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Emirates confirms $9.2bn Rolls-Royce deal to power new A380s

British engines maker secures biggest ever contract to supply engines for 50 superjumbos on order

BA, Iberia quit European trade group amid Gulf subsidies spat

Qatar-backed IAG says subsidiaries have quit the Association of European Airlines over 'important policy issues'

Barack Obama announces summit with Gulf leaders

US President to meet with GCC leaders at the White House and Camp David on May 13-14

Qatar retailer refutes 'rotten meat' claims made in video

Al Meera Goods Company says inspectors have given it the all-clear after customer posted video on social media

Kuwait said to be in frame for Boeing fighter jets deal

US plane maker sees decision from MidEast nation 'within months' on whether to buy F/A-18 jets

World's largest Nobu restaurant opens in Doha

Four Seasons Hotel Doha hosts Japanese chef's second restaurant in the Middle East

Dubai's Amlak plans to resume share trading in May

Islamic mortgage lender wins shareholder approval for move; shares have been suspended since Nov 2008

New Dubai Metro extension 'could lift house prices by 15%'

Research firm ValuStrat says properties within 10-minute walk of new stations will see uplift in value

Saudi Arabia, UAE named among most popular for expat workers

New World Bank report says Gulf countries are in world's top five migrant destinations

MidEast investment banking fees hit $182m in Q1

New report reveals 5% rise compared to Q4 2014 and 20% increase on year-earlier period

Dubai's Dar Al Ber to build 30 mosques across the UAE

First phase of project will see construction of 10 mosques in Ajman; followed by another 10 in RAK

Qatar's Aamal inks JV deal with German mall operator

Conglomerate signs joint venture agreement to set up firm to manage shopping centres in Qatar

Dubai's office market set to remain strong in 2015

CBRE report says falling oil prices have so far failed to dampen demand for commercial property in emirate

Dubai's Abraaj closes $990m sub-Saharan Africa fund

Private equity firm says European and North American investors committed 64% of the capital

Qatar launches first Chinese yuan clearing hub in Middle East

New centre aims to improve the ease of transactions between companies in the region and China

Dubai's Marka completes deal to buy Retailcorp

Istithmar subsidiary is one of the largest retail companies in the UAE’s sporting goods sector


Mohamed Alabbar: the proof is in the pudding

Why Emaar’s shareholders must rally behind their chairman at the company’s Annual General Meeting on April 15.

Will plunging oil prices impact Middle East investor activity in Europe?

CBRE's Mat Green on why European markets are likely to continue to be an attractive proposition for Middle East investors

Managing team psychology to develop effectiveness

Ahmed Sharawy asks how business leaders can best understand their staff to get the best out of them

What on earth is happening in the Dubai property market?

Anil Bhoyrul wonders whether this is a softening, a bigger correction, or even the start of another crash

It's time for Saudi Arabia to finally make good on housing promises

Instead of implementing a counterproductive property tax, the housing ministry should work on cutting through the vast amount of red tape, says Ed Attwood

Smarter skies to transform airport efficiency

Planes with priority passengers could soon jump landing and take-off queues, while hypersonic travel may become reality in the future, says Richard Deakin

Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?

Ten months after winning an historic election, the Indian prime minister’s honeymoon is well and truly over, says Anil Bhoyrul

Did Mr Bean compile the US airlines report into subsidies?

The much-vaunted ‘Restoring Open Skies’ revealed little that wasn’t already in the public domain.


Revealed: UAE’s top waterfront properties

Here are the UAE’s top waterfront properties, according to Luxhabitat, with private views of the sea.

Daily life near the Saudi-Yemeni border

While the Fayfa tribes have decided to support Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and defend their mountainous area from any attack from the Yemeni side, daily life near the Saudi-Yemen border continues as usual.

The world’s most expensive watches

Luxurious timepieces with equally impressive price tags

Restaurant in Doha feeds the poor

Zaiqa restaurant, owned by two Indians, Shadab Khan, in southern suburbs of the Qatari capital Doha is popular with migrant labourers since it offers free food to customers who cannot afford to pay.

Latest Reader Comments

82% of Dubai tenants say forced to pay more on rental renewal
Alan Godfrey (The Good Landlord) : Ha, Ha, are you Joking, are you still receiving the same Wages you where Receiving 5 Years ago? no probably not, you would have had an increase due to the increase of costs in Living Standards, No Different from your Friends Landlord, he's not Greedy he just wants a Reasonable Rent for the Property ...
Dubai - Friday, 17 April 2015 8:36 PM

Expat Saudi professor fired for insulting Islam
WHJ : What you quoted there John was the College's policy. The professor was fired because, among other violations, he infringed the Laureate College's policy of religious tolerance. This college is part of Laureate International Universities which span 29 countries throughout the world.
You would've ...
UAE - Friday, 17 April 2015 8:36 PM

12m MENA children not in school, says UNICEF
shahid : Do you mean Parents delibratly do not want to send to school,

what a joke on parents , why Sarah make commitment that she make school fees afordable as its in their home country
even here fees are higher then UK.

