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Saudi Crown Prince Not Attending Arab Summit On Doctors’ Advice, Algerian Presidency Says

PARIS, France – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will not attend the Arab summit to be held on Nov.1 in Algeria, in compliance with a doctors’ recommendation to avoid travel, the Algerian presidency said in a statement late on Saturday. Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de-facto ruler, ”expressed his regret for non-attending the Arab Summit”, […]

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Saudi Aramco Storage Facility Targeted By Houthi Attack, Causing Fire

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Yemen’s Houthis said they launched attacks on Saudi energy facilities on Friday and the Saudi – led coalition said oil giant Aramco’s petroleum products distribution station in Jeddah was hit, causing a fire in two storage tanks but no causalities. A huge plume of black smoke could be seen rising over […]

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Saudi Arabia Calls On Muslims To Sight Dhu Al – Hijjah Crescent Moon

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has called on all Muslims in the Kingdom to sight the Dhu al – Hijjah crescent moon on Wednesday evening, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. The sighting of the moon marks the beginning of the Dhu Al – Hijjah Islamic month in which the Hajj […]

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Houthis Launch Attacks On Saudi Energy, Desalination Facilities – Coalition

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The Saudi – led coalition said early on Sunday that Yemen’s Iran – aligned Houthi group launched missile and drone strikes on energy and water desalination facilities in the kingdom that caused some material damage but no deaths. It said the attacks were at a water desalination plant in Al – […]

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Saudi Arabia Ask Citizens In Ukraine To Contact Embassy, Arrange Immediate Departure

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia is requesting in Ukraine to call the local embassy to ‘facilitate immediate departure’ from the country, according to a statement from the embassy on social media. It also asked all citizens to ‘postpone their travel’ until further notice. A number of countries in the Gulf, including Kuwait and the […]

Saudi King Receives New Pacemaker Battery, Leaves Hospital – Royal Court

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz left a hospital in Riyadh after undergoing medical tests and replacement of his heart pacemaker battery, the royal court said on Wednesday. State television aired a video clip of the 86 – year – old monarch walking using a cane with his son Crown Prince Mohammed […]

Pakistan Sends Emergency Aid To Ukraine

BUCHAREST, Romania – Pakistan sent two C-130 planes of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine Tuesday night, according to Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Speaking at Noor Khan Airbase in the Pakistani capital as the planes departed, Quereshi said the aid was sent at the request of the Ukrainian Embassy in Islamabad. The aid includes tents, […]

The White House Announced New Sanctions On Russian Oligarchs. Here’s Who Will Be Impacted

PARIS, France – The White House announced new sanctions on Russian oligarchs Thursday, in U.S. President Joe Biden’s latest attempt to squeeze Russian President Vladimir Putin as the invasion of Ukraine advances. The new list of individuals described as ‘Putin’s cronies and their family members’ will be cut off from the U.S. financial system, their […]

Five Dead In Romanian Military Rescue Helicopter Crash – Defence Ministry

BUCHAREST, Romania – A Romania helicopter sent on a search – and – rescue mission late on Wednesday after a Romanian military Mig 21 LancerR dropped off the radar has crashed, killing all five soldiers on board, Defence Ministry spokesman Constantin Spiny said. The pilot of the IAR 330 – Puma helicopter unfavourable weather conditions […]

WORLD NEWS

UK’s Prince Charles Tests Positive For COVID – 19 For A Second Time

LONDON – Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19, his office said on Thursday, the second time that the heir to the British throne has contracted the disease. Charles, 73, has been due to attend an event in southwestern English town of Winchester to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of his mother Queen […]

Putin Says He Hopes Dialogue On Ukraine Will Continue

PARIS, France – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he oped dialogue on Ukraine would continue in order to avoid ‘negative scenarios’ including war. At a news conference, Putin raised the possibility of war between Russia and NATO if Ukraine joined the alliance and then attempted to take back Crimea from Russia by force. […]

Macron To Seek Clarification Of Putin’s Ukraine Intentions In Phone Call

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron said he would seek clarification over Russia’s intentions towards Ukraine in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin on Friday amid rising fears of an attack by the Kremlin on its former Soviet republic. Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed their support for Ukraine in a joint […]

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 […]

Ties Between UAE, U.S. Undergoing Stress Test, UAE Envoy Says

MILAN, Italy – The relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the United States is going through ‘a stress test’, Emirati envoy to Washington Yousef Al Otaiba, said on Thursday, but added that he was confident the close partners would ‘get out of it’. The UAE has tried to remain neutral between Western allies and […]

