• News
    Kuwait Times

    Indians advised against traveling to Kuwait via UAE

    ABU DHABI: The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has advised nationals not to attempt to travel via the United Arab Emirates in order to reach Kuwait or Saudi Arabia. In a notice posted on Twitter on Monday, the Indian government in the UAE warned: “Due to COVID-related restrictions on incoming passengers, currently it is not possible for Indian nationals to transit via Dubai and Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait,” the tweet from India in UAE account @IndembAbuDhabi reads.

  • Politics
    Al Jazeera

    Iran: Armed forces member involved in nuclear scientist's killing

    Tehran, Iran – A member of Iran’s armed forces was involved in the November assassination of the country’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, according to the intelligence ministry. Martyr Fakhrizadeh was a member of the armed forces and the person who carried out the first preparations for the assassination was also a member of the armed forces,” Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said in an interview with state television on Monday without elaborating.

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    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: Dubai fines home party organizer $13k, partygoers $4k for breaking COVID-19 rules

    Dubai authorities have issued a fine of 50,000aed ($13,000) to the organizer of a private home party, while each partygoer was fined 15,000aed ($4,000) for violating COVID-19 precautionary measures, the Dubai Media Office announced on Tuesday. Read the latest updates in our dedicated coronavirus section. Dubai Police, in cooperation with Dubai Tourism, issues fines of AED50,000 to the organizer and AED15,000 for every participant in a home private party for violating social distancing & COVID-19...

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Iran may pursue nuclear weapon, intel minister warns West

    LONDON: The UAE has been added to a British list of countries with additional travel restrictions designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. The UK government on Tuesday announced the measures following growing concerns that imported variants of COVID-19 could be resistant to the country’s main vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Downing Street is expected to introduce mandatory hotel quarantines for 33 countries on the list, which includes the UAE.

  • Lifestyle
    Arabian Business

    'The virus doesn't treat people differently just because they can fly to Dubai for the weekend'

    The UK's Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, on Tuesday focused in on Dubai holidaymakers as he announced tougher border measures in England to tackle new variants of coronavirus. Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock said UK and Irish residents arriving into England from "red list" countries such as the UAE must book a place in hotel quarantine before travelling.

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    WHO team: Coronavirus unlikely to have leaked from China lab

    The coronavirus is unlikely to have leaked from a Chinese lab and is more likely to have jumped to humans from an animal, a World Health Organization team has concluded, an expert said Tuesday as the group wrapped up a visit to explore the origins of the virus. The Wuhan Institute of Virology in central China has collected extensive virus samples, leading to allegations that it may have caused the original outbreak by leaking the virus into the surrounding community.

  • Lifestyle
    Egypt Independent

    How Dubai is paying the price for letting in tourists

    It’s sunny, you can go out to eat, and that’s why people get furious over why they have to stay home when other people are enjoying their lives. With a recent UK travel ban effectively cutting off what had in recent weeks become the world’s busiest airplane route, Dubai’s openness is clearly facing external challenges — an issue that’s helped prompt a rethink of Covid-19 measures.

  • Science
    Al Arabiya English

    UAE government: Hope Probe: UAE visitors to receive 'Martian Ink' passport stamp upon arrival

    United Arab Emirates visitors will receive a “Martian Ink” passport stamp upon their arrival in the country’s airports on February 9, in honor of the Hope Probe’s expected arrival at Mars, according to a statement. For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app. The stamp, which reads, “You’ve arrived in the Emirates.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Dubai identifies culprits behind leaked government documents, warns of legal action

    The government of Dubai identified individuals who leaked classified and confidential government documents, Dubai Media Office announced on Tuesday. The emirate’s Executive Council stated that the individuals leaked the classified documents via messaging apps and social media platforms. In a tweet carried by the Dubai Media Office, the council warned: “This act is a crime as per the Emirate’s laws and will result in legal action.

