Dubai selected as 2020 'Capital of Arab Media'

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(Cairo) - During its 50th Ordinary Session, chaired by Saudi Arabia, the Arab Information Ministers Council selected the Emirate of Dubai as the 2020 'Capital of Arab Media'. The Council's decision confirms the UAE’s role in supporting Arab…

Saudi Arabia calls urgent Gulf, Arab League meetings

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Arabia has called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the Gulf, the Saudi official news agency said. The Saudi Press Agency said King Salman…

First Forum for Gulf Inventors opens

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(Dubai) - Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, has underlined the importance of fostering an innovation-friendly environment combining financial incentives, social norms and know how to ensure smooth transition to an innovation-based…

UAE, Saudi Arabia sign MoU to develop digital education system

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(Riyad) - The Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, to develop the digital education system, and several Emirati universities signed twinning agreements with their…

2019 Special Olympics world games start in Abu Dhabi

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(Abu Dhabi) - Seven thousand five hundred athletes are participating from 195 countries in Special Olympics 2019 which kick-started in Abu Dhabi recently. According to media reports, in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed sports city stadium, the inaugural…

Abdullah bin Zayed meets British Minister of State for MENA

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(Abu Dhabi) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met with Alistair Burt, British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa. The meeting, held at the ministry's…

Mohammed bin Rashid receives Speaker of Saudi Shura Council

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(Dubai) - His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, received in Dubai speaker of Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh who conveyed…

UAE signs Arab service trade liberalisation agreement

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(Cairo) - The UAE signed a service trade liberalisation agreement at the Arab League's premises in the Egyptian capital. The agreement, signed on behalf of Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, by UAE Ambassador to Egypt, Jumaa…

Floods kill 12 people in Saudi Arabia

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(Riyadh) - Twelve people have been killed in floods after heavy rain lashed northern parts of Saudi Arabia this week, the civil defence agency said. Ten died in the northwestern city of Tabuk and one each in the holy city of Medina and in…

Arab Information Ministers Council adopts Emirati proposal for ‘Tolerance’

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(Riyadh) - The Executive Office of Arab Information Ministers Council has adopted the Emirati proposal for "Tolerance" to be the Council’s intellectual theme in 2019, under the title "Arab Media’s Role in Promoting Tolerance". The Council…

Saudi king orders major government reshuffle

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(Riyadh) - King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered a major government reshuffle, replacing the ministers of foreign affairs and information, a royal decree said. Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former finance minister, will replace Adel al-Jubeir as foreign…

Saudi Arabia boosts spending in 2019 budget

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(Riyadh) - The Saudi Council of Ministers, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has approved the largest budget in the Kingdom's history with SAR1.106 trillion spending in 2019, approximately 7…

39th GCC Summit issues Riyadh Communique

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(Riyadh) - The 40th session of the GCC summit will be held in the UAE, according to a communique issued at the end of the 39th summit in Riyadh. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and King of Saudi Arabia,…

FANA 46th General Assembly kicks off

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(Kuwait) - The 46th General Assembly of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) opened in attendance of representatives of various Arab news agencies. Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri…