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    Flights between Qatar and Dubai, Abu Dhabi set to resume next week

    Earlier this month it was announced that the UAE had reopened its borders with Qatar. This came after the signing of the Al-Ula Agreement.
    Now, flights between Qatar and Dubai and Abu Dhabi will resume next week. The country’s national airline Qatar Airways now has flights available to book to Dubai from January 27 and to the UAE capital from January 28.

    Dubai-based airline flydubai has also announced it will resume the operation of flights from the emirate to Qatar from January 26, 2021.
    “Flights to Doha will start from January 26 and to meet expected demand we are pleased to launch operations with a double daily service,” the airline’s CEO, Ghaith AlG Ghaith said. “We hope to be able to continue to grow the service.”

    This now brings flydubai’s full flight network to 64 destinations.
    The signing of the Al-Ula Agreement
    Earlier this month, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Oman’s Deputy Prime Minister Fahad Al Said.
    The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was also in attendance – the first time he attended a summit since 2017.
    All of the leaders and heads of delegations of the GCC signed the Final Communique and Al-Ula Declaration, which is a “renewal of faith in the progress of countries of the GCC”, Sheikh Mohammed said of the meeting.
    Sheikh Mohammed added that there is a renewed “optimism that the coming years will bring stability and security and achievements that serve our people… and contributes to the stability of those around us”.
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    Live entertainment in Dubai hotels and restaurants suspended

    As coronavirus case numbers have been rising in the UAE, the emirate of Dubai has issued instructions for live entertainment in Dubai hotels and restaurants to halt until further notice.
    As of Thursday, January 21, 2021, live entertainment, including bands, DJs, singers and more, will come into effect.

    In an announcement made by the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing via the Dubai Media Office, it was stated that more 200 violations were found in establishments and 20 venues were closed down.
    “To ensure the public health and safety, all entertainment permits will be on be on hold effective immediately,” the DTCM said in a statement. “Dubai Tourism will continue to evaluate the progress with the health authorities.”

    To ensure public health and safety, all entertainment permits issued will be on hold effective immediately. @dubaitourism will continue to evaluate the progress with the health authorities.
    — Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) January 21, 2021

    As of late, there has been a large increase in the daily number of COVID-19 cases.
    Furthermore, the nationwide vaccination programme is well underway. With the aim of vaccinating half of the population by March, the nation now ranks first across the globe in the daily distribution of doses of coronavirus vaccines.
    According to the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), the rate for vaccinations over the last seven days in the UAE has been 1.16 per 100 people.
    Reaching another milestone, the UAE has also now administered over two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
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    Sheikh Hamdan recreates iconic photo of his late grandfather Sheikh Rashid

    His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, has recreated an iconic photo of his late grandfather.
    The Crown Prince of Dubai took to Twitter to share a side-by-side photo of himself and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum at the Dubai Al Fahidid Fort.

    It’s part of a new rehabilitation project which he is spearheading under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, to preserve and promote the heritage of Al Fahidi Fort as a cultural landmark.
    “We aim to realise the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s vision to establish the historical fort as a cultural landmark,” Sheikh Hamdan said.

    Al Fahidi Fort witnessed key phases of Dubai’s transformation over the past 200 years and carries special significance to the city’s history. Preserving the cultural heritage of the emirate is an integral part of our approach, as it represents values ​​that we strongly cherish.”

    Al Fahidi Fort witnessed key phases of Dubai’s transformation over the past 200 years and carries special significance to the city’s history. Preserving the cultural heritage of the emirate is an integral part of our approach, as it represents values ​​that we strongly cherish.
    — Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) January 20, 2021

    The fort was built back in 1787 and was where the emirate’s leader’s headquarters was based.
    Back in 1971, under the directives of Sheikh Rashid, the landmark was restored. Now, the landmark is set to be temporarily closed in order to undergo a facelift to preserve its heritage.
    It’s part of a wider plan to protect and rehabilitate many historical landmarks across Dubai.
    “We have a duty towards our future generations to rehabilitate iconic landmarks,” His Highness added.
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    7 Kuwaiti women who are having a big impact on the world

