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Emirates SkyCargo starts ops from Al Maktoum Int'l

Dubai airline's cargo unit says first freighter arrived in early hours on Thursday morning from London Heathrow

Saudi-French alliance wins $2bn bus deal for Riyadh Metro

Saudi Public Transport Co says it will operate, maintain buses in capitl city in deal with RATP Dev

Qatar Airways set for expansion at 'higher speed'

Opening of Hamad International Airport will allow airline to speed up growth of global network

Dubai's DIB in talks for 40% stake in Indonesian lender

Dubai Islamic Bank, the emirate's largest sharia-compliant lender, also posts doubling of Q1 net profit

Sony warns of net loss of $1.27bn

Japanese electronics giant slashed its operating profit estimate by nearly 70%

Iran to buy 400 planes if sanctions lifted, says top official

Head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation outlines potential for manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing

Three Kuwaiti MPs quit over 'unconstitutional' decision

MPs say they will quit after their application to ‘grill’ the prime minister was rejected

Donald Trump buys Turnberry from Dubai gov't unit

US billionaire confirms deal with Leisurecorp for world famous Scottish golf resort

Doha's new $15bn airport welcomes first flight

Hamad International Airport finally opens after lengthy delays; aviation chief heralds 'world-class' facility

Arabtec to float 40% of construction business in Abu Dhabi IPO

Chief executive Hasan Ismaik also says Dubai construction firm will carry out multiple acquisitions and mergers

Gulf-backed football clubs said to breach UEFA financial rules

Abu Dhabi-owned Man City and Qatar-backed PSG among clubs reportedly facing sanctions over losses

Al Qaeda planned to crash plane into ship in Dubai port - US court

Documents reveal terrorist group was also planning attacks on US interests in Morocco, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

Tesco to sign UAE partnership deal

Agreement between world’s third largest retailer and Dubai-based supermarket chain Choithrams

Revealed: The most miserable countries

Saudi Arabia is ranked 40th on the Misery Index

Dubai Police to open $100m CSI-style crime labs

New facilities will provide high-tech DNA, toxicology, firearms, document and fingerprint testing

Qatar's Al Jazeera serves Egypt with $150m compensation claim

Lawyer says Doha-based TV network alleges damage to its business by Cairo's military rulers

Saudi Arabia sets up expert advisory board to fight MERS

New Saudi Health Minister announces new team of 10 infectious disease experts in bid to limit MERS spread

Dubai Expo site construction will be completed by Oct 2019

Plans to expand Dubai Metro Red Line, launch of zero-emissions bus service also confirmed in latest progress report

Saudi gives employers $400m to pay nationals more

Gov’t is partially compensating private employers after compulsory pay increases for nationals

Etihad Airways backs Air Berlin “for the long term”

Abu Dhabi-based carrier says to subscribe to bond to support restructuring at German partner airline

VIDEO: Clip of Qatari riding camel through Burger King drive-thru goes viral

Local comedian Hamad Al Amari said he "knew that this was something the world would laugh at"

UK's Miliband racks up $33,000 bill for Middle East trip

Opposition party angry over their leader’s “lavish” spending, incl taking wife, 10 Labour officials

Couple sues over Muslim pray call "noise"

German court dismisses holidaymakers' compensation claim, ruling Adhan is akin to ringing of church bells

Fog causes delays and diversions at Abu Dhabi airport

Update: Etihad said "several hundred" passengers affected have been rebooked on new flights


If you own a home in Dubai, should you stick or twist?

Ryan Mahoney’s comments on the local property market should be required reading for any potential investor or seller, says Anil Bhoyrul

Life @ Google

What do you need to work for one of the world’s most innovative companies?


WHO says superbugs are global threat

The rise of superbugs and the misuse of antibiotics has enabled treatable diseases to once again become killers, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Russia in recession: IMF

The International Monetary Fund says Russia is now in recession. The IMF cut the country’s 2014 growth forecast from 1.3 percent to 0.2 percent, adding the crisis in Ukraine is largely to blame

Iraqi polls largely ignored by US media

Iraqis have taken to the polls despite the threat of violence, but despite the US spending eight years fighting in Iraq, the elections have been widely ignored by US media

GE ahead in battles for Alstom

General Electric remains the favourite to take over the energy business of French engineering group Alstom, but Germany’s Siemens is still in the race

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


Photos: Top 25 tallest buildings in the world


Police arrest two men over attack on Emirati couple


The Big Debate: Should Dubai introduce taxation?


Jailed Scorpions drummer could be released today


Yemen arrests cell planning to kidnap UAE diplomat


Subway bans pork, non-halal meat in UK stores


Is Kuwait back in the game?

New investor-friendly legislation, a fund for SMEs and the hint of infrastructure projects finally moving forward could spell out some good news for Kuwait’s sclerotic economy. However, some say they’ve heard it all before

Q&A: Jumeirah CEO Gerald Lawless

Dubai hotelier reflects on the changes in the hotel investment landscape

Interview: Zuma founder Rainer Becker

Zuma and Roka founder Rainer Becker reveals what makes him tick and the strategy behind his restaurants

Mall beginnings: Kareem Shamma

By far the largest shopping centre currently under development in Qatar, Doha Festival City is likely to become the country’s first true ‘destination mall’. Kareem Shamma, chief executive of the centre, says the retail market is hotting up nicely

Five minutes with: Quincy Jones

Michael Jackson’s legendary producer, 81, who has had an incredible six-decade career, looks ahead to the return of Dubai Music Week

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