Saudi Arabia announces 39 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announced 39 more deaths from the novel coronavirus and 4,919 new cases on Wednesday. Nearly half of new cases were recorded in Riyadh with 2,371 new cases announced. Makkah recorded 282 new cases, Jeddah recorded 279, Hufof 273 and Madinah 156. The health ministry added that 2,122 more people have recovered from the virus, taking the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom … Continue reading Saudi Arabia announces 39 more COVID-19 deaths

Disposable brides

Here is what the Holy Quran says about marriage, in Surah 30: “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy.” Note the following words: tranquility, affection, and mercy. Unfortunately, these often fall on deaf ears. Far too often, brides from Pakistan are treated as a … Continue reading Disposable brides

UAE ‘clearly against’ Israeli annexation

The United Arab Emirates is “clearly against any annexation as being proposed by the current Israeli government,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash told the leading US Jewish organization on Tuesday. “The UAE today is part-and-parcel of the Arab consensus that basically looks at the solution [to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] as a two-state solution,” Gargash said during the American Jewish Committee’s virtual … Continue reading UAE ‘clearly against’ Israeli annexation

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