CT Quickies: Oman Tourist Visa Rule Changes To Saudi Arabia Hosting FIFA 2034; 10 Middle East Updates

by Anupriya Mishra
CT Quickies: Oman Tourist Visa Rule Changes To Saudi Arabia Hosting FIFA 2034; 10 Middle East Updates

It’s mid-week and the Middle East has been buzzing with new developments. As a result, people might find it quite difficult to keep up with all the new developments. Ensuring you don’t miss out on anything important, we have rounded up a few mid-week Middle East updates to share with you. Take a look!

Middle East Updates

1. Bassem Youssef Is Going To Perform In Abu Dhabi


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Bassem Youssef is a renowned Egyptian comedian and he is all set to perform in Abu Dhabi this November. With the show scheduled to be staged at the Theatre by Erth, it is going to take place on November 25. Not to mention, he will also be a keynote speaker at the Sharjah International Book Fair on November 10. If you wish to catch him performing live in Abu Dhabi, you can book your tickets online.

2. Saudi Arabia To Host FIFA 2034

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It was recently announced that FIFA 2034 will be hosted by Saudi Arabia. Announced on Tuesday, this development comes after Australia pulled out from hosting the tournament after considering all factors. As a result, this nation will be hosting the much-coveted football event.

3. Dubai Duty Free Named The Best Global Duty Free

Dubai Duty Free recently announced on its official account on X that it has won the Best Global Duty Free Award at the sixth Burj CEO Awards. Yes, recognised by the CEO Clubs Network Worldwide and Burj CEO Award, they have been given this recognition for exceptional performance in airport retailing spanning over four decades. With the recognition, this is a strong testament to its commitment to providing world-class retail experiences to travellers.

4. Dubai RTA Completes Viaduct Inspection

As announced by the Dubai RTA, it was revealed that the Dubai RTA has completed full inspections of the Dubai Metro viaduct and piers. This inspection happened over the Dubai Water Canal, which was between the Business Bay and Onpassive Metro Stations. It should be noted that these metro viaducts on the water canal are some of the key components of the Dubai Metro Red Line. Not to mention, the achievement also underscores its commitment towards preserving its assets and facilities while also offering improved efficiency and ensuring a safe and seamless journey on Dubai Metro.

5. Saudia Begins Three Weekly Direct Flights Between Jeddah & Toronto

Recently, Saudia announced that it has begun its direct flights to the city of Toronto from Jeddah. Yes, with three weekly flights, these will be operating on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. As it happens, it will be departing from Jeddah at 9:25 AM while arriving in Toronto at 3:25 PM. The flight will be operated on its Boeing 787, which comprises 24 business class seats and 274 guest class seats.

6. Abu Dhabi Authorities Announce Reduced Speed Limit On Important Route

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The Abu Dhabi Police recently reduced the speed limit on a major road in the Emirate starting from November 1. Announcing on X, the authority revealed that the new speed limit on Khalid Bin Sultan Street in Al Ain will now be reduced to 80 km/hour. As it happens, this change in the limit has been activated in the patch between Al Ghail Roundabout and Al Sarooj Roundabout, for both directions. In case you’re wondering, this has been done to improve traffic safety and ease the flow of traffic on the road.

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7. NCM Announces Heavy To Moderate Rain In Several Regions Of Saudi Arabia

It’s been raining quite incessantly for the past few days in some regions of Saudi Arabia. If you’re also wondering until when this will go on, according to the National Centre of Meteorology, this may continue till Friday. With some regions experiencing thunderstorms and moderate to heavy rainfall, people have been asked to be cautious and vigilant when outside.

8. Oman Tourist Visa Rule Changed

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According to a release by the Royal Oman Police, there has been a suspension of conversion of all types of tourist and visit visas to work visas for all nationalities. Going by the statement on X, it was put forward by the authority. This also includes the issuance of all types of new visas to Bangladeshi citizens. As such, the announcement was made on October 31, Tuesday.

9. Xiamen Airlines Launches Doha-Xiamen Flights


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Recently, Xiamen Airlines launched the first Doha service from the Fujian Province of China. Yes, starting on October 31, it launched Xiamen-Doha flight routes, which is also the first direct route from the province. So, there are two flights that will be operating between Doha and Xiamen every Tuesday and Friday. As it happens, this will be operated on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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10. Makkah Bust Tickets To Now Cost SAR4

After a successful free trial period, the Makkah Bus Tickets will now cost SAR4. Available through multiple channels, including their website, the app, and ticketing kiosks, this transportation has 12 routes and 438 stops. Making travelling easier, this transportation service was launched by the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy States. As it happens, the bus will also have Wi-Fi.

We hope these Middle East updates covered up all that you might have missed so far!

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