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UAE: China to help convert desert into arable lands

China’s Chongqing Earthskin Eco-technology will turn vast areas of the desert in Abu Dhabi into agriculture farms with soilization techniques.  Under an agreement signed with Abu Dhabi’s Mawarid Holding, the Chinese company will “select one or more sites from the existing desert lands to plant grass, trees or vegetables in the first year of cooperation,” […]

July 5th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Iran: UAE orders freeze of assets of nine Iranians

United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities in charge of security and commodities regulations have instructed companies to report on and freeze assets of nine Iranian individuals and organizations appearing on the country’s terror list.  Securities and Commodities Authority has ordered all companies in the field to tell on and freeze all accounts, funds, securities, goods and […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Finance,Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Gulf Crisis: UN requests release of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s daughter jailed in Egypt

The UN High Commission for Human Rights Tuesday called on Egyptian authorities to release unconditionally the daughter of Egyptian cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi who has been willy-nilly involved in the ongoing diplomatic showdown between Qatar and its neighbors led by Saudi Arabia.   Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Iran involved in Paris foiled attack

The trip the Iranian President Hassan Rohani is to pay to Switzerland and Austria this week to seek assurances on the continuation of the nuclear deal is being compromised by the alleged involvement of an Iranian diplomat positioned in the Iranian embassy in Vienna in a foiled attack targeting Iranian opponents in Paris. Austrian authorities […]

July 4th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

KSA: Former NEOM Chief Executive appointed adviser to Crown Prince

German national, Klaus Kleinfeld has been named advisor to the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on ‘enhancing the economic, technological and financial development” of the kingdom, leaving his current position of Chief Executive Officer of the development of the Saudi futuristic city known as NEOM.  Kleinfeld was appointed CEO of the $500 billion town to […]

July 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Tehran ready to cooperate over alleged involvement of diplomat in plotted attack on opposition in France

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Monday said Tehran will work with France and Belgium in the investigations on the involvement of an Iranian diplomat in an alleged planned attack on an Iranian opposition group-based in France.   An Iranian diplomat based in Vienna, Austria had been arrested along with five other people; two in […]

July 3rd, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines,World News | Read More »

Omani, Saudi Sites Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List

UNESCO added Oman’s ancient city of Qalhat and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahsa Oasis to its World Heritage List on Friday, the world cultural body announced. The Ancient City of Qalhat, located on the east coast of the Sultanate of Oman, is surrounded by inner and outer walls, as well as areas beyond the ramparts where […]

July 1st, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

Malaysia to pull out forces from KSA

Malaysia has decided to withdraw its forces from Saudi Arabia as it seeks to avoid being dragged into regional crises between Middle East countries.   The new leadership in Malaysia wants to end Saudi Arabia’s influence after Riyadh-backed former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his Barisan Nasional (BN) administration lost May elections to a reformist […]

June 29th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

UAE: Non-oil trade with Hong Kong hits $8.9bn

Non-oil trade figures between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Hong Kong have increased by 5.1 per cent reaching $8.9bn last year compared with 2016, making the Gulf country the leading Middle East partner of the Chinese autonomous territory.  Juma Al Keet, assistant under-secretary for Foreign Trade Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Economy (MoE) […]

June 27th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »

KSA: Authorities set up prison for women traffic laws violators

June 24 is a landmark date in Saudi Arabia’s history as women began driving their own cars. However, authorities have set up a detention centre to deal with women who violate traffic laws, reports say. Authorities in the Eastern Province have set up a detention facility at a women’s welfare home in the al-Ahsa region, […]

June 26th, 2018 | Posted in Gulf News,Headlines | Read More »