    While not only contributing to society and the economy, these women in Kuwait have made significant progress towards impacting the generations ahead.
    Also read: 9 inspiring Saudi women who have made an impact on the world
    From female-led startups to being successful entrepreneurs, these seven Kuwaiti women are inspirational figures to look up to.
    Her Highness Sheikha Intisar AlSabah

    A member of the royal family, Her Highness Sheikha Intisar Salem Al Ali AlSabah is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, film producer, columnist and more. She’s an inspiration to many while empowering Arab women who’s at the forefront of her decision-making. She’s also the founder of Alnowair which is a positivity initiative and a non-profit initiative considered to be her biggest contribution to date to her beloved country.
    Montaha Al-Ajeel

    The Kuwaiti fashion designer made her first break-through in Paris Fashion week leading her to international acclaim. Within a few years of creating high quality haute couture dresses, she’s won a number of prestigious awards in the Arab world and has become a role model in her own unique way.
    HRH Sheikha Bashayer Al Sabah-Arab

    Her Highness is a successful businesswoman and the honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council in Kuwait while also being passionate about charities of all kinds. Known for her entrepreneurial flair, she’s become a social media success and a lifestyle icon for many.
    Ghosson Al Khaled

    Working her way up the ladder throughout her career, Ghosson Al Khaled is now the deputy CEO of ACICO industries company. While believing in charity work as well as being a role model to many, she currently directs a $1.3 billion asset company with a turnover of $300 million.
    Noor Al Qatami

    Having lived in the USA for a number of years, Noor Al-Qatami is the founder of Saveco which opened its first grand store in 2014, becoming a hit in the Kuwaiti market. With a high quality mega market that mimics grocery shopping experiences that she had in the USA, the concept was born. Over the years the concept has expanded across Kuwait.
    Rana Al-Nibari

    Rana Al-Nibari is the managing director of The Scientific Center in Kuwait an institution that communicates STEM to the general public. She’s also the founder of Socialobby which provides businesses and individuals with social media campaigns and solutions, consultation and online marketing services. It also facilitates training programs and events that focus on social media marketing strategies, building relationships with online influencers, email marketing, blogging, search engine optimisation and more.
    Sheikha Majda Al Sabah

    Born in Kuwait, Sheikha Majda Al Sabah was raised with the mindset to chase her dreams, work hard and achieve them. While establishing herself as a beauty entrepreneur and philanthropist in 2007, she also set up the ASAP initiative, which is a private campaign committed to increasing mental health awareness and to destigmatise mental health in the region.
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    A brand new landmark has been unveiled in the UAE and it’s bright pink

    An incredible discovery has been made in the UAE – a bright pink lake.
    The unearthing of this unique nature spot was by an Emirati student, Ammar Al Farsi who is from Sharjah.

    Using a drone, the 19-year-old captured the stunning shots which he shared to social media.
    The lake is found amongst the Saraya Islands, which are located the emirate of Ras AL Khaimah.

    Per Al Khaleej Daily, the size of the lake is estimated to be around 40 metres long and 10 metres wide.

    البحيرة الوردية من الجوو 🍓💖The Pink Lake from above pic.twitter.com/LrdWy7nfy0
    — Ammar Alfarsi || عمار الفارسي (@ammar_alfarsii) January 18, 2021

    But the biggest question on our minds is, why exactly is it pink?
    Well, according to the Director-General of the Environment Protection and Development Authority in Ras Al Khaimah, Dr. Saif Al Ghais, it’s something to do with the amount of algae in the water, but this cannot be conclusive until a sample is taken from the lake itself.
    “The water discolouration and its transformation to pink is due to the proliferation of red algae, which include more than 4,000 species,” he told Al Khaleej.
    What a fabulous discovery for a 19-year-old to make!
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    Those with a COVID-19 vaccine don’t need to quarantine at this luxe destination

    As the UAE just reached the incredible milestone of having administered over two million COVID-19 vaccine doses, a luxury destination has just announced those who have received their jab will no longer need to quarantine.
    The Seychelles has announced it’s reopening its borders and those no need for international travellers to quarantine as long as they have been vaccinated.

