Why rebuilding trust with travellers is key to reviving the hospitality sector

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitality operators have a strong opportunity to deliver an unmatched experience to customers

Central Banks want digital currencies that don’t nudge out cash

Digital money will have to co-exist with cash and other forms of tender

Covid-19 update: UAE records highest daily spike in infections with 1,578 new cases

The second highest daily rise was reported on October 17 and 21

A quarter of firms in MEA face dire cybersecurity skills gap

Survey by Sophos reveals the impact of ransomware on organisations

GCC countries see sharp spike in financial malware in H1 2020: report

UAE sees 42.5% increase in financial malware in the first half of the year

Dubai’s Emirates to operate A380 to Amman from November 4

Customers can fly the Emirates A380 from Dubai to Amman thrice a week

Radisson hotel group launches new brand; signs 10 new hotels across EMEA in Q3 2020

The new signings build on the 15 hotel signings which were announced in Q2 2020

JLT Dubai

Bull&Roo to open new 3-level F&B concept in Dubai’s JLT

The new retail and F&B concept will open in Jumeirah Lakes Towers Central Park by Q2 2021

UAE telco Etisalat reports 6% rise in net profit for Q3 2020

Etisalat’s consolidated revenue for Q3 2020 amounted to Dhs13bn

Tabreed

UAE’s Tabreed issues new $500m 7-year bond

The bond has been rated Baa3 by Moody’s and BBB by Fitch

Saudi tycoons expand fortune as grocery chain soars after IPO

Members of the family own a 67 per cent stake worth about $2.2bn in BinDawood Holding Co

Saudi Arabia Riyadh

Saudi Arabia lays out ambitious national AI strategy

Saudi Arabia lays out ambitious national AI strategy

Finastra annual hackathon now open to MENA developers

Prizes include access to Finastra’s FusionStore app marketplace

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE registers 1,538 cases; 451 infections confirmed in Oman

The death toll in the UAE has risen to 472

Habtoor Hotel Dubai Kosher Food Elli's

Al Habtoor hotels offer 24×7 kosher in-room dining in Dubai

Guests will be able to order from an OU Certified Kosher Room Service Menu throughout the day

Abu Dhabi department of energy updates list of violations, fines for licensed entities

The updated roster has over 70 violations with fines ranging from Dhs2,000 through to Dhs10m

Fitbit pledges support for Dubai Fitness Challenge

Fitbit returns as Official Health and Wellness Partner for DFC for the second year

Emirates NBD

Dubai’s Emirates NBD records 55% net profit dip for first nine months of 2020

Total income for the first nine months of 2020 amounted to Dhs18.27bn

Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub Dubai South

Private jet movement at VIP Terminal in Dubai South up 93% y-on-y in Q3 2020

Aviation represents over 25 per cent of Dubai’s GDP

Kuwait parliament assembly

Kuwait’s parliament passes law to cut expat numbers

The law does not include the previously proposed quota system for expat nationalities

Abu Dhabi investment firm to form digital bank with $545m capital

First Abu Dhabi Bank will own 10 per cent of the digital bank

UAE Israel

UAE delegation led by Obaid Humaid Al Tayer signs landmark agreements with Israel

The UAE, US and Israel also established a $3bn Abraham Fund to help stimulate private sector-led investments across the region

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 1,077 cases; 886 infections confirmed in Kuwait

The death toll in the UAE has risen to 470

Bridging the cybersecurity skills gap with in-house training

Three-fifths of firms struggle with recruiting, hiring, and retaining cybersecurity talent

Jones Food Company

Why the GCC and Britain are collaborating for food security

The GCC states have launched agritech programmes and are working to facilitate global agribusiness trade and diversify international food sources

Dubai Land Department fines 10 real estate companies, warns 30 for non-compliance with advertising laws

Each fine starts at Dhs50,000, and may escalate leading to cancellation of the licence of the violating real estate company

ISRAEL-UAE-DIPLOMACY

UAE, Israel agree on bilateral visa-free travel

Emirati citizens will become the first in the Arab world to not require Israeli entry visas

Ibrahim Al Abed

Founder of UAE’s state news agency WAM, Ibrahim Al Abed, dies

He was a prominent figure within the country’s media industry

STC to deploy Thales eSIM technology in Saudi Arabia

The National eSIM Platform will be deployed at the STC data centre for use by all operators

Emirates

Dubai’s Emirates expands reach to 45 more destinations via interline agreement with Airlink

Emirates customers will now have access to 25 domestic destinations in South Africa and over 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa