#News

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UAE’s First Abu Dhabi Bank issues five-year $500m sukuk

It attracted a total orderbook of around $1.5bn which represents a three times over-subscription rate

Oman Sultan Haitham bin Tariq

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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Covid-19: Dubai placed on Scotland’s mandatory quarantine list

The Scottish government said that a number of positive cases were identified in passengers who have flown into Glasgow from Dubai since the new year

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An additional 650 companies set up operations within Dubai South in 2020

An additional floor is being constructed in its Business Park to accommodate the growing number of clients

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Abu Dhabi Ports freezes rent escalation for remainder of 2021

The decision is expected to impact over 1,400 companies within KIZAD and ZonesCorp

Video: Saudi Crown Prince announces car-free, zero-carbon city, ‘The Line’

Located within NEOM, the city is expected to house one million residents and create 380,000 jobs by 2030

UAE: Students may return to their campus at 50 per cent of its capacity

The Ministry of Education will review the situation on a weekly basis

Bahrain

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

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

UAE reopens air, land and sea borders with Qatar

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

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Sheikh Hamdan announces Dhs315m economic stimulus package for Dubai

The total stimulus provided to the emirate’s economy since the start of the pandemic has risen to Dhs7.1bn

Dubai UAE Residents

UAE residents who have stayed outside of the country for over 180 days can now return

Those with valid visas issued in Dubai must get an approval from the GDRFA before they return

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Sale: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad offers two-for-one tickets

The sale covers return fares inclusive of taxes and surcharges

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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

Students from grades 4-11 will answer their exams remotely

UAE: Ministry of Education sets exam dates for students from grades 4-12

The exams will be held from January 10-14

The good news you might have missed in 2020

Here’s a rundown of some bright spots in 2020 and what we could look forward to this year

New Year celebrations: UAE urges people to adhere to protocols, warns of fines for violators

Several firework shows and other events have been organised in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to ring in 2021

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Abu Dhabi announces e-learning for all school students for first two weeks of new term

The decision was made to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and school staff, officials said

Kuwait aims to vaccinate 80% of population by September 2021

As of Monday, 2,500 people were vaccinated and second doses will be administered from January 14

Covid-19: UAE reports 1,506 new cases, two deaths

The new cases were detected after the ministry conducted 153,157 additional Covid-19 tests over the past 24 hours

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UAE confirms January 1 as public holiday for New Year

However, with January 1 falling on a Friday, workers in the country will not get an additional day off

No fireworks show at The Pointe at Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah for NYE, organisers confirm

The fireworks show will not held for ‘safety reasons’

Kuwait to resume flights, reopen borders on January 2

The GCC state suspended flights and closed its borders on December 21 due to concerns over the new Covid-19 strain

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UAE reports 1,027 new Covid-19 cases, total death toll touches 660

The UAE’s daily infection number dropped below 1,000 for the first time in two months on Sunday at 944

Gold heads for best close in six weeks

Bullion is set to post the first monthly gain since July after a run of losses prompted by the development of effective coronavirus vaccines

Saudi receives five million pilgrims since resuming Umrah, no Covid-19 cases detected

The kingdom resumed Umrah in a phased manner in October

Covid-19 new strain: Kuwait joins Oman, Saudi in suspending flights, closing its borders

The border closure will be in place from 11pm on Monday, December 21 until Friday, January 1, 2021

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Covid-19 new strain: Oman to close all its borders for a week

Cargo vehicles including planes, ships and trucks will be excluded from the decision

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Kuwait set to receive first batch of Covid-19 vaccines this week

Over 60,000 people have registered on the vaccination platform so far

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Saudi suspends all international flights, closes land and sea ports over new virus strain

New urgent measures have been put in place for one week, with the possibility of an extension

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Covid-19: UAE reports 1,171 cases; Dubai’s DHA urges travellers to get doctor’s advice for vaccination

The total number of Covid-19 recorded cases in the UAE has now reached 193,575