US elections: Biden arrival in Washington ahead of inauguration framed by heavy security

Outgoing President Donald Trump doesn’t plan to invite the Bidens to the White House before the inauguration

Evian Middle East introduces new label-free, 100% recycled water bottle

Evian seeks to become a ‘fully-circular’ brand by 2025

Over $1bn piled into MENA-based startups in 2020

The UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia accounted for 68 per cent of the total deals disclosed in 2020

UAE issues advisory to citizens in US

The embassy advised its citizens to abide by the curfew decision

The good news you might have missed in 2020

Here’s a rundown of some bright spots in 2020 and what we could look forward to this year

Blasts at Yemen’s Aden airport as new ministers arrive from Saudi

Eyewitnesses said they heard three blasts and gunfire at the airport

Brexit trade deal: All the main details as EU, UK avoid chaotic breakup

The agreement, which runs more than 400 pages with an additional 800 pages of annexes, will be put to a vote in the UK parliament on Dec 30

Business leaders rank UAE as global leader in innovation

Business executives in the UAE rank the country as a global leader in creating an ‘innovation-conductive’ environment

UAE lender FAB opens Jakarta office to facilitate regional trade

FAB Indonesia will serve as a bridge to facilitate trade and investment flows between the UAE, the wider GCC region, Egypt and Asia

Dubai sees surge in UK bookings after travel corridor started

65 per cent of airlines flying in the beginning of 2020 are back to Dubai Airports

Investment lessons: Outbound Middle East capital seeks emerging asset classes

The considerable levels of dry powder available across the Middle East is expected to target diversification opportunities and long-term higher returns

Citigroup names Antonios as first female head of MENA business

She will continue as country officer for the UAE, a role she assumed in 2016

Saudi forces destroy armed drone targeting ‘civilians’ in the kingdom

Saudi has seen a string of attacks launched by the Houthis in recent months

Abu Dhabi sheikh buys stake in Israel’s Beitar soccer club

The money will be used to invest in the club’s infrastructure as well as help purchase players

Saudis raise crude price to Asia as vaccines buoy oil market

Aramco also increased pricing for light crude grades to the Mediterranean region

How digital transformation can prove to be a catalyst for rebooting MEA economies

Organisations will need to examine their business closely and give digital transformation a whole new meaning

Dubai’s Emirates to reopen worldwide lounges, starting with Cairo

Emirates has introduced additional health and safety measures, which will be rolled out across all destinations

FedEx Express launches new route between UAE and Israel to strengthen ties

The route will support customers, particularly small-to-medium enterprises

Bahrain’s Investcorp invests in India’s Xpressbees

Xpressbees has a presence across more than 2,000 towns and cities in India

Turki Al Malki, Saudi coalition

Saudi forces destroy armed drone launched towards civilian targets in the kingdom

The attack, launched on Wednesday, targeted the kingdom’s southern region

Dubai’s Emirates ramps up A380 flights; adds services to UK and Russia

Emirates is expanding its services to the UK following the establishment of UK-UAE air corridor

Bahrain’s Investcorp acquires cereal and coffee company Viz Branz

Viz Branz has approximately 1,300 employees with manufacturing facilities and operations in China and Myanmar

World hunger problem means some nations risk famine, UN says

Food insecurity is rising globally

Multiple shots fired at Saudi embassy in Netherlands

No injuries were reported

Saudi oil giant pitches gas to China in cleaner-fuels push

Aramco is the world’s largest oil exporter

Oil extends gains on signs OPEC+ edging toward keeping cuts

The producer group is considering keeping additional supply off the market for three to six months

Bahrain’s Investcorp sells eight US properties for over $900m

The properties were garden and townhome-style apartment buildings located in major metropolitan areas

FAA poised to lift Boeing 737 Max jet’s grounding next week

Commercial flights wouldn’t begin immediately after the FAA approves the plane for service

In pictures: First passengers make maiden voyage in hyperloop pod to mark testing milestone

Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer, and Sara Luchian, director of passenger experience, were the first people to ride

Bahrain’s Investcorp invests in Wuhan’s medical testing group, Kindstar

Kindstar offers patients and physicians access to advanced specialty testing services