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UN chief to visit Kuwait, Israelis and Palestinians

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to the Middle East late Friday to visit Kuwait and meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres’ first stop will be Kuwait. He will meet with the country’s emir Sunday ...

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Qatar Airways flight makes emergency landing in Hyderabad after pilot suffers heart attack

A Qatar Airways flight made an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad in the early hours of Saturday, reported Hindustan Times. The emergency landing was made after one of its pilots ...

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New Saudi budget carrier to commence flights next month

Jeddah(Saudi Arabia): Saudi Arabia’s new budget carrier Flyadeal has said it will start flying next month, as the kingdom seeks to expand air services to boost tourism in a radical overhaul of its oil-dependent economy. Flyadeal, a subsidiary of the ...

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Key changes to Dubai visa health tests

Dubai: Dubai Municipality clinics will stop conducting occupational health and other medical tests for residency visas from Sunday, the civic body announced on Thursday. “Dubai Municipality decided to discontinue receiving any requests related to the new [occupational] health card, the ...

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U.S. fighter pilots in Afghanistan prepare for more air strikes

For the fighter pilots at the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the war should mean escalating an already surging air campaign, and possibly including an unrestrained offensive against the Taliban. The number of ...

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New Qatar law protects domestic workers

Qatar has approved a law limiting domestic staff to a maximum of 10 hours’ work a day, the first such protection for thousands of household maids, nannies and cooks in the emirate. The “Domestic Employment Law” also orders employers to ...

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New visa rules in Saudi Arabia, preference for locals – Repatriation of Indians to start next month

The doors of employment in Saudi Arabia are being closed these days from next month. New visa rules will be implemented in Saudi Arabia. According to the new visa rules, Saudi citizens will get preference in jobs. This will minimize the ...

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Oman will host WHO programme to promote safety of patients

Muscat: Oman will host the launch of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) third Global Patient Safety Challenge, titled ‘Medication Without Harm’, next month. Represented by the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in collaboration with the World Health ...

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Kuwait battles oil spill in the Persian Gulf

The northern Persian Gulf has been hit with a series of major oil spills, affecting Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with an estimated 35,000 barrels of crude in the first incident and an undetermined amount in the second, which followed two ...

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Hajj 2017: Fire in Makkah hotel, over 600 pilgrims evacuated

Riyadh: A fire broke out in a hotel in the Saudi city Makkah on Monday, sparking alarm among Haj pilgrims, an official said on Monday. The hotel in Makkah, where some two million Muslims will perform the 2017 Haj pilgrimage, was evacuated ...

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Over 120,000 illegal pilgrims turned back from Makkah

JEDDAH: Security forces turned back more than 120,000 people who were headed to Makkah without a Hajj permit, and seized 61,600 vehicles, as of Aug. 17. Hajj security forces said they will step up operations with new security and traffic ...

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Demand for Saudi riyals up due to Hajj

JEDDAH: Demand for Saudi riyals has increased at banks, and at local and foreign exchanges, as pilgrims and tourist companies use the currency for their Hajj needs, bankers told Aleqtesadiah newspaper. The most exchanged currency during Hajj is the US ...

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Oman airports bringing in new luggage rules

Muscat: Effective September 1, passengers will no longer be allowed to check in round and irregular shaped luggage items wrapped in blankets, linen or tied with rope at Muscat International, Salalah and Sohar airports. This change is applicable to all ...

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Abu Dhabi warns against behaviour that offends UAE culture, society

The Abu Dhabi Police have issued fresh warning to those indulging in behaviour and actions which are offensive to the culture and tradition of UAE society. The warning comes in the wake of a 6-minute-video showing a young woman and ...

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