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$2.4bn Saudi help for private sector staff hit by Covid impact

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a royal decree ordering the allocation of SR9 billion ($2.4 billion) through employment insurance (Saned) to mitigate the effects of Covid-19, on the private sector and Saudi workers, who may lose their jobs because of this crisis.  

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24-hour curfew in Makkah, Madinah

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior has announced a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the cities of Makkah and Madinah in line with the kingdom’s efforts to confront the novel coronavirus pandemic, and in implementation of the recommendations of competent health authorities.

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Largest krill trawler to be designed by Wärtsilä

Technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to provide the ship design for a new, state-of-the-art krill fishing vessel, which when delivered will be the largest and most efficient of its kind in the world.    The ship design order was placed by

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Covid-19 creates an opportunity to reset priorities

As the COVID-19 pandemic continuously unfolds, mankind has collectively endured loss, but there are also opportunities for many to learn and grow.    With self-isolating and social distancing encouraged by governments, people have begun to revert their focu

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Dubai launches tracker for prices of staple foods

Dubai Economy has launched a ‘Price Monitor’ portal to track daily prices of staple foods and essentials making sure that consumers continue to get their basic needs at fair prices, a media report said. A dedicated portal – Price.ded.ae – has also been lau

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Art Jameel launches platform to help independent artists

Art Jameel, an independent organisation that supports arts, education and heritage in the Middle East and beyond, has launched the Art Jameel Research and Practice Platform, a rapid-response scheme offering artists support through the allocation of micro-fees towards their ongoing or new proj

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8.3m will fall into poverty in the Arab region

An additional 8.3 million people will fall into poverty in the Arab region, according to a new policy brief issued by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on the impact of Covid-19.   Increased poverty could raise the number

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Adil Khan steps down as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi ME

Publicis Groupe MEA has announced that Adil Khan, chief executive officer at Saatchi and Saatchi Middle East, is departing to pursue other interests after leading the agency for close to a decade.   “It is with mixed sentiment that I announce the departure

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Al Masaood TBA offers free services

Underscoring its commitment to the society and as a gesture of gratitude in the face of crisis, Al Masaood Tyres, Batteries and Accessories (TBA) announced that it is now offering free services to healthcare workers who are battling the coronavirus pandemic in the UAE.  

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Most UAE professionals expect a long recovery period, says report

There has been a considerable increase in the number of business professionals who believe that Covid-19 pandemic has impacted their businesses badly over the past weeks and majority of them expect a long recovery period, according to a study by YouGov.   Its la

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