Friday 22 August 2014

DMCA to distribute free lifejackets

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, will distribute free life jackets to members of the local fishing community. The move, implemented in collaboration with th


Saudi sentences 18 to jail for militant offences

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced 18 men to prison terms of 10 months to 25 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets between 2003-06, state media reported late on Wednesday. The men were part of a group of 50 on trial at the sa


Qatar refuses to sign GCC committee report

Qatar has refused to sign a final report by a GCC committee monitoring the implementation of a Riyadh agreement on ending diplomatic dispute between Doha and other member states, a senior Gulf diplomat said yesterday. He told Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that Qatar is not serious ab


US firm to train Bahrain’s K9 unit

One of America's leading canine academies has been appointed by Bahrain to train 20 dogs to detect explosive materials. California-based Falco K9 Academy will soon start its one-month search for an elite breed of dogs that will be used alongside Bahrain's bomb squad in un


Saudi Arabia opens new family courts

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday opened new courts focusing on family disputes, the first of a series of specialised tribunals aimed at making the kingdom's legal system faster, more transparent and predictable. Changes to the legal system are seen by analysts as an important step in


Drinking cups safe, says UAE Ministry

The Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) has dismissed the rumours that spread on social networking sites about drinking cups containing carcinogens, a report said. "All locally-produced and imported materials used for packaging, wrapping, covering and preparing foods, and inc


Sultan Qaboos in good health says Oman

Oman's Diwan of Royal Court has issued a statement assuring Omani citizens that His Majesty Sultan Qaboos is in good health and is on an annual holiday in Germany. Sultan Qaboos, 73, has undertaken medical tests but is in good health, the royal court said. The


Bahrain official 'pockets bribe to drop charges'

A top government official in Bahrain arrested in connection with corruption had allegedly pocketed BD12,000 ($31,633.9) for dropping human trafficking charges against a restaurant. The Bahraini, who was the director of inspections at the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA),


Paris attack: Saudi 'did not have sensitive papers'

The Saudi embassy in France has termed as untrue media reports saying that a car which was attacked in Paris on Monday was carrying money and sensitive documents related to the Kingdom. It said in a statement carried on Saudi state media that a Mercedes Viano with German plates r


Kuwait briefly detains cleric in militant funding row

Kuwait briefly detained a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric less than two weeks after the US included him on a sanctions list on suspicion he was funnelling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, his lawyer said on Monday. Shafi Al-Ajmi, who was detained on Sunday on the border with S

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