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Abu Dhabi: PM to inaugurate first Hindu temple in UAE, address 'Ahlan Modi' event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi on February 14, marking a historic moment as the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.  The temple, which stands at a height of 108 feet and spans 262 feet in length and 180 feet in width,

Heavy rain, thunderstorm lash UAE; residents warned of unstable conditions

UAE residents have been warned of inclement weather conditions as six of the seven emirates experienced moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by lightning and thunder on Sunday. The UAE's National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) recorded rains in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ajman, and Ras

Janardhana Reddy showers praise on PM Modi amid buzz of his return to BJP

Koppal, Jan 27 (IANS): Mining baron-turned-politician Gali Janardhana Reddy showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function organised in Gangavathi town in Karnataka's Koppal district on Saturday. The statements assume importance amid speculations that Reddy may return to B

Saudi Arabia Set To Open 1st Alcohol Store For Non-Muslim Diplomats: Report

سعودی عرب میں شراب کی پہلی دکان کھلنے جا رہی ہے۔ دارالحکومت ریاض میں کھولے جانے والے اس اسٹور میں شراب صرف غیر مسلم سفارت کاروں کو فروخت کی جائے گی۔ ذرائع کے مطابق اس اسٹور سے شراب خریدنے کے لیے صارفین کو موبائل ایپ کے ذریعے خود کو رجسٹر کرنا ہوگا۔ اس کے بعد انہیں وزارت خارجہ سے کلیئرنس کوڈ بھیجا جا

India signs cooperation agreements with the UAE, Czech Republic

India signed a slew of bilateral cooperation agreements with the United Arab Emirates and the Czech Republic at the Vibrant Gujarat summit.  With the UAE, India reached agreements on healthcare, development of food parks, and renewable energy, while with the Czech Republic it signed a strate

Ghee, pickles not allowed on India-UAE flights? Here is all you need to know about what to carry

Dubai: Have you come across a post on your social media feed warning you not to carry certain items if you are travelling from India to the UAE? In the past couple of months, media reports in India and social media posts have highlighted how certain items like ghee (clarified butter), pickles and oi

GCC approves unified tourist visa for UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman & Bahrain

Dubai, Nov 9: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have unanimously approved the implementation of the unified gulf tourist visa. The decision was announced during the 40th meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers in Muscat on Wednesday, November 8. Members of the GCC approved a unified

First bus service from Ras Al Khaimah in UAE to Musandam in Oman

Ras Al Khaimah: The RAK Transport Authority (RAKTA) has launched the first bus service connecting Ras Al Khaimah with Musandam, a governorate of Oman. The service was launched in partnership with Musandam Governorate, and operates on weekends with two trips per day. One-way tickets are priced at

UAE strongly condemns attacks on copies of the holy Quran in the Netherlands

Foreign Ministry emphasized the importance of monitoring hate speech that negatively impacts peace and security   The UAE has strongly condemned the attacks on copies of the holy Quran by extremists in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the Dutch gover

Self-driving taxis to hit Dubai streets next month

RTA has yet to determine the fare for these cabs, although official hints it may be 30% higher than regular prices Fully-automated self-driving taxis will ply the streets of Dubai next month following the successful digital mapping of Jumeirah 1 area, a senior official from the Roads and Transport

UAE weighs visa-free travel for Gulf residents to boost tourism

The new visa system would allow residents in the GCC to travel freely within the bloc The United Arab Emirates is weighing plans for a visa system that would simplify travel for residents to neighboring Gulf nations, including Saudi Arabia. The new visa system would allow residents in the Gulf C

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