Saudi Arabia plans human trial of China’s CanSino Virus vaccine

The vaccine has produced an immune response in earlier trials in China

Dubai’s DIFC FinTech Hive accelerator programme attracts record entrants

Fourth cohort attracts 620 fintech startups from all over the world

Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange to run on Nasdaq trading technology

Nasdaq’s clearing solution will provide DGCX with multi-asset class clearing and settlement

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Toshiba completes full exit from laptop business

Two years ago, it sold an 80.1 per cent stake in its PC business to Sharp

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Cebu Pacific to increase flights between Manila and Dubai from August 13

Dubai-Manila flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays, while the Manila-Dubai service will operate on Sundays and Thursdays

Dubai cloud kitchen platform iKcon secures $10m funding

iKcon currently operates ten cloud kitchens across the UAE

Aster selects Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise for networking, UC, at new Dubai hospital

Alcatel-Lucent OmniVista 2500 NMS provides Aster with a unified management platform

RAK AMI Hotel marks construction progress of Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island

RAK AMI Hotel has now completed nearly 40 per cent of the total construction

Message from regional hospitality leaders: Dubai is open

Dubai officially reopened its doors to international tourists from July 7, even as the local economy has gradually returned to some level of normalcy. Covid-19 preventative measures remain, but the move will hopefully bolster the entire tourism ecosystem and aid its economic recovery. Have hospitality and leisure businesses in Dubai started to feel the impact?

Aramco still aims for $15bn investment in India’s Reliance

A deal with Reliance would help the world’s biggest crude exporter join the ranks of the top oil refiners and chemical makers

Saudi Arabia Youth

Two-thirds of Saudi Arabia’s population is under the age of 35

Nearly half of all Saudi employees are below the age of 35

Dubai’s Union Properties plans new project even amid oversupply

The Motor City Hills development will include 195 single-family homes, 490 townhouses and six commercial land plots

Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, CE-Ventures disburse over Dhs700,000 in grants

The 11 selected startups operate in the retail, real estate, fintech, travel and tourism, agriculture, education, technology and creative sectors

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Four new Dhs50 rapid Covid-19 testing centres open in UAE to facilitate Abu Dhabi entry

The new centres include two in Dubai’s Rashid Port and Al Khawaneej area and one each in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah

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UAE reports 225 additional Covid-19 cases, precautionary guidelines issued for shopping malls

The total number of cases recorded in the country has risen to 62,525

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UAE prepares to launch navigation satellite in 2021

The UAE’s navigation satellite will be the first project of Satellite Assembly, Integration and Testing Centre

Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education expands support for Jordanian youth

Crown Prince Foundation will oversee Young Thinkers Programme activities in Jordan for three years

Mimecast to offer phishing simulation training service

End-users can now learn from real-life, de-weaponised phishing campaigns

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ESI to organise major B2B online esports gaming conference next week

The online ESI Digital Summer conference will be held from August 17-21

Dubai Tourism taps Microsoft Azure for information sharing platforms

Dubai Tourism College runs online learning Microsoft Teams

ServiceNow partners with Uber for employee return-to-work safety

ServiceNow Safe Workplace suite includes apps for contact tracing and health screening

Covid-19 impact: How regional tech companies should reshape supply and demand

Tech companies should consider the necessary structural changes that will ensure their companies can survive in the post-pandemic business environment

Dubai’s Emirates to increase passenger services to Pakistan from August 10

The carrier will now offer 53 weekly flights to Pakistan, which will increase to 60 starting August 16

Oil giant Aramco sticks with dividend even as profit crashes

Aramco will pay a dividend of $18.75bn for the quarter

DP World launches platform to enhance food security, import in Dubai

The platform will help simplify transactions of over 18,000 food-trading companies

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Aviation regulator chief suggests pilot error in Air India crash

The crash, in which at least 18 people were killed, was the deadliest aviation accident in India in a decade

Arada launches new garden community at Aljada, Sharjah

Homes in Sarab 2 will be available for sale from August 10 onwards

Covid-19 impact: Is consolidation the way ahead for GCC’s aviation industry?

Are mergers the way ahead for the GCC’s airline industry post pandemic?

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Kuwaiti MPs reject draft law allowing private sector firms to cut salaries by up to 50%

Kuwaiti lawmakers have approved amendments to the rent law, allowing tenants to delay their rent payments

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Dubai Design District to organise architecture festival in November

The d3 Architecture Festival will be held from November 11-13