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Qatar, UAE to resume commercial flights after three-year hiatus

Qatar’s national carrier Qatar Airways and UAE’s Etihad Airways announced Wednesday to resume air traffic between the two countries after three years of suspension due to diplomatic brawl. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports said it would operate services on a daily basis pending government approvals as of February 15. While the […]

January 21st, 2021 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s to open first branch in Qatar

Qatari Diar and Ariane Holding Group have signed an agreement for the British supermarket chain Sainsbury to open a branch in the Gulf country in the first quarter of next year, reports say. The future branch will be located in the heart of Lusail in the Downtown area of the capital Doha, Middle East Monitor, […]

January 21st, 2021 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Israel asks Turkey to close Hamas office before ties restoration

Israel will restore ties with Turkey only after Ankara closes Hamas office in the city of Istanbul, an Israeli official has said according to media reports. “[President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan would be happy to return our ambassador to Ankara, but what we are interested in is Hamas activity in Turkey,” the official who asked not […]

January 20th, 2021 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Saudi KBW Ventures injects investment into US-based cellular seafood firm BlueNalu

Saudi venture capital firm, KBW Ventures, has participated in the financing of $60 million debt of US cellular seafood firm BlueNalu, the company said Wednesday. The investment came during the Series A funding round of BlueNalu. KBW Ventures is owned by Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud and the investment makes the Saudi […]

January 20th, 2021 | Posted in Finance,Headlines | Read More »

Shell launches 25MW solar plant in Oman

Shell has set up in Oman a 25 megawatt solar plant, the first of the energy giant in the Gulf country and the Middle East, Trade Arabia reports. Named Qabas solar plant, the station is located on a 50-hectare site within Sohar Freezone in northern Oman, and consists of over 88,000 solar modules. “This is […]

January 20th, 2021 | Posted in Energy,Headlines | Read More »

Iraq awards Chinese companies construction projects worth $20bn

Iraq has given a set of construction projects valued at $20 billion to a consortium of Chinese companies, reports say citing an Iraqi official. “The projects include the construction of a power station and a factory for floors and porcelain with a production capacity of 32,000 m2 per day, and a factory for ceramic walls […]

January 18th, 2021 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Trump Receives Morocco’s Highest Award for Middle East Work

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday received Morocco’s highest award for his work in advancing a normalization deal between Israel and Morocco, a senior administration official told Reuters. In a private Oval Office ceremony, Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, who is Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, gave Trump the Order of Muhammad, an award given […]

January 15th, 2021 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Ministerial conference voices support to Autonomy Initiative as only basis for settlement of Sahara dispute

A Ministerial Conference on the Morocco-proposed Autonomy Initiative, held virtually on Friday, at the invitation of Morocco and the United States, expressed strong support for this initiative as the only basis for a just and lasting solution to the Sahara regional dispute. The representatives of forty countries, including 27 ministers, who took part in the […]

January 15th, 2021 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »

Emirates suspends Tunisian pilot for refusing to fly to Israel

Tunisian pilot working for Dubai-based Emirates has said he has been suspended by the Emirati airline after he refused to fly to Israel. Moneem Saheb Tabaa made the announcement on his Facebook page that he later closed, reports say. “God is [the] only [one] who takes care of me…” Tabaa said in the post. “I […]

January 14th, 2021 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Ethiopia: Nearly 80 people killed in the province of Benishangul-Gumuz

A new attack in the western province of Benishangul-Gumuz killed nearly 80 people. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission, an independent body attached to the Ethiopian parliament, issued the alert. The incident took place at dawn, in the locality of Daletti, towards Metekel. “The victims are between 2 and 45 years old. We are still trying […]

January 14th, 2021 | Posted in Headlines,World News | Read More »