LIFESTYLE

FASHION | Rami Kadi is the U.N.’s Newest Goodwill Ambassador

Lebanese couturier Rami Kadi has been announced Wednesday as the regional Goodwill Ambassador for the sustainable fashion programme at UNEP. It is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate … More FASHION | Rami Kadi is the U.N.’s Newest Goodwill Ambassador

Saudi Arabia Updates Its COVID – 19 Travel Guidelines For Certain Categories

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday updated its travel requirements and guidelines, allowing certain categories of people from all countries to directly travel to the Kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Travelers in the following categories are now allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia directly from the countries where they were … More Saudi Arabia Updates Its COVID – 19 Travel Guidelines For Certain Categories



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


BUSINESS | H&M Says Recovery Uneven After March – May sales tumble 50%

STOCKHOLM – H&M, the world’s second-biggest fashion retailer, on Monday reported a sharp but slightly smaller than expected drop in second-quarter sales as measures to slow the COVID-19 pandemic slammed the sector. The Swedish company’s net sales for the three months to May 31 fell 50% from a year earlier to 28.7 billion crowns. Analysts … More BUSINESS | H&M Says Recovery Uneven After March – May sales tumble 50%

BUSINESS | Malls, Private Businesses To Reopen In Dubai On Wednesday

DUBAI – Dubai will allow the full reopening of malls and private business starting on Wednesday, its media office said, in the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions, the emirate’s media office announced. ‘Shopping malls and private sector businesses in the emirate will fully operate at 100 percent from Wednesday’, the Dubai Media Office tweeted on … More BUSINESS | Malls, Private Businesses To Reopen In Dubai On Wednesday


CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says

MADRID | SPAIN – Spain’s foreign minister Arancha Gonzales Laya said on Monday it was important that Turkey’s Hagia Sophia remains part of humanity’s shared global heritage, after it was reconverted into a mosque from a museum last week. ‘For us it is important that the spirit of this great monument of Hagia Sophia is … More CULTURE | Hagia Sophia Must Remain Part Of Humanity’s Shared Heritage, Spanish Minister Says


UK To Open Up More Travel By Scrapping Hotel Quarantine For Dozens Of Countries – Telegraph

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will open more countries for hotel quarantine – free travel later this week, The Sunday Telegraph reported, saying that the U.K.’s ‘red list’ of destinations would be slashed to nine from 54. Fully vaccinated arrivals from countries including South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia will no longer have … More UK To Open Up More Travel By Scrapping Hotel Quarantine For Dozens Of Countries – Telegraph

Adele Says She Wrote Upcoming Album For Her Son

PARIS, France – Adele said she recorded her upcoming fourth album explain her divorce to her young son, as the British singer prepares to make her musical comeback. In what Vogue magazine said was her first interview in five years, the singer – songwriter describe the record, which follows her 2015 Grammy Award – winning ’25’ , as ‘sensitive’. The 33 – year – old, who has split from charity executive Simon Konecki, appears on the November covers of Vogue and British Vogue, a first for the fashion magazine, with both editions running separate interviews. ‘I just felt like I wanted to explain … More Adele Says She Wrote Upcoming Album For Her Son

Expo 2020 Dubai Kicks Off With Lavish Opening Ceremony

Dubai – The first world fair to be held in the Middle East, Expo 2020 Dubai, opened on Thursday with a lavish ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging about the power of global collaboration for a more sustainable future. Stars headlining the opening ceremony, which was projected in public spaces around the UAE, included Italian tenor singer Andrea Bocelli, British singer Ellie Goulding, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu. Dubai, the region’s tourism, trade and business hub, is hoping to boost its economy by attracting 25 million business and tourist visits to the world fair which has … More Expo 2020 Dubai Kicks Off With Lavish Opening Ceremony

Dubai Expo 2020: Ancient Pharaonic Coffin Arrives At Egypt Pavilion

Dubai/UAE – The ancient coffin of Priest Psamtik, buried thousands of years ago and unearthed by archeologists in an Egyptian necropolis, has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to be displayed at the Egypt Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The coffin of priest Psamtik, ‘the son of Pedisoir’, is one of the colored wooden coffin that were recently discovered in a well in the sacred area of Saqqara, south the capital of Cairo, by the archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Saqqara was an active burial ground for more than 3,000 years and is a designated UNESCO world … More Dubai Expo 2020: Ancient Pharaonic Coffin Arrives At Egypt Pavilion

