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Saudi Arabia will end most coronavirus-related restrictions on Sunday, including resuming indoor dining, reopening cinemas and resuming entertainment activities and events, SPA said, citing an interior ministry source.
According to the state news agency SPA some activities will remain banned, including weddings and corporate meetings. Social gatherings will continue to be limited to a maximum of 20 people.
Some activities will remain banned, including weddings and corporate meetings. File photo
Earlier, the Saudi Arabia civil aviation authority said on Thursday that it has approved the landing of international flights at Prince Abdul Majeed Bin Abdulaziz Airport in Al-Ula, the state news agency reported.
The authority also said the airport's capacity has been raised from 100,000 to 400,000 passengers annually.
More than 115.92 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,701,350 have died, according to a Reuters tally on Saturday.Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Immunised citizens who received two full doses of the (COVID-19) vaccine, as well as those who received one dose, provided that (14) days have passed since they were vaccinated with the first dose, and as confirmed by the data displayed on Tawakkalna App.
The Hajj, which begins on Wednesday, normally draws around 2.5 million people for five intense days of worship in one of the world's largest gatherings of people from around the world.
"Holding the ritual in the shadow of this pandemic... required reducing the numbers of pilgrims, but it obliged various official agencies to put in double efforts," 84-year-old King Salman said in a speech.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (Seha), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, successfully treated 17-month-old Emirati baby Afra, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
An African gang of eight members was arrested and prosecuted by the Dubai Public Prosecution on robbery charges. The gang had mugged an Asian bank customer of Dhs190,000 in Dubai.
A 52-year-old European manager was trialed by the Dubai Public Prosecution for demanding a Dhs530,000 bribe from his Dubai company in order to perform work tasks.