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Sheikh Ahmed: Emirates confident in A380

Dubai airline's chairman says it has full confidence in Airbus superjumbo, but has no plans to purchase more

Marriott CEO says $3.5bn of MidEast, Africa hotels in pipeline

Operator of The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott brands says targeting new properties in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Crown Prince signs up to Twitter

Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz has more than 230k followers, despite only 'tweeting' once

France's Galeries Lafayette to counter Qatar bid for Printemps

Parents RREEF and the Borletti said to be in talks to sell department stores to Qatari investors for US$2.67bn

UAE, Saudi to focus oil exports on Asia - report

Both Gulf countries to remain major oil producers, although will diversify economies

Abu Dhabi to build new, female-only beach

Al Bateen beach in UAE capital will replace one consumed by Emirates Palace hotel

Hilton to open hotel in Saudi's Al Khobar

US hotelier will manage 158-room property in Eastern Province's commercial capital

Ex Aus politician slams Qatar land grab

Nick Minchin accuses state-owned Qatar firms of paying over the odds for agricultural land

Gold holds near 1-1/2-week high as Bernanke backs stimulus

Spot gold was little changed at US$1,612.31 an ounce by 0218 GMT, after hitting a 1-1/2-week high of US$1,619.66

Russia wants US to urge Syria rebels into peace talks

Russia called on the United States on Tuesday to press the Syrian opposition to hold direct talks with Damascus

UAE markets resume gain as bargain hunters return

Dubai's measure climbs 0.6 percent to 1,936 points, up 19.3 percent year-to-date

Brent holds steady near $113 on Bernanke assurance; EU woes weigh

Brent crude gained 38 cents to US$113.09 a barrel by 0733 GMT, after rising to as much as US$113.14


How high can Emaar’s shares go?

As the company took a battering at the hands of the stock market, it’s easy to forget just how much Emaar achieved


20th anniversary of World Trade Centre bombing commemorated in NYC

The attack, which utilized a car bomb and hit the north tower, killed six people

Tension rises after North Korea's nuclear test

North Korea confirmed it had successfully carried out an underground nuclear test on February 12

Egypt hot air balloon crash kills 19

A hot-air balloon exploded and fell on the ground in Luxor during a sunrise flight, killing up to 19 tourists

Australian billionaire unveils plans to build ‘Titantic II’ cruise ship

Flamboyant Australian tycoon Clive Palmer unveiled his plan Tuesday for building a perfect replica of the Titanic


Tourists die in Egypt hot-air balloon crash

Egyptian officials say 19 people have died after a hot-air balloon crashed near Luxor in the country's south

Challenges of Philippines' mixed race children

Thousands of mixed-race children grow up without their fathers in the Philippines. Most of them are of Korean or American descent

David Beckham talking about his "special" PSG debut

David Beckham says being part of the winning team during his first game with Paris St Germain was "special" for him and the team

London Mayor Boris Johnson sews a cod piece

Boris Johnson tried his hand on a sewing machine at a clothing factory in east London

Latest Reader Comments

Marriott deal approval doubles hotel giant's business in Middle East and Africa
Ken S Khan, CHA : Marriott and the Starwood merger is certainly a giant and bold move in the hospitality industry. Congratulations' Mr. Bill Marriott and Arne Sorenson. I had worked with both great companies....
Canada - Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:32 AM

Bahrain beats the UAE to be named top MidEast expat destination
Jonathon Powell : I agree 100% Our time in Bahrain 1977-78 and 1998-2000 were the happiest in the Gulf. Dubai and Abu Dhabi also came close. Kuwait.............well what can I say!...
Wales - Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:32 AM

Saudi Arabia to remove subsidies for 7 services
Anonymous : Disgraceful move by the state to implement Umrah Visa fees of SAR2000, impacted many worshippers as they will be restricted from performing act of worship, and turn the religion matters in to business, no decency. They did not even have a single bit of shame to even think about imposing fees on pilg...
Europe - Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:32 AM

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Morrad Irsane and Sherene Lee, co-founders of Melltoo
Telcoguy : @Fentoni good questions business models that rely on performing much better than established and more experienced players are always doubtful. Of course if they work they are game changers.
Pushing things back in the channel is always very expensive. Let see if they can scale things.

Spain - Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:33 AM

Emirates confirms plan to introduce seat selection charge
Lovelife : What I find truly interesting are the different prices for adults and children and different flight destinations. If they would just add AED 20 accross the board, nobody would probably object. But still Emirates services is declining (incl. food quality). Last year they left me and some 1500+ passen...
United Arab Emirates - Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:34 AM


Holiday Inn Middle East: Father figure

Spence Wilson, son of Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson, reflects on the evolution of the brand

What’s art got to do with business?

Elie Khouri argues that collecting art makes business sense in more ways than one

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