Top Diplomats For U.S., Russia Meet In Geneva On Soaring Ukraine Tensions

GENEVA – The top diplomats of Russia and the United States were to meet in Switzerland on Friday to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine after a flurry of meetings between officials on both sides in the last week produced no breakthroughs. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Geneva for talks with Russian Foreign […]

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Kuwait To Make COVID – 19 Vaccine Booster Compulsory

DUBAI – Kuwait will require anyone who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for nine months to get a booster shot, the government communication centre tweeted on Monday. Kuwait also require incoming travellers to quarantine at home for 10 days unless they receive a negative PCR test for the coronavirus within 72 hours of their […]

BUSINESS

Saudia In Talks With Airbus And Boeing Over Plane Orders

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is in talks with plane makers Airbus SE and Boeing Co on orders for itself and a new carrier the kingdom plans to launch, the state-owned airline’s chief executive said on Tuesday. The talks are for aircraft for both airlines as they have the ”same shareholder”, Ibrahim Koshy […]

Saudi Arabia’s SALIC, Brazil’s Minerva Buy Australia Lamb Company For About $260 Mln

PARIS, France – The Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, and Brazilian meatpacker Minerva has acquired the Australian Lamb Company (ALC) for 970 million riyals ($258 million), SALIC said in a statement on Friday. The acquisition was done through Minerva Food Australia, a joint venture established last […]

Saudi, China Agree To Strengthen Energy Cooperation – SPA

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman and the director of China’s National Energy Administration Zhang Jinhua on Friday said they would strengthen their ties in the energy sector, the Saudi state news agency SPA reported. The officials spoke in a teleconference call and stressed the importance of stable long-term supplies […]

Saudi Arabia To Invest $3.4 Bln In Vaccine,Biomedical Drugs Sector

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia’s industry and Mineral Resources said on Friday the country would invest $3.4 billion in the vaccine and biomedical drugs sector, according to state news agency SPA. The Minister Bandar Alkhorayef, who heads the newly – established vaccines and biopharmaceutical industry committee, said the move is part of the kingdom’s push […]

Saudi Aramco Finds New Gas Fields In Four Regions – News Agency

PARIS, France – Saudi Aramco has discovered natural gas fields in four regions of the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday, citing Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman. The fields were found in the central area of the kingdom, in the Empty Quarter desert, near its northern border and in the eastern region, […]

Riyadh And Washington Will Overcome Spat, Saudi Minister Says

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia and the United States will get over their ”unwarranted” spat over oil supplies, the kingdom’s investment minister told a business forum in Riyadh on Tuesday, highlighting long-standing corporate and institutional ties. This month’s decision by the OPEC+ alliance led by Saudi Arabia to cut oil output targets unleashed a war […]

Saudi Arabia To Finalise Riyadh 2030 Strategy Next Year – State Media

PARIS, France – Saudi Arabia has delayed the launch of a major development strategy for the city of Riyadh up to 2030 until next year due to some ‘incomplete elements’ the state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. SPA said the development strategy for the capital is to be ‘finalised’ in 2022. Saudi Arabia is investing […]

Saudi PIF, Tadawul To Set Up Exchange For Carbon Offset Market – SPA

Milan / Italy – – Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund and the Saudi stock exchange Tadawul plan to establish a voluntary exchange in Riyadh for offset and carbon credits within the Middle East and North Africa Region, the state news agency SPA reported on Friday. This initiative aims to be the primary […]

Saudi GDP Grows By 6.8% In Fourth Quarter – Flash Estimates

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product grew by 6.8 % in the fourth quarter, bringing overall growth last year to 3.3%, official flash estimates showed on Thursday. The quarter’s growth was driven by a 10.8% rise in oil activities and a 5% increase in non – oil activities, the General Authority for […]

U.S., Qatar To Discuss Energy Security During Emir’s Washington Visit

WASHINGTON – Qatar’s ruling emir will hold talks with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on Jan.31 on a range of issues that will include global energy security, the White House said on Tuesday, amid concerns about gas supplies to Europe. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al – Thani’s visit, the first since Biden […]

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 […]

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Arabia Opens Entry For Cultural Ideas Contest

RIYADH – – The Saudi Minister of Culture has announced the opening of electronic registration for a cultural ideas contest offering prizes of up to SR 300,000 ($80,000). Participants are being asked to put forward proposal for creative and innovative activities at festivals and events being staged in the Kingdom. Cash awards will be made […]

