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Bahrain: Agreement with Israel aims to boost chances for peace in Middle East

Bahrain: Agreement with Israel aims to boost chances for peace in Middle East

By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: Since the signing of the declaration to support peace by Bahrain and Israel almost one month ago, contacts between officials from the two countries have been intensifying amid promises to build on the agreement to move closer to peace, security and cooperation across the region. For Bahrain, the agreement “emanates from […]

Global responses to COVID-19: From optimistic uplifting to pessimistic grieving

Global responses to COVID-19: From optimistic uplifting to pessimistic grieving

By Habib Toumi    BAHRAIN: When COVID-19 struck mercilessly, the world failed to respond promptly and decisively, except for a few countries. The lack of preparedness compounded by stubbornness to view COVID-19 as a deadly virus that would not go away quickly were among the reasons that led to catastrophic results across the globe. In […]

Bahrain to have diplomatic relations with Israel

Bahrain to have diplomatic relations with Israel

MANAMA: Bahrain is set to become the second Gulf state after the United ARAB Emirates (UAE) to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. “President Donald J. Trump, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today spoke and agreed to the establishment of […]

Why volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial? National duty, serving humanity, says Bahraini volunteer

Why volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial? National duty, serving humanity, says Bahraini volunteer

MANAMA: Whenever Jassim Amer went to the vast International Exhibition and Convention Centerin Manama, it was mainly for shopping or for admiring the impressive items displayed during Jewelry Arabia and other high-profile shows. However, this time, as he entered the high-ceilinged edifice, he felt he was on a patriotic duty in the service of his country and its people in particular and humanity in general. […]

Bahrain cancels 10-day quarantine upon arrival

Bahrain cancels 10-day quarantine upon arrival

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain has lifted the compulsory 10-day quarantine for all incoming passengers who test negative following their COVID-19 test upon arrival in the kingdom. The National Medical Task Force for combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) said that the decision was taken after case statistics revealed a 0.2% average rate of positive cases among […]

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bahrain TV young reporters display courage, dedication

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bahrain TV young reporters display courage, dedication

By Habib Toumi Manama: For Yahya Al Omari, the festive Eid could not be for spending time with the family, enjoying the first hours of the feast marking the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. For the young Bahrain TV News reporter, reporting on how Bahrain dealt with the challenge imposed by the coronavirus […]

Coronavirus robs Bahrainis of Eid joy, festivities

Coronavirus robs Bahrainis of Eid joy, festivities

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: “I am not taking any risks, so I told my daughters and their children to come late for the family lunch, spend a short time with us, then go home,” Fareed said when asked about his plans ahead for the day. “I love my extended family, but with the coronavirus threats, […]

Bahrain extends COVID-19 circuit breaker to Ramadan

Bahrain extends COVID-19 circuit breaker to Ramadan

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: Bahrain’s circuit breaker to choke off the spread of the coronavirus will be extended to Ramadan, the holy month associated with extra piety and devoutness as well as large family and social gatherings, while existing measures will be reinforced. Preventive measures announced by the Government Executive Committee at a meeting chaired […]

Bahrain using tracker bracelets to geofence self-isolating individuals

Bahrain using tracker bracelets to geofence self-isolating individuals

By Habib Toumi Manama: Bahrain is leveraging technology to ensure that people under compulsory home quarantines do not move away from the confines of their homes. Electronic tracker wristbands that alert authorities to rogue escapees have been rolled out by the island kingdom as it seeks to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). […]

Inside a Bahrain quarantine center: 5 meals a day, games, buffets and refreshments around the clock

Inside a Bahrain quarantine center: 5 meals a day, games, buffets and refreshments around the clock

By Habib Toumi Manama: Bahraini citizens have shared their quarantine routines, expressing satisfaction with the possibilities and structures available to maintain their physical and mental health, and debunking allegations that the isolation for 14 days meant the end of the world. “The humanitarian factor by Team Bahrain has been very important in our daily routines […]

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