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UAE, Qatari delegations meet in Kuwait to follow up on Al-Ula agreement

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states agreed to fully restore ties with neighbouring Qatar during the 41st GCC Summit

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Why regional boards must focus on recruiting the right talent

A new member to a board should not be appointed because of being a friend of the promoter or a buddy of current board members

Why fintech is on the brink of rapid expansion in the GCC

The GCC is catching up with developed markets in terms of financial inclusion

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Saudi Arabia approves use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Other GCC countries including the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain have already approved the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine 

Antonio Gonzalez, CEO and Nazih Hafez, COO, of Sunset Hospitality Group

Video: Why this UAE hospitality company is expanding in the current situation

Dubai-based Sunset Hospitality’s CEO and COO on how they are handling the Covid crisis

AlUla agreement: What does resetting ties with Qatar mean for the GCC region?

The resumption of ties with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt will boost the regional economy with certain sectors set to witness a significant impact

Brexit and the GCC – What lies ahead?

With Brexit having come into full effect on January 1, how will the UK’s ties with the GCC evolve?

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Oman says ‘alarming’ surge in Covid-19 cases, extends land border closure indefinitely

Omani citizens will however be allowed to reenter via the land borders, provided they abide by a 7-day institutional health quarantine directive

Twitch: 4.4 million GCC gaming fans watched Arabic channels in 2020

Number of streams in Arabic increased by 221% from February to May peak

Bahrain plans to sell dollar bonds to plug budget deficit

The Gulf Arab kingdom is selling benchmark-size seven-year debt, 12-year securities and/or notes maturing in 30 years

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Abu Dhabi expands ‘green list’ of countries that do not require quarantine

Bahrain is the latest to be added to the list, which also includes other Gulf countries

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Bahrain scores high in cost-effective supply chains

FDi says Bahrain is competitive in construction permits, energy prices, and taxes

UAE has ‘no reason’ to be in conflict with Turkey, minister says

The call for Turkey to reset relations follows the end of a three-year rift with Qatar

How regional female entrepreneurs are paving the way for a gender-balanced future

Governments in the GCC have become increasingly supportive of women’s growing role in C-level positions in the public and private sectors

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In historic move, Oman to appoint first-ever crown prince

A new Basic Law will “set up a specific and stable mechanism for the transfer of power in the sultanate”

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Bahrain: Expats can apply for self-sponsorship of residency permits online

The online service covers foreign retirees, investors and property owner in Bahrain

Saudi to resume flights to Qatar after restoration of ties

Saudi Arabia will be ready to resume all international flight operations on March 31

UAE reopens air, land and sea borders with Qatar

Scheduled and unscheduled flights between the two countries will resume operations from Saturday

Gulf Arab states agree to restore Qatar ties, end three-year rift

Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani landed in the kingdom to a warm embrace from the Saudi Crown Prince

GCC leaders convene in Saudi Arabia for summit, sign statement

The GCC summit began with a keynote address by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

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Kuwait makes three oil and gas discoveries

The discoveries were made in the largely unexplored western and northwestern areas of the country

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Saudi Arabia reopens airspace, land and sea borders to Qatar

It ends a blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia that began in 2017

Sheikh Mohammed completes 15 years as head of UAE government

‘We did our best,’ says the UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai

Oman expected to add $779m in revenue from VAT this year

The country last year announced it would impose a 5 per cent VAT in an effort to bolster the economy

Saudi’s King Salman invites GCC leaders for group summit in Riyadh

The 41st GCC Summit is set to be held in the Saudi capital on January 5, 2021

Playing for keeps: How the GCC is developing its esports industry

The GCC and its esports stakeholders can leverage the momentum to build a true gaming/esports ecosystem for the region

Investment lessons: Now is the time to focus on ETF assets in the MENA region

Locally-listed ETFs are a simple, cost-effective and efficient investment tool and will increasingly be used as such in the coming months and years

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How visitors from the GCC can turnaround the Swiss tourism industry

The Swiss tourism industry, rattled by the Covid-19 pandemic, is plotting a hard-fought comeback beginning this winter

How prepared are GCC healthcare systems to face a post-pandemic world?

Technology is changing the face of healthcare in the wake of the pandemic, says Dr. Damien Ng, Next Generation analyst at Swiss wealth manager Julius Baer

Revealed: LinkedIn unveils the GCC’s most ‘engaging’ users in 2020

The list revealed 15 regional experts that led professional online conversations