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GULF TOP STORIES: Dubai Police world record, Saudi crown prince on global list

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A roundup of top stories from the Gulf in the past 24 hours

UAE

WORLD RECORD: Dubai Police set a new Guinness World Record by forming the largest UAE flag with 143 cars in the form of a smiley emoji, breaking the previous record set up in Dubai by Pepsi with 121 cars in 2015.

Saudi Arabia

MBS: Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, figures on the list of the “Bloomberg 50.” Bloomberg compiled the list of leading figures from “finance and politics to tech and entertainment who defined global business in 2017.”

Oman

OIL DEPENDENCY: Sohar Port in Oman enjoyed one of its best years ever in 2017, as Oman’s drive to steer away from oil dependency appears to be kicking in.

FISHING: Oman has declared a two-year moratorium on the harvest, sale, and export of abalone — a shellfish that commands top dollar in the markets of the Far East.

Bahrain

DIGITAL ECONOMY: Bahrain is making all efforts to create a digital economy and a near-cashless society will be a reality within the next two years, said the CEO of Arab Financial Services, B. Chandrasekhar. The

Qatar

YEMEN CONFLICT: Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, admitted his country's interference in the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

Kuwait

GCC SUMMIT: Kuwait announced on Saturday the delivery of all invitations to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council to attend the 38th Gulf Summit, which will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Friday, Kuwait sent official invitations to Qatar and Oman to attend the summit, amid tension resulting from the Gulf dispute with Qatar, which is accused of supporting terrorism and contributing to the spread of chaos in the region.