CORONAVIRUS ALERT | UAE Announces Recovery Of 19 Parties, 283 New Cases Of COVID-19, One Death

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, today announced 283 new cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in the UAE, bringing the total number of cases to 2,359.

The newly diagnosed patients of various nationalities are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary medical care’, MoHAP affirmed.

MoHap said in a statement that the new cases were detected upon examining people who came in contact with previously infected patients and did not adhere to preventive measures or maintain sufficient physical distance as well as stipulations of proper quarantine.

The Ministry also announced the death of an Asian citizen who suffered from chronic diseases, bringing the number of deaths in the country to 12.


NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Downs Houthi Drones Launched At Najran

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said its forces intercepted and downed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards the Saudi border city of Najran on Wednesday in the first such incident since late March. There was no immediate comment from the Houthi group about the attack, which comes … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Downs Houthi Drones Launched At Najran

SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter’s Fact-Check Label Prompts Trump Threat To Shut Down Social Media Companies

NEW YORK  – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies for stifling conservative voices, a day after Twitter attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims. Without offering evidence, Trump again accused such platforms of bias, tweeting: ‘Republicans feel … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter’s Fact-Check Label Prompts Trump Threat To Shut Down Social Media Companies

TRAVEL | Greece To Welcome Germans, Cypriots, Israelis In First Wave Of Visitors

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Greece will allow travellers from around two dozen countries including Germany, Cyprus and Israel to visit from mid-June without having to be quarantined, government officials said, part of gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. ‘Travel will be some 20-25 countries whose nationals will be allowed to come’, a government source said, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Greece To Welcome Germans, Cypriots, Israelis In First Wave Of Visitors

BUSINESS NEWS | New York’s Cuomo To Meet Trump, Push Infrastructure Spending

NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will travel to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday and planned to discuss major investments in infrastructure as a way to jumpstart a U.S. economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo also told a daily briefing on Tuesday he planned to accelerate … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | New York’s Cuomo To Meet Trump, Push Infrastructure Spending

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Extend Tourist Visas For Three Month Free Of Charge

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will extend tourist visas which expired during the suspension of international flight amid the coronavirus pandemic automatically for a period of three months free of charge, according to an official statement. The Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports announced that the General Directorate of Passport would extend the visas … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Extend Tourist Visas For Three Month Free Of Charge

BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer

PARIS | FRANCE – President Emmanuel Macron announced an 8 billion euro plan on Tuesday to make France the top producer of clean vehicles in Europe and urge French carmakers to make vehicles in their own country. French car plants are only just starting to rev up production after the coronavirus lockdown, which hit the … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer

News | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense received a phone call from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. During the conversation, they exchanged congratulation on the … Continue reading News | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Public Sector Employees Will Return To Work Starting May 31

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi public sector employees will start returning to work gradually as of Sunday May 31, after more than two months of suspension amid strict measures to help curb the novel coronavirus outbreak. Public sector workers will eventually resume work as normal as of June 14, Minister of Human Resources Ahmed … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Public Sector Employees Will Return To Work Starting May 31

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Ease Virus Restrictions Return To Normal By June 21

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved on Monday the easing of restrictions imposed over the coronavirus outbreak. Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending – with the exception of the holy city of Makkah – from June … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Ease Virus Restrictions Return To Normal By June 21

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Allow Mosques To Open For Friday Prayers

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will allow mosques to open for Friday prayers, state TV reported on Tuesday, as the Kingdom eases restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Mosques will be authorized to open 20 minutes before Friday prayers and should close 20 minutes after they finish, state TV … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Allow Mosques To Open For Friday Prayers

News | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From President Of Mauritania

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense received a phone call from President Mohamed Ould Ghazouni of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. During the conversation, they exchanged congratulations on the advent of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr.

NEWS | Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: Good Days In Store For Saudi Arabia Through Its People’s Efforts

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, stressed on Sunday that Saudi Arabia will see better days in credit to its people. He made his remarks while congratulating Defense Ministry officials on the advent of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The officials, including Deputy Defense Minister … Continue reading NEWS | Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: Good Days In Store For Saudi Arabia Through Its People’s Efforts

NEWS | King Salman Urges Determination, Positivity In Overcoming Hardship

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud states on Sunday that he sees ‘hope in the coming days’, urging ‘determination and positivity in overcoming all hardship’. In a tweet on the occasion of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, he thanked for ‘blessing us with fasting during … Continue reading NEWS | King Salman Urges Determination, Positivity In Overcoming Hardship

CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Reports 2,399 New Cases Bringing Total to 72,560 On Eid Al Fitr

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia reported 2,399 new coronavirus cases on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, bringing the total to 72,560. Riyadh remained the area with the highest daily increase, but Mecca had a higher increase than recent days, with 611 new cases in the province. Jeddah reported the third highest number … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Reports 2,399 New Cases Bringing Total to 72,560 On Eid Al Fitr

