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From new airlines to Ramadan buffets, here are 10 of the latest Middle East news!

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In this day and age, it is vital to be kept up to date on the latest happenings in the area. But if we can’t grasp what’s going on around us, we can certainly understand. What if you were given a bulleted list to familiarize you with some of the key events happening in the MENA region each week? Sounds like an easy way to absorb a lot of information without spending a lot of time, doesn’t it? Well, that’s why we’ve curated CT Quickies so you don’t waste time reading long-form news. So without further ado, let’s jump to the hot spots happening in the Middle East this week.

1. Abu Dhabi launches NowNow App

To give city dwellers instant access to a wide range of services, Noon’s on-demand delivery service, NowNow, has partnered with more than 150 agencies.

2. Want free petrol for a year in the Middle East?

One lucky Dubai resident will win a year’s worth of petrol or diesel in a contest run by fuel supplier CAFU, which ends on Monday, March 20.

3. Amman to Abu Dhabi round-trip ticket Dhs899

Air Arabia recently launched flights linking the two cities, with round-trip tickets starting at Dhs899 for selected itineraries.

4. Hilton announces Green Ramadan in the Middle East

In an effort to reduce food waste, Hilton announced the start of its Green Ramadan program in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the most important regions in the Middle East.

5. Sharjah listed as one of the top tourist destinations in 2023

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Sharjah was featured in the annual list, which lists 50 must-see places around the world, for its cultural offerings and ‘hub for contemporary art and design’.

6. Sharjah will soon be home to a major music academy

The institution will be accredited as a conservatory under the SPAA. The structure will have all the required amenities, such as a 1,100-seat concert hall, recording studios, practice spaces and a music library.

7. Top Arab artists to perform in Abu Dhabi during Ramadan

With Ramadan scheduled to end on April 22, residents and visitors to Abu Dhabi can expect a range of exciting music during the festival.

Also read: good news!Kolkata-Abu Dhabi flights resume after 3 years

8 Abu Dhabi scraps tourism tax on event planners

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Event planners are now free from the 10% visitor fee for every ticket sold.

9. Enjoy Iftar & Suhoor in the Middle East for 99 dirhams

Image source: Press release

Barbecue Delights, a Dubai restaurant, offers exquisite Iftar and Suhoor buffets for AED 69 and AED 49 respectively.

10. Race against the clock with Amano’s 1-Minute Hop Challenge

Image source: Press release

Recently opened and licensed Italian restaurant Amano in Abu Dhabi is hosting one of the top hop challenges. To win a voucher of up to AED 500, each person must perform 5 jumps within a minute.

We hope you’ve now caught up with this week’s news from the Middle East. Until next week, Ma Salaama Habibis!

Cover image courtesy of: emirates airlines

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