SAUDI ARABIA | King Abdulaziz University to Host 5th University Theater Festival

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – King Abdulaziz University will host the activities of the 5th Gulf University Theater Festival for universities and institutions of the higher education in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, under the patronage of Minister of Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammad Al Al-Sheikh, and in collaboration with the GCC Secretariat General from 2 to 6 February 2020

Twelve GCC universities and more than 100 students will participate in the festival. The participating universities will include King Abdulaziz University, University of Bahrain, Kuwait University, Sultan Qaboos University, Taif University, Umm Al-Qura University, King Saud University, Jazan University, Northern Border University, Al – Jouf University, Taibah University and King Khalid University.


Saudi Arabia’s Pif Launches An Initiative Of 200 Mln Euros To Develop Africa’s Sahel

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced during a summit held in France to help finance Africa’s post – pandemic recovery that the Saudi Public Investment Fund is launching a initiative of 200 million euros to develop the Sahel region countries, in partnership with the French Development Agency, according to a statement released by … More Saudi Arabia’s Pif Launches An Initiative Of 200 Mln Euros To Develop Africa’s Sahel

UAE Expresses Strong Disapproval Of ‘Disgraceful, Racist’ Statements Of Lebanese

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expresses its strong disapproval of the ‘disgraceful and racist statements made’ by Lebanon’s caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe which offered Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, according to a statement released by WAM. Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe threatened to … More UAE Expresses Strong Disapproval Of ‘Disgraceful, Racist’ Statements Of Lebanese

Saudi Arabia Summons Lebanese Ambassador Over FM’s ‘Shameful Comments’

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry summoned on Tuesday the Lebanese ambassador in Riyadh and handed him a memorandum of protesting against the Lebanese ambassador’s ‘shameful comments’ toward the Kingdom, the official SPA repored. Lebanese Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe threatened to stoke new tensions in a television interview on Monday, when he appeared to blame the Gulf … More Saudi Arabia Summons Lebanese Ambassador Over FM’s ‘Shameful Comments’

BERLIN, GERMANY – MARCH 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media to announce further measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease the virus causes, after she held a teleconference with the governors of Germany’s 16 states on March 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Following her speech, Merkel went home to quarantine after a doctor she was in contact with tested positive for coronavirus. The Chancellor during her speech announced the country will ban gatherings of more than two people, with the exception of families and households, as a measure to combat the spread of the virus that has so far caused over 23,000 infections and 92 deaths. (Photo by Clemens Bilan – Pool/Getty Images)

Germany’s Merkel, Jordan’s King Support Mideast Ceasefire

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by video conference to Jordan’s King Abdullah on Tuesday about the escalating violence in the Middle East, with both backing efforts to reach a ceasefire, Merkel’s spokesman said.  ‘Both agreed that initiatives for a speedy ceasefire should be supported in order to create the conditions for the resumption of political … More Germany’s Merkel, Jordan’s King Support Mideast Ceasefire

Dubai Targets Over 5.5. Mln Overseas Tourists This Year

Dubai expects to attract over 5.5. million overseas visitors this year, hopeful that new markets can help make up for the loss of visitors from key places where travel is restricted. Dubai had 5.5. million overseas visitors last year, when the tourism sector was pummelled by the coronavirus pandemic. In 2019, 16.7 million tourists visited. … More Dubai Targets Over 5.5. Mln Overseas Tourists This Year

Saudi Sovereign Fund PIF Boosts U.S. Equities Exposure To Over $15 Bln

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has increased its U.S. stock holdings to $15.4 billion in the first quarter from nearly $12.8 billion at the end of 2020, according to a U.S. regulatory filing on Monday. The Public Investment Fund(PIF) bought 2.9 million class A shares in SoftBank Group Corp – backed Coupang Inc., equivalent to … More Saudi Sovereign Fund PIF Boosts U.S. Equities Exposure To Over $15 Bln

UAE Allows Pfizer COVID-19 Dose For Emergency Use in 12 – 15 Year Olds

The United Arab Emirates has approved the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children aged 12 – 15, the government said on Thursday, having already permitted its use for 16 years and above. The USE’s health ministry approved its use, the government’s Twitter account said. The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration on … More UAE Allows Pfizer COVID-19 Dose For Emergency Use in 12 – 15 Year Olds

