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UAE bans import of live birds from Kuwait
The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) has banned the importation of all live birds from Kuwait.
FaceOf: Dr. Moudhi bint Mohammed Al-Jamea, Saudi telecom executive
Dr. Moudhi bint Mohammed Al-Jamea, Saudi Telecom’s first woman executive, has been appointed general manager of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) School at the STC Academy.
Getting rid of red tape seen as key to Saudi reform push
Saad A. Alrashed, the founding partner of law firm ZS&R in association with Hogan Lovells, speaks to Arab News about the investment climate in Saudi Arabia and why 2019 is set to be the year of deal-making.
Saudi announces launch of first communications satellite
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the launch of its first satellite for communications from the French Guiana Space Centre, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi launches a new anti-corruption office
Saudi Arabia has launched a new office to monitor state spending, saying it would help keep up the fight against corruption after the closing of a 15-month crackdown, state media reported.
2.5 million arrested for residency, labour violations in Saudi Arabia
Over 2.5 million people have been caught for flouting residency, labour and border regulations in year-long campaign in Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait announces 3-day holiday
The Kuwait Cabinet has announced a 3-day holiday for the public sector on the occasion of the country's National and Liberation Day.
UAE, Saudi Arabia narrow gender gap but still much to do
The UAE and Saudi Arabia are slowly improving the gender gap in the workplace and society but the Middle East region continues to rank last globally, according to a new report.
UAE denies reports of 747 touching down on Fujairah Corniche
UAE authorities have denied social media rumours that a commercial plane in distress landed on the Fujairah Corniche and clarified that it was there for commercial purposes before being shipped to Bahrain.
Bahrain to open world's largest underwater theme park
Bahrain plans to construct the world’s largest underwater theme park with a submerged Boeing 747 as its centrepiece, it was announced on Saturday.
Will government initiatives boost UAE property market?
The performance of both the UAE and Dubai real estate industry in 2019 will depend on how the market responds to the raft of government initiatives and regulations announced to stimulate demand.
Emirati not denied entry into UAE after Thailand trip
A video which has been doing the rounds on social media recently has elicited a response from the Department of Health in Dubai.
Pompeo in Bahrain on first leg of tour of Gulf allies
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Bahrain on Friday, the first leg of a tour of Gulf monarchies which Washington says are “critical” to confronting Iran and militants.
You could soon get visa via app. Here's how
Residents could soon get their visas through the Royal Oman Police app, a senior officer told Times of Oman.
Brace for cheaper house rents in Dubai this year
Residential rents in Dubai are expected to see further declines over the first half of 2019, before stabilising in the second half of the year or early 2020.
Saudi ministries liaise to enhance services to senior citizens
The justice and health ministries are liaising to enhance services through the creation of a priority card for citizens above the age of 70.
Kuwait Investment Authority sees no conflict of interest in KFH-AUB merger
Kuwait Investment Authority, the country’s wealth fund, sees no conflict of interest in a potential merger between Kuwait Finance House and Bahrain’s Ahli United Bank, Al Qabas newspaper reported.
Construction at Saudi entertainment megaproject Qiddiya to begin this year
Construction on an up-and-coming recreational megaproject in Riyadh will begin this year, according to Mike Reininger, CEO of the Qiddiya project.
World's longest bridge in Kuwait set for 2019 completion
The world's longest bridge linking Kuwait City to Subiyah New Town across Kuwait Bay is set to be completed this year.
Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector to get SR33bn boost
Saudi Arabia’s maritime sector is set to receive a much-needed cash boost of SR33 billion ($8.8 billion).
Workshop to support SMEs for new opportunities in KSA
The Asharqia Chamber held an “Exploring Opportunities in Small and Medium Industrial Enterprises” workshop, as part of the “Nasnaa” (We Produce) program.
App for real estate valuators launched in Dubai
The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (Rera) at the Dubai Land Department (DLD) has announced the launch of a smart application for real estate valuators called 'Taqyimee'.
Aldar unveils Dh2 billion mid-market project in Abu Dhabi
Aldar Properties has announced the launch of a Dh2 billion development, Alreeman in Alshamkha.
Oman visas to be available on mobile app
Visitors to Oman will soon be able to obtain their visas via a mobile app, national daily Times of Oman reported, citing the Royal Oman Police (ROP).
Pavilions showcase Saudi achievements across sectors
The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces have featured models of its rocket-propelled grenades at the Ministry of Defense pavilion at the Janadriyah Festival this year.
Parks, green spaces worth Dh100 million built in Sharjah
Determined to keep its environment green and community-friendly, the emirate of Sharjah has built Dh100 million worth of public parks throughout 2018, the Sharjah Public Works (SPW) has said.
