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Emirates to allow travellers to keep laptops until boarding

The carrier is planning to permit devices affected by the ban within the security perimeter

Private jet in terror plunge after Emirates turbulence drama

Several people reportedly hurt after German private plane flew 1,000ft below Emirates A380 - report

Amazon agrees to buy Middle East online retailer

Sources say US ecommerce giant has agreed in principle to buy 100% of

Iranian navy endangering Gulf waters: US commanders

"What I don't like about that is they [Iranian boats] were in the middle of international transit waters"

UAE court jails man for passing sensitive info to foreign agents

Federal Appeals Court sentences man to 10 years in prison for passing on military and security information

Bahrain arrests former news wire photographer

Authorities did not immediately give a reason for his arrest

Qatar criticised by ILO for workers' conditions

Doha has come under criticism in recent years, with activists and trade unions reporting abuses

Emirates chief defends Dubai airport security measures

President Tim Clark says 'surprised' by Dubai Int'l inclusion in US ban on laptops, tablets

Dubai sees big surge in tourists in early 2017

China, Russia drive 12% jump in tourism volumes during the first two months of this year

Saudi air passengers to be hit by UK laptop ban 'within days'

Britain to tighten airline security on direct flights originating from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey

Developer unveils plan to build $670m projects in Sharjah

Omran Properties outlines major investment drive in emirate, set to launch projects later this year

Saudi ratings cut on worsening public finances

Fitch Ratings reduces Saudi Arabia’s rating to A+, the fifth-highest investment grade

Dubai firm set to bid for stake in Greek port

DP World is one of four foreign firms expected to bid for majority stake in Thessalonika Port

More UK firms eye Dubai expansion post-Brexit

DMCC study shows that emerging markets are becoming increasingly attractive to UK businesses


Telephone banking in Dubai is about as frustrating as it gets

Comment: Financial institutions say they are investing in customer service, but they don’t act like it.

Why the UAE is forging closer ties with India

World’s largest democracy expected to overtake China in 2022 to become the world’s most populous nation

King Salman knows a picture speaks a thousand words

Posing for a selfie in Indonesia shows the Saudi monarch is “approachable and modern”.

Tell me again exactly how Dubai has hurt you?

Too many people focus on what the emirate is not, rather than what it is.

Dubai is a modern city, built for business

Why events are a key plank in the emirate’s transition towards a knowledge-based economy.


Top apps business travellers will actually use

Think digital personal assistants for all your work-related trips

Five mystic sites to visit in 2017

Ever heard of Australia's Pink Lake?

In pictures: Museum of Islamic Art by IM Pei in Doha

I.M. Pei’s Museum of Islamic Art which opened in Doha, Qatar in 2008

In pictures: New Dubai beachfront resort near Burj Al Arab

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, officially launched the project on Tuesday.

In pictures: Electronics ban on Emirates and Etihad-US bound flights

UAE, Saudi, Kuwait and Qatar airports among 10 targeted by ban stopping passengers carrying larger electronic devices in cabin


Video: Apple unveils cheapest iPad, exclusive red iPhone

Apple is under pressure to extract more revenue from services, a bright spot that includes the apps business.

Video: 'Miraculous' escape from burning plane

A commercial plane made a crash landing in poor weather at an airport in South Sudan, causing several injuries among the 43 on board.

Video: UK follows US in imposing electronic device ban

Britain followed in US footsteps on Tuesday by banning larger electronic devices from cabin luggage on flights from several Middle Eastern and North African countries, amid fears they could be used in a terrorist attack.

Airline electronics ban: What you need to know

US officials say concerns over screening procedures at some airports in the Middle East and Africa will require passengers to check in almost all electronic devices larger than a smartphone, rather than carry them into the cabin.

Video: Let us entertain you, says Emirates Airline

With over 2,500 channels of the latest movies, box sets, live sport and kids TV, our award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, makes time fly.