    Those visiting the nation, which consists of 115 islands, will need to ensure they have had two doses of the vaccine which will need to be attested by a certificate of vaccination. It is mandatory for the certificate to be uploaded to the Seychelles’ Travel Authorisation portal.
    Once the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is received, tourists will need to wait two weeks after the second dose to be eligible for a quarantine-free holiday.

    Prior to this announcement, the holiday destination had stringent measures in place for those who could and could not visit.
    Only travellers coming to the country via private jet were permitted entry of from these seven countries: the UAE, the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
    This recent announcement aims to kickstart the Seychelles’ tourism industry, which has been greatly affected by the pandemic.
    For those who live in the UAE seeking a holiday, this is positive news as the nationwide vaccination programme is well underway with both the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine being administered across the emirates.
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    Donald Trump’s daughter announces engagement to Lebanese ‘billionaire heir’

    As Donald Trump prepares to bid his final farewell to the White House, he does have some things to celebrate.
    The US president’s youngest daughter Tiffany Trump has just announced her engagement to Michael Boulos, whom she has been dating since 2018.

    The timing is very interesting given the announcement was made on her father’s last day in office, but nonetheless the 27-year-old was elated to share the couple’s happy news on Instagram.
    Trump posted a photo of herself and Boulos in the White House, also showcasing her diamond ring which, according to the Daily Mail, was designed by jeweller Samer Halimeh and is worth $1.2 million (Dhs4.4 million).

    “It has been an honour to celebrate many milestones, historic occasions and create memories with my family here at the White House, none more special than my engagement to my amazing fiancé Michael! Feeling blessed and excited for the next chapter!” she captioned the photo.

    Boulos is of Lebanese and French descent but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where his father, Massad runs Boulos Enterprises and is the CEO of SCOA Nigeria. The 23-year-old has been described as a “billionaire heir” by  Vanity Fair.
    Boulos eventually moved from Lagos to London to complete his undergraduate degree.
    As for how this newly-engaged couple met, they were introduced. to one another in Greece in the summer of 2018 at Dubai-based Lindsay Lohan’s club in Mykonos. The couple were then first seen publicly together at New York Fashion Week that same year.
    The happy news comes just as Donald Trump prepares to hang up his hat as President of the United States to make way for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
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    A female doctor has developed Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine

    As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia continues to make strides in the fight against COVID-19, a major breakthrough has happened by a Saudi doctor.
    Dr. Iman Al Mansour from Iman Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University and Ph.D. holder in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology-University of Massachusetts has just developed Saudi Arabia’s very first COVID-19 vaccine while being an assistant professor at the university.

    Per the university, the preclinical studies of the developed vaccine have been completed and the research has been published. Once the necessary approvals have been given clinical trials will commence.

    نجاح #أول_لقاح_سعودي مضاد لفيروس كورونا في جامعة الإمام عبدالرحمن بن فيصل بقيادة الدكتورة #إيمان_المنصور، وفريقها البحثي من التوصل إلى أول لقاح سعودي ضد فيروس كورونا المستجد…هنيئا لـ #جبل_طويق و لوطننا الغالي هذا الإنجاز🇸🇦💚 pic.twitter.com/r0t6TwDHGF
    — الردع السعودي #2030 🇸🇦 (@s_hm2030) January 15, 2021

    As per research findings published in the scientific Pharmaceutical Journal, the vaccine now enters the trial phase and has now adopted a DNA technology which no longer requires freezing, thanks to Dr. Iman Al-Mansour on this Saudi milestone.
    Also read: Female court judges will ‘very soon’ be appointed in Saudi Arabia
    While about 60,000 people have already been inoculated with the vaccination in the Kingdom, more than two million people have registered for the vaccine in the first month after the registration process was launched.
    Congratulation to Dr. Iman Al Mansour for achieving this phenomenal milestone in Saudi’s history.
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