A bus ferrying pilgrims to the holy city of Makkah burst into flames after a collision on a bridge on Monday, killing 20 people and injuring more than two dozen others, Saudi state media reported.The incident comes during the first week of Ramadan, a busy time for umrah pilgrimages, and just months before millions of Muslims are expected to make the annual hajj pilgrimage."According to preliminary information we have now received, the number of deaths in this accident reached 20, and the total number of injuries was approximately 29," the state-affiliated Al-Ekhbariya channel reported.It said the victims had "different nationalities" but did not mention them or provide a breakdown.The channel said the bus had "car trouble", without specifying, while the private newspaper Okaz said the accident resulted from an issue with the brakes.The vehicle "then collided with a bridge, overturned and caught fire".Footage broadcast on Al-Ekhbariya showed a reporter standing in front of what appeared to be the burnt-out shell of the bus.Transporting worshippers around Saudi Arabia's holy sites is a perilous task, particularly during the hajj, when roads can be chaotic with buses creating interminable traffic jams.In October 2019, some 35 foreigners were killed and four others injured when a bus collided with another heavy vehicle near Medina.Yet pilgrimages are an essential component of a burgeoning tourism sector that Saudi officials hope will help diversify the kingdom's economy away from fossil fuels.
Their Highnesses and Excellencies the Foreign Ministers of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) have sent a joint message to Secretary of State of the United States of America Antony Blinken, condemning the statements by Israeli Minister of Finance Bezalel Smotrich in which he called for the removal of the Palestinian town of Huwara from existence, and denied the existence of the Palestinian people.GCC Secretary-General Jassim Mohammed Al Budaiwi stated that the message embodies the position of Their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC countries regarding the cause of Palestine as it is the first cause of Arabs and Muslims, stressing what was stated in the closing statement of the 155th session of the GCC Ministerial Council that was held on March 22, 2023, regarding the GCC's support for the sovereignty of the Palestinian people over all the Palestinian territories occupied since June 1967, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, guaranteeing all the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people, and rejecting settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories.He said that the message praised the US position rejecting these statements, and called on the US to assume its responsibilities by responding to all measures and statements targeting the Palestinian people, and also urged the US administration to play its role in reaching a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the conflict based on the principles of international law and the Arab peace initiative, including the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to establish an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.The Secretary-General stressed the GCC's condemnation of the escalating Israeli statements and violations against the Palestinian people, including the crimes committed recently in the city of Jenin and the camp of Jenin and in the villages of Huwara, Burin, Asira al-Qibliya, and others that claimed the lives of a number of people and wounded dozens of others, the demolition of homes and the destruction of property, and the violation of the sanctity of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, targeting the Palestinian presence in the city of Jerusalem, and attempting to change its legal character, demographic composition, and arrangements for Islamic holy places.
The Palestinian Foreign Ministry held the Israeli government fully and directly responsible for its continued aggression against Al-Aqsa mosque and its worshippers, considering it a dangerous escalation in the situation in the conflict area.In a statement on Sunday, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry condemned the continuous provocative incursions into Al-Aqsa mosque and its courtyards by extremist settlers, and the continuous incitement calls to intensify the mobilisation of the intruders. The ministry also condemned the occupation police's removal and expulsion of worshippers by force and assaulting them and considered it a real crime and an offense against the sanctity of Al-Aqsa mosque and its courtyards, as well as the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan.The Israeli government, which preceded the holy month with a campaign of incitement against the Palestinian people under the pretext of (warning of an escalation of violence) during the month of Ramadan, reveals once again its plans to use those incitement campaigns to escalate its aggression against the Palestinian people, as well as its raids and targeting of Al-Aqsa mosque with the aim of perpetuating its temporal division by dividing it spatially if not completely demolishing it.The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called for a practical and effective international stance to compel the Israeli government to abide by the signed agreements, and to stop targeting Occupied Jerusalem and its sanctities, foremost of which is Al-Aqsa mosque, before it is too late.
