Saudi Woman Sneaks Into India Via Nepal, Marries Family Chauffeur

Jun 4, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A woman from an affluent Saudi family fell in love with a 30-year-old migrant worker from Hyderabad, India, who was employed as a chauffeur with her father. The 27-year-old broke the shackles of a conservative Saudi household, traveled to Nepal and then snuck into India to meet her lover and […]

Egypt’s Sisi Sworn in For Second Presidential Term With Vow to Fight Terrorism

Sisi overthrew Islamist Mohamed Mursi, Egypt’s first freely-elected president, after protests against Mursi’s rule in 2013. Jun 2, 2018 — Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in for a second term as Egyptian president on Saturday with a vow to fight “those who choose violence, terrorism and extremism” — after a landslide victory in a March […]

Indonesia to Allow Maids to Work in Middle East Again

Jakarta imposed a total ban on sending maids to the Middle East in 2015 after two were sentenced to death Jun 2, 2018 — The Indonesian government is considering lifting a ban on sending domestic workers to the Middle East. From 2011 to 2013, Jakarta imposed a temporary ban on sending domestic workers to the […]

Lakes Appear in Empty Quarter Desert Where Many Secrets, Resources Remain Buried Under the Sands

Last year oil giant Saudi Aramco announced it is using new technology to re-explore the Empty Quarter, which could help to bolster its proven reserves of oil and gas before the company offers its shares to the public. Jun 2, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — CYCLONE Mekunu has turned parts of the arid Rub’ Al-Khali desert, also […]

UAE National to Become First Arab to Climb K2 the ‘Savage Mountain’

Jun 1, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Emirati adventurer Saeed Al Maamari announced on Thursday his plan to climb K2, also known as Mount Godwin-Austen in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountain Range, to raise the UAE flag and the Dubai Expo 2020 logo. Al Maamari told media his 55-day journey to ascend the Pakistani peak would start on June […]

Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations

RAMZY BAROUD — On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations and history of the […]

UAE, Afghanistan Ink Deal For Supply of Afghan Workers

MAY 31, 2018 (BE2C2) — The UAE and Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to supply Afghan workers to the emirate. The labor agreement was signed on the sidelines of the 107th International Labor Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, the UAE’s state news agency WAM reported. A joint committee will be formed to monitor […]

Pakistan to Export Light Armored Vehicles to Bahrain

May 29, 2018 (BE2C2) — The military industrial complex of Pakistan has signed a deal to export locally manufactured light armored vehicles called ‘Interceptor’ to Bahrain. Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) — a defense industrial complex which manufactures and rebuilds tanks and armored personnel carriers for the military — will be making six Interceptors for the […]

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal Holds Meeting With Saudi Counterpart in Jeddah

May 28, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Federal Minister for Interior and Planning, Development & Reform, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, called on Saudi Minister of Interior, HRH Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef in Jeddah on Sunday. The Saudi Interior Minister welcomed Mr. Iqbal to the Kingdom and expressed concern over the assassination attempt on Mr. Iqbal […]

Qatar Bans Saudi, UAE Goods From Stores

May 27, 2018 (BE2C2) — Days before embargo anniversary, Qatar has banned goods from 4 nations. A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they comply with the order, the ministry said. The government will […]

Saudi Arabia To Replace Currency Notes With Coins From Thursday

May 24, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Saudi Arabia will officially start replacing SAR currency notes with coins from Thursday May 24, according to Sabq. The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) had announced the move after Riyadh authorities issued the sixth generation of banknotes and coins in December 2016 to mark the era of the current monarch […]

Oman, Yemen Prepare For Hurricane-Strength Cyclone Mekunu

May 23, 2018 (UPI) — Cyclone Mekunu is intensifying to hurricane-level strength in the Arabian Sea and is expected to hit Oman and Yemen later this week, forecasters said Wednesday. The storm is classified as a cyclonic storm, but is predicted to become the equivalent of a Category 2 or Category 3 hurricane. Wednesday, it […]

Solar Power: The New Saudi Oil Which Could Lead Region’s Energy Supply Chain By 2030

Venture may cost $200 billion, add 100,000 jobs in the kingdom; Plan envisions 200GW of solar capacity in Saudi Arabia by 2030 — i.e. half of the world’s 400 gigawatts of combined solar energy supplied last year. May 18, 2018 (BE2C2) — Recently, Saudi Arabia and Japan’s SoftBank announced the world’s biggest solar power generation […]

Retail Prices Soar By 200 Per Cent in Saudi Arabia

May 18, 2018 — Retail prices of fruit and vegetables in Saudi Arabia have risen dramatically in the build-up to Ramadan, with consumers being advised to buy directly from whole-sellers and importers. Fruit and vegetable prices have risen by around 200 per cent in Saudi retail outlets due to rising operational costs, according to a […]

Careem Gets Its First Female Driver in Saudi Arabia

The 43-year-old Careem’s ‘Captainah’ learned how to drive in her native Syria; Uber also has a plan to open “one-stop-shop” facilities dedicated to recruiting future female drivers, or “partners”, as the company calls them. May 17, 2018 (BE2C2) — Dubai-based Careem, the Middle East’s fastest expanding ride-hailing firm has hired Enaam Gazi Al-Aswad as its […]

‘China Most Likely To Fill the Shoes Of The U.S.’ In Iran Nuclear Deal

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — After pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration plans to put strong sanctions on Iran “very soon.” “We have terminated a terrible, terrible deal that should have never, ever been made,” he said. “And we will be putting […]

Saudi Arabia Will Seek To Develop Its Own Nuclear Weapons If Iran Does: FM Al-Jubeir

May 10, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Saudi Arabia will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday. “If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same.” Jubeir’s renewed vow came after US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out […]

Trump on Deal or No Deal: ‘Tactically Very Unpredictable, Strategically Very Predictable’

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war”; “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate” – Trump Quotes May 9, 2018 (UPDATED) — Trump loves uncertainty. It works for him. It is uncertainty about how far he is […]

12 Pakistani Companies Showcasing Health, Beauty Products At ‘BEAUTYWORLD MIDDLE EAST’

Middle East and Africa’s beauty and personal care market is set to grow from $32.7 billion in 2017 to $47.5 billion by 2021. May 9, 2018 (BE2C2) — The MENA region’s largest international trade fair for beauty products, hair, fragrances, and wellbeing opened Tuesday in Dubai. 12 Pakistani companies are exhibiting their health and beauty […]

Trump Pulls U.S. Out Of Iran Nuclear Deal Calling It ‘Disastrous’, An ‘Embarrassment’

May 9, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced the US withdrawal from what he called the “defective” multinational nuclear deal with Iran, and said Washington would reinstate sanctions against the Islamic republic, pitting him against the United States’ closest allies and leaving the future of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in question. […]