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Damac says first Akoya Oxygen homes sell out 'in record time'

Dubai developer says AED2.5m five-bed properties were first to sell out at new 'green' development

Etihad plan to buy Darwin stake fails to meet Swiss rules

Switzerland's Federal Office of Civil Aviation issues warning as foreign stakes in European airlines come under increasing scrutiny

Dubai's Atlantis said to seek refinancing of $880m loan

Banking sources say iconic island resort is latest to look for more favourable terms on financing

UAE cities ranked 'below average' for living conditions

EIU's Global Liveability Index places Dubai and Abu Dhabi 78th and 79th out of 140 cities; list topped by Melbourne

Nigerian who died in UAE tests negative for Ebola

Health Authority of Abu Dhabi says 35-year-old did not have deadly virus; husband and medics released from isolation

Amnesty Int'l voices concern over spike in Saudi executions

Human rights group says recent rise in use of death penalty in Gulf kingdom is 'disturbing'

Harry Potter-style house designed in Iran

At the touch of a button three rooms will rotate in a style similar to Hogwarts School

YouTube co-founder to speak at Doha conference

Qatar Science & Technology Park announces Chad Hurley as guest speaker at event in October

Dubai's DEWA extends bid deadline on M-Station expansion plan

State-owned utility says decision taken at the request of a number of major international companies

UAE's Just Falafel announces expansion plan in Kuwait

Street food retailer says it is opening outlet in Eigaila with plans to open seven further shops in Gulf state

Hong Kong hotel group debuts in Bahrain as part of Gulf push

Swiss-Belhotel International launches 149-room property in Seef; plans to operate seven MidEast hotels by 2015

Qatar Airways plans capacity increase on Eastern European route

Strong demand prompts move to offer more than 400 extra seats per week to Bucharest and Sofia

Six Senses eyes UAE cities for new urban resort brand

President of Bangkok-based hotel operator seeks to launch new brand in key gateway cities


Why the Alitalia deal is Etihad's boldest move yet

Can James Hogan pull off his most audacious move yet and prove the doubters wrong, asks 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

The legacy of Benjamin and Barack

Both Israel’s prime minister and America’s president have thrown away a huge opportunity to make a difference in the Middle East.


10 best Ashrams and spiritual retreats around the world

Usually located far from human habitation, attendees are usually seeking out a stress-free, spiritual and often inexpensive break

Revealed: Sheikh Hamdan’s luxury yachts in France

The 77 meters luxury yacht 'The Smeralda' and the 88 meters 'Dubawi'' luxury yacht attract attention at the Saint-Malo harbour, Britanny, western France

10 most lavish homes in LA attracting MidEast interest

Some of the luxurious properties for sale in Los Angeles which could attract new Middle Eastern owners

Best airline economy class meals for 2014

Here are the top 10 airlines in the category of World's Best Economy Class Airline Catering, as announced at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards

Inside plans for Dubai's latest luxury project

Lush green balcony-gardens and 271 sky-high swimming pools are part of the design for Suites in the SKAI

Latest Reader Comments

European court backs French ban on full-faced veil
Polly Nicoll : well said John Harte, it is the total opposition to freedom of expression, it degrades and dehumanizes women into objects that need to be wrapped up and shut away, with no voice or rights and has no place in our societies in Europe. if those women who want to wear it don't like that, they know where...
Ireland - Friday, 22 August 2014 6:38 PM

Baby NOT on board?
Doug : @Ruth - I guess though a responsible parent would take the view that if they can't control their child's crying, they wouldn't then force them into a noisy, frightening and cramped metal box for a few hours. They'd make different holiday plans unless it was completely unavoidable. ...
UAE - Friday, 22 August 2014 2:35 PM

Belgium diplomat arrested for pulling veil from Qatari princess
vincent : First I disapprove the behavior of this men, especially because in his position, he is supposed to know the law.
As a citizen, it's your duty to report illegal act you witnessed, but never act by yourself, he should have called the police.
Second, I believe, despite some real issues related...
UAE - Friday, 22 August 2014 10:06 AM

World's most pierced man refused entry to the UAE
Khalil : Tolerance has its limits everywhere including Dubai and those who considered Dubai a lawless circus were held thank you Dubai authorities for preventing his entry into this great city. Sad but true, some people are so lonely and despondent that they even wish to be entertained by a ...
UAE - Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:51 PM

CEO of Just Falafel to step down
milad : Just Falafel was a disaster waiting to happen. The food isn't even that good and the focus wasn't on building the brand and operations. Instead they focused on selling as many franchises as possible with no care to the core brand. They were discussing IPO plans at one point which is way too soon for...
UAE - Thursday, 21 August 2014 8:37 PM




Apple's planned Dubai store said to be world's biggest

US tech giant is reportedly planning to build new shop in Mall of the Emirates, bigger than New York flagship store


UAE says Standard Chartered liable to legal action over account closures

Up to 8,000 customers in the UAE affected by plan to close accounts in anti-money laundering settlement with US regulators


Smoke-free Dubai - the big debate

Will the emirate ever be smoke free? We spark up the conversation


How to be a good boss

Being a good entrepreneur doesn’t always equate to being a good boss. Here are a few suggestions to help you in your quest to be a good leader


Saudi Arabia proposes 10% foreign ownership cap for bourse

Among other draft rules, a single foreign investor could own no more than 5% of any listed firm - regulator


Dubai's Nakheel confirms early repayment of $2.15bn bank debt

Developer announces it has issued instruction for final payment to be made to banks on Thursday


Jeff Singer resigns as CEO of Dubai financial zone authority

Harvard-educated Singer was appointed to DIFC role in 2012; declines to give reason for departure


Sir Alex Ferguson to make keynote speech at Arabian Business Awards

Manchester United legend confirms appearance at November event


Arabian Business Entrepreneurs Clinic: Marketing

CEO of Crescent Enterprises and serial entrepreneur Badr Jafar will answer your questions on the start-up subjects that matter most to you


UAE's President Khalifa approves new law to fight terror

New legislation will include capital punishment, life sentences and fines of up to $27.2m


The UAE's wheel deal

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

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

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

Turning the tide of opinion in Gaza

Israel may have demonstrated overwhelming military power against the population of Gaza over the last month, but it faces an increasingly tough battle against the rapidly growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Palestine-based BDS movement, explains how the tide of global opinion is changing

The Daily Grind: Coffee Planet

Robert Jones, managing director of Coffee Planet, explains how he helped build the company and what it takes to thrive in such a competitive marketplace

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