Tuesday 6 October 2015

GCC forces seize strategic Yemen island

Perim Island may be a small lump of windswept volcanic rock at the entrance to the Red Sea but its capture by Gulf Arab forces from Houthi fighters was a welcome victory for Yemen's government and its allies. Gulf Arab troops swooped in from air and sea last week to take back


New mobile app to book camp sites in Bahrain

People will soon be able to reserve a place to pitch their tent through a new mobile phone app, which was unveiled yesterday (October 4) ahead of the winter camping season. Thousands of Bahrainis flock to Sakhir every year to go camping, taking advantage of the cooler weather, said a report i


Sh Mohammed launches new development initiative

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today launched of one of the largest development and community foundations in the world, covering 1,400 programmes. The new foundation will be called the "Mohammed Bin


Saudi agriculture sector registers solid growth

Saudi Arabia’s agriculture sector has been witnessing tremendous growth over the past few years, thanks to a series of projects that complement the expansion and enhancement of local agriculture infrastructure with the use of advanced technologies, said an expert ahead of an industry even


UAE’s top barista to be picked at coffee fest

The latest edition of the International Coffee & Tea Festival (ICTF), the region’s most sought after event for the specialty coffee and tea industry, will feature the seventh UAE Barista Championship. Promoting the ‘third wave of coffee,’ the competition is


Mall of Qatar, Alshaya to offer global brands

Mall of Qatar, the country’s largest leisure, entertainment and shopping complex, has signed a deal with Alshaya, a leading international franchise operator, to bring over 30 global lifestyle and hospitality brands to the mall. More than 30 new stores and restaurant outlets


‘Only 5pc of Russian strikes hitting Islamic State’

Only one in 20 Russian air strikes in Syria are aimed at Islamic State targets, Britain's defence secretary said on Saturday, warning that Vladimir Putin was instead killing civilians to shore up President Bashar al-Assad. Russia earlier this week announced its decision to la


UAE, Belize sign bilateral trade deal

The UAE said it has signed a bilateral trade agreement with Belize that will serve as a foundation to catalyse private sector investments from the UAE, as well as government-to-government funding.   The agreement will also act as a catalyst for investments from the UAE and b


Saudi Arabia says two held in bomb factory raid

Saudi Arabian security forces arrested a Syrian man accused of plotting attacks and his Filipino accomplice in a raid on an illegal explosives factory in Riyadh, the interior ministry said on Saturday, according to state news agency SPA. The ministry said those arrested in Wednes


Sheikh Salman to enter Fifa race if Platini withdraws

One of Michel Platini's main backers in his bid to head world soccer's governing body, Bahraini Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, might stand himself if a Swiss investigation hampers the Frenchman's candidacy, two sources have told Reuters. Sheikh Salman, head of

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