, which wants to build 25,000 new houses on the site, finished moving all the tyres to a new location at al – Salmi, near the border, where recycling efforts have begun. At a plant run … More Kuwait Starts To Recycle Massive Tyre Graveyard
Abu Dhabi / UAE — The crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates discussed bilateral relations and other issues in a phone call, state media of the two countries said on Monday. Despite being close allies, economic competition between the Gulf neighbours has been laying bare differences as Riyadh tries to challenge its smaller neighbour’s dominance as the region’s business, trade and tourism hub in a post – oil era. Their national interest have diverged increasingly in recent years, as well as their views on regional issues such as their relations with Israel and Turkey. Saudi Arabia’s … More Saudi, UAE Leaders Hold Call Amid Rising Regional Rivalry
Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – – Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al – Thani, Emir of Qatar, received on Monday Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Saud Bin Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s interior minister, at the Emiri Diwan in Doha, state news agency SPA reported. During the reception, they reviewed bilateral relations and the existing security cooperation between both countries. Prince Mansour bin Khalid Bin Farhan, the Saudi ambassador to Qatar, was also present at the meeting. Earlier, the Saudi interior minister visited the Doha National Command Center where he was briefed on the center’s task and work mechanisms, as well as the … More Qatari Emir Receives Saudi Interior Minister
Dubai / UAE – – The United Arab Emirates has expanded the ‘Golden Visa’ eligibility to include managers, CEOS, and specialists in various fields, according to an announcement on Sunday. New regulations in the UAE included the Golden Visa eligibility expansion, which includes specialists in the fields of science, engineering, health, education, business management and technology. Announces last year, the Golden Visa is granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs in various fields, according to the officials Emirates News Agency (WAM). The Golden Visa allows for ten years of residency within the UAE and can be renewed. ‘The … More UAE ‘ Golden Visa’: Eligibility Now Includes
Paris / France – – Qatar will soon resume funding for civil servants and poor families in the Gaza Strip under a new mechanism involving the Western – backed Palestina Authority and the United Nations, the Gulf state’s aid envoy said on Monday. Doha has underwritten Gaza rebuilding and infrastructure projects since the 2014 war between the Palestinian enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel, but another round of fighting in May prompted Israeli and U.S. demands to revise the payouts. Envoy Mohammed Al – Emadi said after meeting Hamas leaders in Gaza that Qatari stipends for civil servants and poor … More Qatar Plans To Resume Gaza Funding
Dubai / UAE – – Qatar has reached an agreement on a grant for constructions in the Gaza Strip and the opening of crossing into the enclave, the state news agency QNA reported on Monday. Qatar end Egypt both promised funds to help rebuild the Palestinian territory, which is run by the Islamist Hamas group although its borders are controlled by Israel and Egypt, after fighting between Hamas and Israel in May. QNA did not say who Qatar had reached the agreement with.
Paris / France – – Saudi Arabia lowered its light crude oil prices to Asian customers in October versus September, though left prices to northwestern Europe and the United States steady. Oil giant Saudi Aramco lowered the price differential of light crude for delivery to the Far East in October to a premium of $1.7 per barrel versus the average of Oman and Dubai crudes, according to a company pricing document. The price differential in September was a premium of $3 dollars per barrel. The company kept the price differential of light crude to northwest Europe unchanged, at a discounted … More Saudi Arabia Lowers Light Crude Prices To Asia; US, Europe Prices Steady
Dubai / UAE – – Saudi Arabia intercept a ballistic missile and armed drones fired at its oil – rich Eastern Region by Yemen’s Houthi group on Saturday, and two children were injured by the resulting shrapnel, the ministry of defence said. The Houthi movement, which has been at war against a Saudi – led coalition in Yemen since 2015, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted Saudi oil giant Aramco’s facilities at Ras Tanura in the city of Dammam with eight armed drones and a missile. The Houthis also launched attacks on other Aramco facilities in the … More Saudis Intercept Houthi Missiles And Drones Aimed At Oil Region
Dubai / UAE – – Yemen’s Houthi group attacked oil facilities belonging to Saudi Aramco in Ras Tanura, in the east of the Kingdom, and other locations including Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast, a military spokesman for the Iran – aligned group said on Sunday. The group said it attacked the facilities with drones and ballistic missiles, he said.
WASHINGTON – – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait next week, the Pentagon said on Friday, in a ‘thank you’ tour for allies and troops that helped in the massive U.S. – led airlift from Afghanistan after Taliban takeover. Austin planned to leave on Sunday and meet with regional officials as well as U.S. service members and other government staff. ‘Throughout his trip, Secretary Austin will meet with regional partners and thank them for their cooperation with the United States as we evacuated Americans, Afghans and citizens from other nations from Afghanistan’, … More U.S. Defense Secretary To Travel To Gulf Countries Next Week
RIYADH / SAUDI – – The Saudi – led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi group said it intercepted an explosive – laden drone launched by the Iran – aligned group towards the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, Saudi state media reported on Saturday. The Saudi – led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing forces of the ousted government of President Abu – Rabbu Mansour Hadi fighting the Houthis. There was no immediate public comment from the Houthis, but the group regularly fires drones and missiles targeting Saudi Arabia.