Saudi Arabian fund launches $986 mln initiatives to support industrial enterprises

The Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) said on Tuesday it launched initiatives totaling 3.7 billion riyals ($986.40 million) to support private sector industrial enterprises impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The initiatives include deferment and restructuring of loan instalments for small, medium and large enterprises, as well as medical ones. They also include lines of credit to finance operating expenses for up to three months for … Continue reading Saudi Arabian fund launches $986 mln initiatives to support industrial enterprises

UN mission in Libya calls for immediate investigation to uncover fate of Egyptian detainees

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Tuesday it was concerned about the arrest, detention and ill-treatment of a large number of Egyptian nationals in the city of Tarhouna. In videos circulated on social media, 2 days ago, dozens of Egyptian workers appeared while being tortured by GNA militants, who forced them to stand up barefooted on one leg, while their hands … Continue reading UN mission in Libya calls for immediate investigation to uncover fate of Egyptian detainees

Abu Dhabi museums and cultural sites gear up for reopening

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) has issued new safety guidelines ahead of the reopening of museums and cultural sites, a local news agency reported. Facilities will be allowed to operate at a 40 percent capacity and will be required to follow social distancing rules and crowd control measures, as well as having thermal cameras installed at entrances.  “Strict measures will be implemented … Continue reading Abu Dhabi museums and cultural sites gear up for reopening

Qatar Petroleum cuts 800 staff amid coronavirus downturn

Qatar Petroleum (QP), the country’s state oil and gas producer, has fired 800 employees, in a massive restructure of operations, according to a former employee of QP said. The decision to fire 800 employees comes following the coronavirus pandemic and the Saudi/Russia price war. Consequently slashing global demand for petroleum products, rewriting the economic landscape for oil and gas producers. “We had to take the … Continue reading Qatar Petroleum cuts 800 staff amid coronavirus downturn

A message of hope from Palestine

Ramallah-based Zawyeh Gallery is presenting an exhibition in Dubai, titled ‘Palestinian Art: Resilience and Inspiration’. The gallery features creative works by five prominent Palestinian artists — Sliman Mansour, Khaled Hourani, Nabil Anani, Tayseer Barakat and Wafa Hourani whose work has inspired young artists in Palestine and across the region. At a time when protests against racial discrimination are raging across the world, the show draws … Continue reading A message of hope from Palestine

Eid-ul-Adha to be celebrated on July 31, says Fawad Chaudhry

 Eid-ul-Adha will be celebrated on July 31 “as per calendar of the Ministry of Science and Technology”, said federal minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday.  Chaudhry said on Twitter that the moon for the month of Zilhajj will be seen in Karachi and its surrounding areas on July 21. He added that the moon could be sighted with the help of binoculars and in some areas, … Continue reading Eid-ul-Adha to be celebrated on July 31, says Fawad Chaudhry

Nigerian doctors to go on strike

One of the main doctors’ unions in Nigeria says its members will go ahead with a strike on Monday over poor pay and a lack of personal protective equipment for health workers. The Association of Resident Doctors says they will stop providing all services including emergency care and coronavirus treatment. The union’s president, Aliyu Sokomba, said the government had failed to respond to the doctors’ … Continue reading Nigerian doctors to go on strike

Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Tunisia is set to become the first country in North Africa to reopen its borders following the Covid-19 crisis but the nation is, like many others, divided between keeping the economy buoyant against concerns over the possibility of a second wave of the virus. After a three-month lockdown, Tunisia has recorded zero local cases for almost a month and will be the first nation in the … Continue reading Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

Saudi Arabia’s authorities are considering cancelling the Haj season for the first time since the establishment of the Kingdom in 1932 after the number of coronavirus infections exceeded 100,000, a senior official in the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah said. “The case has been carefully studied and various scenarios are being considered. A formal decision will be taken within a week,” the official said. Coronavirus … Continue reading Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

Pakistan hospitals running out of beds, Coronavirus cases exceeds 100,000

Pakistan has recorded more than 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to official health figures released on Monday. As the announcement was made hospitals warned they are running out of beds to treat patients. 4,728 new infections were identified in the last 24 hours, while the death toll reached 2,067 with 65 fresh fatalities, health officials added. Out of the total 103,671 cases, Punjab has … Continue reading Pakistan hospitals running out of beds, Coronavirus cases exceeds 100,000