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Dubai's Nakheel awards contracts for Deira Islands project

Deals signed for design and supervision services for part of its new 15.3 sq km waterfront city

Dubai approves 50 firms for health insurance launch

Dubai Health Authority says 7 companies picked to deliver special package to low-paid workers in emirate

Saudi Arabia leapfrogs UK, France in military spending list

New report says Gulf kingdom spent $67bn last year, up 14% on previous year; ranked fourth globally

Dubai's $1.6bn tourism island plan to be redesigned

Company behind masterplan for Bluewaters Island project off Dubai coast says improvements have been made

Abu Dhabi firms face legal action over labour law violations

UAE's Ministry of Labour says 32 companies have been referred to public prosecutor after failing inspections

Dubai's Abraaj buys Moroccan chocolate manufacturer

Investor says it will seek to enhance product offerings of Casablanca-based Kool Food

Two killed, one wounded in Bahrain bomb blast

Three civil defence officials injured in separate explosion outside capital city Manama

Rights group praises Saudi move on phys ed for schoolgirls

Human Rights Watch says possible end to ban shows Saudi gov't can 'buck the conservative establishment'

Dubai hotel occupancy rate rises above 87% in March

STR Global data shows hotels see 1.2% improvement despite supply outpacing demand for the month

Sales of Bahrain island homes to launch next month

Amwaj Waves apartments to start at $244,000; island offers 100% freehold ownership to expats living in Bahrain

Kuwait's KFH reports 13% rise in Q1 net profit

Country's biggest Islamic lender also says it wants to expand operations in Turkey and neighbouring markets

German car maker says MidEast sales up 18% in Q1

BMW delivers more than 7,400 vehicles during first quarter; UAE remains biggest market in the region

Bahraini man dies two months after being shot by police

Rights activists say Abdul-Aziz al-Abbar was wounded by shotgun pellets fired by riot police in February

Etihad set to upgrade Greek, Cypriot services in July

Abu Dhabi airline to boost frequency and capacity on routes to Athens and Larnaca


Desertec's woes could be the Gulf’s gain

The solar energy initiative has seen a number of partners walk out, but there is plenty of room for the GCC to take up the slack, says Ed Attwood

Why tourism is a vital economic driver

Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim outlines the need to create an intelligent harmony between the real estate and tourism industries.


Dubai Camel Racing Festival 2014

The festival promotes the traditional sport of camel racing within the region

Mystery surrounds Burj Khalifa major event

Cage-like structure erected at top of world's tallest building

In Pictures: A look inside the designers of Fashion Forward

This season, 18 designers showcased their creations on the runways of Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah

Revealed: The world's most amazing hotel views

We find the hotel rooms with the greatest views to wake up to in the morning


Video: Largest board game played by Cat

Watch as five Cat machines, including excavators and telehandlers, battle against a mountain of massive wood blocks as they take part in a massive game of Jenga.

Latest Reader Comments

What will happen next to Dubai's property market?
Ihsan : Dubai Property prices have overtaken 2008 prices therefore the caution but it would help if we knew where in the cycle have we reached - the new phenomena in Dubai Property today is that in 2008 you saw rents increasing along with sale prices but as the pace of rents have started stabilizing off lat...
United Arab Emirates - Saturday, 19 April 2014 12:52 PM

Kuwait to debate scrapping fuel subsidies for expats
hani husssien : All subsidies should be removed from everyone including Kuwaiti's. Live within your means and stop expecting handouts...
Kuwait - Saturday, 19 April 2014 12:52 PM

Saudi conservatives stage rare protest against Westernisation
Telcoguy : Actually the policy when finding "stoneage" tribes, at least in Brazil, is to leave them alone and not try to civilise them as that has proven quite damaging for them, wiping them in a matter of few years

So based on your argument I am not sure we have a case for intervention here.
UAE - Saturday, 19 April 2014 12:52 PM

Ten days added to UAE school calendar
Expat sense : Reducing holidays so that teachers work the same days as other schools in the world makes sense. However most teachers in the UAE work about 3 hours extra per day. So even before the changes, teachers worked more. So we are equal in days and work longer hours, and have to work on days which might...
England - Saturday, 19 April 2014 12:53 PM

UAE father who whipped son to death wins appeal
Nihar : "Under Sharia, a parent cannot be executed for killing their child"
A spouse could be executed if he/she kills his/her spouse, as none of them is considered the origin of the other. So, if a husband kills his wife, his punishment may reach to execution, and the same is for a wife.

As f...
sri lank - Friday, 18 April 2014 3:38 PM




Gulf states agree on measures to heal internal rift

Deal agreed after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar last month


Design for life: Tecom's Dr Amina Rustamani

Dubai’s d3 – a district earmarked for the fashion industry – aims to draw in creative talent both regionally and internationally. Tecom group chief executive Dr Amina Al Rustamani explains how the $2bn plan will work


Etihad said to toughen stance on Alitalia deal

Sources say talks are continuing despite media report claiming the deal between airlines was off


Arabian Business launches Entrepreneurs Clinic

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


Mystery surrounds plans for major Burj Khalifa event

Cage-like platform or structure has been erected at top of world's tallest building


Dubai lagoon developer reveals new projects in Saudi, Oman

Crystal Lagoons Corp also says initial phase of MBR City lagoon in Dubai is complete; phase 2 to be delivered in 2016


Buzz Aldrin: Man on a mission

Now 84, Buzz Aldrin represents what, for many people, is one of America’s greatest ever achievements. The former astronaut speaks to Arabian Business about commercial space exploration, life on Mars, and why he will never be happy with being second

Women edge into Gulf boardrooms as economies, societies shift

Amina al-Rustamani, CEO of TECOM Investments, is leading the charge for females reaching the top of their profession

Balance and power: Joseph Adam Ereli

Joseph Adam Ereli spent 22 years working for the US Foreign Service, with four years as US ambassador to Bahrain. In a revealing interview, he describes the balancing act involved in such a role and his thoughts on current tensions among the Gulf member states

Are you fit enough to run a business?

We look at what the consequences are of being unfit or overweight on your business

Qatar's labour requirements

Qatar’s Supreme committee has published worker welfare standards that include wide ranging conditions by which contractors need to abide

Big in Bahrain

Mannil Thomas Mathews, director and CEO of Almoayyed Contracting Group, explains how his company’s MEP division has become a major player in the Bahraini market and why other GCC markets are now in its sights

The gentleman’s lounge

The new GQ bar delivers a true sense of masculinity with its dark interiors and touches of straight-edge splendor

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