CT Quickies: From Eid In Dubai To Doha Airport Strip Search Case, 10 Middle East Updates For You

10 Quirky Updates from the Middle East You Won't Want to Miss!

by Deeplata Garde
CT Quickies: From Eid In Dubai To Doha Airport Strip Search Case, 10 Middle East Updates For You

Delve into 10 quirky updates from across the region, showcasing the diversity and dynamism that define this fascinating corner of the globe. From groundbreaking initiatives and urban developments to entertainment extravaganzas and legal battles, each news story offers a glimpse into the ever-evolving landscape of the Middle East, where tradition meets modernity in a harmonious blend.

1. Dubai Media Council Unveils #EidInDubai Campaign

Dubai Media Council has launched the #EidInDubai campaign, epitomizing the city’s vibrancy and inclusivity. Partnering with both public and private sectors, the campaign aims to unite diverse communities and cultures, both local and international.

2. DMT Unveils 21 Parks In Khalifa City For Eid Revelry

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The Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) is set to open 21 parks in Khalifa City, offering an array of amenities such as play areas, barbecue spots, and sports facilities. Dog owners rejoice as off-leash areas are also available. From Padel to parkour, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

3. Saudi Arabia Revises Plans For Neom Project


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According to a Bloomberg report, Saudi Arabia is scaling back its ambitious Neom project, reducing its population target to fewer than 300,000 residents by 2030. With only 2.4 km expected to be completed by 2030, one contractor begins layoffs, signalling a shift in the project’s trajectory.

4. TGA Cracks Down on Passenger Transport Violations In Saudi Airports

The Transport General Authority (TGA) conducts rigorous inspections to curb unlicensed passenger transport at Saudi airports during Ramadan. Over 2,000 violations are detected, with vehicles seized and repeat offenders apprehended, ensuring passenger safety and compliance.

5. Antalya International Airport Welcomes Surge In Passengers

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Antalya International Airport in Türkiye experiences a 21% year-on-year increase in passenger arrivals in March 2024, reflecting growing travel demand and confidence in the region’s tourism sector.

6. ZāZEN Properties Announces Sustainable Property Plans In Dubai, Middle East


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ZāZEN Properties unveils plans for its second sustainable real estate project in Dubai’s Al Furjan community, catering to the rising demand for affordable yet quality housing options among residents.

7. Australian Women Lose Legal Fight Over Strip Search At Doha Airport, Middle East


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Five Australian women lost their legal bid against Qatar Airways after alleging strip searches and invasive examinations at Doha Airport in 2020. Multiple women were removed from 10 planes and compelled to undergo gynaecological examinations following the discovery of an abandoned newborn in a women’s restroom at the airport. The verdict highlights ongoing concerns regarding passenger rights and airport security protocols.

8. Jebel Ali Metro Station Removes Interchange Necessity

Passengers commuting on the Red Line of Dubai’s Metro will experience expedited journeys as the need for interchange at Jebel Ali Metro Station is eliminated. Commencing on April 15, passengers can enjoy seamless travel to Expo 2020 and UAE Exchange stations without changing trains.

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9. Middle East Update: The Real Housewives Of Dubai Season 2 Is Here!


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Bravo’s hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Dubai, gears up for its highly anticipated second season debut this summer. With a mix of returning and new cast members, viewers can expect drama, glamour, and the signature Housewives antics.

10. Diriyah Square Unveiled At World Retail Congress In Paris

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Diriyah Company introduces Diriyah Square, a visionary lifestyle destination, to global industry leaders at the World Retail Congress in Paris. Also, with over 400 retail outlets and 100 dining establishments, the development aims to blend traditional architectural concepts with modern retail experiences, creating a dynamic hub for leisure and entertainment.

Finally, as we conclude our journey through the Middle East updates, it’s clear that the region is a kaleidoscope of innovation. Overall, from the launch of transformative campaigns to the unveiling of visionary projects, each news piece reflects the spirit of progress and creativity that defines the Middle East. That’s all for today folks. Until next time, Ma’a Salama!

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