Latest Reader Comments

Dubai, Abu Dhabi airline passengers to be hit by US ban on electronics
john : Great suggestions. ME carriers are capable of implementing this and are of the caliber that they can equip their planes with I Pads and laptops for passenger usage. It doesn't matter what legislation is passed in the US, ME passengers are spoilt for choice with airlines that surpass any US carrier a...
UAE - Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:25 AM

Telephone banking in Dubai is about as frustrating as it gets
MT3 : I previously worked in the banking industry in a large number of countries (albeit in capital markets not retail but I was familiar with the retail operations wherever I went). I have also obviously been a customer in those places too. Service standards in this region are among the worst I have e...
UAE - Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:26 AM

Kuwait lawyer seeks driving ban for expats
john : Consequently, what you deal with when you start banning driving licenses based on education level, time in country rather than driving training and upgrading license facilities is masses amounts of foreign nationals driving illegally. Despite the admirable efforts of the UAE government to set up a ...
UAE - Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:26 AM

Welcome to the life of one of the UAE’s defence and real estate moguls
lastman : Trump hasn't yet had an opportunity to put in place the policies that would boost the US economy - any boost that's taking place is thanks to the previous president's policies. The only thing he has influenced have been the stock markets, which as you can see now are seeing their first sell off sinc...
UAE - Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:27 AM

How to survive a flight from Dubai without a laptop
BCA : Is it really that strange? They're effectively just trying to take passengers away from the big 3 and I think it will work, particularly with business execs that rely on this time to do some work. Fairness would be to apply the ban to all airlines but I don't think the people that implemented the ba...
UAE - Thursday, 23 March 2017 11:27 AM




Emirates NBD 'concerned' over links to Russian money laundering

Two UAE banks named among top 50 global banks that processed dirty funds


Q&A: The laptop ban and what it means when flying from Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Couldn't a laptop with a bomb inside still pose a danger within the cargo hold?


Emirates and Jennifer Aniston respond to ban

Dubai carrier highlights its own onboard features with Hollywood celebrity


Kuwait bans Beauty and the Beast movie

Kuwait National Cinema Company withdraws film four days after launch to review content


New Dubai beachfront resort to take four years to build

Work on Jumeirah beach project which will feature debut of MGM, Bellagio brands is set to start in Q3


Dubai reports 160 rain-related accidents

Dubai Police’s command and control centre receives a total of 1,423 phone calls between 8am and midday


Dubai issues high-rise warning to 'selfie adventurists'

Dubai Municipality circular aims to stop daredevils scaling skyscrapers to take the ultimate photo or video


How to survive a flight from Dubai without a laptop

Here are your options if you need to work during those long trips, or you want to control your entertainment


Saudi Arabia spends money to make money

Tour of Asia by Saudi Arabia's King Salman advances drive to attract foreign investment but comes with an expensive price tag

Welcome to the life of one of the UAE’s defence and real estate moguls

Emirati rally car champion Mansour Bin Jabr is the COO of his family's conglomerate, Bin Jabr Group

A slice of nostalgia

Seven years ago, at the trough of the financial crisis, Lebanese entrepreneur Jihad El Eit sold his technology retail start-up to fulfil a long-time dream: to create a Beirut-style eatery in honour of his hometown. Man’oushe Street was born. Now with 30 branches in the GCC, 14 of which are in the UAE, El Eit is halfway towards fulfilling his ultimate goal, to develop a $27m brand — by next year

'Now is best time to start a company'

Alvaro Abella, MP of investment firm Beco Capital says setting up a business has never been cheaper

Bahrain's economy is healthier than you think

The kingdom is creating a technology-led start-up ecosystem that will ensure it is ahead of the curve.

Railways are huge priority for the GCC

Rail has the potential to dramatically affect Gulf economies, but budget constraints are delaying projects

National Bank of Bahrain cannot afford to rest on its laurels

New CEO shares his bold strategy for continued growth

Where is Bahrain headed?

The kingdom has identified jewels in its accelerating non-oil economy to forge a new path

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