• Egypt Independent

    Pakistan’s new PM, Imran Khan, visits Saudi Arabia

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Pakistan’s new prime minister, former cricket player Imran Khan, is in Saudi Arabia as part of his first official overseas trip. Khan arrived in the kingdom on Tuesday and will later travel to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. While in Saudi Arabia, Khan traveled to Medina and visited the Prophet’s Mosque. He then flew to Jiddah, Saudi Arabia’s port city on the Red Sea. He is expected to meet leaders in the kingdom on Wednesday before traveling to Abu Dhabi. Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE provide vital overseas jobs for Pakistanis abroad. Saudi Arabia in particular maintains close security ties to Pakistan, while its Muslim holy sites draw many

  • Gulf News

    How much money Filipinos send home every month

    Dubai: Filipino expatriates working in UAE have helped push up remittances to the Philippines, which jumped by approximately half a billion dollars in seven months. From January to July this year, Filipinos overseas sent home a total of $16.6 billion (Dh60 billion) in cash coursed through banks, rising by three per cent or $498 million from the same period in 2017, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)  announced on Monday. That’s roughly Dh8.5 billion cash landing in the pockets of migrant workers’ families and expats' bank accounts back home every month. In local currency terms, that's a staggering 128 billion pesos entering the Philippine economy every 30 days. The bulk of the funds remitted

  • BBC Sport

    Michael Phelps demands more help for former Olympians

    Legendary US swimmer Michael Phelps says more must be done to support Olympians after they move out of the spotlight. Phelps, 33, said in January that he contemplated suicide during the worst periods of his own depression. "I don't think there's been much help for when an athlete retires," he said. "When we're done it's kind of like we're just moved along or brushed aside because there's somebody else that's coming up." Five stories of post-sport depression BBC Sport's State of Sport special Phelps won a record 23 Olympic gold medals, competing at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 and, after retirement and a comeback, Rio 2016. The American, now retired for good, suffered from

  • Gulf News

    Dh3,000 fine for carpooling in UAE

    Dubai: Carpooling in the UAE is not allowed, with authorities beefing up public awareness to prevent motorists from carrying out the traffic offence.  Abu Dhabi Police warned motorists that if found carpooling, the violation will be punishable with a fine of Dh3,000, 24 black points and the vehicle impounded for 30 days.   Brigadier Ibrahim Sultan Al Zaabi, director of the transport security department, said the main reason to ban carpooling was to protect members of the public from becoming a victim. “There are a number of threats associated with using an unlicensed taxi, which include sexual harassment, theft, fraud, quarrels, and the driver may also be in violation of residency laws,” said

  • english.alarabiya.net

    Sheikh Sultan: Qatar tribe expulsion world’s largest proportionate displacement

    Qatar’s leading opposition figure from its ruling family has hit out against the regime in Doha after the al-Ghufran tribe were made stateless by the government last year. “The largest forced displacement in the world has been seen in Qatar after ‘Two Hamad regime’ expelled about 5,000 people from the tribe of al-Ghufran, when its population was 200,000 at the time, or 2.5% in total,” Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim tweeted on Tuesday. “Injustice has been done by ‘Two Hamad regime’ against the rights of the dear al-Ghufran tribe, their deportation, and the revocation of their citizenship without any right,” he added.

  • BBC News

    Russia blames Israel after plane shot down

    Russia has said Syria shot down one of its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli jets put the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets. The Il-20 disappeared off the radar at about 23:00 local time (20:00 GMT). The Israel Defence Force (IDF) has expressed "sorrow" over the deaths. However, in a statement released on Twitter, it added: "Israel holds the [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident." It went on to say its jets were

  • Gulf News

    Abu Dhabi details Dh50b business programme

    Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Executive Council’s Executive Committee has revealed the details of the business and investment encouragement tenet as part of the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme “Ghadan 21”. The Dh50 billion three-year development programme was approved two days ago by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The development plan includes four main tenets, including business and investment, society, knowledge and innovation, and lifestyle. The first phase includes over 50 initiatives that reflect the priorities of citizens, residents and investors. The business and investment tenet includes