CT Quickies: Burj Khalifa Struck By Lightning To Etihad Resuming Nairobi Flights; 10 Middle East Updates

by Anupriya Mishra
CT Quickies: Burj Khalifa Struck By Lightning To Etihad Resuming Nairobi Flights; 10 Middle East Updates

As the Middle East has been buzzing with a lot of developments in the past few days. And while many people can easily keep up with all that is happening around them, sometimes, even they can miss out on a few things. So, to ensure you don’t miss out on anything, we’re here with a bunch of important Middle East updates that you might want to know of!

Middle East Updates

1. 68,000 Traffic Signs Repaired & Replaced In Dubai

The Dubai RTA recently completed maintenance works on 67,816 traffic and directional signs across the emirate. This maintenance work has been going on for the past six months in 2023. And the work also included preventive maintenance jobs for 57,151 signs! Not to mention, this also included corrective maintenance jobs for 10,665 signs.

2. Etihad Airways To Begin Daily Flights To Nairobi From Nov 1

It was recently announced on the official account of the airline on X that they will be re-introducing daily flights to Nairobi. Yes, starting on May 1, 2024, this airline will be flying daily to the heart of Kenya. So, if you have also been planning to experience vibrant markets, rich culture, and thrilling safari adventures, make sure to keep this in mind

3. Dubai Municipality Tests Self-driving Electric Vehicle

Dubai Municipality has tested a self-driving electric vehicle in Jumeirah and Umm Suqeuim beaches. These vehicles were tested for cleaning the cycling paths along the streets of the aforementioned beaches. As it happens, this is a part of the authority’s strategic efforts to manage waste effectively.

4. 11 Million Tourists Have Visited Morocco

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According to Directorate of Studies and Forecasts, it was revealed that Morocco has received 11.1 million tourists in nine months. This is brilliant, as the arrivals were up by 9% as compared to the 2019 figures. Not to mention, the overnight stays had also increased by 2.6%.

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5. UK-Based Virgin Atlantic Returns To Dubai

Dnata is partnering with Virgin Atlantic, which a UK-based airline. With the aim of supporting the airline’s highly anticipated return to Dubai this winter. As it happens, flights are now available for customers to book! Yes, it should, however, be noted that they will operate from October 30 2023 through to March 2024. And these will be four weekly seasonal services.

6. Remote Work Announced For Some In The UAE Due To Unstable Weather

Keeping the unstable weather conditions, and lashing rains in mind, the UAE Council of Ministers has issued a directive. Yes, this has been extended for some people, however, it will not include federal employees, that are required to be present at the workplace. This comes after heavy rains and thunderstorms peaked by Thursday afternoon, on October 26.

7. Burj Khalifa Struck By Lightening


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Unstable weather and heavy rainfall have been lashing over the UAE. And this is also happening in Dubai. As the rains have brought the city’s traffic to stand still, Dubai’s iconic tower, Burj Khalifa was hit by a flash of lightning during a storm. Yes, captured by several people online, the videos and pictures of the exact moment the skyscraper was struck, have been going viral on the internet.

8. Tyson Fury Vs Francis Ngannou Boxing Match Tickets Are Out

Riyadh Season is all set to kick off with a memorable boxing match between Tyson Fury Vs Francis Ngannou. And now, the tickets for this much-awaited show are already up for grabs. Happening at the Kingdom Arena, the tickets for the show start at SAR100. It’s worth noting that these are available online.

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9. Second Branch Of Siblings’ Restaurant & Cafe Now Open In Jeddah

Siblings’ Restaurant & Cafe has opened its new outlet at Owais Centre. This is a new complex in Al Mohammadiyyah of Jeddah and it’s also the second outpost. In case you’re wondering, this cosy restaurant offers a bunch of dishes, which include Ricotta Pancakes and Herbivore-friendly Siblings Pizza. So, when you’re in the neighbourhood, don’t forget to check it out!

10. Dubai Baja Is Coming Back This November

If you’re fond of Baja events, then you’re in for some brilliant news. It was recently revealed that the seventh edition of the Dubai International Baja is coming back this year. Yes, it’s scheduled to take place on November 10-12. As it happens, it will also see the participation of some of the best in the World Cup Rallying.

Were you aware of these important Middle East updates?

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