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'Nation-state' behind hacking of Saudi Arabia, says McAfee

US-based cyber security firm says hackers possibly linked to a foreign nation aimed to disrupt key organisations in Gulf kingdom

Saudi Arabia temporarily limits mobile SIM card ownership

Telecoms regulator says measure aims to prevent the use of cards in carrying out militant attacks in the kingdom

Dubai's Nakheel posts $400m net profit in Q1

Master developer also says it delivered more than 400 homes in first three months of 2017

New UAE theme park to include Metropolis, Gotham Park cities

Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi will feature total of six immersive worlds when it opens on Yas Island in 2018

Sharjah unveils plan for luxury desert resort

Resort will include 45 vacation villas, modelled on desert marquees; project set for late-2019 completion

UAE telcos slash GCC roaming charges by 18%

Telecommunication Regularity Authority announces implementation of price caps for intra-GCC roaming services

UAE hands Iranian 10-year sentence over sanctions breach

Unnamed Iranian sent to jail for attempting to ship a generator to his home country in breach of international sanctions

Emaar brings in new hotel contracts to drive greater profits

Emaar Hospitality Group chief says new model for hotel management agreements is 'marked departure'

ISIL suspect says attacks planned in Kuwait

Hussein al-Dhafiri reportedly confessed to planning suicide attacks on a US military convoy and a Shiite prayer hall

Abu Dhabi's Zayed City to get its own metro station

Metro will be a major component in the transportation master plan for the city, says planning officer

Etihad-backed Jet Airways suspends pilot over racism, assault claims

Mumbai-based airline, in which Abu Dhabi’s Etihad holds a 24% stake, confirmed the incident took place on April 3

Qatar says Iraq had 'full knowledge' of hostage deal

Gulf state responds to complaint by PM Haider al-Abadi that ransom money was brought into Iraq without its approval

Abu Dhabi's Ferrari World to have two new rides this year

Developer Miral continues talks with Skytran for Yas Island cable car

Etihad says all Sydney flights to be served by A380

Second daily superjumbo service will be added to popular Abu Dhabi to Sydney route from October 29

Swiss-Belhotel confirms two new Bahrain hotels

Grand Swiss-Belresort Seef will open in Q4 2017, and the Swiss-Belresidences in Juffair will open doors in December 2017


When smart technology is anything but smart

Comment: e-Gates were designed to enable UAE residents to clear passport control in seconds or minutes — not hours.

Kuwaiti politicians should perhaps remain silent

Comment: Parliament’s only female member wants to tax expats more than locals - and she is not afraid to say why

Dubai versus Abu Dhabi: Where do people really want to live?

Comment: The two emirates do not compete against each other when residents decide which is the best city to call home

United's public relations blunder shines a light on GCC airlines

Comment: Instead of attacking Gulf carriers for what is perceived to be unfair practices, US can learn from Emirates and Etihad


In pictures: Sheikh Mohammed honours winners of Dubai Government Excellence Program awards

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum honoured the winners of the 20th edition of the Dubai Government Excellence Program (DGEP).

In pictures: Apple opens spectacular new store at The Dubai Mall

Featuring a 186-foot curved storefront and balcony that overlooks Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain

Huawei P10: 9 picture perfect camera features

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus 'makes every shot a cover shot' with Leica

In pictures: Middle East Peace Tour pre-event

Cyclists take part in the Middle East Peace Tour pre-event in preparation for the inaugural cycling tour in 2018.


Video: Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune

Fake news has dominated the headlines, fuelling the debate about the future of the media and the role of social networks.

Video: Amazing timelapses show night sky's beauty

Amazing timelapses show night sky's beauty - Harun Mehmedinovi and Gavin Heffernan of the Skyglow Project have set out on a mission to show people what the sky looks like beyond the light pollution. (Source: CNN YouTube channel)

Video: Students learn math through music

Make Music Count is striking a chord among educators and students around the world.

Video: Flying cars at luxury auto show in Monaco

The world's top luxury car brands were in Monaco from April 20-23, but it was flying cars like this one from Aeromobil that stole the show.

Latest Reader Comments

Emirates to seek greater 'synergies' with flydubai
Traveller : I am with you John on this.

