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

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

World Bank sees 5.2% contraction in MENA, in line with IMF

The dual shock of lower Brent prices and the coronavirus pandemic this year has taken an especially heavy toll on the region

Bahrain, Israel sign historic joint communique to establish diplomatic relations

Bahrain became the second Gulf nation to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel

Talabat to launch operations in Iraq

The company will initially launch operations in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan early next year, before expanding into Federal Iraq

Israel’s cabinet approves UAE pact as leaders plan meeting

No date or venue was given for the leaders’ meeting

Ericsson R&D hub in Egypt ships first locally-developed AI software

Cognitive software reduces complexity in network operations

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Saudi intercepts another armed drone attack ‘targeting civilians’

Bomb-laden drones were launched towards the kingdom’s southern region on Saturday and Sunday

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Barceló Hotel Group and La Liga partner for new sports bar concept in MENA

The concept will be a technological integration of gastronomy, entertainment, football, and other sports in an interactive environment

Israel seeks 100,000 UAE tourists a year after landmark pact

A record 4.5 million tourists visited Israel in 2019

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Saudi forces destroy armed drone targeting kingdom

The UAV was destroyed in Yemeni airspace

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Lebanon PM-designate steps down, unable to form government

Mustapha Adib quit on Saturday after a meeting with President Michel Aoun in Baabda near the capital, Beirut

DP World, Bank Leumi to explore Israel logistics investments

The UAE last week signed an agreement to move toward establishing normal ties with Israel

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Projectile launched from Yemen lands in Saudi’s Jazan, five civilians injured

The five civilians faced light injuries as a result of flying shrapnel and were transported to the hospital

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Major fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after blast

The Lebanese army has called for people to evacuate the area

Turki Al Malki, Saudi coalition

Saudi forces destroy bomb-laden drones targeting ‘civilians’ in the kingdom

Attacks on the kingdom were launched on Wednesday and Thursday

Venture capital investment in fintech remains steady; M&A activity recedes – report

The EMEA region witnessed $4.6bn in fintech investment in the first half of 2020

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How digitally mature regional firms are leveraging technology to capitalise on greater opportunities

The technology, consumer and financial sectors boasted the highest proportion of entities that are digitally most mature

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First Abu Dhabi Bank to start talks with Israeli lenders

The decision follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the UAE central bank and the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office

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Beirut blast caused up to $4.6bn in physical damage: World Bank

More than 180 people were killed and thousands injured when a vast consignment of explosive material detonated at Beirut’s port on August 4

Israel sees $6.5bn in trade as UAE peace talks kick off

On August 13, the countries announced their plan to normalise ties, a first between Israel and a Gulf Arab nation

Top Dubai, Israeli banks seek to cooperate after peace deal

Discussions between Bank Leumi and Emirates NBD Bank are at an early stage and no final decisions have been made

Israel’s flagship carrier El Al set for unprecedented UAE flight

An Etihad Airways cargo plane from Abu Dhabi made the first known commercial flight between the countries in May with a humanitarian shipment for the Palestinians

Lebanon inflation soars past 100% in latest sign of meltdown

Inflation in July reached 11.42 per cent from the previous month

Saudis keep pressure on OPEC cheats before ministerial talks

Riyadh’s struggle to enforce compliance has been a long-running issue

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Beirut blast probe opens with arrest order for port customs head

Authorities say that some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port

Saudi intercepts another missile attack from Yemen targeting ‘civilian targets’

The missile was launched towards the kingdom’s southern region on Sunday

UAE summons Iranian envoy over denunciation of Israel deal

Tehran termed the pact as a strategic mistake

How digitisation will help the oil and gas industry

Deploying technological tools will help regional oil and gas operators improve worker health and safety and innovate to find new solutions

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UN sends Lebanon 50,000 tons of wheat to avert food crisis

The first batch of 17,500 tons will arrive in 10 days

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Lebanon premier quits with attack on elite as blast anger builds

Several ministers had already quit in the aftermath of the disaster