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Cebu Pacific

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

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

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

Oil giant Aramco sticks with dividend even as profit crashes

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

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

UAE Central Bank ramps up TESS scheme to support banking sector

The directive will encourage banks to strengthen the TESS scheme and support customers in overcoming the impact of the pandemic

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UAE reports 239 Covid-19 cases, 230 recoveries

The overall number of recoveries has risen to 56,245

How should one remain connected to habits adopted during Covid-19-induced lockdown

Employees should retain some of the positive habits they’ve acquired during the lockdown by creating a chain reaction of connections

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad registers 58% dip in passenger numbers for H1 2020

The carrier’s core operating loss increased by $172m to $758m in the first half of the year

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE registers 239 cases; 1,402 infections recorded in Saudi

The death toll in the UAE has risen to 354

E-commerce revenues jump 71% in Q2 amid Covid-19 – report

Salesforce Q2 Shopping Index says conversion rate grew by 35 per cent in Q2 from last year

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Saudi chemical maker SABIC expects recovery following loss

SABIC generated second-quarter sales of SAR24.62bn, down 29 per cent from the previous year

Why UAE-based businesses should continue flexible working patterns post Covid-19

In light of the ‘new normal’, businesses much find a way to nurture that need for greater flexibility

UAE’s RAKBANK reports 44.7% dip in net profit for H1 2020

The bank’s total income for H1 2020 declined by 4.5 per cent compared to H1 2019

Private schools in Dubai can opt for a suitable teaching approach

Schools are encouraged to implement innovative solutions to ensure high safety standards in the current environment

UAE plots new stimulus measures to bolster economy

The UAE’s central bank had provided more than $70bn of stimulus by March to aid businesses

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 254 cases, two deaths

The death toll in the UAE stands at 353

Students in Dubai can opt for distance learning for first term – KHDA

Last month, KHDA issued a list of 100-plus protocols for the re-opening of private schools across the emirate in September this year

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Dubai issues guidelines to restart exhibitions, live events and concerts

Measures to be followed include social distancing and limited capacity

What are important board governance lessons to glean during the Covid-19 pandemic?

In the current crisis, companies of all sizes are asking board members to roll up their sleeves and help management meet immediate needs

Gold barrels past $2,000 with stage set for prices to rally more

Bullion is up more than 30 per cent this year, and could extend gains as governments and central banks respond to slowing growth with vast amounts of stimulus

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Saudi reopens land borders with the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain

Trucks coming from the GCC will be allowed entry into the kingdom

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Social space: A roundup of all the GCC social media news in July

Fadi Khater, founder and managing partner of digital marketing agency Netizency, provides an overview of social media trends in the region

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE records 189 cases; 1,342 infections registered in Saudi

No new deaths were recorded for the fourth consecutive day in the UAE

Dubai’s Emirates to resume flights to more cities

The carrier’s passenger network will broaden to 70 destinations in August

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Dubai school operator GEMS raises extra debt to bolster its cash

The “incremental” funding will be used to support working capital needs