CT Quickies: From Thunderstorms In UAE To Festivals In Oman, 10 Middle East Updates For You

by Deeplata Garde
CT Quickies: From Thunderstorms In UAE To Festivals In Oman, 10 Middle East Updates For You

In the vibrant tapestry of the Middle East, a myriad of events and developments unfold, showcasing the dynamic nature of this progressive region. From meteorological shifts to sports transitions, culinary innovations, and cultural celebrations, let’s delve into the kaleidoscope of happenings shaping the landscape of Middle East.

1. UAE Weather: Lightning, Thunderstorms, and Heavy Rain

As the UAE braces for a bout of inclement weather, the National Center of Meteorology issues warnings of heavy rains and thunderstorms, particularly impacting Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah. Residents are urged to exercise caution during this period by Dubai police.

2. Sachin Tendulkar Swaps Cricket Pitch for Golf


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In a remarkable display of versatility, cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar was seen swapping his cricket bat for a set of golf clubs. Known for his passion for sports, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was recently spotted in Dubai. Additionally, a meeting took place with world No.2 Rory McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship. During this, the Indian cricket icon gifted a signed India jersey and a cricket stump to  McIlroy.

3. Dubai Suspends Bus Services to 2 Emirates

Dubai’s commitment to public safety takes centre stage as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) temporarily suspends bus services to two Emirates. This strategic decision aligns with the city’s reputation for efficient and reliable public transportation during heavy rains. The public bus services on route E315 from Dubai to Sharjah and E411 to Ajman will be temporarily suspended until further notice.

4. Free City Check-In for Some Passengers in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi Airport extends its City Check-In facilities to Eithad  airline passengers. In commemoration of the inauguration of the cutting-edge Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport, passengers can avail themselves of complimentary city check-in services. Morafiq Aviation Services, the provider of city check-in services, has declared the provision of this free-of-charge service specifically for travelers on Etihad Airways.

5. Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve’s New Glamping Experience

For those seeking an outdoor adventure with a touch of luxury, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) offers a unique glamping experience by Arabian Adventures. Anticipate the presence of a personal waiter, engage in dune bashing, partake in a camel ride, and embark on a night safari by foot. The cost for this two-person experience in a private vehicle is Dhs4,449 for those being picked up within Dubai. For individuals residing outside the city, there is an additional charge of Dhs100 per person.

6. Oman Hosts Festivals to Boost Tourism

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Oman’s rich cultural heritage and natural beauty take centre stage as the country hosts a series of festivals to boost tourism. These events provide a platform for visitors to immerse themselves in the diverse tapestry of Omani culture, showcasing the nation’s unique charm and hospitality.

7. Mukta Arts to Manage Cinemas Across Saudi Arabia


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Bollywood’s influence expands as Subhash Ghai’s Mukta Arts takes on the management of cinemas across Saudi Arabia. This strategic move signifies a significant milestone in the region’s entertainment industry, emphasizing the growing popularity of Bollywood films in the Middle East.

8. Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival


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The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival evolved into Ras Al Khaimah Art while becoming a cultural beacon for the emirate. From its humble beginnings, the festival has grown to become a significant cultural event. Also, it showcases the works of local and emerging artists. It offers a diverse calendar of cultural and creative programming, enriching the cultural landscape of Ras Al Khaimah.

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9. Record-Breaking Real Estate Transaction in Dubai

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Dubai’s real estate market has witnessed a historic transaction with the sale of the Como Residences Penthouse by Nakheel, situated in Palm Jumeirah, for an astounding $136 million. Overall, the Como Residences Penthouse, featuring five bedrooms and located in Palm Jumeirah, has achieved the remarkable status of being the third most expensive penthouse globally.

10. Flynas Starts Its First Flight Between Riyadh And Bahrain

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Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s national airline, has initiated direct flights between Riyadh and Bahrain commencing on November 15. Also, the new air route will facilitate seven weekly flights, establishing a direct connection between King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and Bahrain International Airport. Overall, this collaborative venture is undertaken in partnership with the Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority.


Here’s how the week unfoled in a  nutshell. And we will be back with more such informative and entertaining updates from the Middle East. Until next week folks! Ma’a Salama Habibis!

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