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Revealed: Dubai Design District plans in detail

d3's first phase of office and retail space is set to be released in Q1 2015 as new master plan is unveiled

Belfast's $195m Odyssey Arena seeks to woo GCC investors

Northern Ireland’s trade minister is in Dubai to boost trade, lure wealthy Arabs to invest in property market

Developer says Zen project in Dubai to start in Q1 2015

Indigo Properties says project which aims to create Far East-resort feel will take up to 28 months to build

Billionaire wealth in Middle East rises by more than 16%

Total wealth of mega-rich increases despite 1.9% drop in number of billionaires living in the region - study

India forecast to be UAE's top trade destination by 2030

Latest HSBC Trade Forecast also names China, Malaysia, Turkey as fastest growing export markets

Aviation firm to create 1,200 new jobs after Saudi contract win

Libanet inks deal with Saudia Ground Services Company to operate at kingdom's four largest airports

Top earners say UAE is investment safe haven

New survey of wealthy individuals says strong economic security behind their decision to live in the UAE


Second time lucky on The World?

Promises from developers of the islands have come and gone but is it different this time, asks Ed Attwood

Why do 77% of new products flop? How to beat the statistics

Dr Georg Tacke reveals some of the tactics to use to make sure you are one of the ones that succeeds

Analysing the MidEast's surge in online classifieds

How the decline in print advertising in the region has been replaced in the fast-paced digital era

The challenges facing the UAE's long-delayed credit bureau

The UAE’s federal credit bureau has finally come online. Authorities have done their bit, now it’s up to banks and other lenders to take it seriously, says Courtney Trenwith

Worst time for Saudi Arabia's giant new oil refinery

Not a good moment to start up an export-oriented oil refinery, says Reuters columnist Clyde Russell

Achieving 20m by 2020: DTCM chief Helal Saeed Almarri

Dubai's tourism boss on becoming one of the world’s most visited cities

How Emaar shares turned out better than Facebook

Company’s mall listing has helped deliver a 116 percent one-year return for shareholders, says Anil Bhoyrul


Revealed: 11 showstoppers from Big Boys Toys

The ultimate playground for grownups, Big Boys Toys, is set to return this October 3-5 at Skydive Dubai Marina

inside Dubai Spice Souk

Recent photos of a large variety of spices are on display at Dubai hotspot

In Pictures: Lady Gaga's desert adventure

The US singer took a trip into the Arabian dunes after her first ever Middle Eastern concert in Dubai

CEO Middle East Award Winners 2014

Fifteen of the Middle East’s finest executives were presented with awards at the lavish ceremony at Emirates Towers in Dubai

The world’s most expensive superyachts and the billionaires who own them

Dominated by Middle Eastern billionaires, six out of 10 yachts from the list are owned by GCC magnates

Latest Reader Comments

Kuwait's SWF says to expand Germany investments
Brad Jones : Wouldn't that be a fine day for the people of Kuwait, if this man pictured with his finger pointed in the air, smiling, was raising his hand in support of investing in local development, like a new airport perhaps, or an overhaul of a shattered and worn down national carrier, or how about a new nati...
Bahrain - Saturday, 20 September 2014 1:48 AM

“UAE not ready to decriminalise bounced cheques,” says Mashreq boss
Karl Cobra : Fraudants and crooks use cheques to scam innocent people into fake and bogus investments returns,, the cheques bounce and the bogus firm CEO makes Millions for a civil lousy case punishment, this is a crime and should be taken seriously by authorities they have responsibility towards the public as t...
UK - Saturday, 20 September 2014 1:48 AM

Scotland says no in vote on independence
WHJ : we have to deal with double the arrogance, haughtiness and condescension from Brits.
Joking aside, good for the UK. Congratulations!...
UAE - Friday, 19 September 2014 5:33 PM

Dubai school tells mothers to cover up on the school run
Jocelyn Kent : Like we say in UK, If you dont like what you see, then turn your eye away. Dubai is a free and liberal city and have embraced the life style and culture of UK. So why all the fuss....
United Kingdom - Friday, 19 September 2014 2:31 PM