Countries of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) underlined the importance of the initiatives that aim to promote cooperation as well as scientific and technical exchange, between the countries of the world, in the field of water and the provision of water technologies to developing countries, without restrictions and at preferential prices, as they are linked to the basics of life.This came in a statement delivered by Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman to the United Nations Ambassador Dr Muhammad bin Awad Al Hassanon behalf of the GCC countries, during his participation in the discussions of the United Nations Conference on the Future of Water in the World.Despite the difficult environmental and climatic conditions that the Gulf region suffers from, and the fact that it is among the most arid and water-stressed regions of the world, the achievements it is making to provide water in a sustainable manner that meets the needs of current and subsequent generations, and keeps pace with steady population growth, rapid urbanization and comprehensive development is a source of pride and evidence of the attention that the governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries attach to providing the basics for a dignified and safe life for their citizens, the statement said.The statement also pointed out that 40 percent of the production of potable water as swell as that for agricultural and industrial use is done in desalination plants located in the GCC countries, which confirms that the GCC countries have been able to achieve 100 percent of the sustainable development goal related to the access of all residents to drinking water and sanitation services.The statement, further, touched on several initiatives established by the GCC countries to enhance environmental systems; meet the growing demand for water; achieve efficient water supply, efficient use and recycling; reduce leakage rates in water networks and increase community awareness of the importance of water, such as the water strategy of the GCC countries and the project of the feasibility study of the Gulf water interconnection network.The GCC states called on the governments of states and the private sector to invest in the water sector in a way that enhances the national capabilities of countries, especially in the field of technical and vocational training; operation and maintenance; rehabilitation of stations; manufacturing of spare parts and qualifying national manpower to preserve groundwater resources and strategic reserves and reuse treated wastewater as part of comprehensive water resource management plans.
Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan for noon prayers, which passed peacefully amid tight security imposed after months of escalating tension and violence.“I cannot describe to you how happy I am to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque. I’m 50 years old and they only recently removed the security ban that had prevented me from coming here,” said Nasser Abu Saleh, a resident of the West Bank city of Hebron.The mosque complex, has a long history of confrontation, including incidents in 2021 that helped spark a 10-day war between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas.Worshippers streamed into the mosque, located in Jerusalem’s walled Old City, during the day after Israel announced on Monday that it would allow Palestinian men over 55, women of all ages and children under 12 to travel from the occupied West Bank to enter Jerusalem without military-issued permits.The Muslim Waqf, custodians who manage the site which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, said around 100,000 people had visited for the first Friday prayers of Ramadan.At noon prayers worshippers standing shoulder to shoulder packed the compound, which also houses the golden Dome of the Rock.Major General Ghassan Aliyan of Cogat, a unit in the Israeli defence ministry that co-ordinates civilian issues with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, said Israeli authorities were doing all they could to prevent any trouble. “All parties are interested in seeing the month of Ramadan pass peacefully in every way,” he said.On Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian officials made commitments to de-escalate violence, at a meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.The West Bank has seen a surge of confrontations in recent months, with near-daily Israeli military raids and escalating violence by Jewish settlers, amid a spate of attacks by Palestinians.Israeli security forces have been on high alert and the police said it deployed thousands of officers across Jerusalem yesterday.
A Palestinian was shot and killed Thursday during an occupation army raid and siege of his house in the village of Izbat Shoufa, southeast of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm.Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported that a 25-year-old Palestinian man identified as Amir Imar Abu Khadijeh was hit by a bullet in the head and in the lower extremities.Secretary of the "Fatah" movement in Shofa Murad Droubi, said a large occupation army force raided the village, closed its main entrance and prevented movement of people and cars while the force surrounded a house in the village.The Israeli occupation forces have killed 90 Palestinians since the start of the year, including 17 minors and one woman.
Secretary-General of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassim Mohammed Al Budaiwi condemned the decision taken by the occupying Israeli authorities to allow resettlement in the northern West Bank areas in Palestine.Al Budaiwi expressed strong condemnation of this decision, which is a flagrant violation of all international laws, and contributes to undermining regional and international peace efforts.He affirmed the firm stances of the GCC states towards the Palestinian issue as the first issue of Arabs and Muslims, and support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital. He also called for the need for all regional and international efforts to advance the peace process in the Middle East and to put an end to illegal practices that threaten the two-state solution in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and the resolutions of international legitimacy.
