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    Egypt’s economy set for a rebound in 2022

    DUBAI: African nations are attending this year’s Dubai Expo 2020 in force, hoping to project an image of a modern and ambitious continent and shed stereotypes of conflict and underdevelopment. The six-month mega-event, delayed by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, is a milestone for the wealthy Gulf emirate. It has spent some $8.2 billion transforming a barren stretch on the outskirts of the city into an eye-popping site bristling with high-tech pavilions. As the huge project nears completion ahead of the scheduled October 2021 opening, African delegates touted their ambitions to generate trade and investment at a high-level meeting this week. […] More

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    Egypt to test visitors from countries with COVID-19 variants on arrival

    JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities appear set to re-route the traditional Jerusalem Unity Day parade which has been known to be provocative and anti-Arab. Israeli media reported that security officials on Sunday urged the government to rethink the annual event, a flag-waving display of Israeli claims to all of the contested city set to take place Monday, following days of unrest and Israeli-Palestinian clashes in the capital. Ynet reported that Israeli security officials “called for the government to reconsider the route, the number of marchers, and even the event itself.” Persistent and widespread protests in Jerusalem have brought worldwide condemnation of Israel, […] More

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    Egypt to produce 60m doses of Sinovac vaccine from next month

    JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities appear set to re-route the traditional Jerusalem Unity Day parade which has been known to be provocative and anti-Arab. Israeli media reported that security officials on Sunday urged the government to rethink the annual event, a flag-waving display of Israeli claims to all of the contested city set to take place Monday, following days of unrest and Israeli-Palestinian clashes in the capital. Ynet reported that Israeli security officials “called for the government to reconsider the route, the number of marchers, and even the event itself.” Persistent and widespread protests in Jerusalem have brought worldwide condemnation of Israel, […] More

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    Interview: A shared ‘forward-looking spirit’ underpins EU-Saudi partnership

    RIYADH: On May 9 each year, the European Union’s 27 member states celebrate Europe Day in recognition of the continent’s integration, diversity and decades of peace. While the day is an occasion for the continent to reflect on its turbulent past and its present challenges, it is also an opportunity for it to look ahead, according to Patrick Simonnet, the EU ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman. “It’s always a chance for us to remember the value of peace and unity, which is really at the heart of the European project,” the French diplomat told Arab News during an interview. […] More

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    Crown prince tries to improve future opportunities through changing present

    The recent interview of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by Abdullah Al-Mudaifer was special in all its aspects, as it coincided with the fifth anniversary of the launch of Vision 2030 and its guest was the sponsor of this vision.It gave viewers an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at the country’s largest national project, one that is set to benefit people throughout the Kingdom.Although the vision’s goals in their general form may seem economical, they required adjustments to the government’s structure, the establishment of new councils, and the selection of people in leadership positions according to criteria based on efficiency, ability […] More

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    Mandatory jabs for office-goers ‘will make workplaces safer’ in Saudi Arabia

    JEDDAH: A new poll has revealed that Saudis reduced their participation in social events by more than 70 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic.The results were part of a recent telephone study by the Saudi Center for Opinion Polling that surveyed a random sample of 1,190 people aged 18 years and older during Ramadan.Saudis also reduced visits to relatives by 46 percent and to friends by 54 percent, the center found. During Ramadan, 42 percent of people maintained regular levels physical exercise, while 39 percent of respondents said they watched less television.The findings also revealed a 39 percent increase in mobile […] More

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    Maldives ex-president ‘critical’ after assassination attempt

    LONDON: A Libyan coastguard vessel involved in the shooting of a Sicilian fisherman on May 6 was given to Tripoli by Italy to stop the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean, it has emerged. Col. Massoud Abdalsamad of the Libyan coastguard told Italian media that the ship “fired warning shots into the air against vessels which had allegedly trespassed into Libyan waters.” Three Italian fishing boats had entered its territorial waters without permission in search of red prawns. Giuseppe Giacalone, captain of one of the fishing boats, told Italian news agency ANSA: “It is a miracle we are alive. We […] More

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    Who’s Who: Suhail Mohammed Abanmi, governor of the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority

    Opportunities for mutual benefit beckon as Pakistan PM Imran Khan begins Saudi Arabia visit ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has long enjoyed warm relations with Saudi Arabia, deeply rooted in their common faith, shared history and mutual support in times of crisis. More than 2 million Pakistanis work in the Kingdom, contributing to its prosperity and sending home billions in remittances. Trade, meanwhile, continues to blossom between the two nations. With an eye to boosting their mutual cooperation, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday at the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to begin a three-day official visit, […] More

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    Farasani people find summer solace in ancient Saudi getaway

    Opportunities for mutual benefit beckon as Pakistan PM Imran Khan begins Saudi Arabia visit ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has long enjoyed warm relations with Saudi Arabia, deeply rooted in their common faith, shared history and mutual support in times of crisis. More than 2 million Pakistanis work in the Kingdom, contributing to its prosperity and sending home billions in remittances. Trade, meanwhile, continues to blossom between the two nations. With an eye to boosting their mutual cooperation, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday at the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to begin a three-day official visit, […] More

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    Israel accuses Spanish woman of aiding banned militant group

    NEW YORK: A Syrian Air Force helicopter dropped a chlorine bomb on the opposition-held town of Saraqib, on Feb. 4, 2018, an investigation team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has concluded. Investigators found “reasonable grounds to believe” at least one cylinder landed in the eastern part of the town, releasing a cloud of toxic gas that covered a large area and affected 12 people. The incident was the focus on Thursday of a Security Council meeting to discuss the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, and its failure to comply with a UN […] More

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