How brands can step up their presence on Instagram

Three steps to help you boost your brand discoverability on the social media platform

UAE adds another country to its ‘safe travel corridor’ for vaccinated people

Citizens and residents will be required to show documentation that they have received the last dose of a Covid-19 vaccine

Elon Musk’s bitcoin concerns sink crypto-linked stocks

Bitcoin plunged as much as 15 per cent, sinking to as low as $46,045, before trimming the decline

Claudio Esposito-Aiardo Carasti

The SME Story: Claudio Esposito-Aiardo, co-founder and CEO of Carasti

Dubai-headquartered car subscription startup, Carasti, recently secured $3m in funding

Abu Dhabi’s Aldar considering more deals in Egypt real estate

The developer may invest between $1bn to $1.5bn in the next 12- to 18 months on acquisitions abroad and at home

Israel-Gaza conflict intensifies as global diplomatic efforts continue

The US dispatched an envoy to the region and Egypt and Qatar sought to help broker a truce

UAE and Serbia set up quarantine-free travel corridor for fully vaccinated people

Citizens and expatriate residents who want to benefit from the exemption will need to show evidence confirming they have received the last shot of the Covid-19 vaccine

Airbus revives plan to build A321 where its A380 jumbo jet was made

The assembly line in Toulouse should be operational by the end of 2022

Faris Mesmar Co-founder and managing partner, hatch & boost

The SME Story: Faris Mesmar, co-founder and managing partner of hatch & boost

Hatch & Boost is an Abu Dhabi-based venture builder dedicated to hatching startup ideas and boosting them into scalable ventures in the Middle East

Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC Distribution to join MSCI emerging markets index on May 27

The fuel retailer will now be among nine UAE-listed companies to be part of the index

Dubai skyline

Dubai to host 72nd International Astronautical Congress in October

The UAE is the first Arab country ever to host the event which is the world’s largest space conference

Vox Cinemas reopens Snow Cinema at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates

Tickets will include admission and are accompanied by a food and beverage package that consists of a signature hot chocolate and popcorn

UAE to host emergency meeting with Arab leaders over Jerusalem

The latest bout of fighting appeared to be the most serious escalation since a 2014 war in Gaza

UAE Covid-19 vaccine

UAE declares eligibility criteria for Covid-19 vaccine exemptions

Exemption certificates will be issued by accredited health centres, clinics and hospitals in the country

Kuwait

Kuwait to lift partial curfew for Eid; indefinitely bars entry from four countries

Kuwait’s DGCA has suspended direct commercial flights from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Nour Sleiman, co-founder and CMO of Cartlow

The SME Story: Nour Sleiman, co-founder and CMO of Cartlow

Cartlow is a re-commerce initiative that offers like-new pre-owned, refurbished, open-box and clearance products, tested and certified by experts

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Oman Italy Ukraine

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi to begin flights to Oman, Italy and Ukraine

Its network has expanded to 22 destinations, with more expected to be added over the coming months

Emaar properties Dubai

Dubai’s Emaar Properties reports $1.93bn property sales in Q1 2021, up 83% y-on-y

Its net profit increased 8 per cent from $166m in Q1 2020 to $179m in Q1 2021

Dubai Economy

Dubai business growth back to pre-covid path – report

The private sector, excluding oil, grew for a fifth-straight month in April, according to IHS Markit

Saudi Arabia Quarantine

Saudi Arabia introduces 7-day paid institutional quarantine for unvaccinated arrivals

The cost of the quarantine will be included in the ticket prices, with airlines responsible for arranging the accommodation

Under Armour opens largest store in the Middle East in Dubai Mall

It will feature a 3D foot scanner, an in-store MapMyRun App, an Under Armour Chill Out lounge, and access to exclusive brands and apparel

etihad home check-in

Etihad introduces home check-in packages for customers in Abu Dhabi

Passengers can also book their Covid-19 PCR tests through the airline’s medical partner, LifeDx, as part of the home check-in package

OPPO X 2021

OPPO X 2021 rollable concept mobile showcased in the UAE

It features a continuously variable OLED display that measures 6.7 inches when retracted and 7.4 inches when fully expanded

Covid-19 update: UAE reports 1,507 cases, 2 deaths

The nationwide case count stands at 537,524

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to feature special light and fountain show during Eid

The show will debut Mohamed Al Ahmed, Emirati composer and director

UAE: All federal government employees to return to work

Female employees with children enrolled in distance learning will be exempted until the end of the current school year

UAE suspends entry of travellers from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka

The directive is effective starting May 12, 2021, at 11.59pm

Dubai’s DHA to close vaccination centres during Eid holidays

Private and public sector employees have been given a holiday break from Ramadan 29 until Shawwal 3

Dubai shares gain amid property recovery optimism

The Dubai Financial Market General Index jumped 0.8 per cent as Emaar advanced as much as 2.8 per cent

Expo 2020 international participants meet in Dubai to discuss event preparedness

Over 173 delegates from 190 participating countries assembled for the final International Participants Meeting before the start of the Expo in October