Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

Saudi Crown Prince, US Secretary of Defense discuss troop deployment

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call on Wednesday from the US Secretary of Defense during which they discussed ongoing arrangements to send US troops of a More »

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

Saudi Energy Minister confirms restoration of Kingdom’s gas production capacity

:: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy confirmed on Wednesday the restoration of production capacity, affirming the Kingdom’s position as a reliable energy supplier in the global market. The energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz More »

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

Egypt calls Erdogan statements ‘ironic,’ accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism

:: Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements at the UN General Assembly this week where he urged the UN to “handle the suspicious death of More »

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

Saudi Crown Prince: Attacks are test of int’l resolve against destructive acts

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday that the attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities are a test of international resolve in the face of destructive acts that More »

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

Saudi Crown Prince says attacks on oil facilities are a ‘dangerous escalation’

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities represented a “dangerous escalation not only toward the Kingdom but also the entire world.” The Crown More »


Tag Archives: DUBAI

Transfer of sponsorship through Abshir from next week

Saudi Arabia’s Passports Department (Jawazat) will launch two services for the issuance of multiple visas and sponsorship transfer of expatriates through the Abshir electronic system on the portal of the Ministry of Interior from next week. This was announced by

Al-Jubeir: Hard to envision Iran role in Syria solution

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday it was difficult to envision a role for Iran in Syria peacemaking efforts due to its military role in the conflict there. Al-Jubeir made the statements during a joint conference with Germany’s

Dubai GITEX Technology Week expected to draw 140,000 visitors

The 35th edition of GITEX Technology Week was inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum at Dubai World Trade Center. The five-day event is expected to draw more than 140,000 visitors from over 140 countries. More than 3,600

MENA M&A value $33.7bn in first 9 months of 2015

Nadim Najjar

Thomson Reuters, a leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals,has released the quarterly investment banking analysis for the Middle East region. According to estimates from Thomson Reuters/Freeman Consulting, Middle Eastern investment banking fees reached $480.5 million during the

Yemen govt agrees to talks with Houthis, Saleh

Yemen’s government will attend U.N.-sponsored talks with the Houthis and supporters of deposed leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, a government spokesperson said on Sunday, in a fresh bid to end months of fighting that has killed more than 5,000 people. “The

80% of Gulf engineers are expats

A whopping 80 percent of the engineers working in the Gulf countries are foreigners. “We are currently working to scrutinize the degrees and discovering widespread fraud by the professional accreditation system which has been implemented in some of the countries

Ahlam leads drive against ‘violent teacher’


Emirati singer Ahlam has critisized the teacher who was secretly filmed hitting one of his students in a video that went viral recently, Albawaba reported. The video shows the teacher slapping a student at the back of the head and

Etihad not planning to use cash pile for new planes

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan has dashed Boeing and Airbus’s hopes of a spending spree by the Abu Dhabi airline following its success in raising $700 million in investment capital. Etihad said last month that some of the cash raised

Apple to open Dubai, Abu Dhabi stores on October 29

The U.S. technology giant Apple is set to open its first two dedicated UAE stores on Oct. 29, it was announced on Thursday. The long-awaited Apple Stores will be located at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai and Yas

Iranian MPs arrive in Damascus before joint offensive

A delegation of Iranian lawmakers arrived in Damascus on Wednesday in the build-up to a joint operation against insurgents in northwest Syria, and said U.S.-led efforts to fight rebels had failed. The visit, led by the chairman of the Iranian

Two Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers reportedly killed in Syria

Two senior officers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were reportedly killed fighting ISIS militants in Syria, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported, ahead of a planned offensive by Syria’s army backed by Tehran. Major General Farshad Hasounizadeh and Brigadier Hamid Mokhtarband, commanders

Home Centre marks 20 years with Nancy

Home Centre, the largest home retailer in the Middle East, celebrated its 20th anniversary milestone with a gala event headlined by popular Arab singer and superstar Nancy Ajram, who is also Home Center’s brand ambassador. Prominent media personalities, socialites and

Police to start recording data on UK anti-Muslim hate crime

Police forces across England and Wales are to start recording data on hate crimes against Muslims, according to the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron. It will mark the first time all forces will be compelled to consider Islamophobic

Lufthansa targets Gulf rivals with Mideast premium economy launch

Lufthansa will launch its premium economy service into the Middle East later this month, it said, aiming to go head-to-head on quality with Gulf-based rivals. The German carrier has often been at the forefront of a war of words between

OSN to launch ‘Saturday Night Live’ in Arabic

An Arab version of hit American sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, to be produced by the Dubai-headquartered pay-TV network OSN, will launch in January next year, reported Gulf News. At an event to announce its slate of new shows

Dubai shows ability to be disability friendly

A major initiative was launched on Sunday to turn Dubai into a disability friendly city by 2020. The aim of the Dubai Inclusive Development Forum 2015, organized by the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai on Oct. 11-12,

Iran tests new precision-guided ballistic missile

Iran successfully tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying on Sunday, signaling an apparent advance in Tehran’s attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile battery. “The Emad missile is able to strike

‘Schengen-style’ GCC visa likely by mid-2016

GCC logo with flags

A unified visa for the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) may be available from the middle of next year, said GCC officials here. The GCC General Secretariat is working on the ambitious proposal to introduce the

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