Saudi Society | Saudi Residents Face Deportation For Gathering In Weddings, Funerals

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Interior said on Saturday that residents who violate nationwide coronavirus precautionary measures and gather for social occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, seminars and the like will be deported and banned from ever re-entering the Kingdom. The MOI also specified fines for violators of the ban on … Continue reading Saudi Society | Saudi Residents Face Deportation For Gathering In Weddings, Funerals

BUSINESS | Abu Dhabi Shares Guidelines To Reopen UAE Capital’s Hotels

ABU DHABI – The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has shares detailed guidelines with the emirate’s hotels in preparation for granting approvals to reopen the establishments’ restaurants, lounges, bars, beaches, pool and gyms. Having closed due to health and safety precautionary measures imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, hotels … Continue reading BUSINESS | Abu Dhabi Shares Guidelines To Reopen UAE Capital’s Hotels

Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Culture concluded its ‘Reading Marathon’ initiative with a record 606,000 pages read. The six-week event witnessed an unprecedented participation of readers from all segments of society. Launched in late April, the ministry’s initiative comes as part of its ‘Culture in Quarantine’ project, aimed at raising awareness about … Continue reading Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative

CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Citizens Returning From Abroad Must Use ‘Tatamman’ E-Bracelet

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia introduced a new coronavirus – related health measure, an electronic bracelet for all Saudi nationals returning to the Kingdom from abroad, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. All Saudi citizens returning from abroad will be provided with a smart bracelet linked to the ‘Tataman’ (which translates to … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Citizens Returning From Abroad Must Use ‘Tatamman’ E-Bracelet

NEWS ALERT | King Salman Says Eid Prayer at Masjid Al-Haram Will Be Held Without Worshippers

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved on Saturday holding the Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Masjid al-Haram in Mekkah and Prophet’s Mosques in Madinah without any worshippers. General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosques and the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | King Salman Says Eid Prayer at Masjid Al-Haram Will Be Held Without Worshippers

NEWS | Saudi Arabia Offers Condolences To Pakistan Over Plan Crash

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Saman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, sent cables of condolences to Pakistan’s President Aref Alawi over Friday’s passenger plane crash. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also expressed its condolences to over the … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Arabia Offers Condolences To Pakistan Over Plan Crash

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia, UAE Mosques To Stay Closed For Eid Prayers

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Mosques will remain closed for prayers on the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials said on Friday, calling on the population to adhere to safety guidelines to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Eid, which marks the end of the holy fasting month Ramadan, may … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia, UAE Mosques To Stay Closed For Eid Prayers

NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President Of Cameroon On National Day

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has sent a cable of congratulations to President Paul Biya of the Republic of Cameroon on the anniversary of his country’s National Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wished … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President Of Cameroon On National Day

ROYALS | Kate Middleton, Prince William Change The Name On Their Social Media Accounts

Kate Middleton and Prince William have updated the display names on their official social media accounts. The royal couple’s name on Twitter and Instagram now reads ‘Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’. It was previously ‘Kensington Palace’. The handle for both still remains @kensingtonroyal. Middleton, 38, and William, 37, had previously changed their profile photos on … Continue reading ROYALS | Kate Middleton, Prince William Change The Name On Their Social Media Accounts

BUSINESS | Starbucks Recoups Nearly Two-Thirds Of Comparable U.S. Sales As Stores Reopen

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA –  Starbucks Corp said on Thursday it had regained nearly two – thirds of its comparable U.S. store sales from the prior year, as it reopened stores and modified operations due to the coronavirus – related restrictions. The coffee-chain said it was tracking slightly above its expected as it opened large number … Continue reading BUSINESS | Starbucks Recoups Nearly Two-Thirds Of Comparable U.S. Sales As Stores Reopen

NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President Of Yemen On Unity Day

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense has sent a cable of congratulations to President Abd Rabbu Hadi of the Republic of Yemen on the anniversary of his country’s Unity Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President Of Yemen On Unity Day

BUSINESS | Morgan Stanley CEO: Too Early To Consider Restarting Share Buybacks

NEW YORK  – Morgan Stanley’s Chief Executive Officer James Gorman told shareholders on Thursday that is to too early for him or anyone on the board of directors to consider reinstating the bank’s share buyback program. Morgan Stanley, along with JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America and five others, voluntarily suspended their share repurchases … Continue reading BUSINESS | Morgan Stanley CEO: Too Early To Consider Restarting Share Buybacks

3rd Anniversary of Pledge Of Allegiance To Saudi Crown Princes Reforms Restore Kingdom’s Glory

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia marks in June the third anniversary of the pledge of allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. Saudis believe that the changes that he has introduced, with the blessing of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King … Continue reading 3rd Anniversary of Pledge Of Allegiance To Saudi Crown Princes Reforms Restore Kingdom’s Glory

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