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Saudi Leaders Offer Condolences To Malaysian King For Victims Of Floods

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday sent a cable of condolences and sympathy to his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Sultan Ahmed Shah for the victims of floods that swept across the Southeast Asian nation. The death toll from Malaysia’s worst floods in years rose to 46 on Saturday, with five people still missing, … More Saudi Leaders Offer Condolences To Malaysian King For Victims Of Floods

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Saudi King Says Kingdom Concerned About Iran’s ‘Lack Of Cooperation’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi King’s Salman said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia was concerned about Iran’s lack of cooperation with the international community on its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. King Salman bin Abdulaziz said in an address to the kingdom’s advisory Shura Council that he hoped Iran would change  its ‘negative’ behaviors in … More Saudi King Says Kingdom Concerned About Iran’s ‘Lack Of Cooperation’

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Russia and Saudi Arabia Prepare For Joint Manned Space Mission – Statement

Russia is training cosmonauts from Saudi Arabia as both countries are preparing for a joint manned space mission, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak was quated as saying in a government statement on Tuesday. Russia and Saudi Arabia are both major oil exporters. Cooperation in the energy market as part of oil output deals has … More Russia and Saudi Arabia Prepare For Joint Manned Space Mission – Statement

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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

Ten Injured In 2 Drone Attacks At Saudi’s King Abdullah Airport – State Media

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

WORLD NEWS

Macron Says French French Forces Killed Islamic State Leader In Sahara

Paris / France — French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that French military forces had killed Islamic Adnan Abu Walid al – Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara. ‘It’s another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel’, Macron said in a tweet, without disclosing the location of … More Macron Says French French Forces Killed Islamic State Leader In Sahara

EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit

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

Biden Imposes New International Travel Vaccine Rules, Lifts Existing

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed an order imposing new vaccine requirements for most foreign national air travelers and lifting severe travel restrictions on China, India and much Europe effective Nob.8, the White House said. The extraordinary U.S. travel restrictions were first imposed in early 2020 to address the spread of COVID … More Biden Imposes New International Travel Vaccine Rules, Lifts Existing

U.S. Defense Secretary Thanks GCC Countries For Their Role In Afghanistan Evacuation

Milan / Italy – – The U.S. Secretary of Defense Loyd J. Austin III on Tuesday thanked members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for their roles in Afghanistan evacuation efforts, according to press releases In a phone call with United Arab Emirates ‘ Sheikh Mohammed bin  Zayed (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi), Secretary … More U.S. Defense Secretary Thanks GCC Countries For Their Role In Afghanistan Evacuation

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Saudi Arabia Begins COVID – 19 Vaccination Campaign For Ages 5 – 11 Amid Omicron Surge

PARIS, France – – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced it will begin vaccinating children ages 5 – 11 against COVID – 19 ‘in order to ensure their safety and protect them from variants and complications’, the Ministry of Health said. The Kingdom’s health ministry said that vaccination priority will be given to those with conditions … More Saudi Arabia Begins COVID – 19 Vaccination Campaign For Ages 5 – 11 Amid Omicron Surge

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

BUSINESS

Saudi National Bank Gets $750 Million Via Debut ‘Sustainable’ Sukuk

Paris, France – Saudi National Bank, the kingdom’s largest lender that is 50.4% indirectly owned by the government, sold $750 million in debut ‘sustainable’ sukuk on Wednesday after demand topped $3.2 billion, a bank document showed.  The five- year Islamic bonds launched at 85 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries (UST), tightened from initial price guidance … More Saudi National Bank Gets $750 Million Via Debut ‘Sustainable’ Sukuk

Qatar, Saudi Arabia Halt WTO Efforts To Resolve Piracy Broadcast Dispute

PARIS, France – Qatar and Saudi Arabia have halted efforts at the World Trade Organization to resolve a dispute over the alleged piracy of content produced by Doha – owned sports and entertainment channel beIN. The two countries notified the WTO they were ‘mutually’ suspending their remaining requests before its dispute resolution body, notices published by … More Qatar, Saudi Arabia Halt WTO Efforts To Resolve Piracy Broadcast Dispute

Shoppers In Saudi Arabia Required To Scan COVID – 19 App Before Entering Malls

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Shoppers in Saudi Arabia are required to scan the national COVID – 19 app on their smart phones to enter malls, commercial centers and complexes to prove they have been vaccinated, authorities said on Monday. Consumers must scan a barcode through the ‘Tawakkalna’ app before entering commercial centers and complexes to automatically check their … More Shoppers In Saudi Arabia Required To Scan COVID – 19 App Before Entering Malls

Saudi Arabia Participates In COP26 Climate Change Summit In Glasgow

LONDON  – Saudi Arabia participated in the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland’s Glasgow on Sunday, confirming the importance of climate change and environmental protection, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. During its G20 Presidency last year, Saudi Arabia strengthened its leadership role towards common international issues and contributed … More Saudi Arabia Participates In COP26 Climate Change Summit In Glasgow

NEWS ALERT | Kuwait’s Emir Congratulates Saudi Arabia On Success of the G20 Summit.

