CT Quickies: From Pet Taxis In UAE To 100,000 Tree Planting In Bahrain, 10 Middle East Updates

10 noteworthy news stories from around the region.

by Deeplata Garde
CT Quickies: From Pet Taxis In UAE To 100,000 Tree Planting In Bahrain, 10 Middle East Updates

The number of news we come across a day can’t be counted on our fingers. In the world of scrolling every second, the amount of updates we observe is humungous. So we ought to miss a handful of them for sure. For that, here we are compiling a list of the updates that were trending and important. So if you missed a few, here are 10 quick updates from the Middle East from this week. 

10 Middle East Updates For You

1. Sheikh Zayed Road Closure for COP28 and National Day Celebrations

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Sheikh Zayed Road witnessed closure from 7 am to 11 am for COP28 and ahead of UAE National Day celebrations. The 6-lane highway towards Dubai displayed an unusual emptiness during this period. The closure will persist until December 3, necessitating motorists to explore alternate routes, as overhead screens guide them through traffic diversions.

2. Aldar Properties Acquires London Square for £230m

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UAE real estate giant Aldar Properties has successfully acquired London-based developer London Square for £230m. London Square, established in 2010, boasts a development pipeline exceeding £2bn, having completed over 3,500 homes to date, with 930 homes currently under construction, valued at £425m.

3. flynas Explores Electric Helicopter Operations in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi budget airline flynas has signed a memorandum of understanding with Brazil-based Eve Air Mobility to explore the possibility of initiating electric helicopter operations in the Kingdom. The statement anticipates the launch of electric helicopters in Riyadh and Jeddah by 2026.

4. Mazi Mobility’s Electric Motorcycle Ride from Nairobi to Dubai for COP28


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Kenyan-based mobility-as-a-service company, Mazi Mobility, is embarking on a groundbreaking initiative – a ride from Nairobi to Dubai for COP28 on an electric motorcycle. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the significance of sustainable mobility, with the motorcycle on display at the summit for visitors to witness.

5. Growing Demand for Pet Taxis in the UAE

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The demand for pet taxis in the UAE is on the rise, fueled by an increase in pet ownership and pet-friendly establishments. Chauf-fur’s co-founder Nader Moursi highlights the surge in demand, attributing it to the region’s population growth and the expansion of the pet community.

6. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain Participates in COP28

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His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain arrived in Abu Dhabi to participate in COP28 as the leader of his country’s delegation. Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, along with senior officials, welcomed His Majesty upon his arrival.

7. International Cruise Ships Arrive in Oman, Middle East

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An international cruise ship from the United Kingdom carrying about 300 tourists has arrived at the Sultan Qaboos Tourist Port. Salalah Port received a cruise ship carrying 865 passengers, including 430 tourists. Over the next two days, 800 to 900 tourists are expected to arrive at Muscat International Airport to begin their regional tourist tours from the Sultanate of Oman.

8. Tanmiah Food Company’s Environmental Initiative in Bahrain, Middle East

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Tanmiah Food Company, under the visionary leadership of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, has launched a groundbreaking project to plant 100,000 trees in the capital city of Manama, Bahrain. This initiative, a first in the Middle East, aligns with Saudi Arabia’s commitment to environmental impact and mitigating climate change under Vision 2030.

9. Natalia Vodianova at Angel Cakes Event in Dubai, Middle East

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Renowned supermodel and United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador, Natalia Vodianova, took centre stage at an exclusive event in Dubai hosted by Angel Cakes. The event featured an insightful fireside chat on entrepreneurship and impact investing. Natalia, an angel investor in Angel Cakes, shared her wisdom on these topics.

Also Read: CT Quickies: From Etihad’s Flight Sale To Egypt’s High-Speed Rail Project, 10 Middle East Updates For You

10. Habtoor Grand Resort’s Chef’s Table Culinary Experience

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Habtoor Grand Resort introduces a new culinary experience at Luciano, a chic Italian restaurant. The Chef’s Table experience, named “A Taste of Tuscany,” offers a meticulously crafted six-course menu with Chef Manuel Jose Caicedo at the helm. The menu showcases the bounty of the season, including homemade pasta, ripe heirloom tomatoes, and smoky burrata. Witness culinary magic unfold with live pastry preparation and much more.

Until next time, Folks! Till then Maa Sa’alama Habibis!

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