Middle East

Ras Al Khaimah – first city to offer free Covid-19 tests to international visitors

Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE has become the first global destination to offer free PCR Covid-19 tests to guests and visitors. Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) and RAK Hospital are partnering to provide free (PCR) testing to international visitors staying in and departing from Ras Al Khaimah until 31 December, 2020. There is one free PCR test per guest. Subsidised by RAKTDA, the f...

Qatar Airways gets $1.95bn government funding injection

The Qatar government has provided 7.3 billion riyals (US$1.95bn) in funding support to its national flag carrier, Qatar Airways, which has posted losses of QAR7bn riyals for the year to the end of March 2020. The Gulf carrier said it had been impacted by the ongoing blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, as well the liquidation of Air Italy in February, in ...