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Meteorology warns of thunderstorms over Makkah, Eastern region

Jeddah, Feb 4: The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection in Saudi Arabia has said that thunderstorms and rain are expected over the regions of Makkah, Najran and the Eastern Region.

The authority warned residents in Makkah of...

Historic: Sheikh Mohamed welcomes Pope Francis to the UAE

Abu Dhabi, Feb 4: His Holiness Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening to begin his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates.

He was received at the airport by His Highness...

Saudis, UAE, Yemen ask UN to pressure Houthis

Jeddah, Feb 2: Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Yemen on Thursday asked the UN Security Council to increase pressure on Houthi militias to respect a cease-fire deal. In a letter, the three governments accused the militias of violating the agreement...

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

Riyadh, Jan 31: Saudi investigators have recovered assets worth more than $106 billion in an anti-corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the royal court said on Wednesday.

The funds are in the form of property, companies,...

Saudi development program targets $450 billion investment, 1.6 million new jobs

Riyadh, Jan 29: Almost half a trillion dollars of investment and 1.6 million jobs are in the pipeline for Saudi Arabia under an ambitious industrial program launched on Monday in the presence of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A...

Dubai world’s busiest airport; highest passengers Indians

Dubai International (DXB) retained its position as the world's busiest airport for international customer numbers for the fifth consecutive year with annual traffic for 2018 surpassing 89.1 million.

Aside from record traffic numbers, DXB enjoyed a banner year for...

Palestinian PM ready to quit if president Abbas wishes

Ramallah, Jan 28: Palestinian Territories: Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah on Monday offered to resign, his spokesman said, amid efforts by president Mahmud Abbas to form a new government.

Such bids are seen as part of attempts by Abbas...

UAE: New education system, law to care elderly announced

Dubai, Jan 27: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, which discussed the new 'Emirati School' system to be implemented in...

Abu Dhabi gears up to welcome Pope Francis

Dubai: A week before Pope Francis' visit to Abu Dhabi, there's a great anticipation among Catholics here as preparations get underway.

The pontiff’s visit to the UAE capital, a landmark for inter-faith relations between Muslims and Christians, is set...

Property buyers in Abu Dhabi snap up over 200 plots in one day

Abu Dhabi, Jan 21: Abu Dhabi’s largest developer, Aldar Properties, on Sunday said it sold plots worth Dh1.6 billion dirhams in a single day, which it called a sign of improved investor sentiment.

Values and rentals on Abu Dhabi’s...