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Saudi-backed UK health app Babylon ends deal with Tencent

A $550m cash infusion led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund in 2019 valued the company at about $2bn

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?

Emirates to operate flights from UK to Dubai for stranded UAE citizens and residents

The UK banned all direct passenger flights to and from the UAE starting January 29

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Covid-19: UK indefinitely bans all passenger flights from UAE starting January 29

All non-British or Irish passengers, excluding third-country nationals who have residence rights in the UK, who have been in or transited through the UAE, Burundi and Rwanda in the last 10 days will no longer be granted entry to the UK.

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UAE bans import of eggs, live birds from UK and Netherlands

The announcement was made by the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment on Monday afternoon

US, UK condemn air attack on Riyadh which ‘targeted civilians’

Saudi Arabia said it had “intercepted and destroyed a hostile air target going towards Riyadh” on Saturday

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Interview: Tom Watson, president Counterculture and former UK Labour Deputy Leader

How the UK and UAE arts and culture sector can collaborate and spur creativity while weathering the pandemic

UK says travellers from the UAE will now have to self-isolate for 10 days

The UAE has been removed from the UK’s travel corridor list

Gold near eight-week high as Covid angst fires up haven demand

Spot gold added as much as 0.1 per cent to $1,945.67 an ounce, the highest since November 9

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Kuwait to indefinitely ban flights to the UK

Inbound passengers from all other countries will be subject to a PCR test upon arrival at Kuwait International Airport

Brexit trade deal: All the main details as EU, UK avoid chaotic breakup

The agreement, which runs more than 400 pages with an additional 800 pages of annexes, will be put to a vote in the UK parliament on Dec 30

Oil slips with new coronavirus strain threatening fuel demand

More than 40 countries are restricting flights and effectively isolating the UK

Four cases of new mutated strain suspected in Oman

Oman will receive a consignment of 15,600 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week

UAE carriers Emirates, Etihad suspend flights to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman

Emirates has suspended flights to the kingdom until December 27, while flights to Kuwait and Oman have been halted from December 22-28

Oil falls below $48 with virus mutation raising lockdown risks

The mutation comes as vaccines are being rolled out in several countries and as the US closes in on a stimulus plan

Dubai sees surge in UK bookings after travel corridor started

65 per cent of airlines flying in the beginning of 2020 are back to Dubai Airports

British investments in UAE valued at $20.5bn

The UAE is also one of the 27 top investors in the UK

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UK clears Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine ahead of US, EU

The UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said the vaccine “met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness”

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Why partnerships are key to achieving the GCC’s smart city ambitions

UK technology companies involved in smart city projects across the region share their experience of collaborating with developers in the Gulf

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UAE bans import of birds, poultry from four countries due to bird flu concerns

The import ban extends to the Netherlands, Germany, several regions in the UK and select areas in Russia

Dubai’s Emirates ramps up A380 flights; adds services to UK and Russia

Emirates is expanding its services to the UK following the establishment of UK-UAE air corridor

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UAE, Bahrain added to UK travel corridor removing 14-day quarantine for travellers

The move is hoped to boost tourism from the UK to the Emirates

UAE joins Global Ocean Alliance to achieve 30by30 conservation target

The UAE is the first Middle Eastern country to endorse the target

Radisson hotel group launches new brand; signs 10 new hotels across EMEA in Q3 2020

The new signings build on the 15 hotel signings which were announced in Q2 2020

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Why the GCC and Britain are collaborating for food security

The GCC states have launched agritech programmes and are working to facilitate global agribusiness trade and diversify international food sources

Emirates Skywards introduces over 1,500 additional ways to earn Miles

For every GBP1 spent, members can earn up to 15 Miles; and for every $1 spent, members can earn up to 12 Miles

HSBC UAE launches online trading platform for wealth clients

The platform provides access to stock exchanges in the US, UK and Hong Kong

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Google paying billions to Apple to remain default search engine in Safari

Google reportedly pays approximately $1.5bn every year to Apple to remain as its default search engine in mobile Safari in the UK alone

UK visa services resume in UAE, Saudi, among other GCC countries

Optional Priority visas, super priority visas, and walk-in services will not be offered initially

UK-based Arena Group merges UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia divisions

The company said the move will allow for “maximum utilisation of resources” across the EMEA region