From Vietnam’s Dragon Fruit In Saudi Arabia To Launch of Space Flights From Abu Dhabi, 6 GCC Updates For You

Here are some updates from the Gulf.

by Deeplata Garde
From Vietnam’s Dragon Fruit In Saudi Arabia To Launch of Space Flights From Abu Dhabi, 6 GCC Updates For You

From Vietnamese dragon fruit to aviation awards and space exploration, here’s a quirky look at some recent GCC updates that are making headlines.

1. Vietnamese Dragon Fruit Finds A Home In Uae’s Spinneys Supermarkets


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The vibrant hues of Vietnamese red and yellow-fleshed dragon fruit have landed in the United Arab Emirates, making their debut at Spinneys supermarkets. This expansion marks a significant milestone for Vietnamese exports in the UAE market, which also includes agricultural products, seafood, and canned drinks. The arrival of these products highlights Vietnam’s growing presence in the Middle Eastern market, offering consumers a taste of exotic and nutritious produce.

2. Saudi Arabia Addresses Criticisms Surrounding Hajj Security

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Saudi Arabia has faced criticism following the Islamic hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, where approximately 1,300 deaths were reported. Despite increased security measures, the kingdom has been accused of inadequate preparations, particularly concerning unregistered pilgrims. Riyadh has defended its efforts but continues to face scrutiny over ensuring the safety and security of all pilgrims during this sacred event.

3. Jumeirah Celebrates 20 Years of Ocean Conservation With Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project

In Dubai, Jumeirah marked the 20th anniversary of its Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project (DTRP) with a thought-provoking panel discussion. Titled ‘Out of Sight is not Out of Mind: Our Collective Responsibility to Preserve our Ocean’, the event brought together global experts to discuss the pressing challenges facing marine conservation. This initiative underscores Jumeirah’s commitment to environmental stewardship and highlights the ongoing efforts to protect marine biodiversity.

4. Emirates & Etihad Shine In The Top 20 Of The 2024 World Airline Awards

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of aviation’, the 2024 World Airline Awards celebrated the top airlines worldwide. Emirates and Etihad, flagship carriers of the UAE, secured positions among the best, with Emirates ranking 3rd and Etihad 19th out of 350 airlines considered. This recognition reaffirms the UAE’s position as a global aviation hub, known for its exceptional service and operational excellence in the airline industry.

5. EOS-X Space Ventures Into Space Flights From Spain & Abu Dhabi


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EOS-X Space, Europe’s pioneering space exploration company, is gearing up to launch commercial flights to the stratosphere from Seville, Spain, and Abu Dhabi starting in 2025. Pioneering a new era in space tourism, EOS-X Space aims to offer transformative experiences priced between 150,000 and 200,000 EUR per passenger. This ambitious venture marks a significant leap in commercial space travel, promising unparalleled views and a unique perspective on Earth from the edge of space.

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6. Dubai Airports Revolutionizes Supply Management With AI

Dubai Airports has set a new benchmark in supply management with its AI-powered Material Requirement Planning (MRP) tool. This innovative technology, driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning, has enhanced inventory forecasting accuracy by 30% and reduced excess stock by 12%. By optimizing supply chain operations at Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport, this advancement ensures efficient resource allocation and supports seamless airport operations.

These updates highlight the dynamic and innovative strides being made across various sectors globally in the GCC.

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