KUWAIT, Dec 27 (KUNA) -- Here are the main events of the GCC countries through the year 2021, firstly we begin with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:
Jan 3: A 13-day Saudi Dakar Rally 2020 kicks off in the Saudi seaport city of Jeddah.
Jan 3 : Saudi Arabia announces easing the recently adopted coronavirus restrictions, including reversing the suspension of international flights to and from airports across the Kingdom and the sealing of land and sea ports.
Jan 8 : Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Jan 8 : Saudi Arabia announces that its nationals will be allowed to travel overseas as of March 31.
Jan 9 : Saudi customs opens Salwa border crossing with Qatar.
Jan 10 : Saudi Arabia and Italy signs agreement to develop "strategic bilateral dialogue." Jan 15 : The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen intercepted and destroyed?three Houthi drones targeting Saudi Arabia.
Jan 23 : The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen destroys Houthi attack aimed at Riyadh.
Jan 24 : Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz issues a decree to relieve Saudi Arabia's Central Bank Governor Dr. Ahmad Al-Khulaifi of his duties, with Dr. Fahad Al-Mubarak set to succeed him.
Jan 24 : The Public Investment Fund (PIF) launches a five-year strategy to pump at least USD 40 billion a year into the local economy, double its assets to USD 1.07 trillion, contribute USD 320 billion to non-oil GDP and create 1.8 million jobs by 2025.
Jan 29 : Saudi Arabia extends travel ban and border closures to May 17.
Jan 30 : Saudi Civil Defense announces the fall of a projectile fired by Houthi militia towards Al-Harth Governorate in Jazan Region.
Jan 30 : The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen intercepted a Katyusha rocket, fired by Yemeni Houthi militia, targetting Saudi Arabia.
Jan 30 : Saudi Al-Nasser club wins Saudi Super Cup.
Feb 4 : Saudi Arabia suspends all events, including weddings and parties, for a period of 30 days as part of countermeasures against COVID-19.
Feb 8 : Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announces 'wave of reform' for Saudi Arabia's judicial system.
Feb 10 : The Saudi-commanded coalition forces announces that the Houthi militias targeted Abha International Airport, in the Southwest of the Kingdom.
Feb 10 : Chairman of Sakhr Software Company Mohammad Al-Sharekh wins the 2021 King Faisal Prize for his efforts in Arabicizing and producing computer programs, and his contribution to enriching Arab and Islamic culture.
Feb 11 : The Saudi-led coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen announces that its air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Yemeni "Houthi terrorists" towards civilians and their properties in the Saudi southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.
Feb 13 : The Saudi-led coalition announces that its air defense shot down a bomb-laden drone targetting Abha International Airport.
Feb 14 : The Saudi-led coalition announces that its air defense shot down two bomb-laden drones targetting civilians in the Saudi southwestern city of Khamis Mushait.
Feb 22 : Ministry of education decides to proceed with online learning in all grades for the scholastic year's second semester (2020-21).
Feb 23 : King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre signs USD 40 million agreement with the World Food Program (WFP) to prevent famine and malnutrition in Yemen.
Feb 24 : The General Directorate of Passports in Saudi Arabia announces a Royal Decree allowing Saudi women married to non-Saudis to travel with their husbands and join their abroad after presenting proof of marriage to officials at departure points.
Feb 24 : Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman undergoes successful appendicitis surgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital.
Feb 27 : The Saudi-led coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen announces that its air defense shot down a ballistic missile fired by the Yemeni "Houthi terrorists" towards civilians and their properties in Riyadh, Khamis Mushait and Jazan.
Feb 27 : Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejects a CIA report on journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, says it contains 'inaccurate information and conclusions.' Feb 28 : The Saudi Royal Air Force and the US Air Force conduct "Dragon Joint Exercise Maneuvers" in Taif city, aim at training on tactical interception, combat training, air counterattack, and suppressing enemy's air defenses.
March 2 : The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen shoots a drone loaded with explosives while it was buzzing in skies in direction of civilian targets in the Kingdom's South.
March 3 : The coalition announces its air defense shot down two bomb-laden drones targeting civilians in Khamis Mushait.
March 4 : The coalition announces that its air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Yemeni "Houthi terrorists" towards civilians and their properties in Jazan.
