HEALTH | WHO Says Mideast At ‘Critical Threshold’ Virus Numbers

GENEVA – The World Health Organization warned Wednesday the Middle East was at a decisive moment in the fight against the novel coronavirus, with cases surging as countries ease lockdown. ‘We are at a critical threshold in our region’, the WHO’s Middle East head, Ahmed al-Mandhari, said in an online press conference. According to figures … Continue reading HEALTH | WHO Says Mideast At ‘Critical Threshold’ Virus Numbers

NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says It Forces Three Iranian Boats Out Of Its Waters

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia Forced three Iranian boats to retreat from its waters on Thursday after firing warning shots, a spokesman for Saudi boarder guards said on Saturday. The spokesman, quoted by Saudi news agency SPA, said the Iranian vessels refused to stop after they entered Saudi waters despite repeated warnings, which … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Says It Forces Three Iranian Boats Out Of Its Waters

NEWS ALERT | Rare ‘Ring Of Fire’ Solar Eclipse On The Longest Day Of The Year

TAIWAN – A shimmering ring of light flashed into view on Sunday in parts of the eastern hemisphere as the moon drifted across the face of the sun in a rare eclipse on the longest day of the year. The part of the eclipse spanned East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Most … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Rare ‘Ring Of Fire’ Solar Eclipse On The Longest Day Of The Year

NEWS | Kuwait Replaces Full-Time Curfew With 12-Hour One

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Kuwait will ease its full-time, to be a 12-hour one during night, the interior minister said in a press conference after the cabinet meeting on Thursday. The minister added that the curfew will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting Sunday. The health minister said easing the curfew will … Continue reading NEWS | Kuwait Replaces Full-Time Curfew With 12-Hour One

NEWS | Egyptians Rush To Buy Treats Before Eid al-Fitr curfew

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Families rushed to buy sweets and biscuits in Cairo on Friday as they prepared to celebrate the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan under a tightened coronavirus curfew and lockdown. The Eid al-Fitrs festivities are usually a time of release when people pack the streets and visits families, … Continue reading NEWS | Egyptians Rush To Buy Treats Before Eid al-Fitr curfew

NEWS | After U.S. Warning, Iran Says Its Navy Will Still Operate In Gulf

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Iranian navy will maintain regular missions in the Gulf, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday, a day after the United States warned mariners there to stay away from U.S. warships. ‘The naval units of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman will … Continue reading NEWS | After U.S. Warning, Iran Says Its Navy Will Still Operate In Gulf

BUSINESS | Oil and investment asset price declines will affect Kuwaiti solvency: Emir

KUWAIT – The decline in oil prices and the value of investment assets since the start of the coronavirus outbreak will have an adverse impact on the ‘financial solvency’ of the state, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah said on Saturday. ‘Kuwait is facing a big and unprecedented challenge of shielding our economy from the external … Continue reading BUSINESS | Oil and investment asset price declines will affect Kuwaiti solvency: Emir

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Kuwait Imposes 20-Day ‘Total Curfew’ From May 10 To Curb Coronavirus

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Kuwait will enact a ‘total curfew’ from 4p.m. (1300GMT) on Sunday through to May 30 to help to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the Information Ministry said on Twitter on Friday. Further details of the curfew will be announced soon, it said. Kuwait on April 20 expanded a … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS CRISIS | Kuwait Imposes 20-Day ‘Total Curfew’ From May 10 To Curb Coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS | Bahrain Eases Coronavirus Restrictions, Saudi Announce Hefty Fines

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Shops and industrial enterprises in Bahrain can open from Thursday while restaurants will stay closed to in-house diners, the Health Ministry said, as the Gulf state eases restrictions designed to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Bahrain shuttered non-essential shops and businesses in late March and barred entry of … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Bahrain Eases Coronavirus Restrictions, Saudi Announce Hefty Fines

BUSINESS NEWS | Qatar Airways Planning Substantial Job Cuts – Company Notice

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Qatar Airways is planning to cut a significant amount of jobs due to the coronavirus disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and told cabin crew to prepare for redundancies, according to a company notice seen by Reuters. The notice did not say how many jobs would be cut. A Qatar … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Qatar Airways Planning Substantial Job Cuts – Company Notice