NEWS ALERT | G7 Finance Leaders To Hold Conference Call Tuesday: Japan Finance Minister Aso

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Group of Seven finance leaders are expected to hold a conference call on Tuesday evening Tokyo time to exchange information on steps to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said.

Japan’s government is compiling a package of economic measures, including a broad range of steps on tax and fiscal policy, to mitigate damage from the coronavirus, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said separately.

The ministers spoke in news conference after a regular cabinet meeting.


Saudi Crown Prince Begins Official State Visit To Oman As Part Of Gulf Tour

The official reception ceremony for Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began at Oman’s royal palace in Muscat, his first stop as part of his tour of several Gulf states. Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq escorted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the stage of honor where the Saudi royal anthem was played, … More Saudi Crown Prince Begins Official State Visit To Oman As Part Of Gulf Tour

Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Meets Saudi Foreign Minister At Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI – Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan at Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday. During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed received a letter from Saudi Arabia’s king Salman on ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two GCC countries, according to a statement from Dubai Media Office. … More Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed Meets Saudi Foreign Minister At Expo 2020 Dubai

Saudi – Owned Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Dies Of Heart Attack

PARIS, France – The Kentucky Derby – winning horse Medina Spirit, owned by Saudi businessman Amr Zedan, died of a heart attack on Monday after a workout, a lawyer for the horse’s trainer said. Medina Spirit clinched a surprise win at the Kentucky Derby in May, bringing trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh win in … More Saudi – Owned Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Dies Of Heart Attack

Starting January 2022, UAE’s Weekends Will Be On Saturday And Sunday

According to brand new reports, the United Arab Emirates will move its weekend from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday from January 1, 2022. The reasoning behind the switch is to help the UAE align its systems with those of international business communities around the globe. However, the new work calendar will also keep … More Starting January 2022, UAE’s Weekends Will Be On Saturday And Sunday

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Arrives In Oman To Start Gulf Tour

OMAN – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Oman where he will will embark on a tour of neighboring Gulf states starting Monday. Saudi Arabia and Oman also signed 13 Memoranda of Understanding  (MoUs) for joint work on specific projects within economic sectors through several companies owned by the Oman Investment Authority … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Arrives In Oman To Start Gulf Tour

Omani, Saudi Companies Sign $10 Bln MoUs Ahead Of Crown Prince’s Visit

OMAN – Omani and Saudi firms signed 13 memoranda of understanding (MoU) potentially valued at more than $10 billion, Omani official media reported on Monday, as Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman sets off on a Gulf tour. Oman’s state energy company OQ signed an MoU with petrochemicals firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) on … More Omani, Saudi Companies Sign $10 Bln MoUs Ahead Of Crown Prince’s Visit

Saudi Crown Prince Will Start Tour Of Gulf Region On Monday – Al Arabiya

DUBAI – Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will start a tour of Gulf Arab states on Monday ahead of an annual Gulf Summit this month that comes amid crucial talks aimed at salvaging a nuclear pact between Iran and the West. Prince Mohammed will visit Oman, the United Arab Emirates, … More Saudi Crown Prince Will Start Tour Of Gulf Region On Monday – Al Arabiya

COVID-19 Booster Dose Will Be Required To Maintain Fully Vaccinated Status In Saudi Arabia

PARIS, France – People in Saudi Arabia will be required to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine eight months after getting double – jabbed to maintain their vaccinated status. As of February 1, 2022, adults aged 18 and above will need to have a booster dose in order to keep their fully vaccinated status on … More COVID-19 Booster Dose Will Be Required To Maintain Fully Vaccinated Status In Saudi Arabia

France’s Macron hopes for progress on Lebanon during Saudi talks

 French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday he hoped talks he would hold in Saudi Arabia later in the day would help alleviate tension between Gulf states and Lebanon. Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi resigned on Friday to help end a diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia over comments he had made criticising Saudi Arabia’s role … More France’s Macron hopes for progress on Lebanon during Saudi talks

Saudi Arabia Reports First Omicron Case Coming From North Africa

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia confirmed its first case of the Omicron COVID – 19 variant coming from a north African country, state news agency SPA reported on Wednesday. SPA, quoting a statement from the kingdom’s health ministry, said authorities had isolated the person and people who where in contact with them. The first Omicron variant … More Saudi Arabia Reports First Omicron Case Coming From North Africa

UAE To Sign Major Deals During French President’s Visit – Emirati Official

PARIS, France – The United Arab Emirates and France will sign major contracts when President Emmanuel Macron visits Dubai on Dec.3, a senior Emirati official said on Tuesday, as the two close allies look to deepen economic and political ties. ‘I don’t want to spoil the Christmas present with the president’, Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to … More UAE To Sign Major Deals During French President’s Visit – Emirati Official

