Middle East News

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], [Sept], 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

WWE LIVE Returns to Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI, UAE: WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced that tickets to WWE LIVE in Abu Dhabi at the Zayed Sports City Tennis Stadium on Thursday, December 7 will be available this Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. GST via PlatinumList.net and UAE Exchange outlets. Ticket prices start as low as AED 250. Read Full Story

Kitov Boosts Ownership in TyrNovo and Oncology Platform Through Exchange of Shares for Stock
TEL AVIV, Israel: Kitov Pharmaceuticals Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: KTOV, TASE: KTOV), ("Kitov" or "the Company") an innovative biopharmaceutical company, announced today the acquisition of an additional 27pc stake in TyrNovo Ltd., a privately- held developer of novel small molecules in the oncology therapeutic field, from unaffiliated minority shareholders. Read Full Story

Christian Friends Flood Jerusalem
JERUSALEM: The Feast of Tabernacles has become a magnet in Jerusalem, drawing tens of thousands of Evangelical Friends of Zion from every continent. They come to express their love for and solidarity with the Jewish people. Read Full Story

Riyadh will not let anyone 'finance terrorism': Saudi FM
Moscow [Russia], Oct 8 : Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said that Riyadh will not let anyone finance terrorism and spread the ideology of hatred. Read Full Story

The Best Places To Work in the Middle East will be Revealed in Early 2018
DUBAI, UAE: An international program that certifies annually employers of choice in GCC / Middle East and provides companies with local and international HR benchmarks for the region. Read Full Story

Saudi royal palace attack: Attacker shot dead, two guards killed
Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], October 8 : The gunman, who opened fire at the al-Salam royal palace in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was killed by palace guards. Read Full Story

Two guards killed in an attack at Saudi royal palace
Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], October 08 : Two royal guards were killed and three were injured when a gunman opened fire at the al-Salam royal palace in Saudi's Jeddah. Read Full Story

Forbes Ranks SP Jain Dubai in the WORLD'S TOP 20 International MBAs 2017
DUBAI, UAE: The latest ranking places SP Jain School of Global Management in the league of top institutions like IMD, INSEAD, IE, Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick and SDA Bocconi. Read Full Story

DEWA Announces the Launch of WETEX 2017 From 23 to 25 October 2017
DUBAI, UAE: The event coincides with the 2nd Dubai Solar Show and the 4th World Green Economy Summit Read Full Story

Mansour bin Zayed Launches Hajj: Memories of a Journey Exhibition
ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, launched the "Hajj: Memories of a Journey" exhibition, organised by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre, SZGMC. Read Full Story

More Than 1.5 Million Titles and 2,600 Events at Sharjah International Book Fair 2017
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates : More than 1.5 million titles and 1,650 publishing houses from 60 countries will be taking part at the 36th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), which takes place from November 1-11. Held in Sharjah - the third largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - the theme of this year's 11-day celebration of literature, knowledge and culture is: 'A World inside My Book.' Read Full Story

LC Waikiki Announces Autumn-Winter Collection to Accompany City Rhythm
ISTANBUL: LC Waikiki has announced its 2017-2018 Fall-Winter Collection that aims to embody what nature brings to city life. It will present the season's fashion trends, incorporating comfort with stylish details. Read Full Story

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA): Dubai to Host Largest International Congress on Water Desalination
DUBAI, UAE: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that Dubai will host the International Desalination Association's 2019 World Congress on water Desalination. Previously, the congress was held in Dubai in 2009. Read Full Story

Iraq forces recapture Hawija from ISIS
Baghdad [Iraq], October 5 : The Iraqi Army has announced that it captured the town of Hawija and the surrounding area from the Islamic State (ISIS). Read Full Story

Iraqi Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani dies
Baghdad [Iraq], Oct 3 : Jalal Talabani,the Kurdish leader and the first president of Iraq under its postwar Constitution, has passed away in hospital in Berlin, Germany, at the age of 83. Read Full Story

Palestine cabinet pledges to end split with Hamas
Gaza [Palestine], Oct.3 : Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has pledged to end a decade-long split between the Islamist Hamas Movement of Gaza and his West Bank-based government during a cabinet meeting in Gaza, which was held for the first time since 2014. Read Full Story

Suicide bombings kill 17 in Syrian capital
Damascus [Syria], October 3 : At least 17 people were killed after two suicide bombers attacked a police station in Syrian capital Damascus on Monday. Read Full Story

