Photo of Arab leaders dining goes viral on social media

Updated 17 April 2018
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Photo of Arab leaders dining goes viral on social media

  • Arab League leaders had been gathering in Dhahran for annual summit
  • The photo was tweeted by Saud Al-Qahtani

This photo, showing Arab and Gulf leaders in a relaxed mood after the Arab League Summit in Dhahran, has gone viral on social media. 

It shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan; Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum; Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa; Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi; Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority President Turki Al-Asheikh; General Supervisor of the Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court Saud Al-Qahtani; Jordanian Royal Court’s Manar Dabbas; Acting Head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel; UAE Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan; and Bahrain’s Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. 

The photo was tweeted by Saud Al-Qahtani via @SaudQ1978, and at last count was retweeted 24,000 times.


Oman’s Religious Affairs Ministry says second wife rule claim was ‘fake news’

Updated 9 min 18 sec ago
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Oman’s Religious Affairs Ministry says second wife rule claim was ‘fake news’

DUBAI: Oman’s Religious Affairs Ministry said reports of a decision allegedly forcing local men to wed multiple wives to boost the population were “fake news,” local daily Times of Oman reported.
False claims spread on social media in a post that read, “Due to the lack of population growth, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs decided [that] every man must marry at least two women and the state will support them monetarily,” the report added.
“A woman who tries to prevent her husband [from getting married again will face] a penalty set by the ‘Department of Women Preaching and Guidance’ in the Ministry,” it added.
But the Religious Affairs Ministry dispelled the rumors, and issued a statement which stated: “Referring to the rumor that is being circulated, the Ministry would like to point out that this decision has not been issued by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs and that they will take legal action against [the person who started] rumor.”