Dubai Marina retailers face hefty bills for outdoor spaces
Clare : Suggest you don't pay as the minute you do the standard legal stance is by paying you are agreeing to the terms and you will never get your money back and you will also end up encouraging the landlord to charge some other fee like an "outdoor service charge" !...
UAE - Friday, 19 September 2014 2:32 PM




Promising the World: Josef Kleindienst

The Heart of Europe is destined to become the first permanent development at the all-but-abandoned archipelago of islands off the coast of Dubai called The World. The CEO of Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst, is urging others to restart their projects amid concerns the original vision is fading. But he insists he will succeed with or without them


Dubai, Doha ready to host Olympics, says OCA chief

President of Olympic Council of Asia says both cities are capable of being hosts but admits they would face criticsm


Work on Dubai's $9.5bn Desert Rose City to start in 2016

Dubai Municipality official reportedly says tenders for phase 1 of sustainable city will be issued next year


Etihad says on track to raise $2bn in loans in 2014

Abu Dhabi-based airline says financing will fund equity investments and aircraft purchases


Ooredoo under fire in Kuwait for retrenching 60 nationals

MPs are calling for the telcom’s contract to be cancelled, law to prohibit private firms from sacking Kuwaiti nationals


Cavalli UAE partner to unveil first hotel, 3 new clubs as part of long-term IPO plans

Pragma Group to open first branded hotel in Dubai, with clubs in Moscow, Morocco and Sao Paolo, ahead of plans for a listing within 3 years


"UAE not ready to decriminalise bounced cheques," says Mashreq boss

AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, chairman of the UAE Banks Federation, says the paper payment is still crucial to the financial system


Sir Alex Ferguson to make keynote speech at Arabian Business Awards

Manchester United legend confirms appearance at November event


Kuwait's SWF says to expand Germany investments

Kuwait Investment Authority wants to ramp up investments in Europe's largest economy


Bahrain releases prominent human rights activist awaiting trial

Ministry of Interior says Maryam al-Khawaja has been freed amid international criticism of her treatment


Box clever: UPS president Jim Barber

Jim Barber has spent 29 years with UPS. Climbing the ladder, from delivery man right up to company executive, he has spent his life driving the growth of the global logistics and delivery group. Now his focus is turning toward the GCC, where he believes the company has real growth prospects

Let me entertain you: Pragma's Joe Tabet

Pragma Group’s deal with Italian designer Roberto Cavalli to operate branded cafes, clubs and hotels around the world put the Lebanese firm on the map, but there is a lot more to the company than meets the eye. Chairman Joe Tabet reveals how it is on target to become a billion-dollar company and why it plans to launch an IPO in the next few years

Interview: Willie Walsh

Willie Walsh has always been one of the most outspoken chief executives in the aviation industry but now having steered British Airways and Iberia back into the black, the Irishman is proving there is metal behind his words

Interview: General Electric's Nabil Habayeb

General Electric’s man in the region, Nabil Habayeb, discusses the giant US manufacturer’s role in helping local countries build up not only their infrastructure but their workforces as well

How the UAE is sewing together a top industry

In the shadows of oil and aviation, the UAE’s textiles industry has bloomed into one of the country’s largest economic generators. Stakeholders reveal how they’re fending off lower-cost hubs abroad and why they’re pinning so many hopes on Africa for expansion

Malaysia Airlines MH17 report: What we learned

Summary of the preliminary report released by Dutch investigators yesterday.

Brick by brick: Danube's Rizwan Sajan

Barely a property in Dubai has been developed without building supplies from Danube, now the undisputed market leader. Its founder and chairman, Rizwan Sajan, explains how the firm outlasted the real estate crash to double profits this year

How to overcome language barriers

Language barriers can make it difficult to share your expectations, give feedback, or communicate effectively with your team. Tamara Pupic looks at how to overcome this problem

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

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