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Dubai's MBR City to take a decade, says Nakheel CEO

Mammoth project includes world's biggest shopping mall, more than 100 hotels, a Universal Studios franchise and huge public park

Saudi extends deadline for firms to hire nationals

Kingdom is trying to curb unemployment by enforcing labour laws and implementing a drive to hire nationals

Saudi dependence on oil “wrong and dangerous” - Alwaleed

Prince says economic dependence on oil and lack of a diverse revenue stream makes country vulnerable to oil shocks

MidEast airlines lead world on passenger growth

IATA data for February shows region's carriers saw demand increase by 10.6%

Damac to launch Paramount project sales in Saudi

Developer embarks on Saudi investor roadshows following sell-out event in Dubai

Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in Gulf - Dubai Police chief

Khalfan reiterates charges that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood linked to alleged plot to topple UAE gov't

Europe's Wizz Air to fly to four cities from Dubai World Central

Launch customer for Dubai’s $33bn second airport to fly to Budapest, Kiev, Bucharest and Sofia

Possible DAMAC IPO seen positive for local markets

Fund managers prefer listings in sectors other than property and banking

Dubai World Central to launch passenger operations in October

Airport to start services with Saudi Arabia’s nasair and Hungarian budget carrier Wizz Air

UAE lender NBAD names ANZ's Thursby as CEO

Alex Thursby will take up new role from July 1, replacing retiring Michael Tomalin

Dubai-owned Leeds Utd part company with manager

Neil Warnock leaves English Championship club with six games remaining in season

Dubai apartment prices up 12% in Q1 - report

Demand for real estate in the emirate increased in prime locations, according to a new report

QE2 to leave Dubai for Singapore by end-Sept

Iconic British cruise liner will find new permanent home in Hong Kong or Singapore as floating hotel

Build floating bridge to The World, says Emaar's Alabbar

Dubai's The World project, which epitomised real estate boom, ran aground following property crash

Emirates' Clark hits out at Europe air travel taxes

Dubai airline criticises rising long-haul travel taxes on day it launches alliance with Aus's Qantas

Brit tourist given Emirates Palace appeal date

Brain damaged Natalie Creane disputes compensation deal, court date set for April 17

UAE central bank introduces direct debit deadline

System will bring an end to the practice of post-dated cheques

Saudi proposes better retirement benefits

Proposal would offer a gratuity based on the number of years service in any role

New Qatar airport opening in 11th hour delay

Civil Defence call off opening of new airport at the last minute over safety concerns

MidEast digital advertising spend to double this year

About 8 percent of advertising budgets are expected to be spent on digital platforms in 2013

UK's Moorfields Eye Hospital seeks Abu Dhabi expansion

Clinic opened its first overseas branch in Dubai in 2006 and now in talks for further expansion

EXCLUSIVE: Emaar's Alabbar eyes Downtown Riyadh project

Potential project would be similar in size it Downtown Dubai, with site in Saudi capital already identified

Saudi tells telcos to control Skype, Whatsapp

Regulator says some internet-based communication tools flout country's telecom laws

Qantas sees Euro bookings soar on Emirates deal

Australian carrier says European business up six-fold on joint network with Dubai partner


The hunger that keeps Alabbar going

Anil Bhoyrul analyses what keeps Emaar's chairman on top of his game


First look inside Florida sinkhole home that swallowed a man

Video shows the giant cavity caused by a sinkhole at a Florida home where a man is still missing presumed dead

Moped driver banned after no-hands stunt

A 16-year-old boy has been disqualified from driving for 15-months after he was captured performing a dangerous stunt on his moped

North Korea warns US of nuclear attack

North Korea says it has given final approval for a nuclear strike on the United States

Egyptians unhappy about fuel price hike

In order to secure a multi-billion dollar IMF cash injection, the government is having to curb decades-old subsidies

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Dubai Sports City set to handover new luxury villa community
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Dubai - Thursday, 25 August 2016 5:32 PM

Large goods vehicles banned from Abu Dhabi island on weekday mornings
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Who fears the lady in the burkini?
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VAT in Bahrain could result in $568m windfall, says IMF
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20 luxury yachts you can't afford


UAE scraps Canadian visa fees


It's “raining cash”, says Nakheel CEO


Prince Alwaleed to face Forbes “firmly and legally”


"Sleeping giant" debt market awakes in Saudi Arabia

After years in which the growth of Saudi Arabia's bond market lagged its economy, the market is taking off as local companies rush to issue debt

Dubai looks to lure Hollywood filmmakers

Two 25,000 sqft sound stages due to open in September will be the largest recording facilities in the region

Mohamed Alabbar: The only way is up

Emaar chairman Mohamed Alabbar looks back at what made his company a world beater, the pain of the recession that followed, and what the future holds for both him and the company

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