Middle East

Abu Dhabi, Mar 8: Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) today issued the updated list of 'Green List' destinations. Passengers arriving from these destinations will be exempt from mandatory quarantine measures after landing in Abu Dhabi and will only be required to undergo PCR testing upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport. The three countries that have been added include Kazakhstan

Riyadh, Mar 7: The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said on Sunday that it destroyed 10 armed drones launched by the Houthi movement, including at least five fired towards Saudi Arabia, state television channels reported. The coalition did not specify locations in the kingdom but said the drones were aimed at 'civilian sites'. On Saturday, the coalition said it intercepted seven drones over 24

Bagdad, Mar 6: Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the top religious authority for most Shia Muslims, hosted the head of the world’s Catholics, Pope Francis, on Saturday in the shrine city of Najaf. Sistani, 90, almost never holds meetings but made an exception for 84-year-old Francis, who is making the first-ever papal trip to Iraq to encourage dwindling Christians and extend his hand to Shia

Abu Dhabi, Mar 6: Cinemas in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will resume operations with limited capacity, local authorities announced on Saturday. Cinema halls can function at 30 per cent capacity while following all precautionary measures including wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and regular sanitizing, the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee said. Following the latest

New Delhi, Mar 5: International oil prices rose after Opec and its allies ignored India's plea to ease production control, with Saudi Arabia asking New Delhi to instead use oil it bought at rock bottom rates last year. Brent crude, the most widely used benchmark, on Friday rose nearly 1 per cent to $67.44 a barrel after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its allies, a

Washington, Mar 4: The White House warned that the US may consider a military response to the rocket attack on Wednesday that hit an air base in western Iraq where American and coalition troops are housed, raising concerns this could trigger a new round of escalating violence. A US contractor died after at least 10 rockets slammed into the base. And while no group claimed responsibility, it was

Tel Aviv, Mar 1: The first United Arab Emirates ambassador to Israel arrived there on Monday pledging to build up new bilateral relations and officials said he would scout for an embassy location in the Tel Aviv area. I arrived today in Tel Aviv as the first UAE Ambassador to the State of Israel and met with HE @Gabi_Ashkenazi, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, to discuss growing bilateral

Dubai, Feb 28: Parents and educators have welcomed the changes made by education authorities to the minimum age for admissions of school students, but these amendments haven't come without concerns for all stakeholders. The age requirements will change for new students enrolling in FS1, FS2, Year 1 and Year 2 (Pre-KG, KG1 and Grade 1 respectively), according to the UAE’s MoE, resolution no. (24)

Dubai, Feb 28: The Gulf states rallied behind Saudi Arabia regarding the report submitted to the US Congress on journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death and backed its statement on the issue. The Saudi foreign ministry in a statement rejected the “‘negative, false and unacceptable”’ assessment by the United States on the Kingdom’s leadership, and called it “‘inaccurate information and conclusions”’. The

Dubai, Feb 27: A 15-year-old Indian girl, who was reported missing earlier in the week, has been found hiding in the terrace of her home here after her parents scolded her for poor grades in school, according to a media report. 'HK' was reported missing following her morning walk in Dubai on Thursday morning, the Gulf News reported. The girl was hiding on the roof of her house in Umm Suqiem, Dubai