  • Science
    Arabian Business

    UAE visitors to receive 'Martian Ink' passport stamp upon arrival

    Visitors arriving at UAE airports will receive a Martian stamp on their passports in commemoration to the Hope Probe’s historic arrival to Mars on Tuesday. An emblem of the country’s ambition, the stamp – produced by the UAE Government Media Office in collaboration with Dubai Airports – comes with a special message reading: “You’ve arrived in the Emirates. The Emirates is arriving at Mars on 09.02.2021.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Pakistan struggling to repay China Belt and Road loan, to seek debt relief

    Pakistan plans to ask China for relief on payments for power projects Beijing financed over the past eight years, the latest developing nation that’s struggling to repay debt under President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative. In informal talks, Pakistan and China have discussed easing terms on the repayment of debt on about a dozen power plants, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who said Islamabad hasn’t made a formal request yet.

  • Science
    Al Arabiya English

    Hope Probe: Arab landmarks turn red across the Middle East to celebrate UAE's mission

    Expected to make history today, the UAE’s Hope Probe orbiter will arrive at Mars. Throughout the week, Arab landmarks across the world will be light up red in honor of the UAE's achievement, and celebrate a milestone for Arabian history. In July 2020, the United States, China and the UAE sent spacecraft to Mars, with the UAE’s the first of the three to reach the planet.

  • Entertainment
    Al Arabiya English

    Saudi Vision 2030: Saudi Crown Prince announces 4 new laws to reform Kingdom's judicial institutions

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced on Monday four new laws to reform the Kingdom’s judicial institutions and efforts toward improving the “legislative environment” in the Kingdom, according to an official announcement. The four new laws include the Personal Status Law, the Civil Transactions Law, the Penal Code for Discretionary Sentences, and the Law of Evidence.

  • Science
    Al Arabiya English

    UAE government: Indian scientist conveys best wishes for success of Hope Probe, UAE's maiden mission

    If the Hope Probe successfully reaches Mars, the UAE will become the fifth member of that elite club. Umamaheswaran added that the Hope Probe’s success “will expand the global team that can coordinate and jointly plan future missions to Mars. It is an exciting opportunity as the UAE’s Hope mission approaches Mars for an orbit injection.

  • News
    Al Jazeera

    Flood kills dozens in Morocco underground factory

    At least 24 people have been killed after heavy rain caused a flood in an illegal underground textile workshop in a private house in Morocco, the state news agency reported. Rescue workers recovered 24 bodies from the Tangier property and rescued 10 survivors who were taken to hospital, the MAP agency said on Monday, citing local authorities.

  • Health
    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: In Dubai's COVID vaccine scramble, Sikhs serve doses to all

    It can be a lifeline in Dubai, where millions of low-paid workers from Asia, Africa and elsewhere power the service-heavy economy. But over the past few days, the Sikhs of Dubai have traded their spiced rice and dal for what has become a coveted prize: 5,000 shots of the Chinese-made vaccine offered to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    COVID-19 vaccines as 'biological warfare' in Middle East?

    Aid and human rights organizations say they fear that the COVID-19 vaccine could become a tool for governments, rebel groups and other fighters involved in conflicts in the Middle East to advance their own goals. Using vaccines this way “is a form of indirect, passive biological warfare,” Annie Sparrow, a public health expert at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York, told DW. It has happened before and it has been very deliberate, Sparrow said.

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    Blinken stops short of endorsing Trump recognition of Golan Heights as Israel

    Former President Donald Trump officially granted US recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory in 2019 – a dramatic shift from decades of US policy. Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in 1981 in a move that is not recognized internationally. As a practical matter, the control of the Golan in that situation I think remains of real importance to Israel’s security,” Blinken told CNN.

  • Health
    Arab News

    Oman extends border closure due to 'alarming' surge in COVID-19 cases

    RIYADH: Oman’s borders will be closed “until further notice” due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, local daily Times of Oman reported on Sunday. The Supreme Committee tasked with tackling the COVID-19 pandemic said the increase in cases was “alarming,” the report said. The announcement came after the committee studied a report produced by a technical team who specialised in the spread of the virus and its different variants.

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    Egypt Independent

    Three Saudi youths get prison sentence instead of death

    Three young Saudi men who faced death sentences for acts they were accused of committing as minors have been handed a 10-year prison sentence instead, the Saudi Human Rights Commission said. Ali al-Nimr, Dawood al-Marhoun and Abdullah al-Zaher, youth from Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority, were detained separately on charges stemming from their participation in anti-government Shiite protests over discrimination that rocked the country’s eastern province in 2011-2012.