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Gulf-based property investors to be hit with new UK tax

British Chancellor George Osborne announces a new capital gains tax on overseas owners from 2015

Dubai's bourse breaks 3,000 pt barrier for first time in 5 years

Dubai Financial Market closes nearly 1% higher on Thursday, its highest since October 2008

Universal shuts down filming of Fast & Furious 7

Studio announces that production will halt indefinitely in Abu Dhabi, US after death of Paul Walker

MPs demand probe into Kuwait Airways-Airbus deal

Kuwaiti lawmakers claim deal to buy new aircraft lacks details and seems 'suspicious'

Qatar said to mull Turkish power plant investment

Turkish energy minister says Gulf state may invest in Afsin-Elbistan coal-fired power plant

Abu Dhabi hotel revenues reach $1.2bn so far in 2013

Tourism chiefs plan biggest ever roadshow to India next week to grow number of visitors

GCC needs clearer migration policy, say experts

Arab Thought Foundation panel says more research also needed to better understand impact of GCC's expats

US star Lewis leads Omega Dubai Ladies Masters

World number 3 golfer fires a second round 65 to hold the lead at halfway stage of tournament

Qatar expat remittances drops by nearly $200m

During the second quarter, money sent home by foreign workers fell by around 7%

Qatar plans to issue $1.1bn bonds, sukuk next week

Qatar central bank says it will issue government bonds and sukuk on December 10

Saudi lacks specialists to tackle brain disorders 'epidemic'

Leading neurologist reveals worrying increase in disorders among young people in kingdom

UAE says has no immediate plan for Olympics bid

Olympic Committee senior exec says country is prepared for bid but is focusing on Expo 2020

UK man flies home after Dubai 'murder probe' nightmare

Former superbike racer Sean Emmett gets passport back after being stranded in Dubai for 10 months

UAE, Saudi top MENA in corruption survey

Global report found 84% of Middle East and North African countries scored below 50 in the 100-point scale

Wages-row French footballer to sue Qatar royal

Zahir Belounis was unable to leave Gulf state for 18 months amid pay dispute with club

The Rolling Stones to rock Abu Dhabi Feb 21

British rockers will kick off their 14 ON FIRE tour with a concert at du Arena

Safi Qurashi’s former partner ordered to repay $10.8m by Dubai court

After spending nearly three years in jail, Court of Appeal concludes bounced cheques should never have been banked

IMF urges Saudi Arabia to boost private sector jobs

International Monetary Fund official says kingdom must address surging demand for jobs

Dubai ruler pays $6.8m for mare carrying foal of Frankel

Sheikh Mohammed invests in pregnant mare; hopes foal could emulate one of world's greatest racehorses

Bahrain said to plan revamp of subsidies

Central Bank governor Rasheed al-Maraj says changes may start as early as this month

Emaar handpicks 70 super rich investors for Dubai Hills villas

Dubai developer chooses potential investors from 10,000 applicants for $8m+ villas

Dubai's Damac raises $348m in London share sale

Lukewarm reaction to the first share sale by a Dubai property firm since the emirate's real estate crash four years ago

Qatar working conditions 'squalid', says union

ITUC says working environment for blue collar migrants not improving in Gulf state

I'm Nakheel's "put-everything-back-together guy" says Lootah

Chairman Ali Lootah said state-backed developer will deliver 4,850 homes by 2016 and repay $3.5bn debt within five years


Now for the hard part

Dubai’s victory in the Expo 2020 vote last week may have been a historic moment, but delivering one of the world’s showpiece events will be no easy feat.

Will Qatar 2022 achieve its goals?

Qatar’s World Cup bosses should be judged on delivering their promises on human rights and stadia, says Michael Fahy


Emirates plane misses UK runway in heavy winds

Pilot fails twice to land place at windswept Birmingham Airport and is forced to divert to Gatwick

Hostage crisis in Iraqi shopping centre

Gunmen and suicide bombers in Iraq have taken civilian hostages during an attack inside a shopping centre, and an attack on the intelligence building in Kirkuk

Syrian chem weapons to be destroyed on US ship

US ship, the MV Cape Ray, is being fitted with special equipment that will destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal

EU and Turkey set for visa-free travel

A new deal will meant that Turkish citizens will have visa-free travel to the EU

OPEC welcomes back Iran

At its latest meeting in Vienna, OPEC welcomed back Iran to its fold, and decided to hold its oil prices for the next six months

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Some banks baulk at pricing of Dubai's metro loan
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Alabbar says Noon to focus on fashion to drive $70bn sales target
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UAE set to issue new regulations to cover electric vehicles
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UAE - Tuesday, 17 January 2017 1:08 PM

Saudi Arabia's religious authority says cinemas, song concerts harmful
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Emirates plane misses UK runway in heavy winds


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Emirates-backed Qantas to cut 1,000 jobs as faces $270m loss


Gulf states rally Egypt investment to buoy army power

Contrast between Qatar's reluctance and the enthusiasm shown by fellow Gulf financial powers

Saudis have few options as they push tougher foreign policy

Robert Jordan, US ambassador to Riyadh from 2001-03, says there would be limits to any Saudi alliances with other powers

Interview: Royal Jet president and CEO Shane O'Hare

The Abu Dhabi-based luxury operator on future growth plans in the region

Skies wide open?

Former Emirates and Aer Lingus executive Dermot Mannion, now vice chairman of Royal Brunei, argues the case for a global open skies policy

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