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Dubai announces world's first underwater floating mosque

Dubai: 21 September, Dubai has announced plans for a Dh55-million underwater floating mosque. As per concept images shared with Khaleej Times, one-half of the structure with its sitting areas and a coffee shop will be above the water; while the other is submerged below.   The world'

India, UAE as chairs of G20, COP28 to set agenda for a new world: Indian Envoy

As respective chairs of G20 Summit in New Delhi, and COP28, the UN Climate Conference in Dubai this year, India and the UAE are bringing their synergies to use these platforms to set the agenda for a new world, a top Indian diplomat told the Emirates News Agency (WAM). “This global agenda c

Saudi Arabia bans these 4 things from being brought during the Hajj journey

Saudi Arabia has imposed restrictions on four items that pilgrims are prohibited from bringing during their Hajj journey. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has issued strict instructions regarding the ban on carrying certain items during air travel for the guests of Rahman (referring to pilgrims). The

Saudi Arabia replaces visa sticker with QR codes for 7 countries

RIYADH — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a new initiative to scrap the visa sticker on the beneficiary's passport and switch to electronic visa that can be read using QR code. The new initiative will be activated in its first stage in the Kingdom's missions in seven countries. Th

Hajj 2023: Special fitness training for women, yoga session happening before going on Haj, know why?

New Delhi. This time, yoga sessions are being conducted for women and men going on Hajj (2023) to stay fit. The special thing is that this year a large number of women are going on Haj. According to Delhi Haj Committee Chairperson Kausar Jahan, in the last few years there has been awareness about fi

Dubai: Now, skip driving licence classes, go straight to test with new RTA 'Golden Chance' initiative

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is now offering expats a 'golden chance' to get a driving licence without having to take lessons. However, a number of conditions have been set out: First, they must hold a valid licence from their home countries, and then, they have to pass the RTA dri

Saudi Arabia does away with need for police clearance certificate for Indians seeking visa

New Delhi: Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced that Indian nationals will no longer be required to submit a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) to obtain a visa there. It is being seen as a beneficial move for workers seeking employment in that country. The Saudi Arabian embassy said that the decis

Dubai: Man fined Dh50,000 for hitting diver with speeding yacht

A 34-year-old man was permanently disabled by 45 per cent in a diving accident, after an expat hit him with a yacht. The accident occurred in Palm Deira, neal the island Umm Al Hatab. The victim said he was practising diving with his friends when a speeding yacht came and hit him. He attempted

Saudi blast suspect kills self with suicide belt: Officials

A suspect in a deadly 2015 Islamic State group attack on a Saudi mosque blew himself up while being arrested by security forces in Jeddah this week, Saudi officials said on Friday. Four others were wounded when Saudi national Abdullah bin Zayed al-Bakri al-Shehri set off the explosives belt, th

Saudi retailer BinDawood completes 62% stake buy in e-commerce platform IATC

RIYADH: A unit of Saudi retailer BinDawood Holding has completed the acquisition of a 62 percent stake in e-commerce platform operator International Applications Trading Co. Future Retail for Information Technology Co., which is wholly owned by BinDawood, signed the deal with Amwaj Real Estate Co

Non-Muslim journalist enters Mecca; Saudi police arrest citizen who helped him

A citizen of Saudi Arabia was detained and thrown over to the Public Prosecution after it was claimed that he helped an Israeli-American journalist reach Mecca, the holiest shrine in Islam and a place that only Muslims are permitted to visit. In violation of a restriction on non-Muslims, journali

No capacity: Saudi Arabia cannot expand oil production beyond 13 million bpd

Saudi Arabia will not have any additional capacity to increase its oil production beyond 13 million barrels per day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said during an address to the US-Arab summit in Jeddah. “The kingdom has announced an increase in its production capacity level to 13 million bpd,

Dubai: Over 40,000 virtual jobs to be created as new metaverse strategy announced

A new strategy announced on Monday aims to make Dubai among the world’s top 10 metaverse economies as well as a global hub for the metaverse community. The Dubai Metaverse Strategy aims to build on the emirate’s achievement of attracting more than 1,000 companies in the fields of blockchain and meta

"Autocrats Smiling": Biden Slammed Over Fist-Bump With Saudi Crown Prince

Jeddah: It took less than 24 hours in Saudi Arabia for US President Joe Biden to tarnish an image he has long cultivated: that of a fierce defender of human rights. The life of any politician is dotted with campaign pledges that ultimately backfire, and for Biden that list now includes his 2019 v

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman A "Psychopath With No Empathy", Says Former Saudi Official

A former Saudi intelligence chief described Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) as a “psychopath” in a CBS Newsinterview aired just a few days before United States President Joe Biden is due to visit the kingdom. Saad Aljabri, who was once the number two official in Saudi intelligence, warned

India-UAE flight: Recovery aircraft sent to Dubai after SpiceJet develops nose wheel snag

A recovery aircraft was sent to Dubai on Monday after a SpiceJet aircraft could not operate a return flight as it was found to have a nose wheel snag. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the matter. A senior DGCA official confirmed that on July 11, Spiceje

UAE jobs: Apple lists several vacancies for Dubai, Abu Dhabi operations

iPhone maker Apple has listed a number of openings at its UAE offices in different departments including retail, marketing and software and services. The US tech major has vacancies for the positions of music editor, software data engineer, specialist, partner communications manager, and channel

Dubai: Luxury property set to double its market share in 2022

Dubai's luxury property market will continue to rise in the second half of the year as limited stock of prime and ultra-prime residential units are unable to cater to the rising demand from both end-users and foreign buyers, experts say. Industry specialists, analysts and market experts said the