if the standard of education is well low standard then even home...
UAE - Friday, 17 April 2015 8:36 PM

UAE expat charged after posting 'Islam insults' on Facebook
WHJ : @ John Harte. This was not a simple case of ridicule, this was an incitement to religious hatred, and that, old sport, is punishable by law in most countries of the world. ...
UAE - Friday, 17 April 2015 12:06 PM

Do you know how to wear a suit?
Ezat : Thanks a lot. Very informative. Would be great if add and mention the color of suite the person wear and its relations to his character. Like black, represent what character, etc... Thanks.
USA - Thursday, 16 April 2015 7:42 PM




Saudi bourse to open to foreign investors from June 15

Market regulator says it will publish final rules on May 4 as it opens to direct foreign investment for first time


Dubai issues new law to improve aviation safety

Sheikh Mohammed issues new legislation to regulate use of drones; obligates all industry staff to obtain annual permit


Emirates adds second daily A380 to Gatwick amid strong demand

Dubai-based airline says it has taken the decision to immediately upgrade route to raise capacity by 11.5%


No more exaggerated congratulatory messages in Saudi Arabia

King Salman has demanded overblown messages of congratulations or condolences to gov’t minister, royal family members be toned down


Abu Dhabi taxi drivers blamed for working long hours

Abu Dhabi taxi regular says drivers refuse to work ‘dual-shift system’


Delta chief eyes new price-lowering rules in Gulf Open Skies pacts

US airline boss hints at potential changes to US Open Skies pacts with Qatar and the UAE amid subsidies dispute


Etihad says delivered $1bn boost, 11,000 jobs to Europe in 2014

Etihad chief James Hogan meets transport commissioner Violeta Bulc in bid to dismiss growing resistance from European rivals


82% of Dubai tenants say forced to pay more on rental renewal

New survey also reveals that landlords have slowed the rate of rent increases over past few months


Dubai's regulator slaps Deutsche Bank with $8.4m fine

Dubai Financial Services Authority says DIFC branch of Deutsche Bank guilty of 'serious contraventions'


12m MENA children not in school, says UNICEF

6m are at risk of dropping out, on top of the 3m Syrian and Iraqi children unable to access education - report


Foreigners queue for opening of $500bn Saudi bourse

Worth more than all other Gulf Arab markets combined, it is one of the last major bourses to allow direct investment from foreigners

Some banks win, some lose in Dubai's 'Islamic economy'

Dubai's gov't announced plans to turn the emirate into a global hub for an 'Islamic economy' in 2013

From film to fashion, Dubai bids to be creative capital for Arab world

State-linked firms spending hundreds of millions of dollars as Dubai aims to rival Cairo, Beirut and Casablanca

Exclusive: Mohamed Alabbar - Uncensored

The Emaar chairman has faced a media frenzy ahead of Wednesday's Annual General Meeting. With his increasing commitments outside Emaar, including the $85 billion Capital Cairo project, and the departure of several key executives from the company, some shareholders are openly questioning his commitment to the company he founded, and his future role within it. In an exclusive interview, he tackles the critics head on — and explains why he is planning for several more years at the helm of one of the world’s most successful property developers

In the driving seat: Daimler's Mike Belk

Mike Belk, president and CEO of Daimler Middle East & Levant, talks to Arabian Business about why the company’s results are so strong, how it’s pushing the boundaries of technology, and where the automotive industry is heading.

Tackling the Gulf's Generation Game

Feuds and disagreements over succession are just two of the biggest challenges that the Gulf’s family firms face. How can some of the region’s biggest companies cope with the shift to a new generation?

Safe as houses: Emirates REIT's Sylvain Vieujot

A year after the Emirates REIT initial public offering, executive deputy chairman Sylvain Vieujot says that potential headwinds in the Dubai property market bring more opportunities than challenges

Mishal Kanoo: A family affair

Upsetting 125 years of family tradition is bound to strain relations. Prominent businessman Mishal Kanoo gives a rare, uncensored account of how one of the Gulf’s oldest companies is dealing with the fallout from bringing in outside professionals, and explains why many family businesses are too scared to go public

London calling: Abdulla Al Humaidi

Abdulla Al Humaidi, Group CEO of the Kuwaiti European Holding Group, outlines his plans for the mega $3.6bn London Paramount Entertainment Resort project and why he is determined it will not go the way of popular — but loss-making — rival Disneyland Paris

Food for thought: Patrick Satamian

With profits up and growth on the cards, NADEC continues to stake its claim as one of the region’s leading agricultural and food companies. The CEO of NADEC Foods, Patrick Satamian, explains how a blending of tradition and modernity has helped the company to move into a new era.

In Total control: Stéphane Michel

Stéphane Michel, senior vice president for the Middle East and North Africa at French oil behemoth Total, believes that his company needs to maintain its flexibility and continue showing its financial muscle amid the dramatic slide in oil prices.

Facelift or folly: Belgrade braces for Dubai-style makeover

Construction for the Belgrade Waterfront project is due to kick off this summer, bankrolled by Gulf Arabs

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