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Perform Eid Prayers

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Thursday morning performed Eid al – Fitr prayers in NEOM, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Meanwhile, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman performed the prayers in Riyadh, the Kinfdom’s capital. Saudi Arabia had announced that Eid al – Fitr Begins earlier this week on Tuesday. The Eid al … More Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Perform Eid Prayers

The Dakar Rally will be raced in Saudi Arabia for the third time in January 2022

Dakar Rally To Take Place Across Saudi Desert In First Week Of January

The 2022 Dakar Rally will take place across the desert of Saudi Arabia between January 2 and 14, it was been announced by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and the Saudi Arabian Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) in a virtual presentation on Tuesday night. ‘Welcome for the third time to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the … More Dakar Rally To Take Place Across Saudi Desert In First Week Of January

Erdogan, Putin Discuss Israel Clashes in Call – Turkish Presidency

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discuss in a phone call tensions in Gaza and Jerusalem, Turkey’s presidency said on Wednesday, as Ankara seeks international action against Israel. Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into Wednesday morning as the Islamist group Hamas and other Palestinian militants fired rocket barrages over … More Erdogan, Putin Discuss Israel Clashes in Call – Turkish Presidency

Some Units In Kuwait’s Mina Abullah Oil Refinery Stopped Working, Exports Not Affected

Kuwaiti state refiner KNPC said in Tuesday that some production units in the Mina Abdullah oil refinery have stopped working after steam production units stopped, but exports operations have not been affected, state news agency KUNA said, citing a KNPC statement. A KNPC official told KUNA that the company was working quickly to restore full … More Some Units In Kuwait’s Mina Abullah Oil Refinery Stopped Working, Exports Not Affected

Mandatory Credit: Photo by JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10422662fe) India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the start of an annual luncheon for heads of state on the sidelines the general debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations at United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 24 September 2019. The annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations runs until 30 September 2019. General Debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, New York, USA – 24 Sep 2019

Indian PM Modi To Skip G7 Meet In Britain Due To COVID-19 Crisis

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not travel for the Group of Seven (G7) Summit next month because of the coronavirus situation in the country, the foreign ministry said late on Tuesday. ‘While appreciating the invitation to the Prime Minister by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 Summit as a Special Invitee, … More Indian PM Modi To Skip G7 Meet In Britain Due To COVID-19 Crisis

Saudi Arabia To Require Arriving Visitors To Quarantine For A Week

Foreign citizens arriving in Saudi Arabia must quarantine for a week in government – approved accommodation starting May 20 to combat the spread of COVID-19, the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority (GAGA) said on Monday. As the kingdom reopens, exempted individuals such as Saudi citizens, flight crew and diplomats will have to quarantine at home unless … More Saudi Arabia To Require Arriving Visitors To Quarantine For A Week

King Salman Issues Royal Order To Promote Members Of Public Prosecution Office

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal order to promote a number of members of the Public Prosecution Office, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday. Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al – Mujib praised the issuance of the royal order, and said that it came within the framework of the king and crown … More King Salman Issues Royal Order To Promote Members Of Public Prosecution Office

Vlad The Vaccinator: Dracula’s Castle Lures Visitors With COVID – 19 Jabs

Visitors to Dracula’s castle are more likely to find puncture marks in their arms than their necks this month, after medics set up a COVID-19 vaccination centre at the Transylvanian attraction. Doctors and nurses with fang  sticker on their scrubs are offering free Pfizer shots to all – comers at 14th century Bran Castle, which … More Vlad The Vaccinator: Dracula’s Castle Lures Visitors With COVID – 19 Jabs

Saudi Crown Prince, Pakistan’s PM Hold Talks As Bilateral Agreements, MoUs Signed

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan held talks and witnessed the signing of two memoranda of understanding (MoU) between the countries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday. The Crown Prince and the Prime Minister discussed bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and the importance of … More Saudi Crown Prince, Pakistan’s PM Hold Talks As Bilateral Agreements, MoUs Signed

