Middle East

Dubai, Feb 20: A gang of women robbed Dh280,000 from a non-resident Indian in Dubai after he was lured into a fake massage parlour, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard. According to records, the 33-year-old Indian victim saw an offer for a massage session for Dh200 with pictures of beautiful girls promoting it. He contacted the number provided and went as directed to an apartment in the Al

Dubai, Feb 20: Authorities in the UAE are leaving nothing to chance when it comes to Covid-19 safety. Despite opening up almost all sectors gradually over the past year, authorities continued their safety inspection checks to ensure that all precautionary measures are followed. However, daily inspection reports have shown an increase in the number of establishments breaking Covid safety rules

New Delhi, Feb 18: The government of India has issued a new set of guidelines for international travellers coming from or after transiting through flights originating from United Kingdom, Europe and Middle East. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare devised the new regulations which supersedes the protocols listed on August 2020, the

Dubai, Feb 16: Wealth of millionaires and billionaires in the UAE increased by $45 billion (Dh165.15 billion) in the second half of 2020 despite Covid-19 pandemic taking toll of its economy. Data from the New World Wealth showed that the wealth of high net worth individuals grew from $825 billion ($3 trillion) from June 2020 to $870 billion ($3.2 trillion) by the end of December 2020. The UAE

Dhahran: Alfanar and Aramco have agreed to build sustainable cooperation by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which covers various initiatives‏ ‏that are aimed to augment localization, innovation, digitization, and sustainability in Saudi Arabia. The initiatives are in line with the In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) flagship program that Aramco launched to support economic development

Riyadh, Feb 14: A Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group in Yemen said it destroyed two explosives fired into Saudi Arabia on Sunday afternoon in an attack by the Iran-aligned Houthis. A spokesman for the coalition said the drones had been fired by the Houthis towards civilian targets in Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia, close to Abha. A military spokesman for the Houthi group said

Riyadh, Feb 14: Saudi Arabia has decided to extend COVID-19 restrictions for another 20 days starting Sunday night on gatherings, events, entertainment activities and dining services, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Sunday citing an official source at the Interior Ministry. The move, which will be effective from 10 p.m. on Sunday (Feb.14), has been taken as part of efforts to curb the spread

Riyadh, Feb 14: Thirteen more mosques across Saudi Arabia have been shut temporarily as Covid cases continued to increase. According to the kingdom's Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, 57 mosques have been shut over the past six days because of confirmed Covid cases. The latest closures happened in Riyadh after cases were reported among worshippers. Arab News reported that Imams of

Manama, Feb 14: Infectious Disease Consultant and Microbiologist at the BDF Hospital and member of the National Medical Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (Covid-19), Dr. Lt. Col. Manaf Al Qahtani, highlighted the importance of taking extra precautions in light of the prevalence of a variant Covid-19 strain, more highly transmittable than the original Covid-19 strain. Dr. Al Qahtani noted

Dubai, Feb 13: International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reiterated that Oman is planning to introduce income tax on high income earners as part of its medium-term fiscal balance plan. The Fund welcomed the fiscal balance plan and said introducing value-added tax (VAT) in 2021, a personal income tax on high-income earners being developed, and full-year impact of the expansion of the excise tax base in