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Dubai hosting Solar Asset Management MENA Conference

Dubai will play host to the Solar Asset Management MENA Conference, the biggest gathering of solar industry stakeholders which will take place on 17-18 November. A massive $15bn worth of solar projects are expected to be operational in the next five years in the Middle East while the current solar …

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UAE, Russia in scientific-industrial talks

Moscow has hosted the second meeting of the UAE-Russian Industrial, Technological and Scientific Cooperation Team. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mattar Hamed Al Niyadi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry, and Alexei Vladimirovic, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce of Russia. During the meeting, both sides highlighted …

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Protests break out in Lebanon

Protesters blocked roads across Lebanon on Sunday in demonstrations against deteriorating conditions in a country grappling with an economic and financial crisis. Tires were set ablaze on several major roads in Beirut, paralyzing the capital. Several hundred people chanted “Down with capitalism” and “Leave!” as they marched along a main …

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Royal Saudi bodyguard killed in personal row

The long-time personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was shot dead by a friend while at a private residence in the western city of Jeddah, in what the state broadcaster described as “a personal dispute”. State media did not give details about the row that sparked the shooting on …

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Fuel shortage hits Yemen admist fighting

A fuel shortage is deepening Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, forcing drivers to wait for days in queues that stretch back from some petrol stations as far as the eye can see. The new shortage is just one of many problems causing suffering in the civil war being fought by the Iran-aligned …

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UAE pledges $15 million to UN-Women

As part of the United Arab Emirates’ commitment to continue its support to UN-Women, the UAE has announced a financial contribution of 15 million dollars to support the mandate of the UN-Women over the next three years. The UAE’s new pledge, which was announced on the sidelines of the General …

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Syrian FM calls for withdrawal of US and Turkish forces

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem on Saturday demanded an immediate withdrawal of all U.S. and Turkish troops from his country and warned that Syrian government forces had the right to take countermeasures if they refused. The United States has around 1,000 troops in Syria tackling Islamic State militants. Turkey has …

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Possible Houthi attack on Saudi border

Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Saturday it had carried out an attack near the border with the southern Saudi region of Najran and captured several army officers, but there was no immediate confirmation from Saudi Arabian authorities. The Houthis’ military spokesman said in a statement that three “enemy military brigades …

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More Gazans killed by Israeli fire

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during protests along the fortified Gaza-Israel border on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said. They named the dead as Saher Othman, 20, and said 52 others were wounded during the often violent demonstrations, 27 of them by live fire. A spokeswoman for the Israeli …

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Iraq to reopen borders with Syria

Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has approved the reopening on Monday of the Qaim border-crossing with Syria, state news agency INA said, the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The crossing will be reopened for travelers and trade, INA reported on Friday, citing …

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Dubai’s Cityscape Global 2019 expanding

Dubai Land Department (DLD) continues to showcase its presence through its stand at Cityscape Global 2019, currently being hosted by Dubai. Besides its remarkable activity in welcoming visitors as well as local and foreign delegations, especially investors wishing to familiarise themselves with the investment horizon in the Emirate, DLD, through …

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Rouhani says Trump willing to drop sanctions

The United States offered to remove all sanctions on Iran in exchange for talks, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday upon returning to Tehran from the United Nations General Assembly in New York, according to his official website. “The German chancellor, the prime minister of England (Britain) and the …

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Seized British tanker finally heading home

The British-flagged Stena Impero tanker left Iran’s Bandar Abbas port on Friday and was heading for Dubai so the crew could be repatriated, the owner said, after the ship was detained in July by Iranian forces during a row with Britain. The Stena Impero was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards …

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Germany working to diffuse tensions in Gulf with UAE

Germany is in close consultations with “our European and regional partners about ways forward to de-escalate the situation” in the Arabian Gulf region, a top German official told the Emirates News Agency, WAM. “Germany condemns the attacks on the two oil installations in Khurais and Abqaiq in Saudi Arabia on …

