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  • Arab world basks in the glory of UAE Mars mission triumph
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    Arab world basks in the glory of UAE Mars mission triumph

    DUBAI: For months, the Hope probe’s journey to Mars had been tracked eagerly by the Arab news media. In the UAE, hoardings depicting the unmanned spacecraft (known in Arabic as Al-Amal) have been positioned along highways as part of the country’s 50th anniversary celebrations. On Tuesday, landmarks across the Arab world, including Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower on Earth, glowed red to mark the probe’s arrival at Mars. Seven months after its launch from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, the probe completed its 495 million kilometer voyage and settled into orbit around the planet in a triumph for the Arab […] More

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    Saudi women welcome World Bank recognition of advances in empowerment

    RIYADH: Several Saudi universities have begun preparing coronavirus vaccination centers for use by faculty, their families, citizens and residents. Vaccines will be given to people according to priority and age group, and as per the approved electronic systems. The move comes as part of the Ministry of Education’s efforts under the guidance of Education Minister Hamad Al-Asheikh to join national efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The launch of vaccination centers in universities emphasizes their role in serving the community. It is is also part of a long series of joint programs between Saudi government bodies. As per the directives […] More

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    Netanyahu pushing for new settlement, Palestinian officials warn

    ANKARA: Large rallies for Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and other “superspreader” events have sparked public outcry, with the government accused of double standards in the country’s fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In recent weeks, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attended these crowded events — some resembling pop concerts — along with other provincial congress meetings across the country. The indoor events, with thousands in attendance, have been criticized over a lack of social distancing. Meanwhile, peaceful protests of university students and ordinary meetings of some dissident NGOs are still forbidden because they do not respect pandemic […] More

  • Saudi Arabia: Soudah Development to Boost Tourism in Region
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    Saudi Arabia: Soudah Development to Boost Tourism in Region

    Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced on Wednesday the launch of the Soudah Development Company, in the Asir, with expected investments exceeding 11 billion riyals ($2.9 billion). According to experts, the project will involve a diversity of urban developments and activate the investment of the country’s different terrain. They also said that the new company would revive several sectors in the region, the most important of which are real estate, construction and retail. Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khatib, emphasized the Crown Prince’s support to the tourism sector, whether through the major projects in the Red Sea to […] More

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    Escape to Cape Town | Arab News

    LONDON: It must be strange for artists to hear people theorizing about their art. Talking to Tammam Azzam, you get the sense that, while he is happy to engage and listen, the Syrian artist is not particularly interested in adding layers of rumination to what he has already expressed on canvas. “Sometimes even the artist cannot realize the message because there is no message — just a visual language,” he says. “Even I don’t know exactly what it means.” Part of the reason that people want to talk about the ‘meaning’ or ‘message’ in Azzam’s work is that his images […] More

  • Saudi Arabia closes February $840m sukuk program
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    Saudi Arabia closes February $840m sukuk program

    LONDON: Oil prices extended gains for a fourth session on Thursday to reach the highest levels in more than 13 months, underpinned by an assurance that US interest rates will stay low, and a sharp drop in US crude output last week due to the storm in Texas. Brent crude futures for April gained 33 cents, 0.49 percent, to $67.37 a barrel by 0925 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude for April was at $63.45 a barrel, up 23 cents, 0.36 percent. Both contracts hit their highest since Jan. 8, 2020, earlier in the session with Brent at $67.70 […] More

  • SDC CEO: We Seek Investing $800 Mln in Infrastructure Development
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    SDC CEO: We Seek Investing $800 Mln in Infrastructure Development

    With Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announcing the creation of the Soudah Development Company (SDC) in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region, the kingdom is set for building a luxury mountain destination that features immersive cultural experiences. The destination adds another dimension to Saudi Arabia’s ambitious tourism goals, and complements those destinations created on the Red Sea coast and around the capital city of Riyadh. SDC CEO Husameddin Al-Madani, in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, confirmed that the company is seeking to invest more than SR 3 billion ($800 million) in infrastructure development in the targeted region. This will contribute an estimated […] More

  • Saudi Arabia to tap unexplored potential of cave tourism
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    Saudi Arabia to tap unexplored potential of cave tourism

    Okaz/Saudi Gazette RIYADH — Saudi Arabia is vigorously promoting cave tourism as a safe and enjoyable source of adventure after identifying various types of caves as ecotourism destinations as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 tourism initiative. Most of these subterranean caves unlock hidden treasures of Saudi Arabia’s geotourism wonders. As these national treasures and their surrounding environs have fragile ecosystems, they need to be protected to ensure their survival as well as that of the endemic wildlife preserved by them. Muhammad Al-Shanti, chief geologist and head of the cave studies department at the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS), said that […] More

  • Saudi firm leads $5m funding for scooter startup
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    Saudi firm leads $5m funding for scooter startup

    LONDON: Oil prices extended gains for a fourth session on Thursday to reach the highest levels in more than 13 months, underpinned by an assurance that US interest rates will stay low, and a sharp drop in US crude output last week due to the storm in Texas. Brent crude futures for April gained 33 cents, 0.49 percent, to $67.37 a barrel by 0925 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude for April was at $63.45 a barrel, up 23 cents, 0.36 percent. Both contracts hit their highest since Jan. 8, 2020, earlier in the session with Brent at $67.70 […] More

  • Pope’s visit to Iraqi Ziggurat to bring together several faiths — and hopefully lure more visitors
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    Pope’s visit to Iraqi Ziggurat to bring together several faiths — and hopefully lure more visitors

    DUBAI: No good deed goes unpunished, it is said. But thanks to one Beirut philanthropist, some good deeds end up being not only rewarded but also recorded. The World Sucks (TWS) — a Lebanese social video channel devoted to documenting acts of kindness — was created just over a year ago to motivate the beneficiaries to pay it forward and give back to the community. “As much as you try to help, you will never be able to solve all the problems,” the founder of TWS, who prefers to remain anonymous, told Arab News. “But a way to get close […] More

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    Saudi and Omani foreign ministers meet in Muscat

    RIYADH: The findings of a World Bank report about recent advances in the economic inclusion and empowerment of females in Saudi Arabia came as little surprise to the many women in the country already thriving in a wide range of jobs.The Kingdom once again made significant progress compared with the previous year and ranks favorably alongside many advanced economies.Women in the Kingdom who are benefiting from recent radical reforms designed to boost their participation in the workplace warmly welcomed the recognition of the country’s efforts by the World Bank’s annual Women, Business and the Law report, which this year ranked […] More

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