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'Too early' to call Dubai property market recovery in 2017

New report says there are too many factors contributing to uncertainty around Dubai real estate market this year

More details revealed about Dubai's $300m Cityland Mall project

Nature inspired shopping complex to include 300-year-old tree garden, water park and 500m running track

Etihad chairman says airline equity strategy needs to be 'adjusted'

Comment comes as president and CEO James Hogan, who led the strategy, announces he will resign

More than a third of GCC employers cut jobs in 2016

Report by recruitment firm Hays claims GCC jobs market will see uptick in activity during 2017

Omniyat unveils new Dubai twin-tower residential project

Developer says it has appointed main contractor for the Sterling building close to the new Dubai Canal

Abu Dhabi picked to host 2019 Special Olympics World Games

Event celebrates the skills, talents and sporting achievements of athletes with intellectual disabilities

India overtakes the UAE in list of world's top emerging markets

China takes top spot in 2017 Agility Emerging Markets Logistics Index, with the UAE slipping to third

Human rights group says two Bahrainis at 'imminent risk of execution'

Human Rights Watch claims Mohamed Ramadan and Husain Ali Moosa have disavowed confessions that they allege were the result of torture

Tamdeen inks deal to bring top retail brands to Kuwait's Al Kout

Developer signs agreement with Alshaya to open 22 outlets at mall which is scheduled to open by end-2017

Etihad aircraft interiors to be 3D printed in UAE under new deal

Siemens, Strata and Etihad ink agreement to develop first 3D-printed aviation parts in MENA

UAE ranked world's top halal travel destination

Muslims are showing strong preference for Halal destinations, says International Halal Accreditation Forum


Why MENA stock markets are likely to shine in 2017

While a veil of uncertainty remains, there are plenty of reasons the region is better positioned to attract investors than its emerging market peers

Why UAE expats want more from a skilled economy

The UAE will need to ensure a good quality of life for residents if it is to meet its goal of increasing the number of professional workers, says Courtney Trenwith

Healthy food to drive growth in retail sector

GCC consumers’ increasing holistic approach to choosing healthy and well-priced items presents a big opportunity for retailers in 2017

How to find value in uncertain times

GCC equity valuations remain reasonably attractive given the global economic circumstances, and investors are becoming more comfortable with investing in start-ups

Tourism strategies will feed the MICE sector

New players will have to build on their unique selling points to establish themselves as a serious destination for business events

Confronting the refugee crisis

A more realistic approach will help combat fear and uncertainty that threatens to divide us even further

Accelerating the reform agenda in the GCC's financial markets

GCC financial markets will benefit from governments’ increasingly reliance on external funding

Interest in affordable housing is rising, says Danube's Rizwan Sajan

After largely ignoring the lower property segment, developers and investors are realising its potential


Behind the scenes: CATS rehearsal at Dubai Opera

CATS dress rehearsal, on stage at Dubai Opera

In pictures: Spanish flamenco band 'Aida Gomez' performs in Kuwait

Members of the Spanish flamenco band 'Aida Gomez' perform at the Abdul-Hussain Abdul Redha theatre in Kuwait City as part of the Al Qurin Cultural Festival

In pictures: Rehearsal of Indian Republic Day parade in New Delhi

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest of honour at India's upcoming 68th Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

In pictures: Syrian local football league organised by Dubai-based Al-Aan TV channel

During a local football league in the town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus


Video: Understanding your pet's emotions with wearable tech

The latest wearable technology for pets promises to help owners understand the emotions of their animals.

Video: Samsung confirms battery was cause of Galaxy Note 7 fires

Samsung has released its report on last year's exploding phones' scandal, which forced them to recall millions of devices.

Video: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' - name of the next movie in the franchise

Disney revealed that the next "Star Wars" movie will be called "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," setting off rampant plot speculation from fans.

Video: Dubai firefighters use jetpacks to aid high-speed response

Dubai's civil defence force showcased their futuristic new fire-fighting tools on January 20, which included a water-powered jetpack.

Latest Reader Comments

RTA says has 'nothing to do' with Careem trip surcharge
JRH : "It is not known how the AED3 surcharge was calculated and Careem has been contacted for further comment."

I would imagine it was how much do we think we can charge before people kick up a fuss.

