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GCC Covid-19 update: 2,779 infections reported in Saudi; Oman registers 1,318 cases

The death toll in Saudi Arabia has risen to 2,223

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Motivate Media Group to support UAE SMEs with $1m initiative

Motivate Media Group’s $1m campaign to support SMEs in the UAE has received approval from the Dubai government

Abu Dhabi Islamic bank provides exclusive offers to healthcare workers

These offers include a reduction on the profit rate and pricing discounts on some of the bank’s financial products

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Etihad, Air Arabia announce special flights from UAE to India

Etihad and Air Arabia are also accepting booking for ICA-approved UAE residents to return to the country from India

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UAE announces phased renewals of expired residency visas, Emirates IDs from July 12

Those whose documents have expired in March and April must proceed with the renewal process immediately

Dubai SME provides Dhs170m worth of incentives, services to entrepreneurs in 2019

Overall, local entrepreneurs received over Dhs630m worth of incentives and support from Dubai SME since its inception in 2002

Revealed: Top 10 tech executives in the MENA region

Technologies such as AI are shifting the way the world works, with the Middle East region striving to be at the forefront of this new era. As public and private sector organisations embark on digital transformation strategies, we highlight the regional executives leading this technological revolution

OPEC readies next move in bid to avoid oil-market taper tantrum

While oil prices have recovered to $43 a barrel in London, from a two-decade low of $15.98 in late April, sentiment in the market remains fragile

Dubai’s Emirates to operate repatriation flights to India

The flights will be operated to the Indian cities of Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, between July 12-26, 2020

UAE reports 403 Covid-19 cases, 679 additional recoveries

The death toll in the UAE now stands at 331

Dubai reveals additional stimulus package worth Dhs1.5bn to support businesses

The stimulus package aims to support small and medium enterprises and a number of strategic sectors

Explainer: Is the booming healthy snacks sector in the region well regulated?

As consumers in the GCC increasingly focus on adopting fitter lifestyles, the regional health food industry has seen massive growth, suggests Mahmoud Adham, founder and CEO, Munchbox

Five recession-proof business ideas for UAE entrepreneurs

In light of the Covid-19 crisis, it would be prudent to consider businesses that are immune to recessions and/or economic crises

How to be financially prepared amid the Covid-19 outbreak

These four financial moves can help tide you through challenging times

New M&A wave seen for Gulf banks trying to outrun virus slowdown

There are more than 70 listed banks in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council

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Expired UAE residence visas, ID cards no longer valid until December-end

UAE citizens, GCC nationals and residents inside the country have a grace period of three months to renew their documents

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Sharjah declares three days of mourning after Deputy Ruler dies

Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi passed away in London

UAE residents in India can now return on Vande Bharat, charter flights

The permission for UAE residents to return to the country has been initially granted for 15 days from July 12-26

Dubai’s Emirates resumes flights to 6 more cities; network to grow to 58 destinations

Emirates has revised its booking policies to offer customers added flexibility

GCC Covid-19 update: UAE reports 532 cases; Oman registers 1,518 infections

The death toll in the UAE and Kuwait has risen to 328 and 382 respectively

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Emirates airline cuts more jobs among pilots and cabin crew

Sources have indicated that Emirates’ workforce of 4,300 pilots and almost 22,000 cabin crew “could shrink by almost a third from its pre-coronavirus levels”

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How the private aviation sector in the Middle East is responding to the Covid-19 crisis

Pre-pandemic estimates suggested that there are approximately 800 private jets registered in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

Dubai’s Nomad Homes raises $4m in seeding funding

The company is building a managed marketplace for users to search, transact, and finance residential real estate

Abu Dhabi aims to attract skilled expats by making life cheaper

Abu Dhabi is the 39th most expensive place for expatriates, according to New York-based consultant Mercer, more costly than Boston or Milan

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Sheikh Mohammed establishes new committee to ease issuing building permits in Dubai

The committee will list, analyse, revise and develop procedures for providing services related to the issuance of building permits

Dubai tourism chief expects ‘aggressive’ bounce back this year

Dubai has allowed holiday-makers to resume flying into the emirate from July 7

UAE provided financial facilities worth Dhs5.8bn to non-profit organisations in Q1 2020

The Central Bank of the UAE has said that the support provided to non-profit organisations is expected to increase in 2020

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Covid-19: Kuwait lifts lockdown in all areas except Farwaniya

Movement restrictions in the two districts of Mahboula and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh were imposed on April 6

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UAE establishes new office to recognise and support country’s frontline workers

The Frontline Heroes Office will grant rewards, present certificates of appreciation, and nominate some to receive honorary medals too

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Sheikh Hamdan launches Dubai Cyber Index to enhance cybersecurity among government entities

The Index was developed by the Dubai Electronic Security Center