Emirates suspends flights to Doha as UAE cuts ties with Qatar

Dubai-based carrier Emirates Airline has announced a suspension of flights to and from Doha starting Tuesday. (File photo: Reuters)
Updated 05 June 2017

Emirates suspends flights to Doha as UAE cuts ties with Qatar

DUBAI: Dubai-based carrier Emirates Airline has announced the suspension of its flights to and from Doha as several countries, including the UAE, severed ties with Qatar on Monday.
Following government directives, Emirates will suspend flights starting Tuesday morning.
The last flight from Dubai to Doha will depart at 02:30 am on June 6 while the last flight from Doha to Dubai will depart as 03:50 am on June 6.
Other airlines, including FlyDubai, Etihad Airways and Air Arabia, have also announced similar moves, while Qatar Airways has suspended flights to Saudi Arabia.
The move comes as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, the Maldives and Libya cut ties with Qatar, which stands accused of backing terrorism.


Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

Updated 15 min 56 sec ago

Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

  • Sultan Qaboos has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970
  • The sultan has no known successor for his throne in Oman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after traveling to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate’s state-run news agency reported Friday.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported a week earlier, citing a royal court statement. A similar royal statement announced his return, without elaborating.

Bin Said has taken medical trips abroad in the past. The sultan has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970. He has no known successor for his throne in Oman, a country on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula that’s home to some 4.6 million people.