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UAE’s 100 Million Meals campaign reaches 78% of target in first week

Food distribution has already begun in several countries including Jordan, Egypt and Pakistan

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed launches National Behavioural Reward Programme

It aims to incentivise positive behaviour through a point-based system that can be used in payments for government services

Saudi intercepts Houthi attack on Jazan University, debris leads to fire on campus

Coalition forces in the kingdom destroyed five ballistic missiles and four armed drones launched from Yemen in the latest attacks

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UAE to raise employee insurance premium for companies failing to pay salaries on time

The employee insurance policy coverage will be increased from Dhs120 to Dhs250 for companies that do not pay salaries on the due date

Saudi forces destroy armed drones, missiles launched from Yemen

The Houthis have stepped up missile and drone strikes against Saudi Arabia in recent months

Dubai foreign trade

Dubai’s non-oil external trade reached Dhs1.182 trillion in 2020

China remained Dubai’s largest trading partner with Dhs142bn worth of exchanges in 2020

Abu Dhabi summit: Regional leaders pledge to accelerate progress on climate action

A total of 11 countries have signed a group statement to ensure the success of the Paris Agreement

Oman is more than halfway towards meeting its financing needs for 2021

The government has OMR1.83bn left to raise after so far borrowing OMR1.77bn and withdrawing OMR600m from the Oman Investment Authority

Jordan arrests senior officials for ‘security reasons’

A royal family member and a former minister are among those who have been arrested

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Kuwait might continue curfew during Ramadan, Eid

The nightly curfew currently in place from 6pm to 5am is currently expected to end on April 8

Khalid Yusuf Al-Jalahma Bahrain Ambassador Israel

Bahrain appoints Khalid Yusuf Al-Jalahma as first ambassador to Israel

On Tuesday, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa also directed his country’s officials to set up a diplomatic mission within Israel

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China, UAE to expedite production of affordable Covid-19 vaccines

The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi landed in Abu Dhabi from Iran on Saturday evening for a two-day official visit

Dubai Expo’s sustainability pavilion to be closed during mourning period for Sheikh Hamdan

The dates for re-opening of the pavilion will be confirmed in due course

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Kuwait eases Covid-19 restrictions, exempts vaccinated arrivals from institutional quarantine

The nightly curfew timing has been reduced by one hour

Saudi’s labour reforms take effect with expats now having greater rights

The new initiative offers expatriate workers labour mobility and amends existing exit procedures

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi issues new rules for Covid-19 testing and quarantine of government employees

No exemptions from Covid-19 PCR tests for employees working out of their offices even if they have been vaccinated

Hamdan bin Mohammed chairs Executive Council meeting june 2019

Freeze on Dubai government fees extended until early 2023

The three-year freeze on government fees was first announced by Sheikh Hamdan in March 2018

Key Saudi Arabian oil site attacked, sending crude prices surging above $71

A storage tank in the Ras Tanura terminal was attacked by a drone while a missile also landed near a residential compound for Saudi Aramco employees in Dhahran

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UAE ambassador Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja meets Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin

Apart from Rivlin, Al Khaja also met with Gabi Ashkenazi, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, in Tel Aviv

Video: Saudi forces destroy missile targeting ‘civilians’ in Riyadh, debris damages house

The kingdom also intercepted and destroyed six armed drones targeting the southern region, Jazan and Khamis Mushait

Sheikh Mohammed announces two ministerial appointments

The appointments were made as per directives issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE

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UAE leaders discuss agenda for the next 50 years at government retreat

Leaders also personally honoured the UAE’s Hope Probe team at the retreat

Kuwait adds 33 countries, including UAE, US to Covid-19 ‘high-risk’ list – reports

On Sunday, Kuwait extended its entry ban on foreign nationals indefinitely

Saudi forces intercept another drone attack targeting Abha airport

This is the third armed drone attack targeting Abha airport in recent days

Saudi to only award government contracts to firms that have an HQ in the kingdom

The new decision, which does not apply to private sector firms, will take effect from January 1, 2024

Mandatory hotel quarantine in Kuwait for all incoming passengers to begin next week

The costs for the hotel quarantine will have to be borne by the passengers

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Saudi forces intercept three drone attacks targeting civilians

Two drones were launched towards Khamis Mushait on Sunday, and a third was destroyed on Monday morning

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Mohamed Mahmoud Al Khaja sworn in as UAE’s first ambassador to Israel

Al Khaja was sworn in on Sunday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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Covid-19: Sharjah announces restrictions, cuts capacity at malls, gyms and cinemas

Cinemas and entertainment centres as well as gyms and fitness centres are permitted to operate at 50 per cent of their total capacity

Kuwaiti MPs urge the government to relax Covid-19 restrictions or compensate businesses

Health clubs, salons and barbershops have been closed for a month, while malls and shops need to stay shut from 8pm until 5am