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Turki Al Malki, Saudi coalition

Saudi forces destroy drones targeting civilians in the kingdom

The kingdom destroyed armed drones launched from Yemen on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Emirates Dubai UAE

No pre-flight Covid-19 tests for UAE residents travelling to Dubai from these countries

The airline updated the Covid-19 testing rules for inbound UAE residents on Monday

UAE holiday

UAE confirms private sector holiday to mark Prophet Mohammad’s birthday

Private sector employees will have a three-day weekend, and will resume work on Sunday, November 1

Emirates Dubai International Airport DXB

Emirates launches ‘biometric path’ for contactless experience at Dubai airport

The biometric touchpoints are currently installed at Terminal 3 within DXB

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai

Sheikh Hamdan unveils new Dhs500m stimulus package for Dubai

The overall value of economic support provided by the emirate in 2020 has risen to Dhs6.8bn

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UAE’s Tabreed issues new $500m 7-year bond

The bond has been rated Baa3 by Moody’s and BBB by Fitch

UAE Bankruptcy law

UAE amends bankruptcy law to include pandemics

Debtors can request a grace period or negotiate a debt settlement with creditors for a duration of up to 12 months

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Al Habtoor hotels offer 24×7 kosher in-room dining in Dubai

Guests will be able to order from an OU Certified Kosher Room Service Menu throughout the day

Kuwait parliament assembly

Kuwait’s parliament passes law to cut expat numbers

The law does not include the previously proposed quota system for expat nationalities

Home tutoring

Fines of up to Dhs30,000 for home tutoring, private lessons in the UAE

Those responsible for the involved venues will be fined Dhs20,000

UAE Israel

UAE delegation led by Obaid Humaid Al Tayer signs landmark agreements with Israel

The UAE, US and Israel also established a $3bn Abraham Fund to help stimulate private sector-led investments across the region

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Revealed: Winners of the Business Traveller Middle East 2020 Awards

This year’s programme recognised industry-leading airports, hotels, airlines and other travel services across 35 categories

Ibrahim Al Abed

Founder of UAE’s state news agency WAM, Ibrahim Al Abed, dies

He was a prominent figure within the country’s media industry

Emirates

Dubai’s Emirates expands reach to 45 more destinations via interline agreement with Airlink

Emirates customers will now have access to 25 domestic destinations in South Africa and over 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa

UAE Warriors

UAE Warriors launches new championship exclusively for Arab fighters

The inaugural UAE Warriors Arabia event is scheduled to take place in January 2021

Sheikh Mohammed Dubai

UAE cabinet approves resolution endorsing Abraham Accords peace agreement with Israel

The cabinet directed the initiation of constitutional procedures to issue a federal decree ratifying the agreement

Etihad

Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad confirms first commercial flight to Israel; launches Hebrew website

Etihad will become the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Israel

wedding

Weddings and social events allowed to resume in Dubai

Event halls can accommodate a maximum of 200 people while the duration cannot exceed four hours

Dubai DEWA

Dubai’s DEWA repays $1.5bn bond, turns debt-free

New projects worth over Dhs80bn are either ongoing or envisaged for completion over the next five years

Dubai skyline

Dry night coming up in Dubai next week

The birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad is expected to fall on October 29

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Free entry to Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Hosn for UAE’s frontline professionals

Each frontline hero will be permitted free entry along with up to three guests

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Saudi resumes Umrah at 75% capacity, allows prayers at the Grand Mosque

The number of pilgrims allowed to perform Umrah has increased to 15,000 per day

UAE-ISRAEL-US-DIPLOMACY

Direct flights between UAE and Israel to begin “within weeks”

The deal reportedly includes 28 direct weekly passenger flights connecting Tel Aviv with Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Etihad

Etihad offers frontline workers in UAE discounts on flights, free excess baggage

These frontline professionals will also have access to a special dedicated airport check-in area at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Aldar HQ Abu Dhabi

Aldar Properties offers UAE frontline workers Dhs4,000 Yas Mall vouchers, refunds on property purchases

Those eligible for this scheme will also be offered a 30 per cent discount across Aldar’s hotels, golf resorts and food and beverage outlets

Dubai UAE

Dubai launches new residency programme for overseas remote working professionals

Individuals and their families can apply for the relocation programme, subject to renewal every year

Union Properties Dubai Autodrome

Profits for Dubai’s Union Properties exceed Dhs500m in Q3 2020

The value of its assets increased 5 per cent from Dhs5.9bn to Dhs6.2bn

UAE Space Agency signs NASA’s Artemis Accords for cooperation in space exploration

NASA’s Artemis Accords is based on the vision of the United Nations’ Outer Space Treaty of 1967

UAE-Covid-19

UAE to begin Phase III trials of Russian Covid-19 vaccine

Volunteers for the UAE trial will be medically supervised for 90 days after being administered the vaccine

Dubai Mall of the Emirates

Covid-19 tests for Dhs150 at Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Deira in Dubai

Customers need to pre-book an appointment before visiting the testing centres