T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan placed in same group

DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the groups for the T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by India in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 14 November. The groups, selected on the basis

UAE becomes first Gulf state to open embassy in Israel

TEL AVIV: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday become the first Gulf state to open an embassy in Israel, as its envoy hailed the trade and investment opportunities that closer ties would bring at a flag-raising ceremony also attended by

Egypt opens naval base close to border with Libya

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday opened a strategic naval base on the Mediterranean Sea close to the border with Libya. Egypt says the July 3 base will help it protect strategic and economic interests as well as

UAE retains ban on flights from India, Pakistan

DUBAI: A United Arab Emirates ban on entry from India, Pakistan, and twelve other countries remains in place, the federal aviation authority said, after Dubai had announced it would ease entry restrictions from those countries. In a Notice to Airmen

T20 World Cup set to be shifted from India to UAE

NEW DELHI: The T20 World Cup is set to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates due to the COVID-19 situation in India. The Indian cricket board will inform the International Cricket Council (ICC) about its decision to shift the

PCB approaches Emirates Cricket Board to host PSL matches in UAE

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approached the Emirates Cricket Board to host the remaining games of the rescheduled 2021 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the UAE. The matches were scheduled to be played in Karachi,

Javed Afridi receives honourary ‘golden visa’ by UAE govt

DUBAI: Peshawar Zalmi owner and businessman Javed Afridi has become the first Pakistani receive a honourary ‘golden visa’ by the United Arab Emirates. Afridi said been recognized for supporting the community through sports and his resounding success as a businessman.

Qureshi discusses bilateral ties, investment with UAE minister

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday met the UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. During the meeting, they discussed enhancement of bilateral trade and investment in Pakistan especially in hospitality industry. Qureshi said

Backdoor diplomacy

For several months, there have been reports that Pakistan and India are holding covert backdoor talks to calm tensions between the two countries particularly over Kashmir. These talks have not been denied nor acknowledged, neither is it known what exactly

FM Qureshi leaves for three-day UAE visit today

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has left for a three-day official visit to the UAE today. During the visit, the foreign minister will meet his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other UAE dignitaries. He will

UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan, says senior diplomat

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates’ envoy to Washington confirmed the Gulf state is mediating between India and Pakistan to help reach a “healthy and functional” relationship. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba said in a virtual discussion with Stanford University’s Hoover Institution

Biden proceeds with $23 billion weapon sales to UAE

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden’s administration has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment. A State Department spokesperson said the

UAE selects first Arab woman astronaut

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has selected the first Arab woman to train as an astronaut, as the Gulf country rapidly expands into the space sector to diversify its economy. UAE Vice-President Ruler of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,

UAE to manufacture COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinopharm

DUBAI: A new pharmaceutical plant in Abu Dhabi will start making a COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm later this year. The vaccine will be made under a joint venture between Sinopharm and Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42

Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan passes away

DUBAI: UAE Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum,  has passed away. He was 75. Sheikh Hamdan was the brother of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the

Backdoor peace talks

For the past few years, it seemed inconceivable that there would be peace between India and Pakistan. The two countries scaled back bilateral ties, suspended trade, recalled envoys and were involved in a dogfight that brought them on the brink

UAE royals brokered secret India-Pakistan peace talks: Reports

ISLAMABAD: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly brokering peace between Pakistan and India, a report in the leading news outlet Bloomberg said. Just weeks ago, Pakistan and India had agreed to observe ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC).

Britain demands proof from UAE showing Dubai princess is alive

LONDON: Britain said it wants to see proof that Sheikha Latifa, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, is still alive after a “deeply troubling” video was aired in which she said she was being held against her

UAE announces citizenship for foreigners in historic move

DUBAI: In a historic move, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has adopted law amendments that allow granting Emirati citizenship to foreign investors, specialised talents and professionals. The professionals include scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors and their families. Sheikh Mohammed bin

Biden administration reviews arms deals with UAE, Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden’s administration signalled a fresh look at US policy in the Middle East, announcing reviews of massive arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as well as envisioning a slow return to diplomacy with

UAE cabinet approves setting up embassy in Tel Aviv

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates cabinet on Sunday approved the establishment of an embassy in the city of Tel Aviv in Israel, state media reported. The UAE and Israel agreed to normalise relations in August last year. Since then Bahrain,

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid officially joins TikTok

DUBAI: Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has officially joined TikTok, a popular video-sharing platform. The vice president of the United Arab Emirates officially announced joining TikTok on Twitter, “I officially

980,000 Pakistanis sent abroad for employment in last two years: SAPM Bukhari

KARACHI: Around 980,000 Pakistanis have been sent abroad for employment in the last two years by the incumbent government. The was stated by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari.

FM Qureshi arrives in Dubai on two-day visit

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Dubai on Thursday on two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Pakistan’s Consul General in Dubai Ahmed Amjad Ali, senior officers of the embassy, and senior officials from the UAE Ministry

China’s Sinopharm vaccine has 86% efficacy against COVID-19, says UAE

DUBAI: An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) has 86% efficacy, the health ministry of the United Arab Emirates said, citing an interim analysis of late-stage clinical trials. While the positive data comes soon after last

FM Qureshi apprises UAE minister of problems in visa issuance

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State Reem Al Hashimi on the sidelines Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting in Niamey, Niger. The foreign minister apprised her of the difficulties being faced by

UAE halts visas for 13 Muslim-majority countries

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. A source briefed on the matter

UAE visa ban

The UAE has imposed an undeclared ban on issuing visas to countries of 13 Muslim-majority countries including Pakistan. The move is reminiscent of US President Trump’s Muslim ban but has not attracted the attention it requires as it concerns a

UAE widens 10-year residency ‘golden visa’ eligibility

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will extend its ‘golden’ visa system which grants 10-year residency to certain professionals to specialised degree-holders and others. Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas valid for only a few years tied to employment.

US approves sale of F-35 jets to UAE: Pompeo

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration formally notified Congress that it plans to sell 50 stealth F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the United States planned to sell top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to