March 5 : The Coalition shoots six drones, launched by Houthi militia, targeting a civilian-populated city in Saudi Arabia's Southern Region.
March 6 : The Coalition destroyed?two Houthi drones targeting civilians and their properties in Jazan and Khamis Mushait.
March 7 : Saudi Arabia lifts the suspension on activities such as indoor dining and reopen gyms and cinemas.
March 7 : The Coalition destroyed?10 Houthi drones targeting Saudi Arabia.
March 7 : Saudi Energy Ministry announces that Saudi Arabia has intercepted a drone assault on oil reservoirs at Ras Tanura Port and a ballistic missile attack on a residential compound of workers of the country's energy giant Aramco.
March 8 : The Saudi-led coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen announces that its air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Yemeni "Houthi terrorists" towards civilians and their properties in Khamis Mushait.
March 10 : Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund signs a USD 15 billion multi-currency revolving credit facility with a group of 17 banks.
March 12 : Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz, in a royal decree, dismisses Mohammad Benten as Minister of Hajj and Umrah, and appoints Dr. Essam bin Saeed as the new Minister of Hajj and Umrah.
March 15 : The Saudi-led coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen announces that two ballistic missiles fired by the Yemeni "Houthi terrorists" landed near Khamis Mushait, in southern Saudi Arabia.
March 15 : The coalition announces that its air defense shot down bomb-laden drone targeting civilians in Khamis Mushait.
March 15 : The coalition destroys a bunker for ballistic missiles and launch pads in the northern Yemeni province of Saada.
March 16 : The coalition facilitates the evacuation by air of 160 African immigrants.
March 17 : The coalition announces that its forces managed to foil an imminent attack by a booby-trapped drone against Saudi Arabia before launching from Yemen's Amran Governorate.
March 19 : Saudi Arabia's Energy Ministry announces that an attack by drones caused a fire in an oil refinery in the capital city of Riyadh.
March 20 : The Saudi-led coalition announces that its air defense shot down bomb-laden drone targeting civilians in Khamis Mushait.
March 22 : Saudi Arabia announces an UN-monitored initiative to end the Yemeni crisis and reach a comprehensive ceasefire across the country, included depositing taxes and custom revenues for ships carrying oil derivatives to the port of Hodeidah in the joint account of the Central Bank of Yemen in Hodeidah, in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement.
March 25 : The Coalition shoots six booby-trapped drones, launched by Houthi militia, targeting Saudi Arabia.
March 25 : Saudi Ministry of Energy announces that an attack with a projectile aimed at petroleum products distribution terminal in Jazan, causing a fire in one of the terminal's tanks.
March 26 : The coalition announces that its air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthis in Yemen
Arabia: April 1: Saudi authorities captured a man with a knife in his possession at Al-Masjed Al-Haram (the Great Mosque of Makkah) and shouted terrorist slogans.
April 1: Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed several MoUs on cooperation in various fields.
April 1: The Saudi-led Coalition intercepted two Houthi Militias' drones targeted Saudi civilians.
April 3: The Coalition announced the interception of a Houthi Militias' bomb-laden boat.
April 6: The coalition announced that its forces had destroyed an explosive-laden drone launched by the Houthi militia towards civilian targets in Khamis Mushait.
April 7: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced the launch of (Travel by Time) project to revive the main area in Al-Ula to become an international tourism attraction by 2030.
April 7: Saudi Arabia announced several ministerial resolutions to create more than 51,000 job opportunities.
April 7: The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) Announced Its Transformation into a Holding Company (Saudi Tadawul Group).
April 8: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced the opening of the (Sakaka) solar power plant.
April 9: The coalition forces have intercepted and destroyed a booby-trapped drone fired deliberately by the "terrorist" Houthi militias to target Saudi civilians in the city of Khamis Mushait.
April 9: The Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimate Yemeni government had intercepted and shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia towards civilian targets. April 9: Saudi Aramco Signs USD 12.4 billion Infrastructure Investment Deal with EIG-Led Consortium.
April 10: The Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen intercepted a drone launched by Houthi militias towards Saudi Arabia.