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UAE Hub71 Incentive Programme welcomes new start-ups

A new cohort of startups have been admitted to the Hub71 Incentive Programme in a bid to grow their companies and set up operations at the tech ecosystem, Hub71. Originating from different sectors and countries, the seven startups include British fintech company, dopay; Egypt-based Furnwish; Tunisian ProvenMed International; Trukker; and …

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Russia rumoured to be expanding Syria airbase

Russia is expanding its Hmeimim air base in Syria and rebuilding a second landing strip to allow the facility to serve more aircraft, Russian news agencies cited an unnamed Defence Ministry official as saying on Thursday. The ministry has also set up new buildings to house aircraft at the site …

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Netanyahu wants open-air corruption pre-trial hearing

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday for his pre-trial hearing next week on corruption allegations to be broadcast live, saying that “the time has come for the public to hear everything, including my side”. Following a deadlocked Sept. 17 election, Netanyahu is fighting for a fifth term in …

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MBS gives interview on Khashoggi assassination

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he bears responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year by Saudi operatives “because it happened under my watch,” according to a PBS documentary to be broadcast next week. Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, has not spoken publicly about the …

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Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi enters Guinness records

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi – the world’s first Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park – has succeeded in claiming a Guinness World Records title for the “Largest Gathering of People Wearing Capes,” as it recently celebrated Batman’s 80th anniversary. Taking place at the park’s Gotham City and Warner Bros. …

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UAE showcases its smart screen technologies

As part of its ongoing efforts to bolster joint coordination with other federal entities to drive digital transformation in the UAE, the Ministry of Finance, MoF, has held a workshop to introduce smart screens at the ministry’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Several MoF officials, along with representatives from the Ministry …

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Italian company commemorates UAE manned mission

To commemorate the UAE’s first manned mission to space, Montegrappa, an Italian company of luxury products, has launched a unique fountain pen commissioned for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, celebrating Hazza Al Mansoori, the first Emirati Astronaut in space. MBRSC is also responsible for the development of various projects …

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Saudi Aramco needs $1 billion bank loan

Saudi Aramco has asked banks to submit proposals for a project finance loan of more than $1 billion, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The state oil company’s request for proposals (RFPs) was sent this week, one of the sources said. It was not immediately clear from …

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UAE space mission 1 heading to ISS in the sky

The world’s attention will be set towards UAE Mission 1 to the International Space Station, ISS, on 25th September, as Emirati prime astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori carries out a historic mission on board the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft. Al Mansoori will head to space with Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and NASA …

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Dubai Islamic Economy giving lessons to Indonesia

Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, DIEDC, has received a senior financial delegation from Indonesia that aimed to learn about the Islamic economy system in the UAE and explore opportunities for cooperation. The delegation comprised senior officials from Bank Indonesia – the central bank of the country – and the Indonesia …

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Houthis, Saudis, exchange fire in Yeeni theatre

Air strikes blamed on the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 16 people in Yemen’s Houthi-controlled Dalea province on Tuesday, two residents and the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV said. The strikes came four days after the Houthis, a group aligned with Iran, said they would stop aiming missile and drone attacks at …

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Soft drinks scandal brewing in Israel

Israel’s securities regulator said on Tuesday it was investigating a senior executive at carbonated drink-machine maker SodaStream on suspicion of insider trading prior to its $3.2 billion acquisition by PepsiCo (PEP.O) last year. The executive, whose name has been placed under a gagging order, was detained on Monday and released …

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Netanyahu forced into unity government with opposition

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz launched negotiations on Monday over a proposed Israeli unity government and a key politician said the focus was on who would lead it first under a rotation deal. After failing to secure a clear victory in the second election in six …

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British oil tanker still held by Iran

British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, detained by Iran in July, is still in the country despite Iranian officials saying it was free to leave, Stena Bulk CEO Erik Hanell said on Tuesday. Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hamid Baeidinejad, said on Twitter on Monday the Swedish-owned vessel was free to …

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