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AFC President  praises health professionals, AFC associations for outstanding responses to COVID-19

AFC President  praises health professionals, AFC associations for outstanding responses to COVID-19

By Habib Toumi Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has praised the outstanding contributions of the frontline health professionals, carers and responders for their tremendous endeavors to help and protect communities across Asia and the world. In a statement posted by AFC, Shaikh Salman also praised the work […]

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

Chinese ambassador to Saudi Arabia enjoys reading, cooking during self-isolation

By Habib Toumi Riyadh: China’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chen Wei Qing has given an outstanding example of the meaning of self-isolation at home to help in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Ambassador Chen Wei Qing posted a tweet saying he was staying at home in response to an invitation by Saudi Arabia’s […]

Bahrain says it is committed to safe, exciting Formula One Grand Prix

Bahrain says it is committed to safe, exciting Formula One Grand Prix

By Habib Toumi Manama: Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), “the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, said that it was committed to holding a safe and exciting Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix for local and international fans. “We are working closely with all relevant government departments, including the Ministry of Health and Ministry […]

World’s tallest building in Dubai lights up in support for Wuhan, Chinese communities

World’s tallest building in Dubai lights up in support for Wuhan, Chinese communities

  Dubai: Burj Khalifa, the world tallest building at 828 meters, and other iconic landmarks across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were lit up in the colors of the Chinese national flag in solidarity with the Beijing over the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The initiative is part of the strong solidarity shown by the […]

Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman, dies at 79

Sultan Qaboos, the ruler of Oman, dies at 79

By Habib Toumi Muscat: Sultan Qaboos bin Said, a ruler who embodied Oman as he led its transformation from a sleepy enclave into a modern state, was laid to rest on Saturday. Qaboos, 79, ruled for almost five decades, having replaced his father as the Sultan of the country on the on the southeastern coast […]

Bahrain to name GCC chief as its Foreign Minister

Bahrain to name GCC chief as its Foreign Minister

By Habib Toumi Manama: Abdul Lateef Rashid Al Zayani, the current secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will become Bahrain’s foreign ministry when his term ends on March 31. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa today told Al Zayani that King Hamad bin Salman Al Khalifa is to appoint him the kingdom’s […]

As we bid 2019 adieu, thoughts about the year that was

As we bid 2019 adieu, thoughts about the year that was

By Habib Toumi Manama: Any year is a good year to be a journalist. Especially when you are privileged to have an extensive network of fellow journalist friends from various countries. We at the Asia Journalists Association (AJA) are among these lucky journalists. We come from countries that are vastly different in areas and in […]

Gulf countries welcome 2020 with extravagance and color

Gulf countries welcome 2020 with extravagance and color

By Habib Toumi Dubai: Gulf countries welcomed the New Year with extravagant light and firework displays and spectacular shows that lit up the skies and brought joy to millions of locals and expatriates. In the United Arab Emirates, 28 locations around the famed city of Dubai came alive with fireworks and light shows. The epicenter […]

Social media bring joy to orphan couple in Egypt, destitute patient in Malaysia

Social media bring joy to orphan couple in Egypt, destitute patient in Malaysia

By Habib Toumi Manama: Facebook and social media have helped an orphan couple in Egypt celebrate their wedding in great style and amid thousands of guests and a patient in Malaysia undergo a surgery for which he had no money. In Tanta, a large city about 100 kilometers north of Egypt’s capital Cairo, Ala, the […]

Christians mark Christmas in Bahrain with prayers, expressions of gratitude

Christians mark Christmas in Bahrain with prayers, expressions of gratitude

  By Habib Toumi Manama: Christians from several communities in Bahrain have celebrated Christmas Eve in a joyous spirit and amid expressions of gratitude for the tolerance they enjoy in the overwhelmingly Muslim country. Hundreds of Christians gathered at the various churches in Bahrain where they prayed for peace and serenity across the world while […]

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