I fly with FlyDubai for business almost weekly. I love how they are on time (at least the morning flights), in and out of the terminal is easy and connectivity is great with so many flights to GCC countries.

However, I hate how the lounge at T2 is always...
UAE - Thursday, 27 April 2017 8:08 AM

Etihad chief says Alitalia staff ballot result 'deeply disappointing'
Normal Citizen : Never understood why Etihad invested so much money in a union-dominated airline which for decades has never produced a profit, not even a black zero!...
Europe - Thursday, 27 April 2017 8:05 AM

Chinese, Russian visitor growth boosts Dubai tourism in Q1
Ponder : Yes because Indians who have a US multiple entry visa (the requirement for visa on arrival for Indians coming to the UAE) will choose to overstay illegally in the UAE instead of the US. Indians who have US, schengen or Japanese visas are increasingly given visa free/or on arrival facility more so a...
UAE - Wednesday, 26 April 2017 1:09 PM

Emirates to cut flights to US cities after flagging demand
Normal Citizen : @ sarah: Your comment is wrong as far as it concerns Lufthansa. LH does offer daily A380 flights from their FRA base to the US: JFK, SFO, LAX, IAH, MIA. Other airlines (AF, BA) based in Europe also offer more destinations from their respective bases. But they are privately owned (public not governme...
Europe - Wednesday, 26 April 2017 1:02 PM

Supersonic jet to fly from Dubai to London in 4 hours
Fentoni : Sir Richard Branson tried to keep Concorde flying. In October 2003, Branson wrote in The Economist that his final offer was over £5 million per plan and that he had intended to operate the fleet "for many years to come". The chances for keeping Concorde in service were prevented by Airbus's lack of ...
UAE - Wednesday, 26 April 2017 1:01 PM




2017 will be 'another challenging year' for Emirates – chairman

Sheikh Ahmed says airline remains profitable ahead of annual results next month


Supersonic jet to fly from Dubai to London in 4 hours

10% of routes for Boom supersonic flights expected to originate from Gulf countries, says founder Blake Scholl


Apple set to open new store at The Dubai Mall

Spectacular new retail outlet features 186-foot curved storefront


Emirates to seek greater 'synergies' with flydubai

Airline chairman Sheikh Ahmed stops short of suggesting merger between the two airlines


Uber, Dubai plan to test flying cars at Expo 2020

Uber Technologies Inc also says in talks with Dubai real estate firms to build landing pads in city


Qatar World Cup workers get nutrition health checks

Up to 1,000 construction workers set to benefit from pilot programme agreed with Weill Cornell Medicine


UAE sees 43% slump in online job vacancies in Q1

Latest Monster Employment Index shows that consumer goods industry bucks downward trend


Saudi to create thousands of jobs from solar program

Bidders seeking to build solar and wind plants in the kingdom are expected to spend 30% of the capital they invest through home-grown workers and companies


Saudi shake-up strengthens king's powerful son

Royal decrees saw a number of allies of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman moved into key positions

Raising the bar: DLA Piper plans fresh growth in the Gulf

Legal firm DLA Piper’s Middle East business recorded 10 percent year-on-year growth in 2016 — more than double that of some of its more established operations. Its global CEO and regional managing partner tells Arabian Business why the region is of increasing importance as its legal systems evolve.

A natural move: How Dubai Chamber is strengthening its ties in Latin America

With vast resources and more than half-a-billion people, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is convinced Latin America is a new economic frontier. Having inaugurated its first office in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week, the chamber is poised to support exponential growth in business between its members and the expansive region.

Arabian Travel Market: Diversification drives tourism investment

ATM in Dubai will show the changing face of the industry as entertainment and mid-market hotels become more attractive

Virtue and Vice: The world according to Shane Smith

Vice Media co-founder and chief executive Shane Smith set a new standard for journalism when he turned an unknown local magazine into a multi-billion dollar millennial reporting empire.

If Saudi future's so bright, why can't these banks find buyers?

No big-name global banks eager to buy stakes in Saudi banks, according to analysts

The Gordon Ramsay CEO is trying to save the company from itself

The chief executive of the Gordon Ramsay Group of restaurants, Stuart Gillies, is turning around the restaurant firm that was losing $8m a year — and he is doing it while using the famous chef’s name less often.

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