UAE to launch first Arab probe to Mars

After sending its first astronaut to space last year, the United Arab Emirates is to launch a probe to Mars in July, state news agency WAM announced Tuesday.The unmanned probe, named Hope, will be “the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation,” it said.WAM said the p


UAE calls for de-escalation in region to focus on coronavirus amid Iran’s threats

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash stressed the need for de-escalation in the region to allow countries to focus on “the hurricane” caused by the coronavirus pandemic and review development models. Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened a


Bahrain may need more financial aid from Gulf Arab states

Bahrain may need more financial aid from fellow Gulf Arab states as soon as this year, but its wealthier neighbours could themselves be hamstrung by low oil prices and the economic impact of the new coronavirus, bankers and analysts said. Bahrain, whose sovereign bonds have been rated junk by major


Dubai’s Expo 2020 officially postponed until October 1, 2021 amid coronavirus

Expo 2020 Dubai has been officially postponed until October, 2021, after two-thirds of the Paris-based organizing body, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Member States, voted in favor of postponing the mega event by one year. The event will now run from October 1, 2021, until March 31,


Dubai to open some shops starting Friday, coronavirus measures in place: Source

Dubai plans to open some markets and shopping centers beginning on Friday, April 24, while taking into account precautionary measures in place as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, according to a source from the Dubai government. The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed that


Bahrain’s grand mosque to hold limited Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan

Bahrain announced its al-Fateh Grand Mosque will hold evening and Taraweeh prayers throughout the month of Ramadan, according to the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, clarifying that it will be open to only five people at a time. “Al Fateh Mosque will be opened for Isha (Ev


CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK Kuwait health minister asks coronavirus survivors to donate blood for active cases

Kuwait’s health minister has asked those who have recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus to donate their blood so that doctors could use the plasma to treat currently infected patients. “We ask all those who recovered from the coronavirus to donate their blood to benefit from the plasm


Coronavirus: UAE temporarily shuts beaches, pools, cinemas, gyms

Tuqa Khalid The United Arab Emirates will temporarily close all public and private beaches and swimming pools, cinemas, public parks and gyms across the country for a renewable period of two weeks starting from Sunday March 22, as part of the country’s latest measures to combat the spread of


Kuwait appoints finance, electricity and water ministers in cabinet reshuffle

Kuwait has appointed Barrak Ali al-Shitan as finance minister and Mohamed Hagi Boushahri as minister of electricity and water in a limited government reshuffle announced on Sunday in an Emiri decree.  


Oman in ‘very capable hands’ with new Sultan Haitham: Experts

The new Sultan of Oman is a person of “considerable leadership experience” and is poised to advance the country, experts said on Saturday. Haitham bin Tariq al-Said was sworn in as the new Sultan of Oman on Saturday morning, hours after it was announced that his cousin, longtime ruler S


Qatari foreign minister offers condolences to Iran’s Rouhani for Soleimani death

Yaghoub Fazeli Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani offered condolences on Saturday 4 January 2020 to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the killing of the former commander of the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Qassem Soleimani, the semi-official ISNA news a


Oman’s Sultan Qaboos in “stable condition,” treatment ongoing

Reuters, Dubai - Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said is in “stable condition” and continuing a program of medical treatment, state television said on Tuesday 31 December 2019 , citing a statement from the sultan’s office. Concerns had grown for the sultan’s health after he m


UAE, Bahrain commend Saudi judiciary rulings on Khashoggi case

Leen Alfaisal The UAE and Bahrain said on Monday 12-23-2019 that the rulings issued by the Saudi Arabian judiciary regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi confirm the Kingdom’s commitment to implementing the law with transparency and fairness, holding everyone involved accountable.


Saudi Arabia, Kuwait agree to resume oil production at shared fields

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait on Tuesday agreed to resume oil production from the Neutral Zone fields along their border. The agreement will lead to the resumption of “oil production on both sides,” Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy said in a tweet. “His Highness Prince Abdulaziz


UAE’s MAG Development plans to go public: Report

United Arab Emirates property developer MAG Development plans to go public by listing on the Dubai Financial Market, its chief executive officer Sar Haffar, told local newspaper Khaleej Times. The company, which is a subsidiary of MAG Group Holding, plans to launch its initial public offering (IPO)


UAE’s Gargash: Malaysian summit attendees cannot ‘rise up’ without Arab presence

UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Friday reiterated Saudi Arabia’s stance on the Malaysian summit in Kuala Lumpur, saying that the meeting was the wrong forum to discuss matters of importance to the Muslim world. “Is it possible for the Islamic world to


Qatar’s FM: There has been 'small progress' in resolving Gulf dispute

DOHA - According to Reuters news agency Qatar’s foreign minister said on Saturday there has been small progress to resolve a 2-1/2 year dispute between the Gulf state and its neighbors. Asked whether there was progress at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit held last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin


UAE troops return after ‘successful liberation, stabilization of Aden’

The United Arab Emirates said its troops have returned from the Yemeni port city of Aden after the completion of its role in “liberating and stabilizing” the city. The General Command of the UAE Armed Forces said that it is now transferring its charge to Saudi and Yemeni forces, who wil





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