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Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases

Saudi Arabia recorded 13 new COVID-19 related deaths yesterday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,111.The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,020 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 429,389 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total num


Saudi Arabia says Eid Al Fitr will begin on Thursday

Eid Al Fitr will begin on Thursday, Saudi Arabia has announced, after astronomers at the Tumair observatory in the kingdom were unable to spot the new moon. If the moon had been seen, Eid Al Fitr would have begun a day earlier. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court earlier called on all Muslims to


Saudi Arabia imposes quarantine for unvaccinated travellers

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior on Monday said unvaccinated travellers entering the kingdom would be subject to a week-long quarantine, starting May 20. This is not applicable to countries on which Saudi Arabia imposed a travel ban in early February. Saudia airline issued new travel gu


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Qatari Emir

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday received Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. The Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, travelled to Qatar to deliver an invitation from King Salman last month. The leaders will discuss bilateral


Oman’s traditional Eid markets move online during lockdown

With lockdown measures in place, Omanis have recreated the traditional Eid Habta markets online this year, using Amazon to buy festive clothes and sweets and even using WhatsApp to buy and sell live animals. The government cancelled the Habta markets – usually held during the last week of R


Saudi to allow non-nationals to attend Hajj

Saudi Arabia will organise the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah this year, but under special conditions to guard against the spread of COVID-19, state TV reported yesterday. "The mechanism and conditions for holding the Hajj this year will be announced later," it said, citing the Ministry of Hajj and Pi


UAE to bar travel from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka from Wednesday

The United Arab Emirates will bar entry for travelers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka starting Wednesday, as part of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said on its website on Monda


Saudi Arabia announces plans to limit Eid gatherings

Eid gatherings in Saudi Arabia must be limited to just 20 people, but vaccinations against coronavirus will carry on quickly through the holiday, the kingdom’s health authorities said on Sunday. Health Ministry spokesman Dr Muhammad Al Abdulaali urged the public to get vaccinated, especiall


UAE administers over 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

The UAE has administered 11,126,889 COVID-19 vaccine doses so far with an additional 78,342 jabs provided to residents overnight, bringing the country’s distribution rate to 112.50 doses per 100 people. Health officials have embarked on a rapid vaccination campaign to stem the spread of cor


Iraqi activist’s killing sparks protests against impunity

A leading Iraqi anti-government activist was killed early Sunday, security sources and activists said, sending supporters of a protest movement onto the streets to demand an end to bloodshed.Ihab Al-Wazni, a coordinator of protests in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, was a vocal opponent of corr


Saudi Arabia records 14 COVID-19 deaths, 997 new cases

 Saudi Arabia recorded 14 new COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,059.The Ministry of Health confirmed 997 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 425,442 people have now contracted the disease. Of the tot


UAE reports 1,766 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths in last 24 hours

UAE health authorities reported 1,766 new coronavirus cases after conducting 211,462 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, as well three deaths fatalities from the contagious disease. The total number of recorded cases in the UAE is now at 532,710 since the pandemic began, with 1,607


Drone attack on Iraqi base hosting US troops

A drone strike early on Saturday targeted a military base in Iraq that hosts US troops, causing only minor damage and no casualties, Iraq’s military and the US-led coalition said.The pore-dawn attack damaged a hangar, tweeted coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto. He said the attack wa


UAE confirms 1,724 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

 UAE health officials confirmed 1,724 new coronavirus cases and three additional fatalities overnight even amid a continued nationwide vaccination campaign against the highly contagious disease. The latest cases bring the total number of recorded infections in the UAE to 530,944 and the numb


Heavy rains and flooding dampen Eid spirits in Oman

Heavy rain flooded parts of Oman on Thursday, damaging properties and injuring dozens of people, state media reported. Oman Television broadcast video of water-logged roads, damaged shops and partially submerged vehicles in the densely populated regions of Al Dakhliya and Al Batinah. Oman’


Saudi Arabia confirms 14 COVID-19 deaths, 1,090 new cases

Saudi Arabia recorded 14 new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,032.The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,090 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 423,406 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total n


Qatar’s attorney general orders arrest of finance minister

Qatar’s Public Prosecutor ordered the arrest of Minister of Finance Ali Sharif Al-Emadi over reports of crime related to holding public office, Qatar News Agency reported on Thursday.“After reviewing documents, and their attached reports, the Attorney General ordered the arrest of the


Saudi Arabia confirms 12 COVID-19 deaths, 1,016 new cases

Saudi Arabia recorded 12 new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,018.The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,016 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 422,316 people have now contracted the disease.Of the total number of




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