WORLD NEWS | Israel Would Oppose Any U.S. F-35 Sale To Qatar, Israeli Minister Says

MILAN | ITALY – Israel would oppose any U.S. sale of advanced F-35 warplanes to Qatar, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Sunday, citing a need to maintain Israeli military superiority in the region.

Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen made the comments in response to a Reuters report that Qatar – whose Iran links trouble Israel – had submitted a formal request to Washington to buy Lockheed Martin Corp.

The United States consults with Israel on proposed sales of advanced arms to other countries in the region, under a principle of preserving Israel’s ‘qualitative military edge’. Some such sales have gone ahead over Israeli objections.

Asked whether Israel would oppose an F-35 sale to Qatar, Cohen told Army Radio: ‘the answer is yes. Our security and military superiority in the region are the most significant things for us. Our region has still not turned into Switzerland’.

Qatar’s F-35 request follows an August deal in which Washington agreed to consider giving the United Arab Emirates approval to buy the jets in a side deal to a U.S.-brokered agreement normalizing ties  between Israel and the Gulf power.

Israel, which has bought and deployed the F-35, has voiced discomfort at the prospect of UAE also getting the warplane – though the two countries have played up shared concerns about threats from Iran.

Qatar, by contrast, maintains ties with Iran as well as with the Palestinian Islamist Group Hamas, against which Israel has fought there warns in Gaza.

But Qatar has also funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Gaza, payouts Israel had facilitated in hope of heading off another conflict in the impoverished enclave.

The intervention has prompted some Israeli officials to predict Qatar might also establish formal ties with Israel. Doha has ruled this out in the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

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

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN | Saudi Arabia To Establish Future Women’s Civil Association

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABI A- – Saudi Arabia is to establish a Future Women’s Civil Association to help develop the work of the volunteer and nonprofit sector in the Kingdom. Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi said his decision is to set up the civil society was in line with the … Continue reading EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN | Saudi Arabia To Establish Future Women’s Civil Association

King Salman: We Embarked On Unprecedented Reform Journey To Empower Women

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, said that the Kingdom has embarked on an unprecedented reform journey to empower women and support their participation in national development. He added that the country was proud of the distinguished work of the Women 20 group, within the framework of the G20, which … Continue reading King Salman: We Embarked On Unprecedented Reform Journey To Empower Women

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’

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

TRAVEL | Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan Open For Visitors After Months Of Closure

Abu Dhabi’s presidential palace Qasr Al Watan announced on Monday its reopening for visitors with enhanced safety measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. According to the site’s website, the reopening of the majestic palace comes hand in hand with a set of new precautionary health measures. First, the site will be subject to an … Continue reading TRAVEL | Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan Open For Visitors After Months Of Closure

BUSINESS | Emirates Honoured With Best Airline Worldwide Award At Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2020

Emirates has earned top spot at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2020, sweeping four awards including the coveted ‘Best Airlmine Worldwide’ award for the seventh consecutive year. The airline also took home  ‘Airline with the Best First Class’, ‘Airline with Best Cabin Crew’ and ‘Best Airport Lounge in the Middle East’. The winds underscore … Continue reading BUSINESS | Emirates Honoured With Best Airline Worldwide Award At Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2020

BREAKING NEWS | Under Auspices Of Crown Prince, Inaugural Global Artificial Intelligence Summit Kicks Off In Riyadh

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, sponsored in Riyadh on Wednesday the launch of the inaugural Global Artificial Intelligence Summit (GAIS). The two-day ‘AI for the Good of Humanity’ is organized by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA) and G20 Saudi Secretariat as part of The International … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS | Under Auspices Of Crown Prince, Inaugural Global Artificial Intelligence Summit Kicks Off In Riyadh

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia First In Arab World For Issuing Scientific Papers On Virus

NEOM – Saudi Arabia was ranked first in the Arab World for issuing scientific papers on the coronavirus, the government heard on Tuesday. King Salman chaired a virtual session of the cabinet which reviewed various aspects related to the fight against the spread of the virus. The Kingdom ranked 25th globally and 2nd in the … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia First In Arab World For Issuing Scientific Papers On Virus

HEALTH | Spain Considers Curfews To Fight New Coronavirus Wave

MADRID – The Spanish government is considering new restrictions, including possible curfew, in hard-hit regions like Madrid to tackle a new wave of coronavirus contagion, Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Tuesday. The country, which has Western Europe’s highest case load, is likely to surpass one million infections this week and several regions have toughened … Continue reading HEALTH | Spain Considers Curfews To Fight New Coronavirus Wave

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