The Saudi-led coalition said it had intercepted and destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched towards the southern city of Khamis Mushait. The Iran-aligned group said it targeted an oil refinery in Riyadh. The ministry said the attack caused a fire but was brought under control.
The decision was taken after Saudi Arabia barred all flights from UAE, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Ethiopia.The Saudi authorities said that the suspension was due to spike in coronavirus cases.
"The UAE is the first country I visited during my tour. I consider UAE my second home. Moreover, it is a global tourist destination witnessing an unprecedented boom in the field of bicycles," said Salim Saleh Al Sarifi.
Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State, said the UAE welcomes the Kingdom's decision and supports all measures it takes as part of its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, contain its spread and ensure the safety and security of the pilgrims and the community.
"We look forward to reconnecting Abu Dhabi with Madinah. Our flights will support the growing demand for religious travel and strengthen the existing air links between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a key travel market for Etihad Airways."
The announcement follows a royal decree issued last Thursday which grants citizenship to "experts and exceptional global talents" who will contribute to the growth of the kingdom under its ambitious reform plans, state news agency SPA reported last week.
Sheikh Mohammed, in turn, conveyed the greetings of Sheikh Khalifa to King Salman and Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his wishes of more prosperity and development to the Saudi people.
The UAE Internal Auditors Association and Saudi Internal Auditors Association have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly work the Internal Auditing domain. The agreement was signed by Abdulqader Obaid Ali, Chairman of the Board of UAE
The official Saudi Press Agency said on Twitter Friday that process had begun, adding there would be "three stages of air transport of prisoners" to Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa and the southern port city of Aden.
Prior to the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed said, “We need a strong start for the fifth decade of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s march... Our people are looking forward to economic and development integration... Our people are looking for real and deep cooperation... Our people are waiting from our meetings in Riyadh for the results of transforming all our cities into growth, prosperity and progress.”