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Emaar to sell at least 15% of malls business in IPO

Company says listing will take place on Dubai Financial Market

Facebook EMEA boss defends iMessenger privacy

Mendelsohn says trust is the $200bn company’s “single most important thing”

Dubai landlords given 3 months to install CCTV in all villas

Police say new rule must be applied to 25,000 buildings and villas

Dubai’s growth in 33 years is fastest in world history

Study by Dubai Economic council covered 33 year period to 2008

Dubai's Government-backed developers make significant debt repayments

Nakheel and Dubai World now on more stable financial footing, according to analyst

Bahrain detains Shi'ite rights activist on arrival at airport

Charges include insulting Bahrain's king, assaulting a policewoman at the airport

BMW lookalike goes on sale in UAE for AED55,000

Car is made by Chinese firm Brilliance Auto

Egypt to issue certificates to finance Suez Canal

Project includes the development of 76,000 sq km around the canal into an international industrial and logistics hub

No resolution of Gulf Arab split after ministers meet

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain withdrew ambassadors from Qatar over broken promises about Gulf security

Samsung unveils ‘world’s first’ standalone smartwatch

Independently connected Gear S capable of call-making without companion smartphone


Now is the time for Nakheel to chase the budget market

The master developer’s improving financial position gives it the space it needs to revamp its most famous mega project, says Anil Bhoyrul

Gulftainer's US move is a storm in a teacup

Reactionary politics should stay out of the way of Sharjah port operator's ambitions in the US, says Ed Attwood

Online marketplaces: The new commerce power players

Smart start-ups are giving traditional market places a run for their money, says Khaldoon Tabaza

Implementing corporate governance in family firms

It is important that family firms take steps towards embedding governance principles to guard against potential legal issues in the future

Why the global recovery is so slow

A more plausible financial explanation for the disappointing global recovery starts with balance sheets that have been distorted by decades of increasing borrowing


Thailand approves tourist visa extensions

Thai government has approved a regulation that allows tourist from 49 countries to be able to stay in Thailand until 60 days. The move, that will be effective from Aug 29, 2014, is designed to boost tourism after Thai military declared a coup d'etat on May 22, 2014, causing a significant tourism decrease.

Brazil's economy slips into recession

Brazil’s economy has been flirting with recession for some time after a series of quarters in which growth has been stagnant, inflation near the top of the central bank’s target range and investment and consumer sentiment weak.

Bahrain King in France, people protest

Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa met with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris on August 28, 2014. At the same time, Bahrainis protested in solidarity with 29 Shiites who were handed 10-year prison terms for an attack on a police centre in April 2012.

“The weapons of the resistance are sacred,” says Hamas chief

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal rejected any attempt to disarm his Palestinian Islamist movement in Gaza as demanded by Israel. “The weapons of the resistance are sacred and we will not accept that they be on the agenda' of future negotiations with Israel,” Meshaal said at a news conference in Doha on August 28, 2014.


CDC warns of Ebola 'catastrophe' in Sierra Leone

The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says "immediate and urgent action" must be taken to avoid an Ebola 'catastrophe' in Sierra Leone.

Protests in Yemen

Tens of thousands of people protest in Sanaa for and against a rebel group that is calling on the government to step down.

Polish PM chosen as new EU president

European Union leaders choose Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the new president of their Council and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini as the bloc's new foreign policy chief.

EU leaders to impose extra sanctions on Russia

European Union leaders are poised to impose new sanctions against Russia as Ukraine's president warns the conflict with Moscow threatens peace and stability for Europe as a whole.