Turkey to provide university scholarships to 53 Rohingya Muslim students
Ankara [Turkey], October 3 : The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Hakan Cavusoglu, has announced that the country will provide university scholarship to 53 Rohingya Muslim students. Read Full Story

Israel denies involvement in Iraqi Kurdistan referendum
Tel Aviv [Israel], October 2 : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rebuffed the claims by the Turkish Government of Israeli involvement in the Kurdish referendum in Iraq. Read Full Story

Syria: 3,000 killed in deadliest month, September, of 2017
Deir Ezzor [Syria], October 2 : The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor has said that Syria's war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, the deadliest month of the conflict this year. Read Full Story

Turkish jets hit Kurdistan Workers' Party arms dumps in Iraq
Baghdad [Iraq], Oct 1 : The Turkish military on Saturday conducted airstrikes on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) bases in northern Iraq and destroyed arms depots and shelters. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabian university to open first women driving school in Riyadh
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Oct 1 : Saudi Arabia's Princess Nourah University will open a driving school for women after a ban was lifted on women driving in the country. Read Full Story

Erbil urges Baghdad, U.N. to lift air embargo
Baghdad [Iraq], October 1 : Northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has called on the United Nations and the federal government in Baghdad to lift an air embargo imposed on the region following this week's controversial independence referendum. Read Full Story

New clause on Saudi marriage contracts post royal decree allowing women to drive
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], October 1 : Marriage contracts in Saudi Arabia are expected to see an additional clause included after women in the Kingdom were granted the right to drive. Read Full Story

Iran may abandon nuclear agreement if U.S. withdraws from deal
Tehran [Iran], October 1 : Iran may abandon the nuclear deal it reached with six major powers if the United States decides to withdraw from it. Read Full Story

Emir of Kuwait commutes death sentence of 15 Indian nationals
New Delhi , Sept 30 : Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has commuted the death sentences given to 15 Indians lodged in a Kuwaiti jail to life imprisonment. Read Full Story

Flight ban imposed on Kurdistan by Iraq goes into effect
Baghdad [Iraq], September 30 : In reaction to the unilateral vote on independence held on Monday, a flight ban on Iraq's Kurdistan, imposed by the government in Baghdad, has gone into effect at the autonomous region's airports. Read Full Story

Al Salem Johnson Controls (YORK)... Save Your Energy for Your Country
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Today marks the 87th anniversary of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This day provides an opportunity to think about ways to give back to the nation, and there are many ways to give back to one's country. Read Full Story

Kurds vote in favour of independence from Iraq
Irbil [Iraq], September 28 : Iraqi Kurds have voted overwhelmingly in favour of declaring independence from Iraq in a historic referendum. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia allows women to drive
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], September 27 : Saudi Arabia is all set to end the law, which made the Gulf nation the only country in the world to forbid female drivers, allowing women to drive. Read Full Story

Dubai to Get Solar Power Day and Night Without Subsidy at Lower Cost than Gas-fired Electricity
JOHANNESBURG: An ACWA Power led consortium has been awarded the fourth phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, by far the largest single-site CSP plant in the world, which will provide reliable and dispatchable electricity to the emirate during the day and throughout the night just as a fossil fuel power plant does. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia Marks 87th National Day With Series of Concerts, Plays and Entertainment Events
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia : Saudi National Day celebrations continue apace through the holiday weekend, with a series of spectacular entertainment events across the Kingdom highlighting the country's achievements. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170924005034/en/ Read Full Story

World's 'heaviest woman' Eman Ahmed dies in Abu Dhabi
New Delhi , September 25 : Eman Ahmed, who was once titled as 'the world's heaviest woman', passed away in Abu Dhabi on Monday in Burjeel Hospital. Read Full Story

Baghdad orders Kurdish region to hand over borders, ports ahead of referendum
Baghdad [Iraq], Sep 25 : Hours before the Kurds get ready to carry out a controversial referendum, Iraq's central government in Baghdad ordered the country's Kurdish region to hand over all border crossings and airports to federal government control late Sunday night, according to a local media report. Read Full Story

GEA Celebrates the 87th Saudi National Day With 27 Events in 17 Cities Across Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, September 24, 2017 : As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is getting ready to celebrate the 87th Saudi National Day, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced that exciting preparations are underway to unveil 27 diverse festivities across 17 cities within the Kingdom, marking outstanding celebrations season for the National Day. Read Full Story

