RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Aramco and its subsidiaries announced the support of the Health Endowment Fund in the Ministry of Health with 200 million riyals ($53 million).
The oil giant said the support comes in line with the efforts of the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and in support of the ministry’s initiatives to face this global crisis.
The support is an extension of Saudi Aramco’s national role and the fulfillment of its responsibility towards the society, it added.
Saudi Aramco’s backing for the Health Endowment Fund aims to contribute to supporting ventilators in intensive care rooms initiative, the highly efficient air purification devices initiative for quarantine, and the protective tools initiative for health practitioners and patients.
DOHA – Qatar’s emir named two women among his new appointment to the Gulf state’s advisory Shura Council on Thursday, after partial elections held for the first time earlier this month saw not one of the more than 20 women candidates a seat. In what was Qatar’s first legislative election, candidates competed for 30 of … More Qatar Emir Appoints Two Women To Advisory Council After Men Sweep Polls
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LONDON – Saudi Arabia will require foreign firms working in the energy sector, including petrochemicals and water desalination, to boost local input to at least 70% in order to secure government contracts, three sources familiar with the matter said. Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman discussed the plan to increase domestic input with local and … More Saudi Arabia To Ask Foreign Energy Companies To Up Domestic Input To 70% – Sources
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s energy minister will discuss with Britain a cooperation agreement in the energy field, a cabinet statement said on Tuesday without providing further details.
PARIS, France – France wants to be a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build low – carbon planes and small nuclear reactors as part of a 30 billion euro ($35 billion), investment plan, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. Macron said the road map, dubbed ‘France 2030’, would ensure France decarbonizes its industry … More Macron Unveils 30 – Bln Euro Plan For Innovation And Industrial Revival
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched the Kingdom’s National Investment Strategy (NIS) on Monday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. According to SPA, the National Investment Strategy is one of the main enablers to achieve the goals of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 program. The National Investment strategy will contribute to the … More Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Launches National Investment Strategy
PARIS, France – Justin Bieber will be performing in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah on December 5, headlining a concert on the sidelines of the Formula 1 stc Saudi Arabian Gran Prix (GP). ‘CALLING ALL BELIEBERS’. Yes, it’s true! @JustinBieber is headlining the stc Saudi Arabian GP post – race concert on Sunday 5 December at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit!’ the F1 stc … More Justin Bieber in Saudi Arabia: Pop Star To Headline F1 post – race concert in Jeddah
PARIS, France – Qatar is not happy about a spike in gas prices, the top liquefied natural gas supplier’s minister of state for energy said on Monday. ‘I am unhappy about gas prices being high. They are negative for the customer, and customers being satisfied is the most important thing for me’, Saad al – Kaabi … More Qatar Energy Minister Kaabi Unhappy With High Gas Prices
PARIS, France – Saudi Aramco has agreed to supply additional crude to at least three Asian buyers in November, while meeting full contractual volumes for four others, sources with knowledge of the matter said on Monday. Full supply volumes were expected for the month, one of the source said. The world’s top oil exporter has … More Saudi To Supply Additional Crude TO Some Asian Refiners In Nov – Sources￼
DUBAI, UAE – Dubai police seized 500 kilograms of pure cocaine worth more than 500 million dirhams ($136 million) in a drugs raid, Dubai’s media office said on Sunday. The police arrested one person of Middle – Eastern origins, who was operating as an intermediary for an international drug syndicate, the media office added.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a decree on the adoption of the country’s ten principles for the next fifty years, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported on Saturday. The UAE’s decree No. 15 for 2021 stipulates that all … More UAE President Issues Decree To Adopt Country’s Ten Principles For Next 50 Years
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – New rules requiring people in Saudi Arabia to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine before entering certain public place come into effect today, October 10. Under the new regulations announced on October 1, anyone wishing to enter government buildings, schools, events, or use public transportation and air travel must have received … More Saudi Arabia’s New COVID – 19 Vaccination Rules Come Into Effect
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with his Israeli and United Arab Emirates counterparts next week to discuss progress made on the so – called Abraham Accords as well regional security, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday. Blinken will meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah … More Blinken To Meet Israeli, UAE Counterparts News Week
