TRAVEL | Airlines Report Huge Demand From Stranded Expats Wishing To Return To Saudi Arabia

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA - A large number of expats in the Indian subcontinent say they want to return to the Kingdom, a Saudi airlines official said as the country resumed international flights to 20 cities. In line with the directions of the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation travelers can now fly to Amman, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Airlines Report Huge Demand From Stranded Expats Wishing To Return To Saudi Arabia

CORONAVIRUS | Merkel Urges Young People To Do Without Parties To Fight Coronavirus

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged young people to do their part to halt the spread of the coronavirus after private parties were repeatedly blamed for localized outbreaks in German cities. ‘We must call especially on young people to do without a few parties now in order to have a good life tomorrow or … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Merkel Urges Young People To Do Without Parties To Fight Coronavirus

NEWS ALERT | Yemen Houthis Say They Attacked ‘Important Target’ In Riyadh With Missile, Drones

DUBAI – Yemen’s Houthies said they had attacked an ‘important target’ in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Thursday using a ballistic missile and drones. The Saudi – led coalition, which has been at war with the Iran-aligned group since 2015, did not immediately confirm the attacks. Yahya Sarea, a spokesman for the Houthi military, said … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Yemen Houthis Say They Attacked ‘Important Target’ In Riyadh With Missile, Drones

ENTERTAINMENT | Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Are Official Greek Citizens

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: (L-R) Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have become Greek citizens. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis posed with the Hollywood stars and … Continue reading ENTERTAINMENT | Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Are Official Greek Citizens

TRAVEL | Travel Bans Cannot Be Idefinite, Countries Must Fight Virus At Home: WHO

Madain Saleh GENEVA – Bans on international travel cannot stay in place indefinitely, and countries are going to have to do more to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus within their borders, the World Health Organization said on Monday. A surge of infections has prompted countries to reimpose some travel restrictions in recent days, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Travel Bans Cannot Be Idefinite, Countries Must Fight Virus At Home: WHO

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | EU Talks With Phizer, Sanofi, J&J On COVID Vaccines Hit Snags – Sources

MILAN – European efforts to secure potential COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson are mired in wrangles over price, payment method and potential liability costs, three EU officials told Reuters. The bloc in in talks with at least six vaccine makers to acquire up front doses of potential shots against the novel … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | EU Talks With Phizer, Sanofi, J&J On COVID Vaccines Hit Snags – Sources

FASHION | Armani and Net-A-Porter Are Teaming Up To Bring Us A New-Gen Shopping Experience

Armani and the Yoox Net-A-Porter  are entering the next phase of their 20-year relationship with plans for a new – gen shopping experience. Over the next two year, the two brands will work together to develop a ‘revolutionary, digital and integrated shopping experience’ for its customers, integrating Armani’s physical boutique with its digital sites with … Continue reading FASHION | Armani and Net-A-Porter Are Teaming Up To Bring Us A New-Gen Shopping Experience

BUSINESS | Qatar Airways Seeks $5 Billion Compensation From Arab Bloc Over Airspace Ban

DUBAI – Qatar Airways is seeking at least $5 billion in compensation from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain for blocking it from their airspace, the state-owned carrier said on Wednesday. The airline has been banned from the airspace of the four countries since June 2017 when they cut ties with Qatar … Continue reading BUSINESS | Qatar Airways Seeks $5 Billion Compensation From Arab Bloc Over Airspace Ban

BUSINESS NEWS | Coronavirus Will Cost Banks Over $2 Trillion In Loan Losses: S&P Global

LONDON – The coronavirus crisis will cost banks across the world a combined $2.1 trillion in losses on loans by the end of next year, credit ratings agency S&P Global estimated on Thursday. This year is expected to see a $1.3 trillion hit, more than double the 2019 level, S&P predicted. Around 60% of the … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Coronavirus Will Cost Banks Over $2 Trillion In Loan Losses: S&P Global

BUSINESS | Emirates, Etihad Extend Temporary Salary Cuts To September

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Gulf carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways are extending the period of reduced pay for their staff until September as they try to preserve cash during the global coronavirus pandemic. The aviation industry has been among the worst hit by the outbreak, which has dented travel demand and forced major airlines … Continue reading BUSINESS | Emirates, Etihad Extend Temporary Salary Cuts To September