BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS | Mohammed Bin Salman Calls On ‘Dreamers’ To Join Saudi Arabia In Building ‘Economies Of Knowledge’

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, called on Wednesday ‘all dreamers to join Saudi Arabia in building economies of knowledge’. ‘At this summit, we look forward to unveiling a number of important initiatives with our global partners to help speed up the adoption … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Mohammed Bin Salman Calls On ‘Dreamers’ To Join Saudi Arabia In Building ‘Economies Of Knowledge’

NEWS ALERT

G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Monday that the novel coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the flexibility and strength of the Saudi economy. In an address before the Business 20, he said: ‘We are determined to boost development and prosperity through empowerment and investment in new sectors’. Minister of Investment Khalid … Continue reading G20 SAUDI ARABIA | King Salman Says Pandemic Proved Flexibility, Strength Of Saudi Economy

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CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN ALERT | France Restricts Outdoor Movement Under New Covid-19 Lockdown, PM Says

PARIS | FRANCE – – French people will only be allowed to leave the house for food shopping, commuting to work, medical or pressing family reason, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday after France ordered new lockdown to curb a second wave of coronavirus infections. Castex also said in a news conference that outdoor … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN ALERT | France Restricts Outdoor Movement Under New Covid-19 Lockdown, PM Says

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TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Resume Flights For 33 Destinations In November

Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudi announced it will resume flights to 33 destinations in November. Destinations include major international capitals across Europe, Asia and Africa. Regional destinations that include Dubai and Beirut also resume next month. Saudia travellers who are going to U.S. will only be able to fly to Washington. The airlines said flights … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Resume Flights For 33 Destinations In November

travel | Dubai Miracle Garden Set To Welcome Visitors On 1st November

ABU DHABI – – Dubai Miracle Garden, the largest natural flower garden in the world, returns for its ninth season on Sunday, 1 November, promising visitors a truly memorable experience with its magnificent display of intricately designed bloom. The park is set to reopen under stringent health and safety protocols designed to ensure visitors can … Continue reading travel | Dubai Miracle Garden Set To Welcome Visitors On 1st November

NEWS ALERT | United States Condemns Attacks By Iran – Backed Houthis Against Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON – The United States Of America has condemned attacks by the Iranian – backed Houthis against civilians and civilian objects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In a statement issued Thursday, the U.S. Department of State expressed in condemnation and denunciation of these attacks which were launched indiscriminately towards Riyadh, and risked the lives … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | United States Condemns Attacks By Iran – Backed Houthis Against Saudi Arabia

WORLD NEWS

ROYALS | Prince Harry Says Upbringing Blinded Him To Unconscious Racial Bias

Britain’s Prince Harry said it took him years to realize that unconscious racial bias existed and his eyes had been opened by spending time in his wife Meghan’s shoes. The prince spoke during a conversation about racism with Patrick Hutchinson, the Black activist who was photographed by Reuters carrying a white man to safety during … Continue reading ROYALS | Prince Harry Says Upbringing Blinded Him To Unconscious Racial Bias

WORLD NEWS | Poland’s President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – – Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus, an aide said on Saturday, as the country faces a record rise in cases. ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, as recommended President @AndrzejDuda was tested yesterday for the presence of coronavirus. The result turned out to be positive. The president is fine”, Blazei … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Poland’s President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

WORLD NEWS | Putin Rejects Donald Trumps’ Criticism Of Biden Family Business

MOSCOW – – Russia President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump’s attack lines in the U.S. presidential election. Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Putin Rejects Donald Trumps’ Criticism Of Biden Family Business

WORLD NEWS | Trump Calls Fauci A ‘Disaster’ And Seek To Reassure His Team He Can Win

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump called coronavirus expert Anthony Fauci a ‘disaster’ on Monday, airing his frustration with the scientist during a call meant to reassure campaign staff he has a path to victory on Nov.3 despite trailing in opinion polls. Trump and Fauci a member of his coronavirus task force, have been at odds … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Trump Calls Fauci A ‘Disaster’ And Seek To Reassure His Team He Can Win

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

REAKING NEWS | King Salman Cites U.S.’ Mideast Peace Efforts In Phone Call With Trump

MILAN | ITALY – Saudi King Salman has called U.S. President Donald Trump to express his appreciation for the effort the U.S. is exerting toward achieving peace in the Middle East, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday. King Salman also reiterated the Saudi Arabia’s commitment to ‘a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian … Continue reading REAKING NEWS | King Salman Cites U.S.’ Mideast Peace Efforts In Phone Call With Trump

NEWS ALERT | Tunisia To Ban Gatherings, Cut Public-Sector Work Hours Due To Pandemic

MILAN | ITALY – Tunisian Authorities will ban all gatherings and reduce working hours for employees in the public sector in order to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Saturday. The decision was taken amid strong fears that hospital in the North African nation will be unable to … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Tunisia To Ban Gatherings, Cut Public-Sector Work Hours Due To Pandemic

