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Abu Dhabi Media, Al Jazeera lose EPL TV rights in MENA

Television sports rights business trumps larger rivals Abu Dhabi Media and Al Jazeera

Dubai's Emaar Q4 falls 28% on higher costs, expenses

Profits sink to US$139m, revenues increase by 20 percent to US$790m

Qtel to raise stake in Asiacell's Iraq share offer

Qatari telco will raise 53.9 percent stake in subsidiary as part of US$1.35m share sale

India's Jet expects Etihad deal in a week - exec

India's second biggest carrier could strike deal with Abu Dhabi airline in a week

UAE's Emirates NBD Q4 profit hits $170m

Dubai-based bank said net income more than tripled on lower impairments

Qatar eyes law on property valuations

Current lack of legislation has encouraged some to provide incorrect valuations

Abu Dhabi Airports’ retail revenue hits $220m

Airports operator posts 24 percent rise in retail sales to US$220m during last year

Indonesia to lift ban on maids in Saudi - report

Ban was imposed in 2011 amid disputes over workers' rights and cases of abuse

UAE's Emirates ID card gets new name

Identity card to be rebranded as Resident Identity Card; no need to re-apply

Dubai's BinHendi eyes 23% sales rise for 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Luxury retailer's president expects to benefit from rise in number of tourists to Dubai

Qatar's Rizon Jet could sue aviation authority

Private jet operator says gov't has started rejecting applications to use Rizon Jet facilities

Dubai's Amlak threatens to tear up tenancy contracts

Mortgage firm says tenants in properties it has repossessed must repay rent or be evicted

BlackBerry 10 faces service ban in UAE amid launch

Latest smartphone could launch without BlackBerry Messenger Voice service, says report

Japan's ANA replaced 787 batteries before emergency

Airline says ten Dreamliner lithium-ion batteries were replaced in months before emergency landing

Mobile uptake to help Twitter hit $1bn revenue

In 2012 social networking site believed to have earned US$135m in mobile advertising

Wealthy investors ready to up ante - JP Morgan

Hight net wealth investors should look to increase risk of portfolios, says banking exec

Land prices crimp Bahrain's low-cost homes plan

Gov't plans may need to be altered to better reflect demand, says CBRE

'Must do better' message to Dubai's Asian schools

Only two schools out of 26 were rated “outstanding” for 2011-2012 academic year

I don't employ spies - Qatar Airways boss

Akbar Al Baker defends heavy-handed approach to airline management

Qatar puts $4.7bn London project on hold - report

Qatari Diar said to have postponed Chelsea Barracks over UK economy concerns

UAE developers in crackdown on property 'flippers'

Real estate firms and banks taking steps to prevent rapid on-sale of off-plan properties, common during boom time

Iran launches monkey into space - report

Islamic Republic says it successfully sends simian into space via rocket

Top-end Dubai villa prices rose by up to 38%

Villas in Springs, Palm see most growth; apartment prices up by 14% in 2012 - Asteco

Twitter launches advertising services in MidEast

Social network recruits Egypt's Connect Ads to launch regional advertising services

Saudi to erect partitions in retail outlets

New measure from Ministry of Labour intended to keep male and female employees apart


Is the equities boom back on?

Investors are confident that Dubai's growth plans are realistic and achievable


Nations pledge $1.5bn for Syria refugees

The UN says donors have helped it raise more than its target of one and a half billion dollars for Syrian refugees

New pictures of monkey Iran sent into space

New pictures of the monkey Iran says they sent into space on a rocket and brought back to earth successfully

Sinkhole swallows whole building complex in China

A sinkhole swallows an entire building complex in China's southern Guangdong province

Is this the greatest image on earth?

It is arguably the greatest image on earth - a 360 degree panoramic view from the very top of the world's tallest tower

Motorcyclist narrowly escapes death as truck overturns in China

Security camera footage released as a motorcyclist narrowly escapes being crushed as a truck overturns in eastern China

Latest Reader Comments

Emaar chief Alabbar to set up JV with Chinese contractor
Sami : I hope with this new JV will consider developing affordable homes for the expat middle class where there is a huge market for a 3 bedroom units for under a Million AED ...
UAE - Thursday, 27 October 2016 2:10 PM

IMF's Lagarde tells GCC to keep up fiscal reform
jolly holly : Maybe the GCC gov'ts should look at exited assets in the US and Europe and repatriating those funds for domestic investments. It does not make sense to borrow when your credit rating is low and your interest costs high... This is a scam being perpetrated on the GCC people. ...
south jahra - Thursday, 27 October 2016 2:10 PM

Saudi civil servants hit out at accusations of 'laziness'
Kalwassia : Is there really a difference between 1 hour and three? Fact is that they are not fully productive. Complaints about introduction of attendance systems indicate that they know that they are at fault....
KSA - Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:36 AM

Saudi women in bid to slash maids' wages
Kalwassia : Hmmm, house maids have high wages?
How about doing the job yourself? A possibility in economic hard times, ahh no that would be too harsh....
KSA - Thursday, 27 October 2016 11:36 AM

Revealed: new Dubai mall to feature huge 'Central Park' attraction
Fentoni : A nature inspired shopping mall? I'm struggling to think of something that more directly opposes nature than a 2 million sq ft mall build in a desert environment.

On the flip side I was just saying to my wife last week that what Dubai really needs are a few more malls, exciting times!...
UAE - Thursday, 27 October 2016 10:29 AM


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Lockheed Martin interview: Charles W. Moore

Lockheed Martin CEO on Gulf countries efforts to boost their military arsenal

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