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Dubai’s QE2 to become floating hotel in Far East

Singapore's Oceanic Group will manage renovation and promotion of iconic ship

Qatar Airways grounds 787 Dreamliners

Gulf carrier follows those in US, Europe, India, Japan in grounding Boeing jet over safety fears

EXCLUSIVE: euro will survive, says Siemens CEO

Head of Europe's biggest engineering conglomerate also supports Angela Merkel's policies

Etisalat eyes controlling stake in Maroc Telecom

UAE telco submits “preliminary expression of interest” for Vivendi's 53 percent stake

UAE economy grew some 4% in 2012 - econ min

Economic growth in Gulf state seen growing at similar clip this year, says al-Mansouri

Creditors mull Amlak debt plan - UAE econ min

Creditors are considering restructuring proposal for indebted mortgage lender

Freedom in MidEast up post Arab Spring - report

Libya and Tunisia register increases in freedom, while Gulf states seen as more repressive

Oman's Bank Muscat Q4 net profit rises 15.1%

The bank made a quarterly net profit of US$90.9m in the three months to December 31

UAE SIMs must be re-registered with every new visa

Etisalat also confirms final re-register deadline for SIMs is January 17 2014

Nakheel impounds children’s toys on Palm Jumeirah

Debt ridden Dubai developer confiscates bicycles, strollers and games

UAE banks to propose new mortgage cap plan

Sources say banks will make a formal plea to central bank to raise limits on home loans

Magnolia opens its biggest cupcake store in Qatar

New York bakery opens its largest ever store in Doha as part of MidEast expansion

“We screwed up," admits Better Homes boss

CEO admits to publishing false ads after Arabian Business investigation, blames human error

One year in jail for Qatar man drunk, naked on flight

Man of unidentified nationality sentenced after drunken, nude rampage on Qatar Airways

Bahrain's Gulf Air to cut costs by 24% in 2013

Bahrain flag-carrier begins three-year restructuring; will focus on staff cuts, reduced network

GEMS scraps plan to relocate Dubai school

Jumeirah College staying, although new schools will still open on Al Khail Road site

Dubai's Emaar denies retail unit spin-off

Property developer says it has no immediate plans to list its retail, Turkish unit

UAE Rafale jet deal hinges on price - Hollande

French President discusses possible deal for 60 fighters during visit to Gulf country

Qatar Air CEO rejects Indian carrier interest

Akbar Al Baker dismisses reports suggesting Gulf carrier will buy stake in SpiceJet

World’s largest snack food firm expands Saudi operations

US-based Mondelēz International signed a JV with Olayan Group and Khalifa Algosaibi Group

Lights go out on Nakheel's new $6.5m Dubai park

Palm Jumeirah residents also claim running track may have been measured wrong

Dubai taxis start charging Salik toll fees

Passengers will be charged US$1.1 to pass through each Salik gate from Tuesday

Better Homes runs false claims on property ads

Potential buyers given descriptions of non-existent shopping malls and metro line

McIlroy inks Nike deal after Jumeirah split

World's top golfer Rory McIlroy is unveiled as new face of US sports brand giant

Saudi king appoints new Eastern Province governor

Prince Saud bin Nayef takes up role as head of oil-producing, Shi'te minority region


The scandal of UAE school fees

Anil Bhoyrul argues that UAE schools are earning thousands of dollars for doing absolutely nothing


Cleaner crashes stolen train into Stockholm apartment

A high speed train has crashed into an apartment building in Stockholm after being stolen by a female cleaner

Lance Armstrong on Oprah: preview of exclusive interview

Oprah Winfrey reveals all about her exclusive chat with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong

Japanese carriers ground Boeing 787 plane fleet

Japanese carriers All Nippon and Japan Airlines have just grounded their entire fleet of Boeing 787 or the Dreamliner

London helicopter crash: Dramatic video from the site

Dramatic amateur video is captured at the site where a helicopter crashed in Vauxhall, central London

Deadly blasts at Aleppo University in Syria

Two blasts that tore through a university in the Syrian city of Aleppo have killed at least 82 people

Latest Reader Comments

Airbus in talks for Saudia A380 sale
Randall Brunts : Sounds like somebody finally figured out how to make the A380 increase airport capacity rather than erode it. That sounds like great news for Airbus, unless Saudi wont' tell the rest of us how they plan to do it....
USA - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:27 AM

Opinion: Salman Khan’s Dubai apologists should hang their heads in shame
Daniyal : It is amazing how people are so blinded from the truth. The seemingly fairy tale belief that stars are untouchable soooo misplaced. I just can't seem to understand or believe how these apologists have no shame. Humanity is messed (I am so enraged, was going to use another word here) up - a poor man'...
United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:28 AM

UAE residents to be offered free tourism bus trips on Dec 2
Danny : It says to collect free ticket on Wednesday. that is 2nd Dec. and Ride free on Same day. How can one manage ? Collect ticket from City centre, and join ride from where ?...
uae - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:29 AM

Dubai Safari project set to open by end-2014
Donovan de Boer : To whom it may concern , please could you let me know were to apply for positions opening at the new park.
Kind Regards...
South Africa - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:30 AM

Emirates said to boost India's GDP by $848m per year
RAK : Are you seriously comparing Air India to Emirates?
While Air India can land only in Dubai (duh), it can take off from all the cities that Emirates flies from. And it can fly directly to Europe or US or wherever - its just that perhaps passengers probably opt for better service? Just perhaps.......
KSA - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:30 AM


Bursting the bubble?

The UAE central bank’s move to put a cap on mortgages aims to curb speculation, but is the announcement too much, too soon?

Sold down the river?

Six years after being bought by Dubai World in a welter of international publicity, the future of the QE2 looks grim

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PHOTOS: Japan grounds Dreamliner after emergency landing
Japan's two biggest airlines on January 16 grounded all their Dreamliners in the most serious blow yet to Boeing's troubled next-generation model
PHOTOS: Female models strut their stuff at Oman Fashion Week
A collection of dresses by designers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman were showcased at the event
PHOTOS: Hollywood actress visits Syrian refugees
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French president Francois Hollande, Queen Rania of Jordan and Argentine President Christine Kirchner among speakers
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