• Lifestyle
    Al Arabiya English

    The signs highlighting the short-term struggles Dubai's tourism industry faces

    Three things happened last week that highlighted the plight Dubai’s future tourism industry is facing, at least in the short-term. On Monday Dubai International Airport (DXB) released its annual figures and revealed that a total of 25.9 million customers travelled through the airport in 2020, a decrease of 70 percent compared to 2019. Also on Monday, Emirates Group held a media roundtable with the company’s COO, and a small group of journalists.

  • Lifestyle
    Al Jazeera

    'Kimye' split: Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West

    Reality television celebrity and businesswoman Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West after almost seven years of marriage and months of rumours that their relationship had broken down. Representatives for Los Angeles Superior Court and for the 40-year-old star said on Friday that she had filed the divorce papers. Celebrity website TMZ cited unidentified sources as saying the split was amicable and that Kardashian had asked for joint custody of the couple’s four children.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Ending IAEA's snap inspections in Iran not a violation of nuclear deal: Zarif

    Iran’s decision to end snap inspections by UN inspectors on Feb. 23 would not mean abandoning its 2015 nuclear deal, but the United States must still lift sanctions on Tehran to rescue the pact, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday. In an interview with Iranian state TV, Zarif also criticized US President Joe Biden’s administration, saying “for all practical purposes they are pursuing the same policy” of “maximum pressure” as his predecessor Donald Trump.

  • Health
    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: UAE reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths in just 24 hours, 2,250 new cases

    The United Arab Emirates reported 2,250 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which brings the total number of confirmed infections in the country to 370,425, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced. Seventeen people died in the last 24 hours, raising the virus-related death toll in th country to 1,125. Meanwhile, 3,684 people recovered from the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of recoveries in the UAE to 359,697.

  • Entertainment
    Kuwait Times

    Harry and Meghan permanently quit British royal life

    Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan have permanently quit royal duties, Buckingham Palace said Friday, just over a year after they rocked the British monarchy by announcing plans to “step back” from their roles. Queen Elizabeth II ordered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as they are formally known, to relinquish their honorary titles and patronages following the confirmation that they would not be returning as working royals.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    UAE weapons show draws major deals and traders amid pandemic

    Israeli COVID restrictions also prevented it from joining the expo, which would have been a first after it normalized relations with the UAE last year. A technician at the Israeli Aerospace Industry booth spent a good portion of the afternoon turning away disappointed potential customers. But scores of other countries had no qualms showing up during the pandemic, underscoring how many have boosted their exports in the region.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Houthi offensive in Yemen's Marib is battle against US, its allies: Official

    The latest Houthi offensive in Yemen’s city of Marib is a battle against the United States and its allies, the group’s top military official Abdullah al-Sharifi told the militia’s al-Masirah TV. The fight now is not with our brothers, but it is between us and infidelity, America and its allies,” he said. New clashes between Yemen’s internationally-recognized government and the Iran-backed group erupted earlier this month after weeks of relative calm in the region.

  • Politics
    Egypt Independent

    Iran spokesman says Tehran confident about lifting of US sanctions despite wrangling

    Reuters) – Iran believes US sanctions will soon be lifted despite continuing “diplomatic wrangling” over reviving the nuclear deal, a government spokesman said on Saturday, signalling Tehran’s desire to end the impasse while not offering a new position. Iran and the United States have been at odds over who should take the first step to revive the 2015 accord.

  • Business
    Al Arabiya English

    Sharjah, UAE authority addresses online rumors about airplane 'on fire'

    Sharjah’s aviation authority confirmed that a Turkish aircraft suffered a minor malfunction after videos circulating on social media appeared to show flames coming from a plane in the sky above the city. Sharjah’s Department of Civil Aviation (SDCA) said that the pilot of the Turkish cargo plane heading to Istanbul reported a slight malfunction two minutes after takeoff from Sharjah International Airport. The plane was then repaired three minutes later and safely made its way to Istanbul.