UAE Lifts Ban On Entry From Certain Countries For Vaccinated Residents

Dubai/UAE – – The United Arab Emirates said on Friday residents who had been fully vaccinated with a shot approved by the World Health Organization could return as of Sept.12 from a list of previously suspended countries. Dubai, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, is due to open the EXPO 2020 world fair on Oct.1 after a year – long delay due to the pandemic. The regional business and tourism hub is relying on the fair to give its economy a boost. Organisers had previously said expect remaining UAE flight restrictions imposed to curb coronavirus infections to be lifted in … More UAE Lifts Ban On Entry From Certain Countries For Vaccinated Residents

Dubai’s Emirates To Resume Flights To Saudi Arabia After COVID – 19 Ban Lifted

Dubai/UAE – – Dubai carrier Emirates Airline will be resuming flights to Saudi Arabia starting from September 11, following the Kingdom’s announcement that it would lift COVID – 19 travel restrictions on the United Arab Emirates. ‘From Saturday, 11 September, Emirates will begin operating 24 weekly flights to Saudi Arabia, including daily flights to the capital Riyadh, daily A389 flights to Jeddah, daily flights to Dammam and three weekly flights to Medina’, Emirates said. ‘Flights to Riyadh will increase to double daily from 16 September, and plans are underway to boost frequencies across the other gateways by the end of … More Dubai’s Emirates To Resume Flights To Saudi Arabia After COVID – 19 Ban Lifted

Saudi Arabia Extends Iqama, Visit, Exist And Re – Entry Visas For Free Till Nov. 30

Riyadh / Saudi Arabia – –  Saudi General Directorate Of Passports has started to automatically extend the validity of residence permits (Iqama) for expatriates outside the Kingdom as well as vist visas and exit and re – entry visas without fees or charge until Nov.30. The decision implements the directives of King Salman. The extension, which was issued by the Minister of Finance, is part of the continuing efforts of the Saudi government to deal with the repercussions of COVID – 19. It also falls within the precautionary measures that guarantee the safety of Saudis and expatriates and mitigate financial … More Saudi Arabia Extends Iqama, Visit, Exist And Re – Entry Visas For Free Till Nov. 30

Saudi Arabia Re – Allows Entry From And Travel To UAE, Argentina And South Africa

Paris / France – – Saudi Arabia has lifted a COVID – 19 travel ban will allow the resumption of travel between the Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, and South Africa starting from September 8, the Ministry Of Interior announced on Tuesday. The ministry added that based on continuous monitoring of the epidemiological situation locally and globally it was decided to allow entry to the Kingdom through land sea borders, and airports. The decision also allows Saudi citizens to resume travel to and from the three countries. However, the Kingdom’s ministry stressed the importance of adhering to all … More Saudi Arabia Re – Allows Entry From And Travel To UAE, Argentina And South Africa

Abu Dhabi Removes Quarantine Requirement For Vaccinated Travelers From Sept.5

Abu Dhabi / UAE – – Vaccinated travelers arriving in Abu Dhabi will no longer need to quarantines tarting from September 5, the official Abu Dhabi Media Office Announced on Thursday, but tourists must have their coronavirus vaccination certificate verified. ‘Before traveling, vaccinated tourist must verify their vaccination certificate via the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website or app’, the media office said in a Twitter thread. The latest announcement includes travelers arriving from all international destinations, however, a negative PCR test result taken no longer than 48 hours prior to boarding must also be presented. Passengers will also be … More Abu Dhabi Removes Quarantine Requirement For Vaccinated Travelers From Sept.5

E.U. Imposes COVID – 19 Travel Ban On ‘Non – Essential’ Travel From U.S., Lebanon, And Israel

Paris / France – The European Union on Monday removed five countries including the US, Lebanon, and Israel from its list of countries exempted from restrictions on non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic  Schengen Visa Info said that the removal from the list means that the Member States are advised to reimpose the entry ban on travelers from these countries so that they are no longer eligible to enter restriction – free for non – essential purposes like tourism and business. All countries affected have recently reported an increasing number of COVID – 19 cases detected within their territory. The … More E.U. Imposes COVID – 19 Travel Ban On ‘Non – Essential’ Travel From U.S., Lebanon, And Israel

UAE Resumes Issuing Tourist Visas To Vaccinated Travellers

Dubai / United Arab Emirates said it will resume issuing tourist visas to vaccinated travelers from Aug.30, the state news agency (WAM) reported on Saturday. The decision also covered people coming in from countries from which the UAE had previously barred entry, WAM reported. In those cases, visitors would have to take a COVID – 19 test on arrival, it added.