The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) called on countries to cooperate on issues related to water and sustainable development by unifying their efforts as well as the efforts of regional and international organisations, institutions, and research centres to work on developing and implementing policies and projects that employ innovation, modern technology, and renewable energies to address environmental challenges and water poverty.This came in ISESCO's statement on Tuesday, marking the 2023 World Water Day that falls on March 22 each year. The 2023 World Water Day comes under the theme "Accelerating Change" to stress the importance of spreading awareness of the need for everyone to have access to safe drinking water and support Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure access to water and sanitation for all.The organisation stressed its commitment to supporting the programmes and initiatives that ensure the right of all groups to access safe and clean water and the governance of water resources to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water quality and management.Statistics showed that more than two billion people around the world do not have access to potable water, while 4.2 billion people lack sanitation services, which highlights the paramount importance of water resource governance and the strengthening of sanitation infrastructure, especially in the context of the exacerbation of the repercussions of climate change on the water sector, as many countries suffer from water scarcity and recurrent drought.ISESCO has launched a number of programmes that should contribute to improving water resources management in member states, among which comes its programme for water and sanitation services improvement in 1,000 rural schools in several Islamic countries.On World Water Day, the Organisation continues to support member states again to invest in water management systems, sanitation, and public hygiene services, to achieve water security, ensure social and economic development, and achieve food security in the Islamic world.
The 155th Session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will begin Wednesday at the General Secretariat of the GCC headquarters in Riyadh with the presence of Their Highnesses and Excellencies the foreign ministers of the GCC states.On this occasion, GCC Secretary-General Jassim Muhamad Al Budaiwi said that the Ministerial Council will discuss a number of follow-up reports regarding the implementation decisions issued by the Supreme Council of the GCC in the 43rd GCC Summit in Riyadh. In addition, they will review notes and reports submitted by ministerial and technical committees and the General Secretariat, topics related to dialogues and strategic relations between the GCC states and international countries and blocs, and the latest regional and international developments.
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi underlined that the GCC countries safeguard human rights and guarantee all basic rights, including equality and non-discrimination, in implementation of the supreme directives of Their Majesties and Highnesses the leaders of the GCC countries, and in affirmation of what was stated in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of Forms of Racial Discrimination, and other treaties and conventions to which the GCC states have joined.The GCC Secretary-General made the statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination which is observed annually on March 21. The 2023 theme of the International Day focuses on the urgency of combatting racism and racial discrimination, 75 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).Albudaiwi underlined that the GCC countries are committed to eliminating all forms of racial discrimination and criminalizing its acts, in accordance with the legislation, laws, procedures and measures adopted by the GCC countries.He indicated that the world today still suffers from the existence of campaigns of racism, discrimination and hatred, and related intolerance that has created challenges for the international community to find solutions to combat racism in all its forms and places.He emphasised that the GCC countries have been working to spread and promote a culture of tolerance, respect for human rights, justice, equality, and rejection of racism, in application of the tolerant Islamic Sharia which prohibits discrimination in all its forms.He recalled what was stated in the GCC Human Rights Declaration adopted on December 9, 2014, which emphasised the principles of equality and non-discrimination in any form in more than one article.In conclusion of his statement, the GCC Secretary-General Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi stressed the importance of uniting efforts aimed at building and developing societies by promoting a culture of tolerance, moderation and acceptance of the other, and emphasising the principle of peaceful coexistence that has been applied and enshrined by the GCC states; calling on the international community to condemn discourses that promote ideas based on racial superiority or hatred, or that incite racism and discrimination.
