Saudi focuses on global economy at G20 development meeting

JEDDAH: Inspired by mythical sea-dwelling creatures, a diving center in Jeddah is offering a first-of-its-kind mermaid diving course for those wanting to splash around in cool waters during the summer. Scuba Schools International at Al-Haddad Scuba in the coastal city offers a whimsical yet invigorating experience for those in search of an aquatic adventure. All … Read more

Israel’s Netanyahu says hostage deal could be near for hostages in Gaza

BEIJING: Various Palestinian factions have agreed to end their divisions and strengthen Palestinian unity by signing the Beijing Declaration on Tuesday morning in China, according to Chinese state media. The declaration was signed at the closing ceremony of a reconciliation dialogue among the factions held in Beijing from July 21-23, state broadcaster CCTV said. A … Read more

Mermaids in the Red Sea: Jeddah diving course offers new aquatic adventure

JEDDAH: Inspired by mythical sea-dwelling creatures, a diving center in Jeddah is offering a first-of-its-kind mermaid diving course for those wanting to splash around in cool waters during the summer. Scuba Schools International at Al-Haddad Scuba in the coastal city offers a whimsical yet invigorating experience for those in search of an aquatic adventure. All … Read more

Israelis due in Doha for talks on Gaza truce requests

DOHA: An Israeli delegation will travel to Doha on Thursday to discuss new demands for a Gaza truce and hostage-prisoner exchange, a source with knowledge of the talks said. The delegation would meet with mediator Qatar’s Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani to discuss three Israeli requests, including control over the return of civilians to … Read more

Saudi minister meets Swiss ambassador

RIYADH: The Saudi Real Estate Registry has been honored with the 2024 Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award, presented by the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), the Saudi Press Agency reported. The accolade, awarded at the international Esri User Conference in the US, recognizes the registry’s innovative application of geographic information system technology. According to … Read more

Canadian attempts knife attack on Israel security unit, is shot dead, authorities say

Egypt keen to work with partners to find swift solution to Sudan crisis, foreign minister says CAIRO: Egypt earned praise during talks on Monday in Accra, Ghana, for the pivotal role it plays in efforts to enhance security and stability on the African continent. Bankole Adeoye, the African Union’s commissioner for political affairs, peace and … Read more

Saudi, North Macedonia to strengthen Islamic affairs cooperation

RIYADH: The Kingdom and North Macedonia have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation on Islamic affairs, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. The pact was inked by Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Albania Faisal bin Ghazi Hefzi and representatives of the Presidency of the Islamic Union of North Macedonia. Hefzi also serves as non-resident ambassador … Read more

Five things to know about Turkiye’s interests in Africa

ISTANBUL: Turkiye is pushing for diplomatic and economic influence on the world stage — not least in Africa, where it announced plans this week to search for oil and gas off Somalia.Over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two decades in power, Ankara has consolidated its foothold on the continent, quadrupling its number of embassies there.Here are … Read more

King Salman issues royal order to change name of Saudi housing ministry

RIYADH: In the bustling heart of Saudi Arabia, a culinary revolution is unfolding. Restaurant entrepreneurs are launching new coffee shops and fast-food restaurants that are redefining the dining landscape by offering high-quality food and drinks at accessible prices. The cherry on top? They’re hiring local talent, bolstering both the community and the economy. Imagine walking … Read more

Iran condemns Israeli attack on Yemen’s Hodeidah port

ATHENS/QAMISHLI, Syria: Since 2022, senior Syrian and Turkish officials have periodically met in Moscow for talks mediated by Russia. But those meetings have failed to result in a thaw in their icy relations. It is a different matter now, however, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announcing his desire to restore formal ties with his … Read more