Middle East News

The World in Transition: The GCC Board Directors Institute Concludes Its 5th Annual Chairman Summit
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: More than 130 chairmen, board directors and senior executives from around the world convened in Riyadh on Wednesday 1st November, 2017 at the 5th Annual Chairman Summit, organized by the GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI) in collaboration with Morgan Stanley. Read Full Story

Iraqi forces recapture last IS-held town
Baghdad [Iraq], November 17 : Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control. Read Full Story

Government Investment and Economic Growth Drive Qatar Cloud Computing Market
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Among the Middle East countries, Qatar's cloud computing market is expected to have the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57 per cent from 2016 through 2021. Read Full Story

Academy Award-Winning Actress Natalie Portman Selected as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate
JERUSALEM: the Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) announced that world-renowned actress, director and social activist Natalie Portman has been selected as the 2018 Genesis Prize Laureate. Read Full Story

A New Step Forward: Cole Haan Unveils New UAE Flagship
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men's and women's footwear and accessories, is excited to announce the unveiling of their newly refurbished flagship store at Dubai Mall, a premier shopping mall in the United Arab Emirates. At approximately 2,283 square feet, this location is the second largest Cole Haan store worldwide. Read Full Story

Muslim cleric welcomes Saudi Arabia's approval of Yoga as sports activity
New Delhi November 15 : Maulana Sajid Rashidi on Wednesday welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision of listing Yoga under sports activities, saying that health should not be related to any particular religion. Read Full Story

Ramdev hails Saudi Arabia for listing Yoga under 'sports activities'
New Delhi , Nov.14 : Lauding the Saudi Arabia's decision of listing Yoga under 'sports activities', Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Tuesday said that the move will break the myth among Muslim community. Read Full Story

Hozpitality.com Now Reaches Out to Over 1 Million Hospitality Professionals From Over 186 Countries
DUBAI, UAE: Hozpitality.com was born in Dubai almost a decade ago and this home grown brand has successfully made its share in the market and is preferred by large, medium and small brands across Dubai, UAE and the Middle East. Hozpitality group is emerging as one of the fastest growing online media company in the Middle East and Asian market. Read Full Story

Faced challenges to teach yoga officially in Saudi, says Yogacharinie Nouf Marwaai
Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], November 14 : In what is being termed as a landmark step, Saudi Arabia has approved teaching of Yoga in the country, claimed Nouf Marwaai, the Yogacharinie who dedicated herself to promote Yoga in the Gulf region. Read Full Story

Saudi crackdown on Islamic extremism backed by Maldivian Democratic Party
Dubai [UAE], November 13 :Maldives' opposition, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), has supported Saudi Arabia in its crackdown on Islamic terrorism. Read Full Story

Major earthquake in Iraq: Six die, injures dozens
Baghdad [Iraq], November 13 : At least six people have been killed after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Iraq, near the Iraq-Iran border. Read Full Story

Iraqi Army helicopter crashes, kills three
Baghdad [Iraq], November 12 : An Iraqi Army helicopter on Sunday crashed, in south of Baghdad, killing three persons. Read Full Story

Dubai Ruler Launches IT Education Initiative to Create One Million Arab Coders
DUBAI, UAE: The Hussain Sajwani - DAMAC Foundation, a joint venture between DAMAC Properties and its Chairman, Mr Hussain Sajwani, has signed a partnership memorandum to support and sponsor the One Million Arab Coders initiative. Read Full Story

Dubai Ruler Launches IT Education Initiative to Create One Million Arab Coders
DUBAI, UAE: Supported by the Hussain Sajwani-DAMAC Foundation, Initiative aims to create a pool of software coders to lead the Arab world into the digital era Read Full Story

Indian expats in Saudi Arabia not affected by fees imposed on dependents: ambassador
Jubail [Saudi Arabia], November 12 : The Indian diaspora in Saudi Arabia has not been affected by the family fees imposed on the dependents of expatriates. Read Full Story

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai Expands Specialist Eye Expertise for Both Patients and Eye Care Professionals in the Region Through Visiting Consultant Team
DUBAI, UAE: 10 years after opening the first overseas branch of Moorfields London hospital in Dubai, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai is putting new emphasis on teaching and research as part of its regional mission, as well as expanding its world class eye care for patient treatment. Read Full Story

Civilians injured in Saudi-led strikes on Yemen capital
Sanaa [Yemen], November 11 : At least three civilians were reportedly injured in Saudi-led air strikes, which hit Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa late Friday. Read Full Story

UAE Cabinet Meets Amid 1.5 Million Titles at Sharjah Book Fair
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates : A lot becomes evident about the cultural values of a nation and the leadership's vision for its people when a mass book fair transforms into a venue for high-level discussions. Read Full Story

UAE, Qatar seek to contribute to NATO's Resolute Support Mission
Brussels [Belgium], Nov.10 : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar are ready to contribute to NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. Read Full Story

201 Saudis detained for corruption
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Nov.10 : Many Saudi citizens have reportedly been taken into custody on charges of corruption. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia detains 201 people in USD 100bn corruption probe
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], November 10 : Saudi Arabia has so far detained 201 people, including prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and dozens of current and former ministers, in corruption probe in the country. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia asks its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately
Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], November 10 : Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens residing in Lebanon to leave the country as soon as possible. Read Full Story