  • Entertainment
    Al Arabiya English

    UK: Prince Charles visits 99-year-old Prince Philip in hospital

    Prince Charles went to a London hospital on Saturday to visit his father, Prince Philip, who was admitted earlier his week for “observation and rest” after falling ill. Charles arrived at the private King Edward VII’s Hospital by car in the afternoon and stayed for about half an hour. The hospital's website says visits are only allowed in “exceptional circumstances” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • News
    Arab News

    New Lebanese prosecutor to lead probe into Beirut blast

    JEDDAH: President Joe Biden said on Friday it is imperative that the US works with other global powers to curb Iran’s “destabilizing activities. Addressing the Munich Security Conference, he also said his administration is “prepared to re-engage in negotiations” with the UN Security Council on Tehran’s nuclear program. We must address Iran’s destabilizing activities across the Middle East,” Biden said.

  • Health
    Al Jazeera

    What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines?

    It is hypothesised that younger people are more likely to report side effects from vaccines when compared with older people due to them having a more robust immune system. Having said all that, if you do not have side effects, that does not mean your immune system is not working. Our immune systems are so variable, it is impossible to correlate the severity of side effects with the efficiency of immune response.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Trump to speak at CPAC in first post-White House appearance

    Donald Trump will be making his first post-presidential appearance at a conservative gathering in Florida next weekend. Ian Walters, spokesman for the American Conservative Union, confirmed that Trump will be speaking at the group's annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28. Trump is expected to use the speech to talk about the future of the Republican Party and the conservative moment, as well as to criticize President Joe Biden’s efforts to undo his immigration policies, accor...

  • Lifestyle
    Arab News

    Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West

    Rather, it is her narrative that clarifies: Why the multiple corrective nose surgeries, why she endorsed skin-whitening creams early in her career, and amid calls for anti-colorism, her stance on it now. Chopra describes her upbringing as a “product of traditional and urban India, and as much of the East and West. A child of military doctors, she chronicles growing up in villages across Northern India, attending boarding school in cosmopolitan Lucknow, and middle school in the US.

  • Sport
    Arab News

    INTERVIEW: Female Saudi driver feels right at home at Diriyah E-Prix

    RIYADH: Hollie Doyle made history on Saturday by becoming the first female jockey to win a race on Saudi Cup day when she stormed to victory in the $1 million Neom Turf Cup, the first race of the day. At a rainswept King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Doyle’s victory on True Self got the action at the $30.5 million meeting off to a memorable start and there were also victories for the Dubai-owned Space Blues and Gifts of Gold of Godolphin.

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    Arab News

    Egypt to begin implementation of Sinai spiritual shrine project

    Popular misconceptions about and demonization of the Yazidi community created one of the preconditions for Daesh’s genocide attempt. Genocide scholars such as Helen Fein identify four principal preconditions that generally precede genocidal episodes: The first and perhaps most important of these are that the victims be excluded from the main group. Such exclusion can go beyond the denial of citizenship or group membership.

  • Health
    Al Jazeera

    Iran: Results suggest primary COVID vaccine 90-percent effective

    Tehran, Iran – Iran says its primary vaccine candidate against COVID-19 is 90-percent effective based on preliminary results. Mohamad Reza Salehi, who heads clinical trials for COVIran Barekat, told the government-funded Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that immunogenicity tests on 35 of the volunteers who took part in the first phase of human trials of the vaccine showed better-than-expected results.

  • Politics
    Al Arabiya English

    Iran nuclear deal: Iran held 'fruitful discussions' with IAEA chief: Official

    Iran held “fruitful discussions” with the visiting International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi on Sunday, Tehran’s ambassador to the UN body said. Iran and the IAEA held fruitful discussions based on mutual respect, the result of which will be released this evening,” Kazem Gharibabadi, who attended the meeting, wrote on Twitter.

  • Politics
    Arabian Business

    Kuwait extends ban on non-national arrivals 'until further notice'

    A ban on non-Kuwaitis entering the country has been extended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) from Sunday “until further notice” as part of measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus. According to a press release from the DGCA, Kuwaitis; first-degree relatives of Kuwaitis and their accompanied domestic workers; and diplomats, their families and accompanied domestic workers as well as public and private medical staff and their families will continue to enter the countr...

  • Health
    Al Arabiya English

    Coronavirus: South Korea to begin using Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines this week

    South Korea will begin administering the first of 117,000 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine on February 27, a day after the country begins its first vaccinations with AstraZeneca’s products, the prime minister announced on Sunday. Plans call for about 10 million high-risk people, including health care workers and staffers and some residents of assisted care facilities and nursing homes, to be inoculated by July.