April 10: Saudi Arabia executed three soldiers after a special court had found them guilty of "high treason." April 11: The Saudi-led Coalition shot down a ballistic missile and four explosives-laden drones fired by Houthi militia towards civilian targets in southern Saudi cities.
April 11: The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Guidance announced that the Taraweeh and Qiyam prayers to be combined with evening (Isha) prayer, and not exceed 30 minutes in all mosques of the Kingdom.
April 11: The Saudi General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque announced the first Taraweeh prayer at the Grand Mosque to be performed on the first night of Ramadhan, while adhering to all precautionary measures and health protocols.
April 12: Moon Sighting Committee of the Supreme Court, the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that Tuesday, April 13, 2021 is the first day of the holy month of Ramadhan.
April 14: Saudi-led coalition said that it destroyed two booby-trapped drones fired by the Houthi militias in the direction of the Saudi southern city of Jazan.
April 15: The Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen shot down two ballistic missiles and four explosives-laden drones fired by Houthi militia towards Jazan.
April 16: Saudi-led coalition destroyed a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militias targeting Jazan.
April 22: The Arab coalition had said its forces destroyed two booby-trapped drones fired by the Houthi militias against civilian areas in southern Saudi Arabia.
April 24: The coalition announced that its forces intercepted a booby-trapped drone fired by the Houthi militias targeting civilian areas in southern Saudi Arabia.
April 27: Saudi Ministry of Defense announced that it had destroyed an explosive-laden boat off the coast of Yanbu Port.
May 2: Saudi Ministry of Interior declared lifting of the travel ban for citizens as of May 17.
May 2: The Saudi-led coalition destroyed one ballistic missile and two booby-trapped drones fired by the Houthi militias against civilian areas in Saudi Arabia.
May 2: The coalition announced that it had intercepted a bomb-laden drone fired by Houthi militias targeting civilian areas in southern Saudi Arabia.
May 2: The Saudi Central Bank and the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance announced updating insurance documents for the Non-Saudis arriving in the Kingdom from abroad, for the purposes of tourism, visit and Umrah, through adding the covering against Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection's risks.
May 3: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud appointed Faisal Al-Ibrahim as minister of economy and planning.
May 6: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud approved the construction of a mosque project at the Islamabad-based International Islamic University in the Pakistani capital Islamabad.
May 6: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman signed an agreement with Pakistani Prime Minister Omran Khan to establish Saudi-Pakistani Supreme Coordination Council.
May 9: The Saudi-led coalition supporting legitimate Yemeni government announced that it had intercepted a bomb-laden drone launched by Houthi militias targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia.
May 10: The coalition intercepted a drone by Houthi militias targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia.
May 13: The coalition interrupted a bomb-laden boat by Houthi militias targeting civilian areas in southern Saudi Arabia.
May 14: The Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing announced the issuance of new health procedures and requirements to allow the return of hookah in cafes starting May 17, 2021.
May 18: Saudi Arabia announced that it would be donating USD 20 million to Sudan to cover some of the latter's funding gap at the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
May 23: Al-Hilal football club won Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Football League.
May 26: Saudi Arabia, in partnership with the World Bank, pledged USD 100 million to establish the International Fund for Comprehensive Tourism.
May 30: Saudi Arabia lifted ban on travelers arriving from 11 countries: UAE, Germany, US, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Japan.
June 9: Saudi Ministers of Industry, Mineral Resources, and Health Minister Inaugurated the First Ventilator with International Standards Made in Saudi Arabia.
June 12: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it had limited registration for those wishing to perform Hajj to citizens and residents inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Only.
June 16: Saudi Arabia authorities announced that all foreigners must register their coronavirus vaccinations online before their arrival in the Kingdom.
June 17: The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (ARAMCO) announced that it had finished the issuing of Shariah-compliant USD denominated of international sukuk, successfully raising USD six billion.
June 17: The Saudi-led Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen thwarted an explosive-laden drone attack by Houthi militias, targeting Khamis Mushait.
June 19: The Coalition destroyed two explosive drones, launched by Houthi "terrorist" militias, targeting Khamis Mushait.
June 19: The coalition said that it destroyed seven explosive-laden drones launched by the Houthi "terrorist" militias against populated areas in southern Saudi Arabia.