GEA Celebrates the 87th Saudi National Day With 27 Events in 17 Cities Across Saudi Arabia
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, September 24, 2017 : As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is getting ready to celebrate the 87th Saudi National Day, the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has announced that exciting preparations are underway to unveil 27 diverse festivities across 17 cities within the Kingdom, marking outstanding celebrations season for the National Day. Read Full Story

Trump criticises Iran over its recent ballistic missile test
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], Sept. 24 : US President Donald Trump criticized Iran over its recent ballistic missile test on Saturday and said that the Washington doesn't have much of an agreement after Tehran test-fired a missile. Read Full Story

Finalists Announced for the 3rd Middle East Hozpitality Excellence Awards in Dubai
DUBAI, UAE, September 22, 2017 : After receiving 49,000 votes for the first round of voting for the Popular Choice Awards in Middle East, the finalists were announced over the weekend. Read Full Story

Israeli jets hit weapons depot near Damascus airport
Damascus [Syria], September 22 :Israeli aircrafts has reportedly fired missiles at a weapons depot near the international airport in Damascus, in the third such attack by the Israeli military on targets associated with the Lebanese group Hezbollah, on Friday Read Full Story

Metin Mitchell and Company: Saudi Women Keen to see Kingdom Achieve Vision 2030
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2017 : A new report by executive search firm Metin Mitchell and Co highlights the confidence that Saudi women feel about their working futures and what needs to be done to increase the number of women in the workplace. This is a critical part of helping the Kingdom to achieve its transformational Vision 2030. Read Full Story

Kanoo Machinery Displays Latest Innovations for Warehousing and Storage at Materials Handling Show
DUBAI, UAE, September 18, 2017 : Kanoo Machinery highlighted its atest technologies that solve key challenges in today's warehousing and storage needs through improved productivity, efficiency, safety and cost effectiveness, at the 9th edition of Materials Handling Middle East, held on September 11-13, 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Read Full Story

Kuwait to expel North Korean diplomats, stops issuing visas
Pyongyang [North Korea], September 17 : Kuwait has decided to expel North Korea's diplomatic staff, including the ambassador, from the oil-rich country. Read Full Story

Ready to hand over Gaza to Palestinian President: Hamas
Cairo [Egypt], September 17 : The Palestinian movement Hamas on Sunday announced to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and allow the consensus government of President Mahmoud Abbas to govern in its place and hold general elections. Read Full Story

Holborn Assets Embarks on Fundraising Rally for Refugee Children
DUBAI, UAE, September 16, 2017 : Holborn Assets, a leading financial services organisation, has joined forces with Emirates Red Crescent in an effort to provide a wide range of school supplies for Syrian and Yemeni refugee children. Read Full Story

Holborn Assets Embarks on Fundraising Rally for Refugee Children
DUBAI, UAE, September 16, 2017 : Holborn Assets, a leading financial services organisation, has joined forces with Emirates Red Crescent in an effort to provide a wide range of school supplies for Syrian and Yemeni refugee children. Read Full Story

Iran possesses bomb which dwarfs US' 'MOAB'
Tehran [Iran], September 16 : A top Iranian commander on Saturday announced that Iran possesses domestically-made 10-ton bomb father of all bombs that dwarfs the most powerful non-nuclear weapon of the United States, the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), also known as the mother of all bombs. Read Full Story

U.S.to extend Iran sanctions relief under Nuclear Deal
Washington D C [U.S.A], September 15 : The U.S. State Department announced on Thursday that as of now Trump administration has decided to extend sanctions relief for Iran under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) but the deadline for United States President Donald Trump's decision is mid-October. Read Full Story

50 killed, 80 injured in ISIS-claimed twin attacks in Iraq
Baghdad [Iraq], September 14 :At least 50 people were killed, including some Iranian pilgrims, and over 80 more got injured, when the Islamic State jihadists carried out twin attacks in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. Read Full Story

One killed, eight injured in Baghdad blast
Baghdad [Iraq] Sept 14 : A civilian was killed and eight others were injured in a bomb blast in southeastern Baghdad on Wednesday. Read Full Story

Sicuro People, Corporate Traveller Tracking Solution
DUBAI, UAE, September 13, 2017 : Sicuro has recently launched its new personal tracking app solution with intelligent safety and smart reporting features. The app has no battery drain and minimal effect on data usage, making it ideal for busy corporate travellers. Read Full Story

Saudi Arabia foils ISIS attempt to attack defense ministry
Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) September 12 : Saudi Arabia has foiled attempts by ISIS militants to attack the defense ministry and arrested two Yemeni nationals for plotting attacks. Read Full Story

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