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Israeli comedian makes fun of UAE normalization

An Arabic-language satirical Israeli song criticising normalization between Israel and the UAE has gone viral in the Middle East this week, causing a stir online. The song “Dubai, Dubai” was performed by Israeli comedian and activist Noam Shuster-Eliassi and appeared as part of a comedy sketch on the Arabic-language station …

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Mexico drops all Covid restrictions

Mexico has dropped all COVID-19 entry requirements as of January. Together with El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica, there are now four countries in the world that dropped all covid-related entry restrictions. “These countries will see a boost in their visitors”, said Jeroen Vliex, Chief Commercial Officer of …

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China says Gulf states support it on Xinjiang

China said Friday it gained support on issues including the treatment of Uyghur Muslims from a number of Gulf states following talks between their foreign ministers at which they agreed to upgrade relations. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the ministers and Gulf Cooperation Council Secretary-General Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf …

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Rounds of condemnation for Houthi hijacking of UAE ship

The hijacking of a UAE-flagged cargo ship off the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah is a “flagrant violation” of the principles of international law, the Arab coalition said on Tuesday. The Rawabi had been transporting medical equipment from the remote Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea to the …

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Coffee is not always only about coffee

Jabal Haraaz is a mountainous region in the Southeastern Yemeni Peninsula. It is a collection of beautiful medieval villages. Coffee has been farmed and traded in the area since the 1400s. By Arthur BlokMost farmers in this region are from the Dawoodi Bohras, a highly literate and tight-knit community. Some …

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Israel scraps planned UAE pipeline to Europe for environmental reasons

“We have blocked the entry of dozens of oil tankers to the Gulf of Eilat”, said Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg, a member of the social democratic Meretz party.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html She described the move as a “huge and dramatic environmental achievement”, that was based on the ministry’s policy of zero …

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GCC wants an end to armed militias in Lebanon

A Gulf Cooperation Council summit has called for prohibiting Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hizbullah “from carrying out its terrorist activities and supporting terrorist militias that threaten the stability of Arab countries.” Lebanon’s ties with Gulf states have grown increasingly strained in recent years because of Hizbullah’s growing influence and its interference in …

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Iran eager to patch up relations with UAE

Iran expressed hopes Monday to turn the page in its ties with the United Arab Emirates during a rare visit by a senior official from the Gulf Arab country. UAE National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al-Nahyan arrived in the country earlier Monday at the invitation of Ali Shamkhani, …

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Iran angry at France for arms sale to UAE

Iran on Monday accused France of “destabilizing” the Gulf region after Paris signed a record 14-billion-euro deal with the United Arab Emirates for 80 Rafale fighter jets. “We must not ignore France’s role in destabilizing the region,” foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a news conference.  “We expected France to …

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Welcome to the World CEO: “We have the unique chance to smart investments and sustainably change the tourism industry”

The coronavirus pandemic will likely cost the global tourism sector $2 trillion in lost revenue in 2021, the UN’s tourism body estimated last month, calling the sector’s recovery “fragile”. “We now have the unique chance to smart investments and to sustainably change the industry for the better”, said Stefanie Schachtschabel …

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Frances finalises multibillion arms sale to UAE

France announced multibillion-euro deals Friday to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, aiming to boost military cooperation with its top ally in the Persian Gulf amid their shared concerns about Iran. The UAE is buying 80 upgraded Rafale warplanes in a deal the French Defense …

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High profile UAE delegation headed to Iran soon

A senior Emirati official said on Tuesday the United Arab Emirates would soon send a delegation to Iran as part of efforts to improve ties with rival Tehran. “I hope that it is the sooner the better and all our friends are aware of it,” Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to …

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Starlet Lindsay Lohan becomes fiancé to Arab star

Congratulations are in order for Lindsay Lohan. The Dubai-based actress has just announced her engagement to her partner Bader Shammas. The Hollywood star shared the news with her 9.7 million Instagram followers, posting a series of coupled-up snaps that showed off her diamond engagement ring. Lohan, 35, wrote: “My love. …

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Macron on Gulf tour in December

French President Emmanuel Macron will go on an official trip to the Gulf region, visiting Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar between Dec. 3 and 4, the Elysee presidential office said on Friday. France maintains strong relations with the Gulf States, in economic and cultural terms, but also in terms of security.  …

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UAE wants to run Kabul airport for Taliban

The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle for influence with Afghanistan’s new rulers, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter. UAE officials have held a series of discussions with the group …

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Uzbekistan in EXPO 2020 Dubai

The Fund for the Development of Culture and Arts is an official partner of the cultural programs of the National Pavilion of Uzbekistan, which is participating in the world exhibition EXPO 2020 Dubai. At the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, the National Pavilion of Uzbekistan has been showcasing the country’s …

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Political parties meet with Hariri in UAE

A Progressive Socialist Party delegation led by MP Taymour Jumblat and MP Wael Abu Faour has met with al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri in the United Arab Emirates, al-Jadeed television reported. PSP sources meanwhile told al-Jadeed that the talks were “comprehensive” and that several topics were discussed. PSP general …

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Lloyd Austin heading to Mideast

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to the Middle East on Thursday to meet with leaders in Bahrain and the UAE. In Bahrain, Austin will meet with senior government officials to affirm the strength of the US’ defense partnership and discuss joint priorities in the Middle East, the …

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