June 19: The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (ARAMCO) and an international investor consortium, announced the successful of an agreement, in which the consortium acquired a 49-percent stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines Company for USD 12.4 billion.
June 20: The Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen thwarted 17 explosive-laden drones attack by Houthi militias, targeting Khamis Mushait.
June 23: The Ministry of Health announced that the National Committee for Infectious Diseases has approved the possibility of taking the first and second dose of two different coronavirus vaccines.
June 23: The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen declared the destruction of four booby-trapped drones launched deliberately b
July 1: Coalition forces intercepted a drone fired by the Houthis.
July 2: Coalition forces intercepted a drone fired by the Houthis against Khamis Mushait. July 2: The Interior Ministry said citizens should obtain a permission to travel to Ethiopia, the UAE and Vietnam.
July 3: Coalition forces aborted an attack by two booby-trapped boats launched by the Houthis.
July 4: Ministry of Interior said people needed to be vaccinated in order to enter facilities and use public transportation.
July 7: Saudi Arabia's civil aviation authority and IATA signed an agreement to establish a regional office in Saudi Arabia.
July 7: Apple selected Riyadh to be headquarters of its Apple Developer Academy.
July 8: Saudi Arabia elected chairman of the Executive Council of ALECSO for 2021-23. July 9: Saudi food and drug authority approved use of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.
July 11: Saudi Arabia and Oman establish a coordination council.
July 13: Saudi tradition authority announced discovery of engravings dated back to sixth century B.C.
July 15: Fitch rating affirms (A) rating of Saudi Arabia with a negative-to-stable outlook.
July 22: Saudi health minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabeea said Hajj season was pandemic-free.
July 29: Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeea, head of a medical team specialized in separation of Siamese twins, announced successful operation to separate Yemeni Siamese twins.
Aug 3: The Saudi Cabinet approves a protocol between the Saudi government and the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) to establishment its regional office in the Kingdom.
Aug 4: Forces of the Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen announce the interception and destruction of a booby-trapped plane launched by the "terrorist" Houthi militias, to target civilians in the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.
Aug 5: Saudi Basic Industries Company (SABIC) announces its financial results for the second quarter of 2021 with a net profit of USD 2.037 billion, up 57 percent from its net profit for the previous quarter.
Aug 5: The start of the Kingdom's open women's volleyball championship, the first of its kind, was to be followed by the second and third groups in Jeddah and the Eastern Region.
Aug 8: The Saudi Ministry of Sports announces that the capacity of the public attendance of sports competitions for the sports season (2021-2022) will be increased by no more than 60 percent instead of 40 percent.
Aug 8: Saudi Aramco announces net income for the second quarter of 2021 of USD 25.5 billion, an increase of 288 percent compared to the second quarter of last year.
Aug 9: The Saudi Ministry of Interior announces the introduction of the decision to require the second dose of an anti-coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19) to travel outside the Kingdom for all Saudi citizens.
Aug 9: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announces the reception of Rahman's guests from citizens and residents in addition to receiving requests for umrah from different countries of the world with a capacity of up to 60,000 pilgrims distributed over eight operational periods to reach a capacity of two million pilgrims per month.
Aug 9: Saudi Finance Ministry reveals data in the second quarter of the current year, which showed quarterly revenues of USD 66.133 billion against expenses of USD 67.3 billion to reach a budget deficit of USD 1.22 billion.
Aug 11: Saudi Football League (Mohammed bin Salman League) kicks off in its first round.
Aug 11: The Saudi General Authority for Civil Aviation announces the possibility of using full seat capacity within the cabin of the aircraft in domestic flights, confirming that these measures will take effect from the beginning of September.
Aug 15: Saudi Arabia evacuates members of its diplomatic mission in Afghanistan due to the current and unstable situation in Afghanistan.
Aug 15: The Saudi Ministry of Health announces that delta of the new Covid-19 virus is in the Kingdom, confirmed by the Saudi Ministry of Health, which closely follows all mutations through genetic sequencing.
Aug 15: Forces of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announces the interception and destruction of a ballistic missile fired by the "terrorist" Houthi militias in a systematic and deliberate manner to target civilians in the southern Saudi city of Najran.