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Jordan Warns Of Full Lockdown After Virus Cases Surge

AMMAN – Jordan warned on Wednesday it could be forced to return to a full lockdown, potentially devastating its fragile economy, after recording 1,767 new cases of COVID-19, its highest daily tally since the start of the outbreak. The country’s total number of confirmed infections now stands at 11,816, with 61 deaths since the first … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Jordan Warns Of Full Lockdown After Virus Cases Surge

BUSINESS

BUSINESS | Mercedes-Benz to lift Aston Martin Stake To Up to 20% By 2023

MILAN | ITALY – Daimler unit Mercedes-Benz is to lift its stake in Britain’s Aston Martin to up to 20% by 2023, making it one of the struggling British carmaker’s largest shareholders, Aston said on Tuesday. Aston Martin, popular for being James Bond’s carmaker of choice, has suffered a torrid time since it floated two … Continue reading BUSINESS | Mercedes-Benz to lift Aston Martin Stake To Up to 20% By 2023

BUSINESS | Aramco Chief Wins Energy Executive Of The Year Award

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Aramco’s president and CEO, Amin Nasser, had been named energy executive of the year by a panel of international industry leaders. The 60-year-old business chief was selected for the Energy Intelligence 2020 Award by a committee of top executives. Nasser will be officially presented with the prestigious award during … Continue reading BUSINESS | Aramco Chief Wins Energy Executive Of The Year Award

BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses OPEC+ Agreements With Vladimir Putin

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA  – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin energy markets and the implementation of agreements by the oil producers group known as OPEC+ on Saturday. ‘Both sides have reiterated their willingness to continue close coordination in this area in order to maintain stability on the … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Discusses OPEC+ Agreements With Vladimir Putin

SPORTS NEWS | Saudi-Led Consortium Pulls Out Of Newcastle United Takeover Bid

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Investment Fund has withdrawn a proposed take – over of Newcastle United, the English Premier League football club. A statement from the investment group, which also included U.K. investor Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital and the family business of British entrepreneur Reuben Brothers said the … Continue reading SPORTS NEWS | Saudi-Led Consortium Pulls Out Of Newcastle United Takeover Bid

GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Suspends poorer nations’ debt payment for 6 more months

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Financial leaders of the world’s biggest economies claimed a ‘historic achievement’ in reaching a framework to deal with heavily indebted poorer countries, which have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The finance ministers and central governors of the G20 nations agreed at a virtual meeting organized by the Saudi … Continue reading GLOBAL ECONOMY | G20 Suspends poorer nations’ debt payment for 6 more months

BREAKING NEWS | Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Economic Recovery From Coronavirus: White House

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud discussed the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and ‘re-energizing global economies’ during a telephone call on Thursday, the White House said. The two leaders also discussed regional and bilateral issues and the prince ‘reaffirmed the strong United … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Trump, Saudi Crown Prince Discuss Economic Recovery From Coronavirus: White House

G20 NEWS | Saudi Arabia Hosts Global Summit To Discuss Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs

President of the G20 Young Entrepreneurship Alliance (YES) Summit 2020 has affirmed that various initiatives have been prepared to be presented during meetings of G20 Leaders. In a press conference on Monday in Riyadh, Prince Fahd bin Mansour bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz said the Kingdom will host the two-day YEA Virtual Summit on Oct.29. More … Continue reading G20 NEWS | Saudi Arabia Hosts Global Summit To Discuss Challenges Facing Entrepreneurs

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

BEIRUT – Restoring Beirut’s damaged architectural heritage following the devastating August explosion will take hundreds of millions of dollars and costs will quickly rise if no action is taken ahead of the onset of the rainy season in less than two months, international experts warned Tuesday. An international coalition of museums and heritage protection groups … Continue reading Experts: Rainy Season To Further Threaten Beirut Heritage

CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

MADRID | SPAIN – Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzales Laya said on Monday it was important that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia remains part of humanity’s shared global heritage, after it was reconverted into a mosque from a museum last week. ‘For us it is important that the spirit of this great monument of Hagia Sophia is … Continue reading CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

ARTS & CULTURE | Red Sea International Film Festival Announces A New Short Film Festival

JEDDAH | SAUDIA RABIA – The Red Sea International Film Festival has announced a new short film competition designed to challenge and support aspiring and Saudi-resident filmmakers to produce new works. The challenge will take place in October, with three days of mentorship followed by an intensive 48-hours where the selected teams will write, shoot, … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Red Sea International Film Festival Announces A New Short Film Festival

SPORTS | Dubai To Host Opening Leg Of HERO World Series 2021 In Hatta

The Dubai Sports Council announced that HERO Dubai Hatta 2021, the opening race of the HERO World 2021 International Mountain Bike Circuit, will be held at the idyllic Hatta Nature Park on March 5, 2021. A major biking tournament featured in the International Cycling Union’s international calendar, HERO Dubai 2021 will be held alongside the … Continue reading SPORTS | Dubai To Host Opening Leg Of HERO World Series 2021 In Hatta

NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concern into account when ruling that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported. It said the decision could lead to even greater division. A Turkish court said on … Continue reading NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

MILAN | ITALY – Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have not yet publicly confirmed the reports that they’re expecting their first child together, but Gigi’s mom, Yolanda, has spoken up. She recently gave an interview to the Dutch celebrity new television show, RTL Boulevard, and confirmed that she’ll be a grandmother, telling the outlet, ‘Still … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Arab Supermodel Gigi Hadid Expecting First Child With One Direction’s Zany Malik. Yolanda Hadid Confirmed

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

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

The Cannes Film Festival won’t take place in June, after all, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organizers continue to explore different options for 2020. ‘Following the French President’s statement, on Monday, April 13th, we acknowledged that the postponement of the 73rd International Cannes Film Festival, initially considered for the end of June to the … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT | Cannes Film Festival Won’t Take Place In June, But Continues To Explore Options

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The organizing committee of the Saudi Film Festival on Tuesday announced the name of the jury for competitions in the upcoming festival. The festival, organized by Ithra in collaboration with the Film Authority of the Saudi Culture Ministry, will be held virtually from Sept.1-6 and broadcast online. Interviews with filmmakers … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has quickly become the new home of Oprah Winfrey. The streaming service has announced a new series featuring the media mogul. ‘The Oprah Conversation’ is set to debut Thursday and, according to a press release, ‘will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world’. ‘Filmed … Continue reading CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

LIFESTYLE

BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Parisian fragrance maison Ex Nihlio has cut the ribbon on its first flagship in Saudi Arabia. The new perfumery is situated in Jeddah’s Nojoud Center, alongside other brands like Lacoste and Femi9. The new store evokes the brand’s French flagship with its iconic cobalt blue interior, marble floors, Art Deco … Continue reading BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

LIFESTYLE | Maserati Aims To Be ‘Crown Jewel’ Of FCA-PSA Merger With New Super Car

MILAN | ITALY – After more than a year on the skids, Maserati has taken the wraps off a new high performance sports car which parent Fiat Chrysler hopes will help turn the brand into the ‘crown jewel’ of its merger with France’s Peugeot. The sleek and super – lightweight MC20 offers acceleration from zero … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Maserati Aims To Be ‘Crown Jewel’ Of FCA-PSA Merger With New Super Car

FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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 … Continue reading FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

PARIS | FRANCE – L’Oreal, the world’s biggest cosmetics company, will remove words referencing ‘white’, ‘fair’ and ‘light’ from its skin-evening products, a spokeswoman said on Friday, a day after Unilever made a similar announcement in the face of growing social media criticism. Unilever and L’Oreal are two big players in the global market for … Continue reading BUSINESS | L’Oréal To Drop Words Such As ‘Whitening’ From Skin Products

HEALTH | Dubai International Nutrition Congress To Highlight Latest Research, Best Practices In Clinical Nutrition

DUBAI – Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority, DHA, the 6th edition of the annual Dubai International Nutrition Congress, DINC, will take place from October 22-24, 2020. The three-day event will be held under the theme ‘Tour … Continue reading HEALTH | Dubai International Nutrition Congress To Highlight Latest Research, Best Practices In Clinical Nutrition

MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

An ultra – rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona JPS  reference 6264 in 18k gold achieved more than $1.5 million in a single-lot online sale held by Sotheby’s in London. The 1969 ‘John Player Special’, named after Formula 1 livery, because of its black and gold ‘Paul Newman’ dial. The price set action record for a watch … Continue reading MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

BUSINESS | Jean Novel Concept Designs For Sharaan Resort In AlUla Unveiled

New concept designs for the Sharaan by Jean Nouvel resort revealed today after a deeper understanding of the architect’s daring vision for AlUla, the cultural oasis in north-west Arabia. Located deep within the Sharaan Nature Reserve, the design draw on the nearby Nabataean wonders of Hegra, Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a … Continue reading BUSINESS | Jean Novel Concept Designs For Sharaan Resort In AlUla Unveiled

BUSINESS | Hermes Launches Its First-Ever Digital Flagship Store In Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – From its line of stylish hijabs to pieces that work perfectly for customers into the more modest of fashion statements, Hermes has been focusing much more on catering to the region’s contemporary woman. Now, the luxury brand is taking a key step further by launching its first flagship digital store … Continue reading BUSINESS | Hermes Launches Its First-Ever Digital Flagship Store In Saudi Arabia

LIFESTYLE | Dubai To Allow Weddings To Resume Under Strict Preventive Measures

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai announced that wedding reception will be allowed to resume in hotels, halls, homes, temporary venues, and tents in residential areas effective from 22 October 2020. The decision enables the community to celebrate social occasions in an environment where precautionary measures are strictly implemented, and high … Continue reading LIFESTYLE | Dubai To Allow Weddings To Resume Under Strict Preventive Measures