Saudi Arabia Band Poultry From 11 Brazilian Processing Plants

Saudi Arabia has banned imports from 11 Brazilian poultry plants with no warning or explanation, according to a joint statement from Brazil’s agriculture and foreign ministry on Thursday. JBS SA, the world’s largest meat company, confirmed that it was affected by the ban but declined to disclose how many plants have been targets by the … More Saudi Arabia Band Poultry From 11 Brazilian Processing Plants

Saudi Crown Prince Donates SR 100 Million To Charities, Insolvent Prisoners

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a donation of SR 100 million ($26 million) to charities and prisoners hailed over financial crimes, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Thursday. The sum will be split in two categories, with SR87 million to be disbursed to support 29 charities in all regions of the … More Saudi Crown Prince Donates SR 100 Million To Charities, Insolvent Prisoners

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Meets Pakistan Army Chief

Pakistani chief or army staff (COAS) General Javed Bajwa on Friday met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia, and reviewed bilateral relations, State News Agency, SPA, reported. Bajwa arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan will also embark on … More Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Meets Pakistan Army Chief

Qatar Finance Minister Arrested Over Alleged Embezzlement – Statement

Qatar Finance Minister Ali Sherif al – Emadi was arrested for questioning over allegations of embezzlement, abuse of power and crimes related to the public sector, a statement carried by state news agency QNA said on Thursday. An investigation is underway, the statement added. Emadi has been minister of finance in the wealthy Gulf Arab … More Qatar Finance Minister Arrested Over Alleged Embezzlement – Statement

COVID Scare At G7 Meeting After Indian Delegates Test Positive

India’s entire delegation to the Group of Seven summit in London is self – isolating after two of its members tested positive for COVID-19, the British government said on Wednesday.  ‘Two  meeting has been enable by a strict set of COVID protocols, including daily testing of all delegates’, the British official said. Indian Forein Minister … More COVID Scare At G7 Meeting After Indian Delegates Test Positive

UAE Announces Eid Al – Fitr Holiday Dates For Private Sector, Federal Employees

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday the Eid al – Fitr holiday dates for private sector and federal employees. Employees in both sectors will get a paid three – day holiday starting on May 11, which falls on the 29th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The first day of … More UAE Announces Eid Al – Fitr Holiday Dates For Private Sector, Federal Employees

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman And Turkey’s Erdogan Discuss Bilateral Ties

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed bilateral relations in a phone call, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. ‘During the call, relations between the two countries were discussed. The Turkish President also congratulated the Custodian on the Two Holy Mosques on the occasion of the blessed … More Saudi Arabia’s King Salman And Turkey’s Erdogan Discuss Bilateral Ties

Saudi Arabia To Open Land, Sea, Air Borders As Of May 17 – Ministry

Saudi Arabia will lift its suspension on citizens travelling abroad and open land, sea and air borders on Monday 17, the interior ministry said in a statement on Sunday. Saudi citizens who have received two vaccination shots, or one shot at least two week prior to travel, those who have recovered from coronavirus within the … More Saudi Arabia To Open Land, Sea, Air Borders As Of May 17 – Ministry

Millions of Dutch Tulips Bloom Again, In A Spectacle Few Will See

With dazzling displays of colour including tulips in purple, yellow, and crimson, the Keukenhof flower garden outside The Hague usually rivals Amsterdam’s top museum as one of the Netherlands’ biggest tourists attraction. This year, for the second year in a row, million of tulips in the park and nearby fields are blooming and will likely … More Millions of Dutch Tulips Bloom Again, In A Spectacle Few Will See

Billionaire Elie Broad Dies At 87, Helped Create Los Angeles Art Scene

Elie Broad, the billionaire entrepreneur turned philanthropist and art collector who played an outsized role in shaping the art and cultural scene of Los Angeles, died on Friday at the age of 87. Broad passed away at Cedars – Sinai Medical Center is Los Angeles following a long illness, said Suzi Emmerling, a spokeswoman for … More Billionaire Elie Broad Dies At 87, Helped Create Los Angeles Art Scene

Iran Welcomes Saudi Arabia’s ‘Change Of Tone’ – Foreign Ministry

Iran on Thursday welcome what it called a change of tone from Saudi Arabia and said it hoped they could work together to secure peace, amid moves to ease tensions between the regional rivals. Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman made the statement days after Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said his country wanted … More Iran Welcomes Saudi Arabia’s ‘Change Of Tone’ – Foreign Ministry

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