Jeddah International Book Fair’s tale of success
More than 50,000 visitors a day, publishers from 40 countries and 180,000 titles on offer — the numbers tell the remarkable success story for the 4th Jeddah International Book Fair.
Efforts to promote safety on Saudi Arabia’s roads highlighted
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Transport Nabeel Al-Amoudi visited a number of pavilions linked to the transport sector at the 33rd Janadriyah Festival on Friday.
Oman unveils plan for longest zip-line amid tourism ambitions
Oman has unveiled plans to build the country's longest zip-line in Al Hamra.
5 challenges faced while building Dubai’s Burj Khalifa
4th of January marks the anniversary of Burj Khalifa. Today, the structure marks its ninth anniversary since its inauguration in 2010.
100% salary hike for all government employees in Umm Al Quwain
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, issued Decree No. 6 of 2018 for the 100% increase of salaries for all government employees in Umm Al Quwain.
Oman gov't to tap capital markets to plug budget gap
Oman’s government, whose budget deficit is among the largest of all the sovereigns tracked by Fitch Ratings, will tap capital markets for a fourth straight year to plug a fiscal gap vulnerable to lower oil prices.
Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province palaces tell tales of its rich past
The first Emara Palace, built more than 65 years ago, symbolizes the rich history of the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, home to many archaeological and historical sites that have attracted visitors for years.
Saudi Arabia, China to enhance cultural bridges
Officials at the King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University recently held a meeting to press on with plans to enhance cultural bridges between China and the Kingdom.
What a difference $10bn aid makes to Gulf's weakest link
Bahrain and Oman are the most vulnerable economies in the Gulf, but one has a $10 billion bailout package and the other is on its own.
2018: The year of Saudi Women
Undoubtedly, 2018 has been a landmark year for Saudi Arabia — but even more so for women in the Kingdom
Dubai Duty Free surpasses $2B sales, highest ever
Dubai Duty Free on Saturday said it had surpassed the $2 billion (Dh7.3 billion) sales mark - its highest ever - while achieving over 3.5 per cent growth year-on-year.
Dubai's One Central completes office, retail phase ahead of schedule
Dubai World Trade Centre’s One Central has completed the last phase of its commercial and retail development with the delivery of The Offices 4 and 5 ahead of schedule.
Bahrain to resume work at embassy in Syria after UAE move
Bahrain says it will resume operations at its embassy in Syria some seven years after it shuttered its embassy in Damascus in the early days of the civil war.
Business as usual at Bahrain mission in Damascus
Bahrain said on Friday that its embassy in Damascus and the Syrian diplomatic mission in Manama had been operating "without interruption", a day after the United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Syria, which is still suspended from the Arab League.
Dubai's One Central completes office, retail phase ahead of schedule
Dubai World Trade Centre’s One Central has completed the last phase of its commercial and retail development with the delivery of The Offices 4 and 5 ahead of schedule.
Emaar, TikTok explore synergies
Emaar has signed a memorandum of understanding to explore collaboration opportunities with TikTok.
Abu Dhabi homes get more affordable
The Abu Dhabi property market has seen sales and rents decrease on average for apartments and villas. Only certain areas in the emirate have seen a significant price change, according to a recent report by Bayut, a property portal.
Kuwait names new ministers in cabinet reshuffle
Kuwait has appointed a number of new ministers, including Khaled Al Fadhel as the country's oil minister and minister of electricity and water, after the mass resignations of four others.
Aramco sets up fuel retail subsidiary
Saudi Aramco is establishing a domestic fuel retailing subsidiary as part of the national oil company's drive to expand beyond crude oil production into downstream businesses.
Saudi aims to receive 30m Haj, Umrah pilgrams by 2030
Saudi Arabia has set a goal of receiving 30 million Haj and Umrah pilgrams by 2030, according to Minister of Haj and Umrah Mohammed Saleh Benten and President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Abdul Hakim Mohammed Al-Tamimi.
It was a buyer's market for UAE real estate in 2018
It was predominantly a buyer's market across the UAE this year as residential properties became more affordable.
1,000 jobs said to be at risk in proposed Abu Dhabi banking merger
A proposed three-way bank merger in Abu Dhabi may lead to about 1,000 jobs being cut, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.
Saudi Shoura Council speaker to hold talks in Egypt
Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh will begin his official tour to Egypt on Monday on the invitation of Dr. Ali Abdel Aal Sayyed Ahmed, speaker of the Egyptian House of Representatives.
European dairy giant inks deal to grow Gulf business
European dairy giant Arla Foods has reached an agreement with US-based Mondelez International to acquire its processed cheese business in the Middle East region, which is currently licensed under the Kraft brand.
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