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Oman imposes curfew from Sunday to combat coronavirus

Oman will impose a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Sunday and extending until April 8, as the Gulf Arab states tightens restrictions to curb a rise in coronavirus cases, state media reported on Thursday.No movement will be allowed during those times and an evening ban on all commercial activitie


Oman: 46,000 expats left in six months

The Omani Ministry of Labour yesterday revealed that more than 46,000 expatriate workers permanently left the Sultanate over the last six months, local media reported. "The total number of the workforce wishing to rectify their status and leave the country permanently has reached 65,173 workers,


Dubai deputy ruler Sheikh Hamdan dies

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Dubai's deputy ruler and for decades one of the most influential figures in international horseracing, has died, Reuters reported Dubai's ruler saying today. Sheikh Hamdan, 75, was the brother of Dubai's current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. He


Dubai ruler approves government restructuring

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has approved several measures aimed at accelerating the emirate’s growth and development. Among the resolutions that were given the go-signal include a complete government restructuring, the creation of three chambers of commerce an


One million overseas voters disenfranchised from Iraq’s coming elections

    Up to one million Iraqis living abroad will be excluded from voting in the country’s October elections, its Independent High Electoral Commission ruled on Tuesday. For months the commission has been struggling to prepare for the poll, sending teams on door-to-door mis


Daily COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia exceed 400 for second day

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded five new COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,618.The Ministry of Health confirmed 410 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, the second consecutive day that the daily cases exceed the 400 mark.


UAE Announces 1,871 New COVID-19 Cases, 2,144 Recoveries

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) reported 1,871 new coronavirus cases after it conducted 185,531 COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours. The new infections raised the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 442,226. ‏ According to the Ministry, the infected individuals a


Oman issues new quarantine measures for arriving travellers

Passengers arriving in Oman are required to quarantine in hotels and other isolation centers starting March 29 from 2 p.m., as part of the country’s new COVID-19 measures, local daily Times of Oman reported on Tuesday.Arrivals must make their booking via the Sahala platform, the Civil A


Saudi Arabia, UAE expand COVID-19 vaccination drive

Saudi Arabia and neighbouring United Arab Emirates said on Sunday health authorities have expanded COVID-19 vaccinations to all citizens and residents aged 16 and above as Gulf states race to bring the virus under control, reports Reuters. Riyadh said the health ministry will start inoculati


Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 382 new infections on Saturday.Of the new cases, 172 were recorded in Riyadh, 69 in the Eastern Province, 58 in Makkah, 21 in Hail, nine in the Northern Borders region, nine in Madinah, eight in Asir, seven in Tabuk, three in Jazan and th


UAE records 2,013 new COVID-19 infections, 5 deaths

The UAE has recorded 2,013 new coronavirus cases after conducting 240,035 tests, state news agency WAM reported.The total number of infections in the country now stands at 438,638, since the pandemic began the health ministry said.It added that five people died from coronavirus complications, rais


More than 2.6 million take COVID-19 vaccine shot in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Ministry of Health said more than 2.6 million people have taken a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine jab at one of the 500 vaccine centers across the Kingdom. The ministry encourages those who would like to take the vaccine to register through the ministry’s Sehhaty application and se


Dubai announces Ramadan COVID-19 precautionary measures

Dubai has urged people not to hold large gatherings during Ramadan, as part of its measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, state news agency WAM reported.Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management also called on the public to avoid exposing the elderly and people with chron


UAE records 2,101 new infections and 10 deaths

The UAE recorded 2,101 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday. The latest cases brought the overall tally of infections to 434,465. A further 2,628 people recovered, raising the total to 416,105. The death toll in the Emirates is 1,424 after a further 10 people died. The number of active cases fe


Saudi Arabia to issue permits for iftar meals during Ramadan

Saudi authorities announced that they will issue permits to distribute iftar meals in an attempt to return to normal as prayers and Umrah resume at the Grand Mosque in Makkah during Ramadan this year. Strict restrictions were imposed in Makkah during the fasting month last year because


GCC says talks on Iran's nuclear programme must include ballistic missiles

International talks with Iran over its nuclear programme should also cover ballistic missiles, the GCC 's secretary general said on Wednesday. "Any future negotiations with Iran must include ballistic missiles and the nuclear file," said Dr Nayef Al Hajraf during a foreign minister


Iraqi president says early elections will go ahead despite insecurity

Iraq is on track to hold national elections in October, but the road will be difficult as a result of the delicate security situation, President Barham Salih said on Tuesday. Mr Salih was asked in an interview with Sky News Arabia whether the elections will be held in time amid the


More than half of UAE population vaccinated against COVID-19

More than half of the UAE population have received their COVID-19 vaccines, achieving the country’s goal of vaccinating 52.46 percent of individuals covered under the inoculation campaign. “The campaign that was launched at the start of the year around the country, upon the directives




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