Saudi Arabia Donates $30M For Protection Of International Cultural Heritage

PARIS, France – Saudi authorities on Monday announced a donation of $30 million to support the work of the ALPH Foundation, the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas. Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, the Kingdom’s minister of culture, made the announcement during the foundation’s second donors’ conference, which took place […]

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 […]

Louvre Abu Dhabi License Extended Until 2047

The Louvre Abu Dhabi’s license has been extended by 10 years to 2047, the French presidency said Friday during a visit by Emmanuel Macron to the United Arab Emirates. The French president and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed agreed to the ‘extension for 10 years of the partnership over the Louvre Abu […]

Tunisia’s Jabeur Downs Maria To Become First Arab In Major Final

LONDON – Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur lifted the spirits of an entire continent as she became the first Arab and first African woman to reach the Wimbledon final with a rousing 6-2 3-6 6-1 victory over her barbecue buddy Tatjana Maria on Thursday. Before she stepped on court, American great Billie Jean King said Jabeur was […]

NEWS | Russian Orthodox Church Says Regrets Decision Over Hagias Sophia – TASS

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday said it regretted that a Turkish court did not take its concern into account when ruling that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia being a museum was unlawful, the TASS news agency reported. It said the decision could lead to even greater division. A Turkish court said on […]

Riyadh Season 2021 Kicks Off In Saudi Arabia’s Capital

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Season 2021 events kicked off Wednesday in the Kingdom’s capital, as opening ceremony tickets sold out within one hour of going on sale, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA). ‘Instead of traveling the world, we brought the world to you in one place’, Riyadh Season said on […]

Red Sea International Film Festival Announces Second Edition

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival will take place from Dec. 1-10 this years, organizers said. It follows the event’s successful inaugural edition late last year, which presented 138 films to more than 30,000 filmgoers who came out to celebrate the landmark festival in Jeddah. ‘We are […]

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 […]

ARTS & CULTURE | Saudi Film Festival Announces Jury Members

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The organizing committee of the Saudi Film Festival on Tuesday announced the name of the jury for competitions in the upcoming festival. The festival, organized by Ithra in collaboration with the Film Authority of the Saudi Culture Ministry, will be held virtually from Sept.1-6 and broadcast online. Interviews with filmmakers […]

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 […]

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 […]

BUSINESS | McLaren Optimistic On Prospects For Automotive, Says Walsh

The McLaren Group is optimistic about the prospects for its luxury sportscar maker after the COVID-19 pandemic dealt a big hit to revenues this year, executive chairman Paul Walsh said on Sunday. McLaren’s third – quarter results published in November group revenues up 60% on the previous quarter but down 61% on the corresponding period […]

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 […]

HEALTH | 13 Foods To Eat When You’re Pregnant

Pregnant? Hangry? Looking for a snack that will make your tummy and your body happy? You’re probably hearing it a lot: Eating nutritious foods while pregnant is essential. I’m here to make your pantry into a one – shop of healthy and delicious foods that will give your baby the best start to life. When […]

The Perfect Fragrances For Eid By Paco Rabanne

Olympea Blossom Be swept away by the new olfactory composition of Olympea Blossom: a floral and fresh composed by Paco Rabanne for a radiant and confident woman. When worn on the skin, its scent bouquet finds the perfect balance between the subtle freshness of rose petals and the fruity accord of sparkling blackcurrant and frosted pear. […]

Greece Lifts COVID Curbs For Travellers Ahead Of Key Summer Season

ATHENS, Greece – Greece lifted COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday for foreign and domestic flights, its civil aviation authority said, ahead of the summer tourism season that officials hope will see revenues bouncing back from the pandemic slump. To fly in or out of the country, travellers were previously required to show either a vaccination certificate, […]

Saudi Arabia Celebrates First – Ever ‘Founding Day’ Holiday

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – People in Saudi Arabia are celebrating the first ever ‘Founding Day’ Holiday marking three centuries since the first Saudi state was established. Announce on January 27, the new public holiday is being heralded with various cultural events across the Kingdom. The first Saudi state was established by Imam Muhammed bin Saud […]

Al Ain Film Festival Celebrates Young Talents

Paris, France – The fourth edition of Al Ain Film Festival, scheduled between January 23 and 27 is set to screen 32 short films. The partaking films are distributed on three categories: Falcon Emirati Film, Falcon Student Films, and Falcon Resident Films, in addition to a primary contest, the Falcon Gulf Feature Film in which participate […]