Latest Reader Comments

Airbus in talks for Saudia A380 sale
Randall Brunts : Sounds like somebody finally figured out how to make the A380 increase airport capacity rather than erode it. That sounds like great news for Airbus, unless Saudi wont' tell the rest of us how they plan to do it....
USA - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:27 AM

Opinion: Salman Khan’s Dubai apologists should hang their heads in shame
Daniyal : It is amazing how people are so blinded from the truth. The seemingly fairy tale belief that stars are untouchable soooo misplaced. I just can't seem to understand or believe how these apologists have no shame. Humanity is messed (I am so enraged, was going to use another word here) up - a poor man'...
United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:28 AM

UAE residents to be offered free tourism bus trips on Dec 2
Danny : It says to collect free ticket on Wednesday. that is 2nd Dec. and Ride free on Same day. How can one manage ? Collect ticket from City centre, and join ride from where ?...
uae - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:29 AM

Dubai Safari project set to open by end-2014
Donovan de Boer : To whom it may concern , please could you let me know were to apply for positions opening at the new park.
Kind Regards...
South Africa - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:30 AM

Emirates said to boost India's GDP by $848m per year
RAK : Are you seriously comparing Air India to Emirates?
While Air India can land only in Dubai (duh), it can take off from all the cities that Emirates flies from. And it can fly directly to Europe or US or wherever - its just that perhaps passengers probably opt for better service? Just perhaps.......
KSA - Tuesday, 1 December 2015 8:30 AM




Fashion Industry secrets: 5 facts that you shouldn't know

Why the fast-fashion is not as glamorous as it seems.


Dubai Sports City plans Mall of the Emirates-sized retail hub

Senior executive says designs for Arena Mall have been finalised; will feature 1.4 sq ft of leasable space


US private equity firm said to eye stake in Dubai's GEMS

Blackstone Group reportedly looking to buy 20% stake in education provider in deal with Fajr Capital


Dubai's top hotel offers 'sheer bliss' package for 15th anniversary

Package that includes one night in Burj Al Arab luxury suite, Rolls-Royce pick-up, private butler, dinner and spa costs from $1,630


Facebook: One billion friends and counting...

Facebook is taking over the world, one ‘like’ at a time. The woman who oversees the tech giant’s operations on three continents, Nicola Mendelsohn, talks power, prospects and privacy


RAK gov't in talks over former Real Madrid-branded island

Authorities in Ras Al Khaimah hunt for new partners after $1bn megaproject was scrapped in 2013


Saudi Arabia denies axing shorter work week plan

Labour Ministry strongly denies reports that plans to enforce a two-day weekend in the private sector have been shelved


Revealed: how to sell your car in 30 minutes

The UAE’s second-hand car industry is worth over $2.5bn but remains a nightmare to navigate. Serial entrepreneur Saygin Yalcin’s latest venture,, is threatening to completely revamp the sector


What do UAE employers look for in new hires?

Top 20 most sought after attributes revealed


Sir Alex Ferguson to make keynote speech at Arabian Business Awards

Manchester United legend confirms appearance at November event


Tasweek: preparing to go public

Masood Al Awar made his name as the first real estate agent to sell freehold property in Dubai and later this year he is hoping to break the mould again with Tasweek’s ambitious multi-million-dollar listing

Interview: Staywell Hospitality chief Simon Wan

Simon Wan is planning to expand StayWell Hospitality to 100 properties worldwide. Many of those are likely to be based in the Middle East

The insider: Sameer Al Ansari

Sameer Al Ansari is one of few people to have seen the rise, fall and rebirth of Dubai from an insider’s perspective. In an exclusive interview, the former head of Dubai International Capital describes how the crash happened and whether anything has really changed as a result

Do celebrity branded projects ever work?

The long list of celebrity-endorsed real estate developments launched in Dubai in 2007-08 became a compilation of high-profile suspended, scrapped or failed projects. But the resurgence of the emirate’s property market has brought back the big names. Will it be second time lucky?

Behind the scenes of Msheireb Downtown

Doha’s ambitious plan to completely redevelop the historical centre of the city is gathering pace. The man in charge of the masterplan, Msheireb Properties chief executive Abdulla Al Mehshadi explains all

Back to basics: Dos and don’ts of social media

Fatima El Malki, social media manager at Active Public Relations, takes us back to the foundations of social media, and offers a few staples of what to do and what not to do

Revealed: Which cities get the most sleep?

Dubai is among the cities that get the least amount shut-eye.

Is this the end of the Gulf’s Indian cash dash?

From currency woes to taxation loopholes closing and a clampdown on money flows, the days of Indian investors topping the list of property buyers in the Gulf may soon be over

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