Saudi Arabia announces 24-hour curfew for Eid Al-Fitr holiday

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Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday a 24-hour curfew for the Eid Al-Fitr holiday. The interior ministry said it would impose the full lockdown from May 23 to May 27 across the Kingdom for the five-day holiday. However, until the holiday…

Coronavirus: Cases in GCC Exceed 100,000

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The number of the coronavirus cases has surged to over 100,000 in the six Gulf countries, with a total of 563 deaths, according to the latest official tallies. Saudi Arabia, the region’s most populous country, so far has reported a total…

UAE Launches ‘World’s Tallest Donation Box’ Initiative

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Contributions have poured for the World’s Tallest Donation Box, shining 180,000 lights on 18 floors of Burj Khalifa within 24 hours of the initiative’s launch. The donations raised on the first day will help provide 180,000 meals for…

Dubai Expo Officially Postponed to October 2021

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The General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has approved the request of the UAE government and its Executive Committee to postpone Dubai Expo 2020 to next year. Member States voted remotely on the BIE Executive…

COVID-19 Cases in Saudi Arabia Cross 30,000

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Saudi Arabia reported 1,595 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 30,251, the Ministry of Health announced. Meanwhile, the ministry reported 955 recoveries today, with total recoveries in the…

Saudi to test the effectiveness of plasma in treating COVID-19

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A number of Saudi health and research centers have launched a study to test therapeutic options to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by using plasma from recovered patients. The study aims to test the effectiveness of plasma in treating…

Lebanon to seek IMF loan, says it needs $10bn

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(Beirut) - Lebanon will seek an International Monetary Fund aid package to help it recover from its worst-ever financial crisis, Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced, after his government endorsed a financial rescue plan to pull the country…

Saudi Arabia ends execution of minors

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Saudi Arabia will no longer impose the death penalty on people who committed crimes while still minors, the country's Human Rights Commission says. The announcement, citing a royal decree by King Salman, comes two days after the country said…

Heavy rainfall wreaks havoc on Yemen

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A major clean-up operation is under way in Yemen's rebel-held capital of Sanaa following days of heavy rain. This resulted in floodwaters sweeping through parts of the city, overturning cars and damaging shops and market stalls. The heavy…

Turkey imposes 48-hour curfew in major cities to curb virus

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Dozens of Turkish cities, including Istanbul, have been placed under lockdown for two days to combat the spread of the coronavirus, as the country's death toll from the pandemic crossed 1,000. The restrictions, which will last until midnight…

UAE, UK sign MoU on transit flights for British citizens

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As part of the UAE's efforts to intensify international cooperation amid COVID 19 pandemic, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office signed a Memorandum…

WHO warns Middle East must act quickly to contain coronavirus

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Middle Eastern governments must act quickly to limit the spread of the coronavirus as cases in the region have risen to nearly 60,000 - almost double the tally of a week earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned. "New cases have…

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…