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on the success of G20 Leader’ Summit presided over by Saudi Arabia. Sheikh commended the summit’s distinguished organization that contributed to reaching constructive decision and fruitful recommendations, especially with regard to strengthening international cooperation to confront the coronavirus … More NEWS ALERT | Kuwait’s Emir Congratulates Saudi Arabia On Success of the G20 Summit.

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Lebanese Museum Returns Artefacts From Syria’s Ancient City Of Palmyra

BEIRUT – Five Roman artefacts from the ancient city of Palmyra, a site damaged during Syria’s decade – long conflict, were returned to Damascus on Thursday by a private Lebanese museum where they had been on display since 2018. The limestone statues and carved funerary stones dating from the Roman second and third centuries AD … More Lebanese Museum Returns Artefacts From Syria’s Ancient City Of Palmyra

Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST Announces Lineup For 2021 SOUNDSTORM Festival

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – – Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST has unveiled the official lineup for its 2021 SOUNDSTROM festival, a record – setting event that launched as MDLBEAST Festival in December. Being staged in Riyadh from Dec.16 to 19, SOUNDSTORM will feature musicians from around the world with more than 150 superstar and international dance … More Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST Announces Lineup For 2021 SOUNDSTORM Festival

Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival has confirmed it will take place in November in Jeddah after it was postponed last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizers. ‘The 1st edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will take place from the 11th to the 20th of November 2021 in … More Saudi Arabia’s Inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival Unveils New Dates

No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

With nominations set and just over a month until showtime, details are tricking out about the 93rd Oscars and neither sweatshirts not zoom made the cut. ‘Our plan is that this year’s Oscar will look like a movie, not a television show’, said show producers Jess Collins, Stacy Sher and Steven Soderbergh in a statement on … More No Zoom, No Sweatshirts As 93rd Oscars Producers Plan For Live, In – Person Event

CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has quickly become the new home of Oprah Winfrey. The streaming service has announced a new series featuring the media mogul. ‘The Oprah Conversation’ is set to debut Thursday and, according to a press release, ‘will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world’. ‘Filmed … More CELEBRITY | Oprah Winfrey Launching New Show On Apple TV+

LIFESTYLE

BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – Parisian fragrance maison Ex Nihlio has cut the ribbon on its first flagship in Saudi Arabia. The new perfumery is situated in Jeddah’s Nojoud Center, alongside other brands like Lacoste and Femi9. The new store evokes the brand’s French flagship with its iconic cobalt blue interior, marble floors, Art Deco … More BUSINESS | Parisian Fragrance House Ex Nihilo Cuts Ribbon On Its First Saudi Boutique

FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Celebrities from all over the Arab flew to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Bulgari’s new Jannah Collection. The glorious high jewelry designs unveiled at the Louvre Abu Dhabi are the results an unprecedented collaboration between the Italian house and Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member  of the ruling UAE … More FINE JEWELRY | Sonam Kapoor And Arab Stars Preview Bulgari’s Collection Inspired By The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

ROYALS | Saudi Crown Prince Sparks Twitter Fashion Frenzy Over Luxury Jacket

RIYADH – – Twitter users are clearly feeling the cold. A cohort of fashion lovers on the social media platform have gone wild over gilet worn by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman while chairing Sunday’s board meeting of the public Investment Fund. The prince showed off a $6.551 casual sleeves vest by U.K. luxury … More ROYALS | Saudi Crown Prince Sparks Twitter Fashion Frenzy Over Luxury Jacket

MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

An ultra – rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona JPS  reference 6264 in 18k gold achieved more than $1.5 million in a single-lot online sale held by Sotheby’s in London. The 1969 ‘John Player Special’, named after Formula 1 livery, because of its black and gold ‘Paul Newman’ dial. The price set action record for a watch … More MASTERWORKS OF TIME | Rolex Daytona ‘JPS’ 6264 Fetches a record $1.5 million in online sale

Oman Sets COVID – 19 Double Jab Entry Requirement For Visitors

DUBAI – Omani authorities require foreign travellers aged 18 or older to have received at least two COVID – 19 vaccine doses to enter the sultanate, the state news agency reported on Sunday. The sultanate also cancelled a previous decision that suspended entry from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique.

Saudi Arabia Celebrates ‘Year Of Saudi Coffee’ At Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI – Saudi Arabia’ initiative designating 2022 as ‘Year of Saudi Coffee’ spilled over at its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai with an information campaign emphasizing the importance of celebrating one of the Kingdom’s main elements of culture and folklore. A short film discussed the importance and status of coffee in Saudi society, with its different … More Saudi Arabia Celebrates ‘Year Of Saudi Coffee’ At Expo 2020 Dubai