• Lifestyle
    Arabian Business

    Abu Dhabi abolishes permit system for buying alcohol

    Authorities in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi have abolished the requirement for permits to purchase and consume alcohol, according to an official circular, after neighbouring Dubai also moved to relax rules. The changes come as both the emirates, among seven in the United Arab Emirates federation, seek to rebuild their tourism industries after the coronavirus shutdown, and also prepare for visitors from Israel after a landmark deal to normalise relations.

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Wife of Qatar's detained Sheikh Talal makes desperate plea to UN

    LONDON: The wife of a Qatari royal languishing in a Doha prison made a desperate appeal to the UN Human Rights Council Monday for her husband’s release. Sheikh Talal bin Abdul Al-Thani, a grandson of the former emir Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al-Thani, has been in prison for seven years. His wife, Asma Arian, says he has been tortured and ill-treated by the Qatari authorities and denied medical care as his health deteriorates.

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    Road to Saudi ties with Israel being paved, cautiously

    Saudi Arabia, the most powerful Arab nation and home to Islam’s holiest sites, has made its official position on the region’s longest-running conflict clear: Full ties between the kingdom and Israel can only happen when peace is reached with the Palestinians. Yet state-backed Saudi media and clerics are signaling change is already underway with Israel — something that can only happen under the directives of the country’s powerful heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

  • Entertainment
    Al Arabiya English

    Zendaya becomes youngest lead drama actress to win Emmy for 'Euphoria'

    Zendaya said her “heart was filled” when she saw her fellow nominees, including Jennifer Aniston, cheering on the “Euphoria” actress for becoming the youngest drama lead actress to win an Emmy. Last Update: Monday, 21 September 2020 KSA 15:58 - GMT 12:58

  • Politics
    Arab News

    Oman's expat exodus continues as country continues nationalization push

    DUBAI: More than 50,000 expatriates left Oman in August, national daily Time of Oman reported, citing government data. The new figure comes as the country continues to implement nationalization programs, particularly integrating more Omanis into the country’s workforce. According to the new census provided by the National Center for Statistics and Information, the expat population in Oman stood at 1,747,844 in August, which showed a decrease of 53,895 from the previous month.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Kuwait passes draft law to crackdown on number of expats

    A panel at Kuwait’s National Assembly passed a draft law Sunday designed to limit the number of expats in the country over the next five years as authorities continue to crackdown on the number of foreign workers, Kuwait-based newspaper the Kuwait Times reported Monday. Last Update: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 KSA 11:08 - GMT 08:08

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    Palestinians arrest supporters of Abbas rival based in UAE

    Palestinian security forces arrested over half a dozen supporters of an exiled Palestinian politician who some have accused of involvement in the United Arab Emirates deal to forge ties with Israel, a spokesman for his faction said. Mohammed Dahlan has lived in the UAE since being driven out of the Israeli-occupied West Bank in 2011 after a bitter row with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his political party Fatah, of which Dahlan is a member.