Gulf

Public Prosecution office at HIA to collect fines

The Public Prosecution has opened an office at the Hamad International Airport (HIA) to process the transactions of departing passengers and enable them to pay fines they have incurred. Located at the departure lounge at HIA, the centre enables those banned from leaving the country by the Public Prosecution on account of not paying fines and others who have outstanding ...

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Kuwait minister calls for dialogue between Iran, Gulf states in rare visit

Kuwait’s foreign minister made a rare visit to Tehran on Wednesday and called for frank dialogue between Iran and its regional neighbours, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. Tensions have risen between predominantly Shi’ite Iran and the mainly Sunni Arab countries of the Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia, over their support for opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and ...

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Saudi Prince Badr bin Salman bin Saud dies

His funeral prayers will be held on Sunday  Saudi royal Prince Badr bin Salman bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud passed away on Saturday, December 24, the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the Royal Court as stating. His funeral prayer will be performed on Sunday after Asr prayer at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, SPA addd. Last month, ...

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Expat Fee, Subsidy Cuts: What’s in Saudi Arabia’s Fiscal Balance Plan?

by Zainab Fattah and Vivian Nereim Saudi Arabia followed a historic budget announcement last week with an 84-page document outlining how the Arab world’s largest economy plans to balance its budget by 2020. The document includes plans to curtail capital spending, raise new revenue and stimulate the private sector. Following are highlights of what caught our attention: Capital Expenditure: Authorities ...

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Oman company boss jailed for 6 months for expired food scam

Muscat: A catering company was shut down after it was found selling expired food to popular hotels and shopping malls in Oman, the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) reported. The company has allegedly been adulterating the expiry date of food which was unfit for human consumption for months before it was caught. Following a surprise inspection at the company’s ...

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213kg of hashish seized in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Police foil bid to smuggle drug through a land port   Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Police and Abu Dhabi Customs seized nearly 213 kilograms of hashish and foiled an attempt to smuggle the drug into the country through the border port. The suspect, an Asian driver, hid the hashish inside the truck and tried smuggling it into the ...

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UAE launches first makeshift humanitarian city

Zayed Giving Initiative sets up the first of its kind mobile city for humanitarian work Abu Dhabi: The word’s first makeshift city for humanitarian work will soon be set up in the UAE to empower the youth in the field of volunteering, charitable and humanitarian work, the Zayed Giving Initiative announced on Sunday. The mobile city, which comes as one ...

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UAE to mark 2017 as The Year of Giving

Abu Dhabi: The year 2017 will be the “Year of Giving” in the UAE, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced. To ensure its success the focus will be on three major themes: strengthening social responsibility in the private sector, promoting spirit of volunteerism and specialised voluntary programmes in all segments of society, and strengthening the ...

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Saudi newspaper says report on huge Aramco stake sale was wrong

Major Saudi Arabian newspaper al-Eqtisadiah retracted a report on Sunday that said state oil giant Saudi Aramco IPO-ARMO.SE planned to sell 49 percent of its shares over the next 10 years. The report published on Saturday was “completely wrong and far from reality” and not based on a verified source, the newspaper said, apologizing for the mistake. The company aims ...

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