Aug 16: (Federation of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council) launches, in cooperation with the UAE (Business Sector Gateway Corporation), the first Gulf digital platform for oil and gas and its derivatives, with the aim of supporting digital transformation in this sector.
Aug 18: Saudi Civil Aviation Authority signs a memorandum of cooperation to link the health passport in the application (Tawakkalna) for tracking the infected and reducing the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Aug 19: The Saudi Ministry of Energy announces building two renewable energy plants on two land plots with a total area of 12 million square meters, as part of the Kingdom's plan to generate 50 percent of its energy from renewables.
Aug 20: Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud affirms that he directed the competent authorities in the Kingdom to quickly provide more health support for Tunisia, in addition to the previous aid to contribute to meeting the needs of the Tunisian health sector. Aug 22: The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah announces that the organization is holding an emergency open-ended meeting to discuss the situation and events in Afghanistan.
Aug 22: Forces of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announces the interception and destruction of a booby-trapped plane launched by the Houthi militias in a systematic and deliberate manner to target the civilians in the city of Khamis Mushait in southern Saudi Arabia.
Aug 23: The Amir of Mecca, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, oversees the washing of Kaaba on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, with the participation of Saudi ministers and officials.
Aug 23: Forces of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announces the interception and destruction of a booby-trapped plane launched by the Houthi militias to target civilians in the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.
Aug 24: Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior issues directives to allow direct entry of fully vaccinated expatriates from countries facing travel ban.
Aug 25: Saudi Arabia announces a package of qualitative initiatives and technical programs with a total value of USD 1.066 billion in collaboration with 10 of the world's leading technology giants in the largest technical launch of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Aug 25: Saudi Arabia and Qatar signs revised protocol for the establishment of the Saudi-Qatari Coordination Council.
Aug 25: Forces of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announces the interception and destruction of a booby-trapped plane launched by the Houthi militias to target civilians in the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.
Aug 25: The Saudi Telecommunications and Information Technology Authority launches the Advisory Groups Initiative to promote sustainable communication and cooperation among stakeholders in the IT sector and emerging technologies in the Kingdom.
Aug 26: Forces of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen announces the interception and destruction of a booby-trapped plane launched by the Houthi militias to target civilians in the southern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait.
Aug 26: Saudi-Qatari follow-up committee holds its fifth meeting at the Saudi Foreign Ministry's Office in Riyadh. Aug 26: Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Statistics reveals that non-oil exp
Oct 4: Saudi MoI announced that travelers who did not receive vaccines approved by Saudi Arabia would be home quarantined.
Oct 5: Saudi Sport Ministry increased to 100 percent capacity of stadium hosting a game between Saudi Arabia with Japan and China, part of qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
Oct 7: English Football Association approved the Saudi sovereign fund's acquisition of New Castle Football Club for 300 million Pounds (USD 408 million).
Oct 8: Coalition forces said 15 persons injured when a projectile and a drone fired by the Houthis hit King Abdullah Airport in Jazan.
Oct 9: Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umra said people who took two doses of Covid-19 vaccines could perform Umra and prayers at the two holy mosques in Makka and Madinah.
Oct 10: Saudi MoI said only people who received two Covid-19 doses could board airplanes and public transportation.
Oct 11: Coalition forces said they executed 338 operations to protect civilians in Maareb.
Oct 11: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced a national investment strategy.
Oct 15: Saudi non-oil exports rose 37 percent in the first half 2021 to register USD 4.33 billion.
Oct 16: Coalition forces killed over 160 terrorists in attacks on the Houthi militias in Maareb.
Oct 17: Sport Ministry allowed full fan capacity at all venues.
Oct 20: Chairman of the public authority for entertainment Turki Al Al-Sheikh launched Riyadh Tourism Season.
Oct 25: Leaders participating in the Middle East Green Initiative called for a systematic regional roadmap to confront common environmental challenges.
Oct 26: Saudi Investment Fund announced depositing of USD three billion into Pakistan's Central Bank to help the government in Islamabad support its foreign currency reserve as well as impacts of coronavirus.
Oct 26: Aramco signed five MoUs with Saudi and international investors to explore investment opportunities in manufacturing of hydrogen and green energy, as well as digital technology in industries.