Saudi Opens Consular Section Of Kabul Embassy As Of Tuesday – State News Agency

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia announced that it was opening the consular section in its embassy in Afghani capital of Kabul as of Tuesday to provide consular service to Afghani citizens, state news agency (SPA) report. In August, Saudi evacuated all of its diplomats from the embassy in Kabul after the Taliban movement overtook the … More Saudi Opens Consular Section Of Kabul Embassy As Of Tuesday – State News Agency

Saudi Arabia Halts Flights From More African Nations – State News Agency

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior halted flights from and to Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Mauritius and the Comoros Islands on Sunday owing to concerns related to the spread of the new COVID-19 strain, state news agency SPA reported on Twitter. Saudi Arabia on Friday suspended flights to and from South Africa, Namibia, … More Saudi Arabia Halts Flights From More African Nations – State News Agency

Turkey Closes Borders To Five Countries Due To New COVID-19 Variant

PARIS, France – Turkey closed its borders to passengers from five countries as a measure against the new coronavirus variant, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Friday. Travellers from Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe will not be allowed to enter as of Friday night due to rising cases of the new variant, Koca … More Turkey Closes Borders To Five Countries Due To New COVID-19 Variant

Saudi – Led Coalition Carries Out Strikes In Yemeni Capital Sanaa – State TV

PARIS, France – The Saudi – led coalition fighting in Yemen said early on Saturday it launched air strikes on military targets in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, asking civilians not to gather around or approach the targeted sites, Saudi state TV reported. The coalition, which intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Iran – … More Saudi – Led Coalition Carries Out Strikes In Yemeni Capital Sanaa – State TV

Oman Bans Travellers From 7 Southern African States Over COVID Variant

PARIS, France – – Oman has suspended entry to travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini starting from Nov.28 due to the spread of a new variant of COVID – 19 discovered in South Africa, the country’s state news agency said in a tweet on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights To And From Seven Southern African States Over COVID

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia has suspended flights to and from seven southern African nations due to concentration related to the spread of the new variant of COVID-19. According to a statement carried by the state news agency (SPA), the seven countries are South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Eswatini. A senior official in … More Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights To And From Seven Southern African States Over COVID

Saudi Arabia To Lift Entry Ban From Six Countries, Including Egypt, Pakistan And India

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced that it will lift an entry ban on expats from six countries that was introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior issued directives to allow direct entry for full vaccinated expatriated from Indonesia, Pakistan, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt and India without the need to spend … More Saudi Arabia To Lift Entry Ban From Six Countries, Including Egypt, Pakistan And India

Saudi Arabia Working On 160 Privatisation, Says Finance Minister

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia is working on 160 privatisations and intends to announce more next year, Finance Minister Mohammed al – Jadaan said on Thursday. Speaking at a financial forum in Riyadh, he said plans to privatise assets in the education and logistics sectors were ongoing. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia suspended the privatisation of … More Saudi Arabia Working On 160 Privatisation, Says Finance Minister

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Meets Swiss Counterpart In Riyadh

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan has received his Swiss Vice President Federal Council and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis developments. ‘During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, as well as regional and international developments and coordinating the joint efforts exerted towards them’, … More Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Meets Swiss Counterpart In Riyadh

Saudi Air Defenses Destroyed Drone Launched Toward Najran Airport

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – – Saudi Arabia’s air defenses have destroyed a drone that was launched toward Najran airport, according to an Arab Coalition statement. The coalition said fragments of the intercepted Houthi drone were scattered on the al – Araysah neighborhood in Najran, without causing any injuries. The drone that was intercepted was launched … More Saudi Air Defenses Destroyed Drone Launched Toward Najran Airport

Dubai Wins Bid To Host Intl Council Of Museums Conference In 2025

PARIS, France – In a recognition of UAE’s leading position in the fields of creativity and innovation, the country has won the bid to host the 27th International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference 2025 in Dubai.  This was revealed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and … More Dubai Wins Bid To Host Intl Council Of Museums Conference In 2025

Prophet’s Holy Mosque Open For Prayers Without An Appointment Or Permit: Officials

PARIS, France – Officials in Saudi Arabia have announced that permits and appointments are no longer needed for visitors wishing to pray at the Prophet’s Holy Mosque in Medina, according to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. Officials said that visitors wishing to pray at the Prophet’s Holy Mosque will no longer need to apply … More Prophet’s Holy Mosque Open For Prayers Without An Appointment Or Permit: Officials

Saudi – Led Coalition Says It Attacked 13 Houthi Targets In Yemen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The Saudi – led coalition has attached 13 targets during a military operation against the Houthis in Yemen, Saudi state news agency (SPA) quoted the coalition as saying on Saturday. The operation hit weapons depots, air defence and drones’ communication systems in Sanaa, Saada, and Marib provinces, the coalition said.


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