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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

Drunk passenger who slapped air stewardess jailed in Dubai
Robert Carter : @Nezaud is 100% correct. Infact I think it is utter hypocrisy for airlines to complain about Drunken passengers when it is they (the airlines) who are feeding them the alcohol in the first place. My opinion is that Alcoholic drinks should be banned at all airports and on all planes immediately in in...
UK - Friday, 27 March 2015 2:42 AM

Bahrain relaxes visa rules for GCC visitors
Chris : How is this better or different? You still need to leave after 2 weeks. All that has happened recently is an increase in prices. Bahrain is a tiny place. Most visitors are only here for a few weeks at most. ...
Bahrain - Friday, 27 March 2015 2:42 AM

Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?
Chris : I would suspect the damage is done. Nakheel should have put its customers first and made them allies. Instead, it has treated them as second-class citizens. This is 2015. This company is stuck in the Gulf past. ...
Bahrain - Friday, 27 March 2015 2:42 AM

Saudi Arabia at war: Who's who in the coalition against Yemen's Houthis
Abdulaziz Al Ali : Long Overdue,

Unfortunately the only language Houthis understand is gun, GCC countries, especially Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, should not shy away from asserting themselves, even if it had a price..., they should not allow enemies smashing one Arab country after another nor remain at the marg...
uae - Thursday, 26 March 2015 9:21 PM

Oman Air to serve 75 destinations by 2020, says CEO
Oswald Saldanha : Oman Air should avail of it's bilateral Aviation agreement with Canada and operate a B777 directly to Toronto, thrice weekly.
There is a huge expat South Asian and Arab population living in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa who will avail of this direct service with onward connections from Muscat. Toronto, Canada - Thursday, 26 March 2015 8:42 PM


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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