• Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: Iran's Khamenei says all must help fight 'tragic' COVID-19 resurgence

    Iranian women wearing protective face masks walk in Darband street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tehran, Iran June 12, 2020. Ali Khara/WANA (West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

  • Entertainment
    Al Arabiya English

    Instagram says Bella Hadid's post on Palestinian father 'shouldn't have been removed'

    An Instagram story supermodel Bella Hadid had posted of her father’s American passport with Palestine listed as his birthplace “shouldn’t have been removed,” a spokesperson from Facebook told Al Arabiya English. Bella Hadid criticizes Instagram for removing her story about her Palestinian father. (screengrab) Last Update: Sunday, 12 July 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47

  • Politics
    Arab News

    UAE cancels visa extension for expatriates

    DUBAI: Almost 1.5 million expatriate workers are expected to leave Kuwait by year’s end as economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to cut their workforce to save on costs and remain afloat. Likewise, the government’s decision to lower the number of expats living in the country, through a new residency law, and its continuing Kuwaitization of jobs in the public sector also hit migrant workers.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    UAE sets dates to renew expired visas, ID cards after coronavirus restrictions eased

    The UAE's authorities set on Saturday dates to start receiving applications to renew expired residency visas and ID cards. A day earlier the Cabinet announced that their decisions regarding extending the validity of expired documents such as visas, Emirates ID cards, and entry permits due to the coronavirus pandemic will no longer be in effect. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) said on Friday that the decision was “in line with the return to normalcy in various fields and sectors and to support continuity of business activity." During the early months of the coronavirus pandemic amid lockdowns and travel bans, the UAE had extended the validity of residency visas, entry and residency permits, and ID cards expired after March 1 until December 31.

  • Politics
    Arab News

    'Sad day for rule of law' as Turkey passes legal bill

    The law has alarmed legal experts and members of the international community, including Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists, who fear that it will politicize the judiciary, limit lawyers’ independence and reduce bar associations’ ability to monitor human rights. Representatives of 80 bar associations have opposed the plan, and staged nationwide marches and protests in Ankara.

  • Lifestyle
    Arabian Business

    UAE number one choice for holidaymakers in 2021

    Holidaymakers from around the world have their eye on the UAE as their destination of choice for 2021, according to the latest findings from global tour operator Kuoni. With most holidays put on hold this year as a result of the enforced movement restrictions to curb the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic, people are already looking towards next year. According to Google Trends, online searches for ‘2021 holiday’ have increased by an incredible 124 percent since the end of March.

  • Lifestyle
    CNN

    Before the virus, Asia's ecosystems were buckling under overtourism. When the tourists return, it has to be different

    An example As one of the most popular destinations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines welcomes millions of tourists each year, many who visit outlying tropical islands for their sandy beaches and clear waters. In 2018, so many tourists visited Boracay island that President Roderigo Duterte famously said it had been turned into a "cesspool," and ordered it to close for six months for a massive cleanup.