Israeli Cybersecurity Think Tank Team8 Announces New NYC Headquarters at its Annual Rethink Cyber Event at the NASDAQ
TEL AVIV, Israel: Team8, Israel's leading cybersecurity think tank and company creation platform, announced last night at its annual Rethink Cyber event the opening of a New York City hub. Read Full Story

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority Announces the Use of Stadiums by the Masses
WASHINGTON: On October 31st, 2017, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority announced that women will be allowed access to the country's sporting stadiums starting in 2018. Read Full Story

DAFZA Launches First Regional e-Commerce Free Zone Dubai CommerCity
DUBAI, UAE: H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), witnessed the launch of 'Dubai CommerCity,' an AED 2.7-billion, 2.1-million square feet joint venture between DAFZA and Wasl Asset Management Group, in the Umm Ramool area. Read Full Story

DAFZA Launches First Regional e-Commerce Free Zone Dubai CommerCity
DUBAI, UAE: H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), witnessed the launch of 'Dubai CommerCity,' an AED 2.7-billion, 2.1-million square feet joint venture between DAFZA and Wasl Asset Management Group, in the Umm Ramool area. Read Full Story

UAE Property Developer DAMAC Ranks First on Forbes Global 2000 List of Fastest Growing Companies Worldwide
DUBAI, UAE: DAMAC's topping of Forbes list puts UAE on world stage for its leadership in business entrepreneurship and global competitiveness Read Full Story

Sultanate of Oman's Oil and Gas Procurement Platform JSRS Reveals Global Promise at WETEX-17
Dubai, United Arab Emirates : Procurement plays a vital role in the growth and success of any business enterprise or organization. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia to freeze accounts of detained suspects in corruption probe
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], November 6 : Saudi authorities have announced to freeze the bank accounts of suspects detained in corruption probe in the country. Read Full Story

Iraq: Five dead in twin suicide attacks in Kirkuk
Kirkuk [Iraq], November 6 : Twin suicide bombers have struck Iraq's northern city Kirkuk, killing at least five persons and wounding more than 20, the local media reported. Read Full Story

Saudi prince dies in helicopter crash
Asir [Saudi Arabia], November 6 : A Saudi Arabian prince, Mansour bin Muqrin, has been killed, along with seven officials, in a helicopter crash near the country's border with Yemen. Read Full Story

Two lawyers close to Israeli PM detained over submarine scandal
Jerusalem [Israel], November 6 : Two senior lawyers close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were detained for questioning as part of an ongoing corruption probe into the purchase of three submarines from the German conglomerate, ThyssenKrupp. Read Full Story

Ministry of Communications Inks MOU with OneWeb to Bridge Digital Divide in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: In a ceremony witnessed by H.E the Minister Eng. Abdulla Al-Sawaha and Sir Richard Branson, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and OneWeb have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on the development of solutions in 2020 which should help to connect 237,000 homes throughout the country bringing much needed affordable, high-speed, low latency broadband access to those living in rural and remote areas. Read Full Story

New Jewelry Company Honors Healing Power of Christianity's Most Holy Site
JERUSALEM: Holysepulchre.gift is the first online store of its kind to offer beautiful and unique jewelry from the Holy Land - Jewelry that is all connected to one of Christianity's holiest places - The Stone of Anointing in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Read Full Story

Saudi princes including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal arrested in corruption probe
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], November 5 : Eleven princes including prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and dozens of current and former ministers were arrested in Saudi Arabia on Saturday a night after the formation of an anti-corruption committee by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. Read Full Story

Saudi princes, ministers detained in corruption probe
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], November 5 : A new Saudi anti-corruption committee has detained 11 princes, four sitting ministers and dozens of former ministers. Read Full Story

Iran displays missile during anniversary of US Embassy takeover
Tehran [Iran], November 5 : Iran put a ballistic missile on display as thousands marched in Tehran to commemorate the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy that led Washington to cut diplomatic ties with the country. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile near Riyadh
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], November 5 : Saudi Arabia has intercepted a ballistic missile fired from Yemen near the capital, Riyadh. Read Full Story

Chakratec Awarded the Winner of eMove360o Award 2017 for Electric Mobility and Autonomous Driving 2017, Energy Storage category
LOD, Israel: Chakratec, the pioneer in Energy Storage solutions based on a kinetic battery device won the eMove360o Award 2017 for Electric Mobility and Autonomous Driving 2017, Energy Storage category, held at the eMove360° Europe 2017 international trade fair for Mobility in Munich last week. Read Full Story

Members of European Parliament Visit UAE-Jordanian Camp Mrajeeb Al Fhood for Syrian Refugees
Amman, Jordan : The UAE Federal National Council (FNC), the consultative council and UAE parliamentary body, in cooperation with the Emirates Red Crescent, organized a field visit for a delegation of members from the European Parliament (MEPs) of the "EU-UAE Parliamentary Friendship Group" to the UAE-Jordanian Mrajeeb Al Fhood camp for Syrian refugees. Read Full Story