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) on Monday declared a state of emergency as an oil leakage occurred in a location west of Kuwait.In a statement reported by Kuwait News Agency, the Deputy CEO for Administrative Affairs and official spokesman of the KOC Qusai Al Amer said no injuries have occurred as a result of the leak and production has not been affected. No poisonous gas leakage was detected at the site of the incident, he affirmed.KOC teams are currently handling the situation, taking the necessary procedure to contain the situation, added Al Amer.
Settlers stormed the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque on Monday, heavily guarded by the occupation police, while the Israeli occupation arrested 9 Palestinians in the West Bank.Palestinian news agency (WAFA) said that dozens of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa mosque from the Mughrabi Gate side, carried out provocative tours, and performed Talmudic rituals in its courtyards and near its gates.On the other hand, the Israeli occupation forces arrested on Monday nine Palestinians -including a freed prisoner- from various areas in the West Bank, after having raided and searched their homes.In the same context, the Israeli occupation forces installed multiple military barriers on Hebron's northern entrances, and Sa'ir town's entrances, as well as Dura's and Halhul's. They stopped and searched citizens' vehicles and checked their ID cards - impeding their movement.The Israeli occupation forces continue, on an almost daily basis, their violations against the Palestinians, by storming their towns and cities, and attacking them, their lands and properties using bullets and tear gas, which often leads to the death and injury of dozens of civilians.
The Kuwaiti Constitutional Court has annulled the results of the 2022 National Assembly (parliament) elections and reinstated the 2020 parliament.According to Kuwaiti news agency (KUNA), the Constitutional Court ruled that the election process held in September in five constituencies, was null and void due to discrepancies in the decree dissolving the 2020 National Assembly, and that the members of the 2020 parliament are reinstated.On March 8, the Court decided to postpone the challenges filed against the 2022 elections results to March 19.
The Israeli occupation forces raided at dawn Tuesday a number of Palestinian homes in Rummanah village, west of Jenin.Security and local sources told the Palestinian news agency (WAFA) that the occupation forces renewed their storming of the village of Rummanah, launched a massive campaign of raids on homes, searched them, tampered with their contents, and confiscated cell phones.The occupation forces also stopped a number of workers heading to work and checked their identities.The village of Rummanah is subjected to almost daily incursions by the occupation army.
Maher al-Mounes with Omar Haj Kadour in Harim Zuhair Hassoun examines worrying cracks in a Crusader-era castle in Syria, a UNESCO World Heritage site that survived centuries of conflict only to be badly damaged by last month's deadly earthquake.Hassoun, the custodian of the Fortress of Saladin, an architectural treasure with Byzantine roots in the 10th century rebuilt by Frankish Crusaders in the 12th century, walked carefully past fissured walls and crumbling arches."All of the fortress's towers are in danger," Hassoun said, warning that one had already fallen after the quake.Other parts "will inevitably collapse", he said, adding that it was only "a question of time".The hilltop fortress surrounded by forest was among dozens of cultural heritage sites that officials say were damaged in the devastating 7.8-magnitude quake that hit Turkey and Syria on February 6.More than 50,000 people were killed in the disaster, almost 6,000 of them in Syria.Ancient sites damaged included the Syrian city of Aleppo's famed citadel and Old City.The Fortress of Saladin has been on the United Nations' World Heritage List since 2006, and on the list of World Heritage in Danger since 2013, two years after the start of Syria's civil war.But the castle, in western Syria's mostly government-held province of Latakia, scraped through the conflict unscathed and was still open to the public -- until last month's quake.Hassoun said he feared that aftershocks or even heavy rain could cause further damage to the site, whose main facade is now cracked from top to bottom."Every (stone) slab weighs at least a tonne," he said. "Any part of the fortress that falls into the valley can never be retrieved."The earthquake hit one of the longest continuously inhabited areas on the planet within the so-called Fertile Crescent home to ancient civilisations including the Sumerians and Phoenicians.This rich history has left behind a plethora of archaeological sites, many of them thousands of years old.At the national museum in the capital Damascus, the head of the antiquities and museums department pored over a map of quake-stricken Syrian heritage locations, including in areas outside government control."We have identified more than 40 damaged sites," Nazir Awad said, noting that the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia and Tartus were badly affected."The Citadel of Aleppo and the Old City recorded the worst damage," he added.The day of the quake, AFP photographers saw damage in Aleppo to parts of the citadel, including to a minaret of a mosque at the World Heritage site.UNESCO, in a preliminary assessment, cited "significant damage" to the citadel and said the western tower of the old city wall had collapsed, while several buildings in the souks had been weakened.Some Syrian heritage sites "require urgent intervention so we don't lose priceless historical treasures", Awad said.He called for "international quake experts" to assess damage across the country, citing reports of "severe damage" to several sites in rebel-held areas.An AFP photographer saw heavy damage to the Saint Simeon Stylites monastery -- am ancient Christian pilgrimage site named after a famous hermit -- in northern Aleppo province, an area controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group.In the north of neighbouring Idlib province, some of the walls and courtyard arches of a centuries-old castle in the border town of Harim had collapsed, another AFP correspondent said.Firas Mansour, a teacher and antiquities enthusiast in Harim, one of Syria's worst-affected areas where dozens of buildings crumpled as residents slept, said he was not surprised that modern buildings had been destroyed."But for a castle that withstood centuries of stress to collapse, it is shocking and sad," he said.
