CT Quickies: From Heavy Rains In Dammam To Casino Delay In Dubai, 10 Middle East Updates For You

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CT Quickies: From Heavy Rains In Dammam To Casino Delay In Dubai, 10 Middle East Updates For You

This week we covered some of the most intriguing news from the UAE, Saudi and other countries in the Middle East. Well, we understand that you might have missed some so here we are back with the weekly compilation of some important news and events taking place in the MENA Region. From Casino in UAE to Rains in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, we have an update about it all. So here are the 10 Updates from the Middle East:

10 Middle East Updates This Week

1.Qasr Al Muwaiji Winter Pop-Up: An Exclusive Abu Dhabi Experience


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At the Qasr Al Muwaiji historical site in Abu Dhabi, visitors can relish a wide range of food and beverage options at the winter pop-up event. The event also boasts cultural activities, workshops, and performances suitable for all ages.

2. Dubai Halts Casino Plans, While Abu Dhabi Presses Forward

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Dubai has decided to postpone its casino plans, citing social and religious concerns. In contrast, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah are moving ahead with their casino projects to attract more tourists and investors.

3. IHG Hotels and Resorts Expands Luxury Offering in Dubai, UAE

IHG Hotels and Resorts has inked franchise deals with Aqarat, a prominent real estate firm. The hospitality group unveils two new Vignette Collection hotels in Dubai. These hotels will offer unique design, personalized service, and top-notch amenities.

4. Sheikh Hamdan Launches Dubai’s Gaming 2033 Program

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, has unveiled the Dubai Economic Leadership Programme, which includes a special focus on gaming. The program aims to bolster the gaming industry’s growth and create opportunities for young talent.

5. Mister Baker Celebrates New Outlet in Sharjah with Free Cakes


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Mister Baker, a well-loved cake shop, has inaugurated its 27th outlet in Muweillah, Sharjah. To commemorate this, the shop is giving away 1000 complimentary cakes of their new Amber Cake flavour, crafted with dates, honey, and nuts.

6. Saudi Arabia’s Dammam Experiences Heavy Rains Leading To Flooding

Residents of Dammam, Saudi Arabia, appear to be in for a rainy weekend as they encountered heavy rain, hail, and flooding on the previous day. In response to the rain in Saudi Arabia, government officials issued public alerts and recommended that residents remain indoors and steer clear of inundated areas. Dammam, in particular, bore the brunt of the downpour on November 2, which included hailstorms and led to disturbances for the public.

7. Egypt’s Melon Exports to Saudi Arabia Double in 2023

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Egypt has increased its exports of melons and watermelons to Saudi Arabia by two times in the first eight months of 2023, according to EastFruit. The country shipped 16,500 tons of melons and is poised to raise shipments by year-end. Saudi Arabia is a prominent melon importer in the region.

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8. Saudi Arabia Eases Umrah Procedures for Bahraini Expats

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Saudi Arabia has introduced a range of facilities for Muslim expatriates in Bahrain to perform Umrah in the kingdom. These facilities include an electronic visa, permission for all visa holders, and reduced health insurance fees. The announcement was made during a visit by the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah to Bahrain.

9. Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi Celebrates Five Years of Excellence

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Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, a luxury lifestyle hotel located in the iconic Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, is commemorating its fifth anniversary. The hotel features 188 guest rooms, a permanent art gallery, a spa, and multiple dining options. The hotel showcases local culture and art through its design and services.

10. Dubai South Ride and Run: Join the Fitness Challenge this Sunday


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As part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, Dubai South is hosting a ride-and-run event on Sunday, November 5. Participants can select from various distances and savour the flat and open roads around Al Maktoum International Airport. Online registration is open, and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. The event is aimed at promoting health and wellness and showcasing the growing Dubai South community.

So here’s how this week went in the Middle East. Until next time folks! Till then, Maa Salama Habibis!

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