Tunisia president designates new PM

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Tunisian President Kais Saied designated the interior minister as the new prime minister to succeed Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned over allegations of a conflict of interest. New premier Hichem Mechichi, 46, an independent, now has a month…

Oman to impose curfew, travel bans for Eid holiday

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Oman will ban travel between all its governorates from July 25 to Aug. 8, a period that includes a Muslim holiday, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, state news agency ONA said on Tuesday. A statement from the Health Ministry described…

Saudi king in stable condition after being admitted to hospital

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman is in stable condition, three Saudi sources said, after the 84-year-old monarch was admitted to hospital in the capital Riyadh with what state media said was inflammation of the gall bladder. The king, who has…

Saudi Arabia sees decrease in new COVID-19 infections

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Saudi Arabian officials said the kingdom has seen a decrease in the number of new coronavirus cases over the past seven days. The kingdom recorded 2,692 new infections on Tuesday, the fourth day in a row the numbers have stayed below 3,000.…

Saudi Arabia announces health protocols for Hajj season

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Saudi Arabia announced health protocols to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus during this year's Hajj season which includes limiting the number of pilgrims, the state news agency, SPA, said. In a statement, the Saudi Centre for Disease…

China-based Terminus partners with Expo 2020

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Terminus Technologies, a China-based leader in smart technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics has been named Expo 2020 Dubai’s latest Premier Partner and has signed a long-term lease at District 2020 as part of the innovation…

Abdullah bin Zayed, French counterpart discuss regional developments, COVID-19

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H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and France's Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, discussed the strategic ties between the UAE and France and the prospects of cooperation in…

Tourism in Saudi Aims to Provide 260,000 Jobs

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The Kingdom is working on opening 38 tourist sites in seven tourist destinations by 2022, compared to 15 sites available in four tourist destinations ready to receive tourists. The ministry also seeks to provide 260,000 jobs during the next…

UAE: COVID-19 Vaccine Expected by End of 2020

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The UAE has started the phase 3 clinical trial of a Covid-19 vaccine that is expected to be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021, authorities said. This clinical trial operation is part of the country’s partnership with China. It…

Saudi Arabia: No entry for expats until end of COVID-19 pandemic

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Saudi Arabia announced that expatriates will be allowed to exit and re-enter the Kingdom only after the end of COVID-19 pandemic. The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) stated on their Twitter account while responding to expatriates…

Gulf expats forced to leave for home as pandemic impacts jobs

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After working for more than 15 years as a legal advisor at a private firm in Kuwait, Egyptian Hassan Ebrahim has recently returned home. “I had no other choice other than having my salary cut by up to 40 per cent, which I found too much,”…

Tourism sector to lead Saudi Arabia's post-COVID economic recovery

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While Saudi Arabia has strengthened its serious endeavor towards tourism transformation, and the formation of an integrated tourism destination, a tourism fund is expected to contribute to providing government financing to investors, and help…

Saudi Arabia set to hold Hajj pilgrimage with limited attendees

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The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a statement that Saudi Arabia will hold Hajj pilgrimage with very limited number of intending pilgrims in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus. The kingdom has reported over 160,000 and more than…

Saudi: First ‘Mobile’ Fruit and Vegetable Market Inaugurated

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The Eastern Province Municipality has inaugurated the first innovated mobile “Food Truck” for selling fruits and vegetables, amid the precautionary measures being taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 infection and also ridding the crowding…