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…

Curfew in Jeddah Reimposed for Two Weeks

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Saudi Arabia has reimposed a curfew in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. The curfew will be from 3pm to 6am for two weeks due to the spread of the coronavirus. Work will be suspended in offices, SPA reported. SPA said prayers in the city’s…

OPEC, allied nations extend 10 million barrel cut by a month

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OPEC and allied nations agreed to extend a production cut of nearly 10 million barrels of oil a day through the end of July, hoping to boost energy prices hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Ministers of the group and outside nations like…

UAE: Airports Reopened for Limited Flights

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The UAE has announced the gradual opening up of its airspace to allow operations of limited flights. “The UAE government has decided to resume transit flights by national carriers Etihad, Emirates, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia via Abu Dhabi,…

Businesses Set to Reopen Gradually in Dubai

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Dubai announced the gradual reopening of business activities from the fourth day of Eid Al Fitr (Wednesday, May 27). Once the announcement comes into effect, there will be no restrictions on movement between 6.00 am and 11.00 pm.

GCC faces ‘unprecedented’ challenges on 39th anniversary

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is facing “unprecedented” challenges, including the Qatar crisis and the fallout from the new coronavirus, the grouping’s Secretary-General Nayef Al Hajraf has said. Launched on May 25, 1981 in Abu…

Saudi Arabia to end virus curfew on June 21

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Saudi Arabia has announced that it is planning to end its coronavirus curfew from June 21, except in Makkah, after more than two months of restrictions. Prayers will also be allowed to resume in all mosques outside Makkah from May 31, the…

Banknotes and Coins to be Quarantined in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia will quarantine banknotes and coins it receives from local and foreign sources for a period of 14 to 20 days as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of, according to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority. In a promotion…

Abu Dhabi Launches New Guidelines for Businesses

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The Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi (DED) has issued new guidelines for businesses to ensure workplace health and safety and support employees needs as establishments re-open. According to the guidelines issued by the Abu…

Qatar: Face masks made mandatory for all

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Qatar has made wearing a face mask compulsory for everyone who steps outside their home, with violators facing jail time and fines of up to QR200,000. The move comes as the number of reported novel coronavirus cases in the country jumped…