Areas in the states of Hatay and Malatya, southern Turkiye, were hit by consecutive earthquakes on Monday.According to the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), the Hassa area of Hatay Province was subjected to a 4.7-magnitude earthquake, as the tremor occurred at a depth of 11.52 km. The Puturge district, in the state of Malatya, was also hit by two earthquakes measuring 4.5 degrees at a depth of 8 km. As for the second tremor, it was of a magnitude of 4.5, at a depth of 10 km.On Feb 6, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 hit southern Turkiye and northern Syria, followed by thousands of violent aftershocks. The disaster, which centered on the state of Kahramanmaras, claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and left huge material damage in 11 Turkish states.
* Migrant boat capsized en route from Libya* 30 people missing, 17 rescued, Italy's coast guard says* Charity says the 30 missing are dead, blames Italy* Migrant arrivals keep rising despite government hard lineThirty people are missing and 17 were rescued in the central Mediterranean on Sunday after the boat in which they were travelling from Libya capsized in bad weather, Italy's coastguard said.The tragedy comes just weeks after a Feb. 26 shipwreck near the southern region of Calabria, in which at least 79 died.Alarm Phone, a charity that picks up calls from migrant vessels in distress, assumed the 30 people were dead and blamed Italy for not sending its coastguard despite being repeatedly alerted on Saturday that the boat was in trouble."Clearly, the Italian authorities were trying to avoid that the people would be brought to Italy, delaying intervention so that the so-called Libyan coastguard would arrive and forcibly return people to Libya," it said in a statement late on Sunday.However, Italy's coastguard said the capsizing occurred outside the Italian Search and Rescue area (SAR), and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said Rome was doing all it could to avoid shipwrecks."We have always argued that it's necessary to stop the departures of unseaworthy vessels," he told Il Messaggero daily on Monday."It seems to me that everything that our coastguard, our navy and our finance police are doing is to be praised," he said, adding that Rome and the European Commission were supplying Libya with more patrol boats.Rescue operations were ongoing late on Sunday, supported by merchant ships and aerial support by the EU's border agency Frontex, while two further merchant vessels were en route to the area, the coastguard said in a statement.Earlier on Sunday, the Mediterranea Saving Humans charity had tweeted that according to several sources, the vessel, travelling in the direction of Italy, had capsized about 110 miles northwest of Benghazi.After an initial rescue attempt by a merchant ship failed due to bad weather, Libyan authorities asked Rome for help given that they lacked the means to carry out the rescue, the Italian coastguard said in the statement.Rome then requested merchant ships in the area to join the rescue efforts. However, the migrant vessel capsized during an attempt to transfer the people on to the "FROLAND" merchant ship on Sunday morning, it said.Rome's ability to rescue migrants at sea has come under scrutiny following last month's shipwreck and the issue is piling pressure on the rightwing government which took office last October promising to curb the influx of migrants.Instead, arrivals have surged, with 17,600 people reaching Italy this year as of March 10, compared to 6,000 in the same period of 2022, official figures show.Elly Schlein, the newly elected leader of the opposition Democratic Party, said the shipwrecks were "shameful for Italy and for Europe", and held a minute's silence during her maiden address to the PD leadership in Rome.On Saturday the coastguard said that more than 1,300 migrants had been rescued in three operations off the southern tip of Italy, with a further 200 saved off Sicily.
Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinian fighters in a pre-dawn firefight in the occupied West Bank, Israeli and Palestinian sources said yesterday, amid a surge in violence in the region.The Israeli army said “gunmen opened fire” at an army position near the Jit junction, west of Nablus in the northern West Bank, with the soldiers responding with “live fire”. A Nablus-based group said the Israeli troops had laid an ambush for them.The Palestinian health ministry identified three men killed by Israeli gunfire near Nablus as Jihad al-Shami, 24, Uday al-Shami, 22, and Mohamed Dabeek, 18.According to the army, the “three gunmen were neutralised during the exchange of fire and an additional armed gunman surrendered himself to the forces.”It noted in a statement none of the Israeli forces were wounded in the clash. The Lions’ Den, an emerging Palestinian group that claims to rise above traditional factional loyalties and has been blamed for a number of recent attacks on Israeli targets, identified the three as members. A statement from the group said they had engaged in combat after identifying the Israeli ambush, vowing to revenge the “martyrs”.Violence intensified last year, but has worsened in the West Bank — which Israel has occupied since the Six-Day War of 1967 —after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to office in December at the head of a hard-right coalition. Speaking ahead of his weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu commended the Israeli forces who “operate around the clock against those seeking to kill us”. “The principle is simple —whoever tries to hurt us, or hurts us, will pay the price,” he said in televised remarks.Hamas, the rulers of the Gaza Strip, said the deaths would “fuel the great West Bank intifada,” or uprising.
Three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces Sunday morning near the Israeli military checkpoint of Sarra, to the southwest of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.The Ministry said it was informed by the Palestinian Military Liaison that the Israeli occupation army fired at four Palestinians while inside their vehicle at the checkpoint, killing them in a targeted assassination. The three Palestinian martyrs are yet to be identified.Witnesses in a village adjacent to the checkpoint told reporters that shortly after their tragic shooting, Israeli occupation soldiers stormed shops and sized the recordings of surveillance cameras to keep their crime untold, Palestine news agency (WAFA) reported.The latest Israeli crime brings up the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces since the beginning of the year to 84, including 15 children and an elderly woman, according to the Ministry.
The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassim Mohammed Al-Budaiwi praised the role of Gulf women and the great achievements they made in the process of construction and development in Gulf societies in all fields.On the occasion of International Women's Day, which falls on March 8 every year, and comes this year under the theme "Innovation and technology for gender equality" Al-Budaiwi said that the world is witnessing the existence of a digital and technological gap between the two genders. Although many countries have pursued successful policies that have affected the involvement of women in the social, economic, political and cultural aspects, women in some countries of the world still suffer from their lack of full and potential use of modern technology, and have hindered their progress in this field.With the world increasingly moving towards automation and digital literacy, the Gulf countries have empowered Gulf women in the field of technology and digital learning, employing women in leadership and administrative positions in information and e-government bodies, encouraging them to challenge and innovate, and motivating them to develop their capabilities in technical fields to create investment, entrepreneurship and sustainable development opportunities. This was proven by women in the Gulf while dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, after the rapid digital transformation in education, communication and other government services.The Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council stressed the keenness of the GCC countries to support the role of women prominently, and took many measures and legislation, and established mechanisms, institutions and centers specialised in women's affairs, to enhance their status, preserve their rights and provide them with a decent life, since Gulf women are an essential pillar in the success story and in preparing future generations, with a distinguished footprint in the fields of decision-making, as they influenced with their vision, mission and active participation in the political, economic, social, cultural and technical fields.