Saudi Arabia asks Muslims to delay Hajj bookings

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Saudi Arabia has asked Muslims planning to take part in the Hajj pilgrimage to delay booking amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. Hajj Minister Mohammed Banten said the kingdom was concerned about the safety of pilgrims and urged…

Grand Imam of Al Azhar urges nations to share responsibility to combat COVID-19

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(Cairo) - Dr. Ahmad Al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, has expressed Al Azhar’s solidarity with the nations and people facing the coronavirus, COVID-19, urging countries to share the responsibility of combating the pandemic. In…

Mohamed bin Zayed, Grand Imam of Al Azhar review global fight against corona

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, discussed with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb the prospects of promoting the values…

GMIS 2020 to go virtual

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(Hannover) - The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, GMIS - a joint initiative by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO, today announced that the third edition…

Saudi Arabia imposes curfew

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Saudi Arabia will impose a nationwide curfew from Monday evening, as the coronavirus cases in the world continue to increase. Saudi King Salman ordered a curfew to slow the spread of the coronavirus, state news agency SPA reported. The curfew…

Saudi Arabia urges G20 virtual talk on coronavirus

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Saudi Arabia plans to convene a virtual summit next week, bringing together the leaders from the Group of 20 major economies (G20) to address the coronavirus pandemic, as it also takes more drastic measures to contain the spread of the illness…

Iraqi President appoints new PM-designate

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Iraqi President Barham Salih has appointed Adnan al-Zurfi as the country's new prime minister-designate in the latest bid to resolve a months-long political crisis. Al-Zurfi has 30 days to form his cabinet which he must then put to a vote…

GCC health ministers review anti-coronavirus measures

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(Riyadh) - Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, health ministers discussed the latest developments of the coronavirus, COVID-19, the current situation in each member country, including the procedures followed in outlets and statistics related to the…

UAE, Uganda discuss enhancing cooperation

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(Abu Dhabi) - Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, received Henry Oryem Okello, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Uganda, and discussed cooperation relations between the two countries. During the meeting,…

Abdullah bin Zayed, Lithuanian FM discuss advancing ties

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(Abu Dhabi) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, hailed the opening of the first Lithuanian embassy in the Gulf Region in Abu Dhabi, and underlined the role played by the Lithuanian…

Mohamed bin Zayed receives the Executive Director of WFP

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, received at the Al Shatea Palace David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. His…

Arab countries fighting fierce e-war, ministers agree

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(Sharjah) - Osama Heikal, Minister of State for Information, Egypt, and Amjad Awda Al Adayleh, Minister of State for Information Affairs and official spokesman for the Jordanian government agreed that the Arab states are currently engaged in…

Gargash, UNRWA chief discuss joint cooperation

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(Cairo) - Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, met Christian Saunders, Acting Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, on the sidelines of the…

UAE launches first Arab World smartphone app for search and rescue

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(Abu Dhabi) - The National Search and Rescue Centre, NSRC, launched a smartphone application at the Search and Rescue conference in Abu Dhabi, as part of the UAE efforts to provide speedier emergency responses. Through the app, the first…