Saudi railway wins international award

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The Saudi Railways Co. (SAR) won the International Safety Award for 2020 from the British Safety Council for the second time in a row for its exemplary management of health, safety and environmental risks.

Beirut marks one week since explosion

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People in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, have held a minute of silence for the more than 200 people believed to have been killed by an explosion a week ago. The commemoration took place at 18:09 (15:09 GMT), the exact time when 2,750 tonnes…

Bahrain and other GCC countries reaffirm commitment to OPEC+ deal

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Oil ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council and reaffirmed their commitment to the OPEC+ deal during a virtual meeting, state news agency SPA reported. The ministers agreed that members that failed to fully comply with production cuts…

Kuwait outlines 3-stage plan for return of expats

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI) outlined a plan for the return of expats in three stages, to organize arrivals of those with valid residencies to avoid crowding at the airport. In the first stage, priority is given to professionals in jobs…

Saudi Arabia to assess allowing Umrah amid COVID-19

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Saudi Arabia will evaluate this year’s Hajj season which was held amid heightened security and strict coronavirus-related restrictions over the next two weeks, Dr. Hussein al-Sharif, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj…

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…