Keeping up with all that’s happening around the world can be quite difficult. As a result, people tend to miss out on some of the most important updates! So, to ensure you’re updated with all the news pieces in the Middle East we have made this list. We have rounded up some important Middle East updates that you might have missed during the week.
Middle East Updates
1. Traffic Fines Across The Gulf Cities
Recently it was announced at the 40th meeting of the GCC Interior Ministers in Muscat, Oman that there’ll be a uniform electronic system that will link the traffic violations across the Gulf Cooperation Council. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that it was first shared that plans were in the pipeline for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.
2. Dubai RTA Announces Alternative Streets & Roads For Nov 12
.@rta_dubai announces the full details, alternative streets and roads on Sheikh Zayed Rd, coinciding with the activities of the #Dubai Ride Cycling Race on Sunday, November 12, 2023. #DubaiFitnessChallenge@DubaiPoliceHQ | @DXBFitChallenge pic.twitter.com/3xzRyXOOee
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) November 11, 2023
Dubai Ride is scheduled to take place on November 12. And so, the Dubai RTA has revealed the alternate streets and routes for people to take on its official account on X (formerly Twitter). With the help of the route map, people will be able to avoid bottlenecks and traffic jams to reach their destinations.
3. New Unified Visa Launched For GCC
A new unified tourist visa has been approved by the GCC. This will allow people to travel to the member states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, on a single visa. Announced during the 40th meeting of the Interior Ministers held in the Oman Capital, this is a big milestone achieved for the tourism industry. It should, however, be mentioned that the unanimously endorsed tourism visa system is expected to be launched in 2024-25.
4. Traffic Warnings & Fines Issued Over Illegal Turnings
— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) November 10, 2023
Smart traffic systems in Dubai are able to detect when drivers take an illegal turn on the roads. Yes, and as these systems monitor and detect cars turning from non-designated areas, fines have been introduced for such violations. Yes, a driver will have to pay AED500, if they’re found taking turns from undesignated areas. This has come after more than 29000 turning violations!
5. Emirates To Showcase Its Entire Commercial & Training Aircraft
— Emirates (@emirates) November 10, 2023
In a recent announcement made by the Emirates on X, it was revealed that the airline is planning to showcase its full family of aircraft at the upcoming Dubai Air Show. This comprises the latest retrofitted A380, Boeing 777-300ER, Diamond DA42-VI, and Cirrus SR 22, which is a training aircraft. Not to mention, the Emirates stand will feature several Emirates divisions and the highlight of this year is employee experience.
6. Mons Catering Launched At Expo City Dubai
TGP International has launched Mons Catering which is also the official catering partner of Expo City Dubai. It’s the host venue of COP28 UAE, and the aim is to cater to world-renowned events. Featuring direct access to the destination’s world-class restaurants, chefs, and event spaces, Mons Catering offers an extraordinary culinary experience that will elevate every occasion.
7. Saudia Launches Flash Sale
Fly #Saudia to the USA with 25% off 🤩🇺🇸
📍Sales period: till 13 NOV 2023
📍Travel period: 20 NOV 2023 – 31 JAN 2024
— Saudia (@SaudiAirlinesEn) November 9, 2023
Saudia has launched a flash sale till November 13. The sale is for tickets for flights from Saudi Arabia to New York and Washington via Riyadh or to Los Angeles via Jeddah. However, it must be kept in mind that the travel period must be between November 20, 2023 to January 31, 2024. So, if you’ve been planning to celebrate NYE in the USA, now is the perfect time to book your tickets!
8. Nutcracker Show Is Coming To Dubai Opera On December 15
It's almost the most wonderful time of the year! Making it extra special this year at #DubaiOpera with The Nutcracker coming from 15 to 17 December 2023. Don't miss the chance to be enchanted by this ballet classic, by the Ballet Theatre and State Opera Orchestra of Astana. pic.twitter.com/5FTacQjohX
— Dubai Opera (@DubaiOpera) November 11, 2023
Dubai Opera took to its account on X to announce that the Nutcracker show is coming to its theatre in December. Yes scheduled to happen from December 15 to 17, this whimsical ballet relays the evergreen Christmas tale and is being performed on the stage by the Ballet Theatre and State Opera Orchestra of Astana. As the tickets are already live on the website, you might want to book yours soon!
So, if you missed out on the news pieces, we hope you could be updated!
Cover Image Courtesy: Instagram/saudi_airlines
For more such snackable content, interesting discoveries and latest updates on food, travel and experiences in your city, download the Curly Tales App. Download HERE.
Good news! We are on WhatsApp! Subscribe to Curly Tales WhatsApp Channel to stay up-to-date with exclusive content and BTS. Join HERE.