I'm unsure why both Careem and Uber would announce that it's an RTA charge if that was...
UAE - Tuesday, 24 January 2017 1:10 PM

Dubai introduces fees for using ride-hailing apps
Concerned consumer : Rather than trying to price the competition out the market, would the RTA not be better served improving their own service?

Clean cars, reliable and safe drivers etc.

People use Uber/Careem because they are high quality and reliable service, if the RTA starts offering this people ...
uae - Tuesday, 24 January 2017 1:10 PM

Emirates set to launch 'fifth freedom' route to US via Athens
procan : Trump will step in to stop this....
Canada - Tuesday, 24 January 2017 8:56 AM

Saudi inflation rate hits 10-year low amid growth slowdown
Figgy : It goes without saying that diversifying the Saudi economy is vital for its sustainability. The kingdom clearly has begun expanding on investments into additional sectors.
There surely are many obstacles- that are merely a challenge that could be overcome one by one. The Saudi economy has been...
TheSameTree - Tuesday, 24 January 2017 8:56 AM

Some banks baulk at pricing of Dubai's metro loan
Christopher : All banks offer the same products, that is why all banks need to develop a clear identity based not on what they offer but on what they do best. Each bank must distinguish itself from the rest of the pack and this will take coherent, deliberate and innovative thinking. Start by asking how the bank c...
UAE - Tuesday, 24 January 2017 8:55 AM




Etihad Airways boss James Hogan to step down

Company says departure is part of planned transition process


Dubai airport remains world's busiest int'l despite traffic slowdown

Airport is forecasting 89 million passengers this year, which would represent growth of about 6.5%, said Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths


RTA says has 'nothing to do' with Careem trip surcharge

Dubai regulator seeks to distance itself from supposed new regulations on ride-hailing apps


Prominent Saudi industrialist Sheikh Adel Aujan dies, aged 70

Sheikh Adel was the chairman of one of the largest Middle Eastern beverages company, Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company


Focus: The impact of President Trump's US-centric business policies, anti-Muslim rhetoric

Emirates NBD, Habtoor Group and other Gulf analysts react to President Trump’s inauguration speech that outlined his main policies for the next four years


Saudi regulator says cyber attacks target several websites

Saudi chemicals firm reports a network disruption and the labour ministry says it had been attacked


Fire-hit buildings in UAE must change all cladding, says new safety code

New fire safety code specifies prosecution, fines of up to $13,624 for violators


Emirates' Dubai-Athens-New York flight violates Open Skies, say US airlines

US airlines' lobby group said it would discuss the matter with the new administration of President Donald Trump to "protect American jobs."


Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran

Trump seen as a strong president who will shore up Washington's role as their main strategic partner in a region central to US security and energy interests

He did it: the Dubai comeback of Kabir Mulchandani

Kabir Mulchandani has successfully completed his comeback in the Dubai property industry, handing over more than 200 stunning apartments and preparing for the launch of the five-star Viceroy Dubai Palm Jumeirah resort. Six years after he beat fraud allegations, the Indian developer has proven why you should never give up

Sparking accountability: the UAE's new fire code

The new UAE fire safety standards will not be effective unless someone is unambiguously held legally responsible for preventing and responding to a blaze

Harnessing a solar future in the Gulf

World-class deals have seen the GCC reach a ‘tipping point’ but there are more opportunities to be captured

High hopes: Boeing's Bernie Dunn

With $770bn worth of plane orders up for grabs in the Middle East over the next 20 years, and the re-emergence of Iran Air, Boeing regional president Bernie Dunn is preparing for take-off

Is Africa's investment dream still on track?

It was the new bright spot for global investors, but widespread falling GDP growth and decreased commodity prices has meant Africa's dream of attracting billions of dollars of investment from the GCC is taking longer to realise than anticipated. But ahead of the Arabian Business Africa Forum, stakeholders argue serious returns are there to be made

The sound of success: Andreas Sennheiser

Following the Middle East launch of the world’s most expensive headphones in December, Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO of Hanover-based Sennheiser, explains how the company is tapping into the region’s audio fanatics and why 3D ‘immersive sound’ is the future.

Room for change: AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin

A few months after buying FRHI Hotels & Resorts from investors including Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding, AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin denies the hotel management firm is growing too fast. In fact, he intends to pick up the pace – especially in the GCC

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