CORONAVIRUS | Qatar Coronavirus Exceed 100,000, Kuwait Tops 50,000

JEDDAH | SAUDI ARABIA – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Qatar exceeded 100,000 and Kuwait surpassed 50,000 on Monday, their health ministries said. Qatar, which has seen its daily numbers fall from a peak of 2,355 in late May, added 546 new cases and five deaths in the past 24 hours to give … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Qatar Coronavirus Exceed 100,000, Kuwait Tops 50,000

NEWS ALERT | Yemen’s Houthis Say Targeted Saudi Airport, Air Base With Drones

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen said on Friday they targeted Khamis Mushait and Najran in Saudi Arabia with drones, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria said on Twitter. The Saudi – led coalition said earlier on Friday it intercepted and destroyed four explosive – laden drones launched by the group in … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Yemen’s Houthis Say Targeted Saudi Airport, Air Base With Drones

TRAVEL ALERT | UAE Says Residents, Citizens Cannot Travel Abroad For Tourism Yet

DUBAI – United Arab Emirates authorities on Wednesday said residents and citizens were not yet allowed to travel abroad for tourism and leisure purposes and all travel abroad needed a permit, as part of restrictions aimed at stemming the spread of the new coronavirus. A spokesman for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority … Continue reading TRAVEL ALERT | UAE Says Residents, Citizens Cannot Travel Abroad For Tourism Yet

CORONAVIRUS | Abu Dhabi Permits People With Negative COVID-19 Test To Enter The Emirates

ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi will allow people to enter the emirate if they have tested negative for COVID-19 infection within the previous 48 hours, the local government media office said on Monday. Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest member of the United Arab Emirates federation, had has a ban on people entering since June … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Abu Dhabi Permits People With Negative COVID-19 Test To Enter The Emirates

BUSINESS | Bahrain To Pay 50% Of Wages For Private Firms Hit By Coronavirus: BNA

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Bahrain’s government said on Monday it would pay 50% of salaries for private company workers in sectors that were hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency BNA reported. The new payments would start in July, BNA said, adding that the government would extend its assistance to Bahraini citizens by … Continue reading BUSINESS | Bahrain To Pay 50% Of Wages For Private Firms Hit By Coronavirus: BNA

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

CORONAVIRUS | PM Johnson Says: Don’t Take Too Many Liberties With COVID-19 Guidance

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday people in some parts of the world had taken too many liberties with COVID-19 guidance and that young people should understand that they could spread the deadly virus. ‘If you look at what is happening elsewhere in the world, where people had been coming out … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | PM Johnson Says: Don’t Take Too Many Liberties With COVID-19 Guidance

TRAVEL | Everything You Need To Know About New York’s New Travel Quarantine

NEW YORK - In a press conference, Governor Cuomo, along with a Zoom conferenced-in Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont, announced a major decision: ‘All individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 into NY,NJ or CT must quarantine for 14 days.” While visitors from international countries have been banned since March, the three … Continue reading TRAVEL | Everything You Need To Know About New York’s New Travel Quarantine

BUSINESS | Saudi Arabian Bank NCB In Merger Talk With Samba: Sources

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank (NCB) and Samba Financial Group are in talks to create a combined entity with almost $214 billion in assets, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Low oil prices and weak economic growth are pushing bank consolidation across the Gulf and in completed the … Continue reading BUSINESS | Saudi Arabian Bank NCB In Merger Talk With Samba: Sources