Oct 27: The Foreign Ministry summoned the Lebanese ambassador to protest against the Lebanese Information Minister George Qerdahi's offensive statements regarding the coalition's efforts in Yemen.
Oct 29: Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Lebanon and told the Lebanese Ambassador to leave the country in 48 hours.
Oct 29: Saudi Arabia submitted an official request to host Expo in 2030.
Oct 31: Public Authority for military industries signed a contract with the Saudi company for military industries to develop a drone.
Oct 31: Finance Ministry said the budget registered a surplus amounting to USD 1.782 billion in the third quarter.
Nov 1: Saudi Arabia and Oman signed a land and air transportation agreements.
Nov 3: Saudi Food and Drug Authority approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on 5-11 years old.
Nov 3: Saudi Arabia and Oman signed an MoU on communications, information technology and post.
Nov 9: Statistics authority said GDP registered a 6.8-percent increase in third quarter 2021 compared with same period 2020.
Nov 13: Saudi football association launched the first women football league.
Nov 14: Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman launched the Prince Mohammad bin Salman City, the first non-profit city in the world.
Nov 19: Saudi Arabia donated USD 56,000 to contribute to establishment of a center for chemistry and technology for the Organization on prohibition of chemical weapons.
Nov 22: GCC defense ministers inaugurated the united military command in Riyadh.
Nov 26: Saudi Arabia suspended flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho an Eswatini due to spread of coronavirus.
Nov 27: Interior Ministry allowed entry of people who got at least one Covid-19 vaccine done but would have to be quarantined for three days. The new measure started December 4. Nov. 28: Interior Ministry suspended flights from Malawi, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Seychelles, Mauritius and Comoros for spread of coronavirus.
Dec. 1: Saudi Arabia signed a cooperation agreement with the UN to implement an international initiative to stop deterioration of land.
Dec. 1: Saudi MoH announced the first Omicron variant case of a citizen who came from a North African country.
Dec. 1: Coalition forces destroyed a booby-trapped boat before it was launched by the houthis in the south of the Red Sea.
Dec. 2: Coalition forces attacked an arms depot and other weapons in Yemen's capital, Sanaa.
Dec. 3: Coalition forces destroyed a rocket launcher by the Houthis in southern Sanaa.
Dec. 4: Aramco signed five agreements with French companies on hydrogen-fueled vehicles. Saudi Arabia and France signed cooperation agreements on space, culture, tourism and technology, on sidelines of French President Emannuel Macron's visit to the Kingdom.
Dec. 5: Saudi Arabia and France signed an agreement to establish a company in the Kingdom to build aircraft parts.
Dec. 6: Saudi Arabia and Oman signed 13 MoUs over economic cooperation. Dec. 7: Aramco signed a lease and re-lease contract of gas pipelines with a value of KD 15.5 billion.
Dec. 8: Saudi Arabia and Greece signed sea transport cooperation agreement.
Dec. 12: Saudi government approved the 2022 budget, which included expenditure of around USD 254.666 billion and revenues at USD 278.667 billion with a surplus of USD 24 billion.
Dec. 12: King Salman relief authority signed two agreements with the global coronavirus vaccines alliance (GAVI) to allocate USD 5.333 million to support least-developed Muslim countries with Covid-19 vaccines.
Dec. 14: GCC summit reiterated importance of regional stability and security, rejected terrorism and extremism, supported Palestinian people's sovereignty over all lands occupied since June 1967 to ultimately establish the independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Dec. 14: The GCC summit called on Lebanese parties to work towards security, stability and development, urged Iraq to address sticky issues with Kuwait namely demarcation of marine borders beyond Mark 162, supported legitimate Yemeni government and a political end to the conflict based on GCC initiative, its implementation mechanism and the outcome of national dialogue, as well as UNSC resolution 2216.
Dec. 17: Coalition forces carried out 29 operations against the Houthi militias in Maareb.
Dec. 19: The coalition bombed two booby-trapped drones fired by the Houthis towards Abha Airport, southern Saudi Arabia.
Dec. 21: The coalition said the Houthis closed Sanaa Airport on December 19 thus UN planes would not be able to land. end ed