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi Strengthens Events Calendar with Launch of Leisure Events Fund
ABU DHABI, UAE: The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi is launching an incentive scheme to develop content and programme collaboration with the private sector to build on the already established annual calendar of vibrant and diverse events, and drive inbound tourism growth. Read Full Story

Bahrain's CTM360 Receives Innovator Award and Is Included in the Top 100 Arab Start-ups List at Forbes Middle East Innovator Awards
MANAMA, Bahrain: CTM360, a growth-stage cyber security start-up from Bahrain, has received the Innovators Award at the marquee Forbes Middle East Innovators Awards; held at the Oberoi Hotel in Dubai on 1st October 2017. Read Full Story

A New Humanitarian Envoy to Support Refugees Worldwide
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates : In a significant step to bolster their ongoing life-saving relief operations, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), one of the world's leading humanitarian organisations based out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, as its Humanitarian Envoy. Read Full Story

Saudi Crown Prince Says Kingdom Ready To Back Extension Of Oil Output Cut Agreement
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia : Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday reiterated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is ready to support the extension of an oil production cut agreement led by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in order to balance global crude oil supply and demand. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia to allow women attend sporting events inside stadiums
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Oct 30 : Women in Saudi Arabia will be for the first time allowed to attend sporting events inside stadiums, alongside men. Read Full Story

Hyderabad: Arab countries' envoys express solidarity with Palestine
Hyderabad (Telangana), Oct. 29 : Ambassadors of nearly 15 Arab countries on Sunday expressed their solidarity with Palestine during an event to mark Indo-Palestine Solidarity Day in Hyderabad. Read Full Story

Iran will continue to produce missiles for defence purposes: Rouhani
Tehran [Iran], October 29 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Tehran will continue to produce missiles for defence purposes and does not believe it to be a violation of international accords, Al Jazeera reported. Read Full Story

Dubai was lit-up with entertainment and experiences for all to enjoy this Diwali
New Delhi , Oct 26 : Dubai celebrated the 'Festival of Lights' across the city as various shopping malls and entertainment destinations put on an array of festive themed events and activities. Diwali is a time for celebration, family and fun, and Dubai had come alive throughout the month with activities curated especially for India's biggest festival. Read Full Story

Kuwait warns Gulf crisis risks national security
Kuwait City (Kuwait) , Oct 25 : Kuwait's emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah has warned that the Gulf crisis jeopardise national security. Read Full Story

Tillerson pays unannounced visit to Baghdad
Baghdad [Iraq], October 24 : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday paid an unannounced visit to Baghdad, just hours after returning from a similar surprise visit to Afghanistan. Read Full Story

Retailers Get Excited About New StePac Technologies Used in Fresh Produce Packaging
TEFEN, Israel: Market leaders in bulk modified atmosphere packaging solutions for fresh produce, StePac, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Johnson Matthey PLC, has launched a new line of fresh produce packaging solutions specially designed with retailers in mind. Read Full Story

King Abdulaziz University is Ranked No. 1 in the Arab World
DUBAI, UAE: King Abdulaziz University (KAU) bears the name of the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was founded in 1967 as a private institution to address the need for higher education in the Western Region. KAU is a public multi-campus university dedicated to the service of the Western Region and its people. Read Full Story

35 Egyptian policemen killed in shootout with militants
Cairo [Egypt], Oct 21 : At least 35 Egyptian policemen were reportedly killed in a shootout with the militants in Giza. Read Full Story

Iraqi forces takeover Kirkuk province
Baghdad [Iraq], Oct.20 : Iraqi armed forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk. Read Full Story

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Announces Fatimah Baeshen as Official Spokesperson
WASHINGTON: The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC is officially announcing Fatimah Salem A. Baeshen as the embassy's spokesperson. Prior to her appointment, Baeshen held positions with Aon, the Islamic Development Bank, the World Bank, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, the Saudi Ministry of Labor, and the Ministry of Economy and Planning. Read Full Story

Survey Finds Bad Toilets Are Bad for Business
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wisconsin: The condition of toilets in UAE businesses may deter - or attract - customers, according to a recent survey. Read Full Story

Oman hosting Quadrilateral Group meeting on Afghanistan
Muscat [Oman], Oct.16 :The sixth meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group comprising of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States on the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan is being held in Muscat, Oman, today. Read Full Story

Egypt prevents globally acclaimed activist Mohamed Zaree from traveling to attend human rights award ceremony
CAIRO: As the international community gathers to honor Egyptian human rights defender Mohamed Zaree at the Martin Ennals Award ceremony in Geneva on October 10, the Egyptian government has barred him from traveling to attend the ceremony. Read Full Story

Thuraya Joins Hands with Gulfsat in New Partnership
DUBAI, UAE: Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced today the signing of a partnership with satellite communications company, Gulfsat at the ongoing OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessels) event in Kuwait. Read Full Story

Public Investment Fund Launches 'Fund of Funds'
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: The Fund of Funds' objective is to become a catalyst for growth in the Kingdom's small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector Read Full Story


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