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Revealed: How good is your passport?

New index ranks countries with the best passports for ease of travel

Dubai to build world’s largest Caribbean-style manmade lagoon

Project will be four times the size of the biggest existing lagoon and located in Mohammed Bin Rashid City

FIFA meeting to debate Qatar 2022 World Cup

Executive committee meeting to discuss moving the tournament to winter, slave labour allegations

Paul McCartney partners with Jordanian producers for 3D animation

Amman-based RGH Entertainment and Unique Features to produce British musician's book as a feature film

Putin, Obama may discuss Syria next week in Bali - Kremlin

Assad government agreed to hand over its chemical weapons and are trying to arrange an international peace conference

Dubai house prices heading for correction

JLL report says market unsustainable

Omniyat to relaunch two stalled Dubai projects

The Pad and Zaha Hadid-designed Opus towers in Business Bay were halted as a result of the global financial downturn

Trade unions attempt to inspect Qatari construction sites

International Trade Union Confederation also offers its experts to FIFA on eve of Qatar World Cup discussions

Dubai police to reopen British bride death case

Abbie Emmett died when she fell from a hotel window while on honeymoon in February

Russell Peters Doha concert organisers backtrack on national dress ban

Event planners in Qatar said the ban was a ‘misprint’ and have apologised after a Twitter backlash

Dubai launches $545m canal project

Waterfront development will include 450 new restaurants along with marinas for yachts and four world-class hotels

US couple remain in Qatar jail over child murder charge

An American couple are to remain in custody on charges of starving their daughter to death

UAE bourses set to merge

Merger could stimulate trade, attract foreign investors

World’s fastest car record to be attempted in the UAE

Will the Keating Bolt be the world’s fastest car?

Saudi transports 300kg 17-year old for hospital treatment

Third significant obesity case to emerge in the Kingdom in the past two months

Qatar 2022 safety must be “better”, says UK PM

David Cameron reminds Qatar that no-one died during construction work for 2012 Olympics

Dubai close to launching halal certification

Islamic economic experts say it would have significant global impact

Jazeera Airways to join Dubai's Al Maktoum Airport

Kuwaiti airline will become third to start services at the city's new international facility

Donatella Versace to visit Dubai in October

Italian Fashion boss will visit all three of the label's branded stories in Dubai Mall

UAE to launch direct debit banking from Oct 5

Central Bank confirmed it had completed the registration process for banks and finance companies

TAG Heuer launches Meridiist II phone in Dubai

Luxury brand introduces the second generation of its iconic mobile phone

Plan to attract young Saudis into tourist sector proves successful

With more than one million locals employed, tourism is the kingdom’s second biggest economic driver for jobs

Close friend’s "shock" at one month sentence for Roy Nasr killing

Arab triathlon champ’s friend says more protection needed for Dubai’s cyclists

Hollywood studio inks new Gulf distribution deal

Relativity produced movies such as ‘The Social Network’ and Oscar-winner ‘The Fighter’

Bayern Munich boss fined for not declaring Rolex gifts on Qatar trip

Chairman of European Club Association said gifts were from a friend while on Doha visit

Dubai's Nakheel to issue construction tender for $680m Palm mall

The Nakheel Mall and Hotel complex is due to open in 2016 and include a 50-storey hotel


Will Dubai’s new transfer fee have the right effect?

Dubai Land Department is set to double the transfer fees on property sales

The UAE after the crisis…

The country is striving to make sure it learns from past experiences, specifically after the 2008 crisis

Sunny side up for GCC tourism

The GCC’s barriers to growing tourism numbers can be overcome, says Michael Fahy


Iraq bans news media outlets including Al Jazeera

Government suspends channels saying they are inciting violence

What does Israel's airstrike on Syria mean for the Middle East?

Airstrike could be a serious escalation in the Syrian Civil War

Russia successfully launches rocket

Russia has successfully launched an unmanned Proton-M rocket into space, carrying a communications satellite for SES – a firm based in Luxembourg. The launch comes three months after the same type of rocket crashed in flames shortly after lift-off.

Jordan displays late King’s car collection

Jordan’s late King Hussein was well known for his obsession with cars. The Royal Automobile Museum is showcasing his collection, making it the most visited museum in the country.

US shutdown threat worries investors

The threat of a government shutdown in the US has worried investors, with stocks falling on Monday, and economists warning that it could shave a percent point off economic growth this year.

Latest Reader Comments

Dubai real estate agents suspended, fined
Maz : I get hundreds of unsolicited real estate related SMSs a month! I'd love to report them to RERA to put a stop to it. How do I do this?...
UK - Thursday, 26 May 2016 3:59 PM

Government announces new visa system for UAE residents
Prem Satsangi : Before stamping visa on passport every resident needs insurance as per DHA guidelines.
Apply for EID & take health insurance then get stamped your visa.
30th June is deadline for all residents in Dubai.
Dubai UAE - Thursday, 26 May 2016 3:59 PM

Confusion over $16.5bn Makkah Metro project delays
Telcoguy : KSA is expected to run a 15% budget deficit of 98bn USD over a 750bn GDP, I do not think the UK is running such a deficit mind you.
We certainly do not have the same financial projections. May I suggest you take a look at brookings, for example?...
Spain - Thursday, 26 May 2016 4:01 PM

Gulf banks see more loan defaults as oil slump plays out
Mad : Banks are applying fines and penalties and charging people ruthlessly.. unsanctioned ... no one to stop them and protect the helpless employees and small businesses who are highly dependant on the leftovers of the large enterprises to survive....
UAE - Thursday, 26 May 2016 4:00 PM

Micky Jagtiani tops list of Gulf-based rich Indians
Akshay : Whilst that is not factually correct, whats worth noting here is that you've given the rest of the Indians belonging to the state of Kerala a bad name by referring to yourselves first as "Mallu/Keralite/Malayalee" rather than embracing your identity as an Indian first. Shame on you....
India - Thursday, 26 May 2016 4:00 PM


Barclays blames customers for UAE account closures


Qatari response on 2022 labour abuses weak - trade unions


Dubai close to launching halal certification


Bayern Munich boss fined for not declaring Rolex gifts on Qatar trip


Close friend’s "shock" at one month sentence for Roy Nasr killing


Dubai is ready to welcome the world

Hamad Buamim says hosting Expo 2020 will be a life-changing experience for the UAE

Who's behind Dubai's Expo 2020 bid?

Arabian Business profiles the leadership behind the bid to host prestigious global event

Sant Singh Chatwal: King of New York

Billionaire hotel operator Sant Singh Chatwal is bringing a slice of the Big Apple to Dubai. In an exclusive interview with Arabian Business, the Indian-American entrepreneur talks about his rags-to-riches story, and his plans for global dominance

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