Abdullah bin Zayed meets with GCC Secretary-General

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(Abu Dhabi) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, at the General Diwan…

Arab Group at HRC reaffirms adherence to UPR mechanism

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(Geneva) - The Arab Group has renewed its adherence to the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as the most effective mechanism for evaluating human rights conditions in all countries of the world. This came during a speech…

Saudi Arabia, Oman sites added to UNESCO World Heritage List

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(Manama) - UNESCO added Saudi Arabia´s Al-Ahsa Oasis and Oman´s ancient city of Qalhat to its World Heritage List, the world cultural body said. Authorities in Riyadh, as well as Muscat, have put tourism high on their economic agendas as…

Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Arabian women celebrated being able to drive for the first time in decades, as the kingdom overturned the world’s only ban on female motorists, a historic reform expected to usher in a new era of social mobility. The move…

GCC Secretary-General attends Rhodes III Conference

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(Athens) - Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, has participated in the Rhodes III Conference on Security and Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, organised by the Greek Ministry of Foreign…

UAE largest source of FDI in Arab region

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(Abu Dhabi) - The UAE has ranked 30th in the world in terms of a nation's ability to attract foreign direct investment in 2017, up five places from 2016. According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD, 'World Investment Report…

Arab Coalition Launches Operations in Hodeidah

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(Yemen) - In response to the request of the legitimate Yemeni government and in support of the Yemeni Armed Forces, the Arab Coalition has launched a military and humanitarian operation to liberate the port of Hodeidah in western Yemen. The…

Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council brings ties to new heights

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(Riyadh) - The Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council will bring the friendly ties between the two nations to new heights, especially their cooperation in all military, political, economic, trade and cultural fields, as well as in other areas. In…

Dubai leads regional, global rankings in IMD Competitiveness Report

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(Dubai) - Dubai has ranked first in the Arab world in terms of government budget (as percentage of GDP), while globally the emirate ranked seventh in government efficiency and third in public finance, according to the Competitiveness Report…

UN aid chief highlights 2 million Syrians in greatest need

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(New York) - Less than 20 per cent of the "desperate" civilians living in Syria’s hard-to-reach areas have gotten the humanitarian aid they need so far this year, a senior United Nations official warned, calling for the Security Council to…

Custodian of Two Holy Mosques receives GCC Secretary General

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(Jeddah) - The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, received at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, the Secretary General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, who congratulated…

Saudi Foreign Minister meets EU representative for Horn of Africa

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(Riyadh) - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, has held talks with the European Union Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondosa, on regional and international issues and developments, as well as…

Gateway Gulf showcase investment opportunities worth $26 billion

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(Manama) - The region’s economic transformation and investment opportunities will be the highlight of the first Gateway Gulf in Bahrain which provides a direct route into accessing the GCC market by showcasing major regional investment-ready…

First International Muslim Communities Congress opens

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(Abu Dhabi) - Addressing the two-day conference, chaired by, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, said the UAE model of tolerance…