PARIS, France – Adele said she recorded her upcoming fourth album explain her divorce to her young son, as the British singer prepares to make her musical comeback. In what Vogue magazine said was her first interview in five years, the singer – songwriter describe the record, which follows her 2015 Grammy Award – winning ’25’ , as … More Adele Says She Wrote Upcoming Album For Her Son
PARIS, France – Authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced they will restrict the issuance of Umrah permits to those who have received two doses of approved COVID – 19 vaccines in the Kingdom starting from Sunday, according to a statement. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that the rule will apply starting 6 … More Saudi Arabia To Restrict Umrah Permits To Those Who Received Two COVID Vaccine Doses
PARIS, France – Ten people were injured in two explosive – laden drone attacks at King Abdullah airport in the southern Saudi city of Jizan late on Friday and early on Saturday, the Saudi – led coalition. The military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015, backing forces of the ousted government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur … More Ten Injured In 2 Drone Attacks At Saudi’s King Abdullah Airport – State Media
PARIS, France – The organizers of the Geneva International Motor Show said on Thursday that they would not organize the event next year due to ‘industry wide issues relating to the COVID – 19 PANDEMIC’. The organisers said in a statement that direct and indirect issues linked to the pandemic left them ‘with no alternative’. … More Geneva Motor Show Postponed Further Until 2023
LONDON – A consortium led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment fund (PIF) officially took over Newcastle United, the Premier League announced on Thursday. ‘Following the completion of the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test, the club has been sold to the consortium with immediate effect’, the Premier League statement said. The consortium includes PCR Capital … More Consortium Led By Saudi Arabia’s PIF Officially Takes Over Newcastle United
PARIS, France – Greece will lift some pandemic restrictions in regions where coronavirus cases have been the highest, its health minister said, starting on Saturday. The move, initially implemented for two weeks, is part of a drive to grant greater freedoms to people who are fully vaccinated against the virus and to encourage a large unvaccinated … More Greece Will Allow Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated People In Areas Of Higher Infection
LONDON – Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al – Maktoum tried to buy one of the most expensive properties for sale in Britain which overlooked his ex – wife’s rural estate, in a ‘deliberate’ act that was ‘intimidating’, a senior British judge has ruled. Agents acting for Mohammed were weeks away from exchanging contract … More ‘Intimidating’: Dubai Ruler Tried To Buy 30 Mln Pound Estate Next To Ex – Wife
LONDON – The Israeli – based NSO Group ended its contract with the United Arab Emirate to use its powerful ‘Pegasus’ state spyware tool because Dubai’s ruler was using it to hack the phones of his ex-wife and some close to her, her lawyers told England’s High Court. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al – Maktoum, vice … More NSO Ended Pegasus Contract With UAE over Dubai Leader’s Hacking
PARIS, France – At least 20 people were killed and about 300 injured on Thursday when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck southern Pakistan in the early hours as many of victims of the victims were asleep, the Disaster Management Authority said. Rescue workers said most of those killed were women and children. The earthquake struck at … More Pakistan Quake Kills At Least 20, Injures Hundreds
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday updated its travel requirements and guidelines, allowing certain categories of people from all countries to directly travel to the Kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Travelers in the following categories are now allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia directly from the countries where they were … More Saudi Arabia Updates Its COVID – 19 Travel Guidelines For Certain Categories
PARIS, France – The effectiveness of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine in preventing infection by the coronavirus dropped to 47% from 88% six months after the second dose, according to data published on Monday that U.S. health agencies considered when deciding on the need for booster shots. The data, which was published in the Lancet … More Pfizer/BioNTech COVID – 19 Vaccine Effectiveness Drops After 6 Months, Study Shows
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PARIS, France – King Abdullah of Jordan said on Monday he had nothing to hide following leaks of financial documents that showed he used offshore accounts to buy expensive properties abroad. Earlier, a palace statement reacting to the leak of what major news outlets called a secret trove of documents about offshore finance, said the properties … More Jordanian King Says He Has Nothing To Hide As Leaked Papers Cite His Wealth
WASHINGTON – A massive leak of financial documents was published by several major news organizations on Sunday that allegedly tie world leaders to secret stores of wealth, including King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The dump of more than 11.9 million records, amounting to about 2,94 … More Pandora Papers: Document Dump Allegedly Links World Leaders To Secret Wealth
RIYADH / Saudi Arabia – European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday that he had briefed his partners about the prospects of restarting nuclear talks with Iran and hoped that would happen ‘soon’. Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart, said he had … More EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit
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